Slagen Bandits wrap up 2011
Another long season is over, taking its toll on the body and the wallet.
Up in Norway there was lots of snow from November to April so we decided to kick start our season somewhere warmer. We went with a whole bunch of guys to Portugal to compete in a regional tournament. We wanted to have a good time and gel as a team after the long winter break.
This was one of the best trips ever and we had a blast in Portugal both on and off the field. We ended up winning both the 5-man and the X-ball tournament. What a way to kick of the season and boost team morale!
A few weeks later we took our first tournament win in Norway as well, first place in the Norwegian Paintball League season opener! As the season went on we continued to work hard to improve both our game and our home field at Slagen Paintball. We added a second field and were given the opportunity to host the Norwegian Championship, the biggest tournament in Norway. Both the field and the club has grown steadily over the last few years and the coming season is probably going to be the busiest one yet!
As the season progressed we had several podium finishes in Norway in both the Elite division and division 1 and in the last NPL of the season we were once again on the top of the podium. This also gave us the series championship by the smallest of margins, not only in the Elite division but also in division 1!
The last tournament of the season was the Millennium Series in Paris. In all our matches we went down by two or three points early but we made some amazing comebacks and made it through to the knockout stage of the tournament. Sadly we had one of our flattest games of the season in our first finals match and were knocked out after losing 4-2.
After returning from Paris we could pack away our well used Eclipse markers and settle in for a well deserved winter break as this has been Slagen Bandits best season so far.
Winter season has been kind of slow until now. A few of us has been able to visit Planet Eclipse headquarters in Manchester which was very nice, and not to mention that several Bandits have been trained by some of the best players in the world early in December! They attended a great clinic organized by Hybrid Foto in Sweden and got to meet and train with several Russian Legion players.
In retrospect this has been a great year. We have won several tournaments, made some great friends, both Slagen Bandits and Slagen paintball club has grown significantly and we have developed new relationships with several paintball companies who has helped us a lot along the way.
We wish to thank all of our sponsors and friends:
And of course all our great players who made this the best year ever!