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Friday, July 18, 2008

Tippinators Start AWL Season 4-0

From a scenario game, to league xball and back to woodsball again. Such is the life of the hybrid paintballers. After a successful weekend of xball, the Tippinators moved back to their roots to play the first event in the Atlantic Woodsball League (AWL).

The AWL, based on Special Ops Paintball's Scenario Paintball Players League (SPPL), expanded to six teams in 2008. July 19th, 2008, marked the kick off of the sophomore season of the AWL, at Mersey Road Paintball in East River Nova Scotia.
Event 1 was set up as a multiple capture point game of 30 minutes in duration. Three flag stations set as capture points across the field. The goal is simple, reach the flag station, raise your flag, and keep the other side from changing the flag. The winning team had the longest total duration of raised flags.
The schedule allows for teams to play each other twice per day, swapping start points between games. Swapping start points eliminates the chance factor created by an uneven field set up.

The first match of the season pitted the 2007 champion Tippinators against the Mersey Road Mercenaries, runners up in 2007. The top teams from last year had a chance to renew their rivalry and set the tone for the entire season.

The Tipps and Mercs scheduled to play each other twice in the morning. Team Iron Legion was scheduled to be the Tippinators opponent in the afternoon.

The team's morning games ended with the Tippinators coming out on top of the Mersey Road Mercenaries in both of the tightly fought matches.

Trevor 'Awkes' Colwell of the Tippinators was happy to get wins in the first matches. Colwell said "It's great to see all the skills we've been training on for speedball carry over to make us a more competitive team on the woodsball field." Colwell continued, "That training was a big factor in the performance that has kept the team successful in this new AWL season."

The successful expansion of the AWL coupled with the skill and athleticism displayed by all teams throughout the day shows woodsball has come of age in Atlantic Canada. No longer is competition paintball solely the domain of tourney players. The competitive spirit is alive and well in the woods.

The Tippinators ended the day with a perfect 4-0 record. The team looks forward to event two scheduled for August 9th at Overkill Sportz, and continuing the defense of their title.

Richard 'Krush' Robinson knows his teammates are prepared for the remainder of the AWL season "This year we pushed ourselves harder than ever and its paying off in the woods big time." Robinson said, "Our strength on the field has made the team's momentum stronger heading to the next AWL event at Overkill." 

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