Rebels on tour - from Bitburg to Hokksund
Bitburg is and have always been a great site,except the one year we played on the airstrip,but that's ancient history:) Its been a stable and good site with good view for spectators, easy access to fields, food and tradestands and for the lazy paintballer - we love the walking distance accommodation. Someone once said - Bitburg shows the German stability and quality - I can agree. The weather in Bitburg is not so stable - or maybe it is? Tends to be some light showers and some good sun in between.
For us Norwegians Bitburg tend to crash with our national day, but for the lovers of Paintball that wont stop us from playing. For more times than I can count I've celebrated the Norwegian national day in Germany playing paintball, I never brought the national dress (would make my luggage a lot overweight) but I always bring flags and noisy toys.
One other thing that crash with the Bitburg event is exam days, and this time Rebels suffered under that. Some of the guys had to sit this one out to be able to get their diploma. The rest of the team were still ready to give their opponents a good fight.
The first game against Phoenix St Petersburg gives Rebels a really good start, everything works as it should and the score is 4-0 with time to spare.
Next game Rain Of Fire Nuernberg is up, this is a close game and when the score is 2-1 to Rain Of Fire with 6 seconds left Ole from Rebels runs for the buzzer. Unfortunately he was hit before he pressed the buzzer and the point swings to Rain Of Fire leaving Rebels with a 3-1 loss.
A bit nervous now, next opponent is Elite Ile d Oleron, a really good experienced team, Rebels manages to score one point before Elite grabs hold of the game and steering it to 5-1 in their favor.
The groups in Rebels division are really tight, a lot of good teams fighting for a spot in Sunday club so fortunately this time they only needed one win to get in. Its 6 humble guys walking on the field on Sunday.
Early morning Sunday club and RMG Symphony Bratislava is up, the winners of the Barcelona event with the great Bart Blonski on their roster. The game starts really tight 1-1, 2-1, 2-2 Rebels holds up against the best team in their division. After 2-2 RMG outsmart them and they wont enter the game again making the score 6-2 to RMG. The guys were of course dissapointed not to get further into Sunday club, but still proud to give RMG a good fight
There is no rest for the wicked - after some training weekends, the England field is out and the Norwegian League instantly decides to use it for their event in Hokksund. For Rebels it was their first spin at the new layout and the learning curve could be steep.
The Hokksund site is one of the originals from the start of the Norwegian League, its a bit shorter than others but they make that up with always having nice warm weather and a super friendly staff.
First game is against Drammen Solid, the newly entered CPL team. It was a very even and tough game. The last point is ends in a 2 against 2 with the score 3-2 to Solid, but Rebels misses the time and cant finish the point before the time runs out.
Next game is against Rampage. A stable strong game from Rebels, safely steering in a 4-0 win.
Last prelim is against Oslo Menace, most of the old guys started resurrecting after finding the spark of paintball again during the 40+ in Barcelona. They fought well, but Rebels outsmarted them taking a 4-0 win.
The semi-final was against Xsportz, a team who time after time have proven themselves to be in the top of Norwegian paintball. Both teams played well and the game went back and forth point by point ending in overtime where Xsportz drew the longest straw 5-4.
In the bronze final it was a different story, Degernes Rednecks was the opponent. A slow start until the score was 2-1 to Rebels, two quick points, one of them in only 22 seconds and then Rebels steered in the win of 5-1.
Congratulations Rebels with 3rd place in the second leg of the Norwegian League!!
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 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|