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Saturday, August 16, 2008

AXBL Season Ends on High Note

The 2008 AXBL season has draw to a close after the final event held on August 17 at Atlantic Xtreme Paintball in Memramcook NB. The last event was the toughest for the Tippinators, scheduled to play the second place Waterloo ASA and first place Scotia Shock in their final two matches.

Heading into the final day of competition the Tipps were two points out of second place and poised to finish the season on the podium. A win against ASA and close game against Shock would vault the team into contention.

The Tippinators came out swinging against ASA scoring the first point. The Tippinators' game plan was working, with everyone playing their best paintball of the season. The teams were evenly matched with the first half ending 7-5 in favor of ASA. A surge in the last two minutes gave the Tipps the momentum heading into the second half.

The second half started where the first left off as the team continued to have success applying pressure up the dorito side. Things were going well when a few rookie mistakes caught up with the Tipps, which drew penalties. While killing penalties, the momentum shifted back to ASA who did not relinquish their lead throughout the power play. Having served their penalties and back to full strength the Tippinators mounted a spirited push to regain the momentum.

The last minute rush came to late to affect the outcome and Waterloo ASA went on to a 12-8 victory.

After a brief rest the team took to the field against the powerful, league leading Scotia Shock. The team was under no illusions that victory was possible. Shock had completely dominated every team in the league with an average 11 point margin of victory.

The game proved to be a great learning experience. Playing against superior a team quickly identifies the errors in your own game. When the dust settled Shock's margin over the Tippinators was 12 points, comparable to every other team in the league. Plus all team members learned from the experience and improved because of it.

The team gave it everything they had but were unable to improve their league ranking, finishing out the season with a sixth place finish.

Chris 'Fuzzy' Landry was happy with the season as a whole. "We went from rookie three man in 2007 to holding our own against the best in the east in open X-Ball." Landry continued, "2008 was a year for us to step up to new challenges, and I don't see why 2009 should be any different."

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