I didnt’ get a chance to blog about the early start to paintball this year. The regional SPPL qualifiers was held in Utah on May 2nd and 3rd this year, which as those who know me will note was the last day at my previous job :). What an exciting day.
What was really fun is this year DesertEdge fielded two squads (Yin and Yang), which gave me the chance to captain the Yang group. This had several seasoned team members, as well as a complement of our Junior group, and a couple of team tryouts (talk about trial by fire).
Through two days on very challenging fields though, we proved ourselves. As the sun set on the championship game in the Masters division, it was DesertEdge vs. Desertedge for first and second places. (gee, who won?).
What a great way to start the tournament season, with a nice first and second place standing, and nationals qualifications.
After a seriously hard fight, Team DesertEdge has earned it’s way to the Scenario Paintball Players League National Finals. Last weekend we had to fight through the brackets with the best scenario paintball teams in the local states to earn our way to this honor.
DesertEdge fielded two squads at this event, and wound up taking 3 qualifying spots (4th, 5th, and Sportsmanship). Getting two teams to this point is amazing, especially considering the quality of the opponents. Even better when we lost out of the game for first/second place by 1 point! (out of several hundred available per game). I also can’t complain when that game was one of the best paintball games ever played. The opponents (Team Forest Fire) were excellent, Refs were great, and the sportsmanship between the two teams was outstanding.
After them we fought the Paraplegic turtles in an intense game in which we lost through a few details that hurt us, but still with a close score. And you can’t fault the work on the turtles, their gun-skills were top-notch throughout the day.
The top team was Team Run again this year, who has always been our toughest competition. We were glad when we were able to provided players they needed one morning to field the team needed to complete their bracket, basically knocking ourselves out of contention for first place.
Now, I have to figure out a way to Oklahoma next month to compete in the national competition with the other qualifying teams.