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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Tippinators Victory in AXBL

Without a chance to catch their breath, or to savor the success of the Invasion game, the Tippinators were thrown right back into the heat of AXBL action a week after the scenario event.

The second event in the Atlantic Xtreme Paintball League played July 13, 2008 at Overkill Sportz in Mount Uniacke Nova Scotia. With a full day of games scheduled between 8:00am to 5:00pm, the 90 degree temperatures would make the event a test of endurance for some teams.
The Tippinators played their first game of the day against Moncton Heavy Metal, at 9:30am, before the oppressive heat started. The Tipp's managed to heat up the field right from the start of the game by taking their corners and having all 98s and A5s rolling flawlessly with the DraXxuS paint.

After trading a few points with Moncton in the first five minutes of the game the Tippinators started to find their rhythm. Aggressive fire and movement coupled with key run throughs, and smart snake play from Justin 'KossaK' Landry and Chris 'Mully' Mullins pushed the Heavy Metal squad on to their heels for the remainder of the game.

In keeping with the team cheer, once the 'pain train' started rolling it didn't stop. The team kept pushing Moncton right through to the end of the game.

At the final horn the Tippinators had recorded their first victory in AXBL play, by a convincing 14-5.
The team had a one game wait before heading out against the 2007 AXBL Champion Halifax Hitmen, in what would prove to be the team's biggest challenge of the season.

The Hitmen watched the Tippinators first game of the day and had prepared a solid game plan which they executed to perfection. The entire first half of the game was dominated by Halifax. The Hitmen countered every attempt made by the Tipp's to break the game open, as they took the lead, locked down the field and began to run the clock. The game looked like it was to become a complete route as the Tippinators tried, unsuccessfully, again and again to break the Halifax stranglehold.

The Tippinators finally adjusted their play and began to have success with eight minutes remaining in the second half. When the team discovered the chink in the Halifax armor, they started to score unanswered points.

In the end the lead generated by the Hitmen was too great. The heroics of individual Tippinators was not enough as time ran down. The final score was disappointing 11-4 in favor of Halifax.

At the end of the second day of play the Tippinators record became a respectable 1-2-1, with a +/- -2. With one event, and two games, remaining in the AXBL season, a first place finish is now out of reach for the Tippinators. However, with a strong game against Waterloo and close match versus the powerful Shock team the Tipp's still have a chance to finish the season on the podium.

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