At the start of the season we decided that we wanted to broaden our paintball playing experiences!
We wanted to play more games overseas, we wanted to attend more scenario games and we wanted to delve in to the world of Tournament paintball in the forms of The UWL and SupAir at The CPPS events!
Let’s start with The UWL…. Run by Shoreline and held at 2 locations North and South of England the idea was to make sure as many teams could get to a location and play. YPC in Selby ran the North Events and Campaign Paintball in Cobham, Surrey ran the Southern events.
The UWL was set up so that a team’s best 4 recorded finishes counted towards the final rankings. With 3 legs being held at each Northern and Southern location, teams had the chance to play 6 events before the final round, The UWL Super Cup which was held at the Planet Eclipse Big Game Staargate.
We booked ourselves in to all 3 Southern events and the Super Cup at Staargate played at Powerplay, Wakefield. This was a brand new experience for us and we had not played competitive paintball to this standard before, it was nervy but addictive! Out of all 4 events we finished 4th in our first ever UWL tournament. We also had players ranked in the top 15 (Indie 9th & Jonty 13th - unlucky for some) The UWL gave us the bug for close quarter competitive paintball which led us to look further afield!
We attended many UK scenario events and were Generals for some of those and also managed to squeeze a few trips to Europe.. Shoreline always put on a good show and we like to get to as many of those games as possible, these included a game at a fort in France, Tippmann Challenge UK,
and Staargate. Mixed in with some events by Going Postal and some Skirmish and Mayhem games we probably played 8 Big Game events.
Our newest adventure led us to a wide open field in Penkridge, Cannock, home of The CPPS...
Being from the woods all this inflatable bunker stuff looked a bit, out of place and wrong.. But we had the competitive bug from UWL so just had to try it to see what it was all about.
For 2013 the CPPS opened a new Division played on the Saturday called 'Breakout Division'. The rules were slightly different than the standard divisional play in an effort to attract new teams to SupAir and for us it worked really well. The FPS is lowered to 280fps from 300fps,
No Ramp setting on markers, Semi only and capped to 10bps and the start gate had a 5 yard box style setup. The benefit of the box is that any player can start from within the box without having to touch the gate, the idea being you could make a bunker quicker and not get shot.
In the first event we managed to place 3rd and although there was a small turn out we were on top most of the day only losing in the finals. We all had a great time and the competitive buzz and adrenaline rush really got us hooked, before the day was out we had booked in for the next event.
We wanted to also try out the Division above Breakout, Div 5 played on the Sunday. So the next CPPS saw us play Saturday and Sunday in a full on SupAir paintballfest. In the Breakout Division we started to think about how the game should be played, we had tactics that we knew we could cross
over from the woods and like any person with a bug for something new we all had been watching the Millennium Webcast and PSP webcast in a hope to pick up some tips and skills.
In our 2nd only attempt at SupAir we walked away with first place in The Breakout Division only dropping 2 points all day. We felt good and couldn’t wait to hit Div5 the next day. CPPS is an amazing event held at a really well run site by people who really care about the experience you receive.. A big shout to Ainsley, Matt and the rest of the CPPS team for making it what it is and keeping us so hungry for more..
Sunday came and what a change for the Saturday, literally a hundred or so teams turned out for the event and we were immediately put back and slightly intimidated by all the guys in their bright shirts and swanky bling markers...
First game came round and we managed to pick up a draw, we should have won but the fact we decided to pick our pods up before game over saw a few 141's and the team eliminated, lesson learned! Slightly miffed at our lack or knowing the rules, our own fault, we regrouped for the next one and pulled in a win. The success continued and we reached the finals! our 2nd ever visit to a SupAir site and tournament and we hit the finals, a woodsball team... We went on to win the Div5 event and out of a full weekend of SupAir, playing 25 points only dropped 3.. What a buzz..
We returned for a 3rd Breakout event which was sponsored by Eclipse and picked up Ledz as a day coach, we didn’t impress much, losing our first point miserably and getting that look from the Boss.... We re-grouped and pulled off a run of straight wins to see us win the Breakout Division for the 2nd time.. Wanting to better our game we booked in to Div4 for the Sunday, we were hungry for more, its now in our blood this tourney thing..
Saturday didn’t go without any hitches.... In the first point of the day Kirsty decided she needed to 'Ryu flying knee drop' some hard ground before a bunker and managed to pop her knee cap which ended up half way down her shin! It was a grim sight! We applaud John from Sandbaggers for taking her straight to A+E.. So I need to add that we did have the help of some others on the Saturday, namely Dog Soldiers & Shoreline Rangers, our fellow woodsball comrades.. So many people said she'd be out for a good few weeks but guess what.. not wanting to let the team down and leave 4 players fighting against 5, Kirsty sucked it up like a boss and played on the Sunday, knee cap having been popped back in place! We made her cover the back centre so she didn’t have to
run! She did a great job all day.. It’s fair to say that despite the big injury we were playing with 4 and a 1/2 as it was simply impossible to move with that type of injury. We gave it our all and walked away just shy of a podium finish which we thought was well deserved considering our situation..
SupAir is something that has now firmly attached itself with each member of the team and we are keen to play more events for sure.
So to sum up 2013 with some highlights we need to mention a 3rd place podium finish at the UWL Super Cup played on the Saturday before the Planet Eclipse Big Game 'Staargate' Only losing out to Sand Baggers North & South who placed 1st and 2nd!! Top of the table overall 4th place finish in our first competitive UWL event.. Staargate itself in which Indie helped lead 1 of 3 Red factions to a overall win, beating Ledz and his gang who opted to play for the Blues!
Leadership / General Roles for 4 of the Big Scenario Games and some overseas battles in France.
2 Breakout Divisional wins at the CPPS, 1 Division 5 Win and a top table Division 4 finish.
We want to thank Planet Eclipse for all the support this year, the gear and markers are 1st class and keep us in the game, winning..We are pleased to re-sign with Planet Eclipse for the 2014 season and beyond.
We will have some more exciting news coming soon.. Very soon...
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