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Sunday, 28 April 2013

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Beira - Mar Part # 2




By: Rui Oliveira
Pics: Richardo Campos. PB.Record
Beira-Mar Paintball Team


Our objectives for this event were clear cut, we wanted to make the finals, and achieve a podium finish, whilst at the same time, give our less experiences members of the team more play time in order to hone their skills and prove that they deserve their spot on the starting line-up.

Our schedule looked challenging yet accessible, with two top teams in our division, including the winner of the 1st leg of our Federation Sanctioned National Championship: Team Prophecy, along with a third team which was a little inexperienced and should give us a chance to let our newer teammates get all the rotation they needed.

So in our first game, we faced off against Rush Vitória de Janes. We had the second game of the day, and were confident with our game plan and overall analysis of the field. We were a bit overly aggressive on the first point, which lead us to lose a lot of bodies early on, and ended up losing it quite quickly, but we quickly adjusted for the second point, using controlled aggression and quick moves in order to even the score back up to 1 point a piece. Then Rush was able to grab the next point, making it 2-1, and putting us against the wall since the tournament was best of 5 and we had gotten a penalty on our last played, forcing us to play with 4 the next point. We managed to fix what we were doing wrong and dug deep to win the next point quickly, to even it back to 2-2 with 18 seconds left on the clock, which meant that we had to fight for our first win in overtime. And so we did. We had a quick talk to understand what needed to be done, and we played a solid team game to finish off the match 3-2 in our favour.



The next game was against Pure Pressure, who were technically the easiest game on our calendar. We watched what they did, and launched in the first point with our less experienced players, unfortunately, we ended up losing that close first point on a 2 on 1, which left only one sole survivor on the other side. We decided to send the same squad in the next point, with a similar result in the end of the point. So, losing 0-2 we decided to change our line-up a little bit on the 3rd point, and quickly took the score to 1-2, and then again to make it 2-2. And ended up closing the match with a 3-2 score when the other team got a penalty in the finishing 60 seconds of the last point.

So, we were already through to the finals, goal achieved, but still with a challenge that were looking forward to, which was beating Prophecy (probably our biggest rivals in the division this year). We studied a little bit more on what they were doing, and made the necessary tweaks in our game plan in order to be able to effectively counter their game. With some very strong dorito play, we were able to take the first point in a long battle, making the score 1-0 with about 5 minutes left to play on the clock. The second point saw us lose several bodies at the start of the game, making it into a 5 on 2 situation against us, though we had very good positions in the snake and 40 yard line dorito. We managed to quickly get a couple of kills before the other team could start working together to pinch us out, and evened it out to a 2 vs 2, both teams then lost a body each, making it into a decisive 1 vs 1. With the score on our side, and better field position near the other team’s buzzer. We played this one by the book and played the clock long enough to get our win.

In the finals, we would have to rematch against Rush. Having had three hard fought prelim games got us ready for anything, and allowed us to achieve a convincing win of 3-1 against them. That left us to face PbRecord.com (Which consisted of SL Benfica’s SPL Roster, and Portuguese defending national champions) in the final. 

We knew it would be a tough game, but we were ready for it. Having watched us all day, they played a very slow game that was meant to keep our most aggressive players contained, while they waited to get numerical advantage before making key moves into the snake and doritos. They ended up taking the first point of the match, aided by some good shooting off the break. We fought back to take the second point and even out the score 1-1. They then managed to win the next one making it 1-2 in their favour. Again, we dug deep and managed to win our battles and make key moves in order to convincingly get the 2-2 score and get the momentum swinging back in our favour. Unfortunately, a long day of hard fought matches was starting to take its toll, worsened by the fact that we had marshaled the 5 man division the day before, and our team started showing the first signs of tiredness. We went back in with 3 minutes left on the clock, decided to take this match, and were able to get very good positions and a key kill that allowed us to put PbRecord on the back foot, defending against our attacks. Unfortunately we were unable to close the match in time and were about 20 seconds away from the win when the clock ran out, forcing the match into sudden death.

Again we gathered our strength and got ready for what would be the last of a series of hard fought points and games in this tournament. We were able to get some key positions early on, but also lost a couple of players which allowed PbRecord to use their numerical advantage to keep us pinned down, and ultimately gain control of the snake, and using it to eliminate our last players, leading to a 2-3 loss in overtime and ultimately, 2nd place for us.

Although we knew we could have won, it was still a very good result for us, and we had a good team analysis afterwards that allowed us to pinpoint our flaws and determine a plan to work on them in practice before the next event. We played a solid, team game, we weren’t flawless, but we were always able to identify our mistakes, and work together to correct them. We are establishing ourselves as a team to look out for, and we are hungry to do a lot more this season. Of course none of this would be even remotely possible without the amazing help from our sponsors, for which we are immensely grateful, and for which we will continue to work hard so that we can represent you in the best manner possible. So to you, our deepest thank you, and our pledge that we will practice, practice and practice in order to get better and better results.

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Saturday, 27 April 2013

A NEW Beginning.......



First question… what should we take from the 2012 season as a team?



The good and bad days we spent together, remember all our mistakes so we don’t do them again but most of all we should keep our friendship and all the fun we have playing paintball together.



2013 is set to stay on our minds for a long time, this is not just a new beginning, but also a year that we want to show everyone why this team is so important to us and we fight so hard to maintain the same players, the same spirit outside the field, the same attitude inside the field but a whole new image that will give us motivation to fight harder.



We have a new jersey for 2013, we also changed our logo. Sometimes we need to make little changes to get more, so with that in mind, changes were made. The idea of the 2013 new logo is to get more from the actual image in a way of keeping up with the evolution that paintball is taking; we don’t want to lose the history and original image of the name Prophecy but is important to go with the flow of paintball evolution.



Concerning sponsors for 2013 the mentality is simple, if they worked well last year, if we are treated well, and if we love our sponsors, why should we change anything?



We are still using Planet Eclipse material, now shooting with the GEO3 that is just outstanding, we continue to shoot the best paint ( G.I.Sportz ), wear V-force masks that make us look so cool, Exalt cleats, Dream Team products, also to make us  look good we still have Hybrid photo thru Ricardo Campos that take our pictures and X3 Magazine, Shamir is a new sponsor that is helping a lot, Frostline and Jorge Sá Madeiras. Last but the most important we still have the full support of Adrenalicia (APD) amazing friends, always on our side, always ready if we need something, thanks so much Javier and Jota.



 All this together, the new jersey, the new logo and also the sponsors helped us on this first stage of the Portuguese Paintball Championship.



Prior to the first stage of the Portuguese Paintball Championship we had 3 weekends of practice, the team wanted to start big so we went for it strong, practicing hard and shooting a lot of paint. Our coach Jose Antonio Otero (Jota Apd) helped us getting better doing different drills, studying tactics, motivating us to do better but most important in getting us united as a team during every part of the game… We practiced at several locations but the last one before the Championship was the most useful to us, in the Vila Verde Millennium field (www.vilaverdestore.com) we got to practice against some of the teams we are fighting against in the same Division and that in my opinion is always good.



Regarding this first stage of the Portuguese Paintball Championship that was played in Lisbon (Alcabideche) we knew that from the 3 teams we were playing, only one was capable of make us anxious, not because they play really good but because they have new players with a lot of experience, players that like us, already played in Millennium Series, other European stages and have played Paintballl for a long time.



With that in mind we knew it was essential to start strong remembering how important it was to have the mentality from last Millennium Series in Paris, where we did good and played very well. We were shooting strong lines putting a lot of paint in the air and making the right moves up the field… from the 3 teams we played XXL C., Titans and Beira Mar none of them had the strength to stop us and we won all 3 games with no problem.



The semifinal game was against Metralhas Silver, a good team, but a team that did not have the necessary experience to hurt us, not giving any chance of being surprised by them we easily achieved  victory.



In the final we played Damaiense, a team that a week earlier practiced with us in Vila Verde Paintball field, in their new Millennium 2013 field, the practice was good and we knew they were an organized team that respect the adversary and try to go up the field as much as they can with no fear of risking new moves every time… it was a good game and without much effort we won it, in total during the day we only lost 2 points and that is really good.





It was a perfect day, like we expected and practiced to be, knowing that from here it will be even more difficult because those teams will also practice and we will be the team they want to beat, but if we continue to prepare our games wisely, I think that we will do a good job. Our heads and thoughts are all going in one direction so the team is confident and know what to do.



To our sponsors Planet Eclipse thanks for the Geo 3 it is amazing, to G.I. SPORTZ paintballs we could not be more thankful because the paint is just amazing, Exalt , V-force masks, Shamir, Hybrid photo, Jorge Sá Madeiras, Frostline and Dream Team clothing, respect to all. Thanks to all our sponsors we are really happy with your support…



Thanks to Adrenalicia (APD) for all the support you guys provide, you are amazing, always on our side, always ready if we need something, thanks so much Javier and Jota,



To my team mates Ricardo Melo, Maga, Pedro Graça, Alex Gomes, João Lima, Nuno Roxo, Jorge Sá and João Teles… I love you guys. Also thanks to all the people that help us during the day, your support also give us strength to play harder.



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Breakout


Getting into tournament Paintball isn't easy these days, even lower divisions can be a little too intimidating. The UK's premium tournament series which is fully booked on Sunday has opened a 'Breakout' division on Saturday before the main event on the Sunday. It's aimed at players and teams that want to give tourney ball a go but are still not sure if it's for them....
The main differences are:

·         Lower FPS (Feet per second) down to 280 FPS from 300.

·         Semi Auto ONLY (No Ramping).

·         Wider Breakout Start Gates...

So if you’re ready for the next challenge get in touch with the CPPS and book you team into the Breakout Division.





Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Women ONLY !!!

Lethal Ladies



On April 7th 2013 the First Ever Women's 3 Man Paintball Tournament was held at Camp Pendleton Paintball field! Their Mission was to create an all Woman's Paintball Tournament from women all over the United States and other countries as well. The goal is to encourage all female paintball players, whether in a team or not, to participate in a ground breaking experience in the sport of paintball. There was also a two day clinic/camp held by Team Dynasty for all players attending the tournament. Established female teams from all over are welcome to register for the tournament. This event will also be combined with local activities in the So Cal area for bonding, experience, and new friendships.
Team Lethal Ladies, based out of Adrenalin Paintball in GA, attended the event as one of the 12 teams. The team rocked out all weekend in Planet Eclipse’s Elusion Fire Jerseys. They had them custom made with all sponsors logos and names to showcase the team. After a great event in CA the team has decided to keep playing together and will be attending more 3 man events in GA and then hopefully moving up to 5 man once they find a few more women players to put on the team. 
Pam, captain and owner of Adrenalin Paintball, had to say “We would like to thank Planet Eclipse for helping the team out with the new jersey and Adrenalin Paintball for supporting the team and giving us a great place to play. We had a great time at the event and it was a great experience for us as a team and we proved to ourselves that we can compete with all other established women teams. We look forward to the next all Women’s Tournament on the East Coast!”

We would like to thank again Lethal Ladies and Adrenalin Paintball for all their support!