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Sunday, 28 August 2016

The Adventures of Rebels from Basildon to Gjøvik


The Millennium in England have been in a lot of different places during the years, the most memorable for me was Crystal Palace Stadium 2003 with 8 different fields to walk. And no, there was no possibility to practice on the fields beforehand and we were the lucky winners of playing 7 of 8 fields that tournament. And to get around it was a walk of a lifetime, but it was still spectacular with the big bleachers and sport-arena feel.

The last few years the events have been held in Basildon in a place called Barleylands Farm. It took some getting used to for the players driving through farms with its distinctive smell and being greated with a red carpet of hay - but i think it has a certain charm to it . Ultimately the fields are the most important for us, and the grass is good there :)

The weather in England also has it's charm sometimes, this time was no different - sun, rain, cold and heat all on the same day. But overall it was good, nothing like 2008 where all the sliding pics looked like it was surfing not paintball we were competing in :)

Rebels had a good preparation before this tournament with a hard grind practice weekend against CPL and SPL teams like Scorpions, Blast,Solid and PBClub - the feeling before the tournament was good :)

A mishap with the rental car made the practice time on Thursday run too close, so they practiced a bit alone instead of playing against someone.

First game up on Friday was Poison Ivy, a team they always struggle against in tournaments - a mental thing no question, even if practice against them is another story. The score ended 4:3 and the first win was secured.

Next up was Rain of Fire, a team they have lost against before, but this time Rebels came prepared - winning a solid 4:0

On Saturday the opponent was Droogs. It was a hard game, both teams fought well and hard. Even the overtime point ran out of time, opening for the next endeavor - 1 vs 1. Alexander Høiseth got voted by the team to step up to the plate, and he did! Høiseth had a year off last year to tend to his family, and we respect that, but we are really happy he is back! The 1 vs 1 was closed out securely making the score : 6:5


So, 3 wins, victor of the group and a lot of big smiles on the Rebels boys. Sunday club!

Sunday club was unfortunately a different story, it started with some new rules of seeding that were hard to understand resulting in the meeting of Five Star lleida. Five Star is a really good team who already this year have 2 podium placings. The game was a 141 bonanza and not much good was accomplished. It was some long and hard fights, but it ended with a loss 3:6.

Dissapointed to yet again make it to Sunday club, but not much further, Rebels decided to play a volleyball game - which they won :) Frank totally saved the day :)

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No time to feel sorry for ourselves... off to NPL 3 Gjøvik we go.

New tournament, new possibilities and new challenges. Two of the Rebels originals have gotten new jobs this fall, so they haven't got their bosses used to the paintball life yet and couldn't play this tournament. So what do you do, you get some good old Bandits/Carbon players back on the field. :) Ingar and Torje hadn't played since 2013,  but for some time  both have felt that paintball itch. And now they are fired up once again:) I was really happy to see that and fortunately they remembered their old tricks :) Did I hear anybody say "comeback"?

Rebels started against Degernes, another Eclipse team working their way up in elite. They shot well off the break and made an exiting game, but Rebels still won 4:3.

Next game was the old,but not at all lost - Menace. The years has slowed them down,but all their game,experience and all their training is still visible. You don't wanna pop out twice in the same spot against these. Rebels played well and won 4:2.

Xsportz was the last opponent in the prelims, and a fight we knew was gonna be hard. Both teams took turns on scoring points, but Xsportz took the last winning 4:3.

With two wins and good points it was time for the semi and yet another Eclipse team - Blast. Everyone who knows Blast and their hard training and dedication knows that they will always give a good fight. This time was no different. Rebels got in some really good fights and scored some points, but Blast were stronger this time and Blast won 6:2.

So yet again, second time this year, the bronze final and Degernes Rednecks was up. Last tournament Rebels won 5:1 ,but this time Degernes was stronger. All the points were slow and could go either way, but Degernes won 3:1 and secured the bronze this time.

Høiseth continued the 1 vs 1 streak from Millennium winning 2 of them this weekend against Menace and also winning one 2 vs 1. Go Høiseth!

So Rebels had a lot of strong individual players, but obviously not the same communication and teamwork as they use to so it didn't go all the way this time. Thanx to Degernes Rednecks for a great fight for 3rd and 4th. Always disappointing not to win, but given the player challenges its not that bad to keep the top 4 placing.

Its great to see that the Norwegian top division is so close and strong, it means a lot for Norwegian paintball. Now were all looking forward to NM, Rebels has 2 titles to defend: Norwegian Master from 2014 and 2015.

Its also great to see the top Norwegian teams using the best equipment there is - 3 of 4 top placed teams (Blast, Degernes Rednecks and Rebels) are all using Planet Eclipse, Virtue and Anthrax :)

Rebels want to thank our sponsors for having our backs and believing in us: Planet Eclipse and Virtue Paintball for awesome equipment - it never fails us, Anthrax for rocking cool jerseys and coffe in their booth. Blitzed media,Woodie Photography and SH (Stian Håvak) for making us look good. 

We would also like to thank: Fight Back Design, Energima, RVS, JKS rør and Proteinfabrikken

Love from Kristine Myhre Andersen



Saturday, 27 August 2016

Sydney SWAT win Super 7's Planet Eclipse Open !!





Super 7's Paintball Series Round 3, the Planet Eclipse Open is finished and what a fantastic event for the team. We were able to assert strong control in most of our games with a clear 4-point mercy victory in all but 2 of our preliminary matches.

We were able to keep this momentum into finals, winning both matches with the 4-point mercy and taking the title.

The level of play this event was fantastic and it was clear early on that this was going to be a 4 horse race with top level teams from WA and NZ entering into the mix. Teams were all playing the exciting layout slightly differently and it made from some really good and interesting games.
 

The lads all played great paintball and as always we were well supported with our amazing Geo's and soft goods from Planet Eclipse. Also our KLR masks, TFX hoppers, HK Supreme paint and soft goods from HK Army performed fantastically. One major advantage we had this weekend was how dependable our gear was on the field.

As always the amazing team at Paintballshop.com and Action Paintball Games and Paintball Assassin, especially Mike, John and Pete for our ongoing support. We would like to thank our support team; Kristy and Moe and everyone else that lent a hand over the weekend you are all very much appreciated.


And lastly we would love to thank Ryan Greenspan for coming all the way over from San Diego to help us on the field as well as helping people off the field with playing tips. The US players that come over are a wealth of knowledge and it’s great to see how much they are pushing our sport forward so we can keep up with the rest of the world.
We are all looking forward to the Masters now which looks to be an even better event than Round 3



Great win from Sydney Swat @ the Super 7's Planet Eclipse Open

Planet Eclipse teams dominated taking 1st and 2nd place in every division !

A stat we quite like here at Planet Eclipse HQ :-)

Check out some drone action here:



Well Done to SWAT and all the Eclipse teams... 
The Emortal Army is strong down under !!


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Ryan Greenspan (Dynasty) - CS1 Settings Video !




***PLEASE NOTE***


Ryan obviously likes to run things very close to the edge. We set the ROF to 10 because we have seen chronos register very different reading especially when the battery gets low. We wouldn't recommend anyone running at 10.4 or 10.5 in the NXL, Millennium Etc and thus set them at 10 to be on the safe side... But that’s a risk you might want to take !!!


Thanks for sharing Ryan !!


Sunday, 7 August 2016

THE HEAT IS ON…



On Friday July 23rd, some of the members of Black Karma assembled to perform our pre-game ritual.  This may differ from some teams, but it works for us: we eat and reminisce on our many times of hilarity and general merriment.  Of course this tends to be like a pen light that gets passed around pointing to each of us where we relive the catalogue of poor decisions and unbelievable moves each of us have performed.  We also catch up on each other’s “non-paintball” lives.  This is truly where we gel as a team.

As Saturday begins, we each prepare for UWL Tennessee at Bearclaw Paintball.  This is where we go over the game plan for the field and start podding up.  We quickly watch the breakout for the first 10 man match and prepare for our first game against an open team.  Our review of the breakouts is not due to our lack of knowledge of the field (as this is our home field), but more to see how everyone else “reads” the field – its always cool to see how other folks read the field and how different teams can see different things.  


Some history for you on our team – we tend to have nerve issues during our first game/point.  This is not due a lack of preparation or practice, but more like an old car that needs to warm up before going to the races.  We go over the game plan one more time, chrono for the ref, speak our motto “Don’t Suck!”, and prepare the best way each of us can.  As the ref yells thirty seconds, we are on pins and needles.  When the whistle blows, our scout runs his heart out toward one of the swing bases for a flag pull.  Then the second whistle blows and we all execute the plan.  We bunker in and prepare for the open team to wash over us like a wave, but our line holds.  We protect the flag pulls we have and wait for a hard fight to the finish.  There was a lot of back and forth action throughout the game, but in the end we had no idea who won.  As we leave the field with our pods, we concentrate on our next match against another tactical team.  During our preparations we find out we won by the smallest margin we have ever had in a UWL game – 6 points.

Our second game starts exactly like the first with whistles and running.  This match was more about patience than raw energy.  Each move had to be calculated with the utmost care with some back and forth flag pulls.  In the end we were victorious in this game as well, but the heat had started to take its toll on some of the players of the event.  If you haven’t been around it, the heat plus the humidity in the southeast is brutal on your body.  With the heat index at 115 that day, we all knew to be watching for not only our own players, but everyone.  Hydration is key.

As finals rolled around, we were struggling to keep coherent.  After spending the morning outside, it was like a sauna just standing around.  Much like the other games, patience wins UWL matches and sometimes a single mistake can make the game.  After a hard match, we ending up getting 2nd place for 10 Man UWL Tennessee.


As Sunday began, we prepare both of our 5 man teams: one full of seasoned team members and another with some up and coming players that had never competed in a UWL event.  Our goal for the second team revolved around our effort to grow the sport where we pulled in folks who had practiced with us from time to time but had never competed in a UWL tourney before.  As luck would have it our two teams played each other for our first match.  Our new team didn’t win the event, but they did get a taste of the UWL that we love and had a blast doing it.  Our other team ended up in 2nd place for 5 Man UWL Tennessee.


We would like to thank Tom Cole and his staff for running the event, Scott and Layla from Bearclaw for everything you do for us as players, friends, and family, our own families who sacrifice time with us so we can go be crazy on “Pew Pew” weekends, and to Planet Eclipse for their continued support.  Never once have we lost faith in the abilities of our paintball equipment to perform in any condition we throw at it (now we can add a heat index of 115).  Also, special thanks to Marc Lancia from Planet Eclipse.  He is like the team member you never get to see or hear about, but we appreciate all of the support throughout the years.           




Friday, 5 August 2016

Summer Jam in Germany - This Weekend !


www.paintball.de

Who's going???

Check out whats going on:


¬ Win 1639€ Eclipse Voucher (redeemable at paintball.de)
¬ Awesome discounts on assorted display items
¬ PBrack Flow Pant 2016 on site
¬ Planet Eclipse 2016 T-Shirts on site
¬ Virtue VIO XS on site
¬ Empire EVS on site
¬ FREE Planet Eclipse Tech Courses
¬ Planet Eclipse Special Guests Ledz and Jacko (owners)
¬ Chili Eating Contest
¬ Strongman Contest
¬ Huge bouncy castle for the little ones
¬ Incredible Paintball Deals
¬ FREE food & drinks (Beer, BBQ and softdrinks)
¬ FREE W-Lan Hotspot

See you there tomorrow... LEDZ

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Inkredible dedication!

Bad puns aside, we're always blown away when fans of the sport, and our brand, feel passionate enough to have a skilled artist draw on them in the special way that will never come off.

Dustin Moxter, of team New Blood Ninjas,  is one of those guys so we shake your hand and say 'kudos' for having our brand on your body for the rest of your life.

And we think it looks pretty damn awesome.

Good job.

Do you know someone who's got some sweet Eclipse ink? If so, send us some pics and details and we'll give them some well earned props too.







Saturday, 30 July 2016

Sun, beaches,drinks and paintball - Adventures in Greece

We have been to Greece several years in a row now for Anthrax very own Med Cup, its a 2 day event with the best hosts,atmosphere and people gathered for the love of the sport ,to play and to have fun and party together.

This year Kosta and the Anthrax crew took it further than ever for the players. From Tuesday to Friday before the event they rented bungalows at the beach,boats and professional trainers for the players making Anthrax Tropical Booth-camp!
And all their hard work really showed, this was an amazing trip!

Tuesday we were brought to a place called Porto Elea, a small port with cabins and a great view of the sea.
We got the instructions for the camp and did some bathing before we ended the day with a great Greek meal and a Ozuo party. The Greek people usually eat around 22(!) but since we were a lot of people from different countries they met us half-way at 20 :) 


We were loads of different nationalities at the camp; Norwegian, Swedish,Danish,German,Iranian,American,English and Greek but that never matters. What culture you have or where you come from doesn't matter,its the love of paintball that brings us together and makes us family.
I'm very grateful for paintball, not only for the sport, the achievements and the great people and friends in general but also for the great way I get to learn about other cultures and traditions. I can think of no other sport where you get to experience this unique fellowship.
Wednesday started off with morning run at 0815, the coach Valentinos ( Vale De Sports) led the group up a hill and combined jogging with a nice view of the place.
After breakfast it was time for a combined beach- hopping and strength and agility exercises. It was hard work and arms and legs were shaking and feeling like hurting jelly there for a while, but still the amazing view and the bright beaches made it all worth while. The night was ended with a Mojito party. 

Thursday we were just told we were going out with a boat,and what met us was a sight for sore eyes. The Anthrax crew had rented a luxury yacht with a big sun deck with lots of room for training on it without falling into the sea.
We traveled to a well hidden place with see through green water, its hard to describe how awesome it was. The water felt good and the spirit was great. We did some kickboxing exercises, some yoga and lots of diving and swimming. 

In the evening we had a bonfire by the shore, sharing laughs and old war stories.
Friday we had the morning jog and some relaxing at the beach, with some more swimming of course, before we headed in to the city of Thessaloniki for some paintball. Friday was practice day and it felt good to knock off some rust and shoot some people again. The day ended with a party on the roof at the Anthrax factory headquarters.
This year for the tournament our Fight Back Design factory team (Anthrax Norway team) was made of players from 3 different teams. Not one of us had played serious high level paintball for quite a while and only a few of us had played together before. We figured that the fact that we are really good friends and work well off the field would be our edge on the field as well.
Saturday was the first tournament day starting off with a 3 man tournament first and then the nations cup! Since we were not enough Norwegians, Swedes or Danish people we entered as Scandinavia national team. Some people thought it was an own county so it was no big deal. In the team we had 2 Swedes( Andreas and Richard) 1 Danish (Freddie) and 3 Norwegian (Stian, Tor Anders and me).


It was from the start a slightly crippled team.Together with my knee injury we also had 3 more knees with meniscus injuries,but off we went! The sport of paintball makes people make less smart decisions :)
We played a round robin game and we won all our games besides the one against Netherlands (Bad Boys Oss), that ended 2-1 to them, ending us in 2nd place. We have to be satisfied with that, the Bad Boys guys are a really great team.
So 2nd place in Nations Cup and a big grin on our faces. Paintball is the best!


Sunday the crippled squad limped out of bed, cos we were going to play paintball! This time it was 5man xball race to 4.
We started off against Anthrax Lady Allstars, a mix team of girls from different countries. Its not often you have 6 girls on the field at the same time :) We won the game 4-1
Next up was Balkan Brothers, a team we have played against in Med Cup before, they are a wolf in sheep clothed kinda team. We have underestimated them before, they don't always look smooth and technical,but they really can play. This time we came up on top, win 4-0.
Last game in the prelims was against the German team Biohaze, we had seen them play and we were expecting a tough game and we got it. By this time, besides the injuries got worse, the Greek heat was starting to get to us. It was harder to concentrate and we did our best to drink and eat to not get dehydrated and totally lost. Both teams fought well, but we won 4-3
So there we were,undefeated in the prelims, knackered and hurting - we were through to finals! With our damaged squad we wondered one time if it was really possible to play another game, then the rush of paintball kicked in and we threw ourselves out there again.




Our final game was against Kingsize Berlin a well known German team with good experienced players. The game went back and forth for each point, it was hard gun -fights, long points. There were a lot of sacrifice from the whole team, at one point Tor Anders was hopping between bunkers cos he blew out his hamstring in the break.We were so tired and had no spare resources to find, the injuries got worse and we had to borrow a player so we didn't have to play with 4. The game ended 3:2 to Biohaze in overtime and I don't think we would have another point in us anyway. We ended 6th with the same score at 5th place. Even though we always want to be on top we have to be happy with this. Since we got beaten by Bad Boys in the Nations cup it was good to see they ended under us in the scoresheet this time :)
We gave it our everything and even some strength we didn't think we had. We left blood, sweat, skin and tears at the field, but we had the time of our life :)
Traveling home with a 2nd place and a lot of great experiences feels awesome :)
A big thanx to everyone for making this amazing camp and event happen :
Everyone in the Anthrax family,Valentios, Prive cruises and Aquavibe
A special thanx to Kosta and Nil for yet again opening their home to us. Thanx to all the teams and players, especially Bos and Georgio. Our Fight Back Design team: Andreas Østin, Richard Østin, Stian Hagen, Tor Anders Gunnerød and myself:) Freddie Brockdorf for joining us in the national team.
Thanx to Moments by K and Juha Lagerqvist/Qvisted Media for making us look good :)​
And a great thanx to Planet Eclipse ,Virtue and Anthrax for making the best equipment there is and supporting us in all our adventures. We couldn't have done this without you.


Love from Kristine Myhre Andersen