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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Atlantic Xtreme Paintball League Event 2

The Tippinators Paintball AXBL Team and Tippinator Cyclone AX4 Team were primed and ready to play Event #2 of the Atlantic Xtreme Paintball League season. AXBL event 2 moved to a first time venue at Storm Warning Paintball in Kentville Nova Scotia on June 17 and 18, 2010.

The Cyclones practiced hard between prior to event 2 and hoped the hard work would translate into improved performance on the field.

The Cyclone's hard work paid off against the Halifax Hitmen. The Hitmen are previous league champions, who are now in a rebuilding phase. The Cyclones used aggressive fore and movement to dominate the field and pull out the first win in franchise history.

A five hour wait before game two brought the team out sluggish against the strong Truro Army squad. The Cyclones allowed Army to go up a few points early before coming to life. Once the Cyclones started to play, they managed to trade point for point with Army through the rest of the game.

"I am really proud of how the guys came together today." said Bruce Johnston, Team Captain, "They showed what they are made of deep down. Event 3 will be a great show."

Halifax Cyclones 10 - Halifax Hitmen 6
Truro Army 10 - Halifax Cyclones 6

The match between the Tipps and their long time friends on South Shore Hype was the Tippinators only scheduled game for July 18th.

Hype jumped out to an early lead after which they simply held on for the rest of the match. The Tippinator players were having so much fun running and gunning in the mid 30's heat (that would be mid 90's for you folks south of the border) that if you didn't see the scoreboard, you would have no idea who was winning by watching the reaction of the players in the pits.

In a true display of Tippinator playfulness and sportsmanship, the Tippinators traded markers with Hype players for the last part of the game. Cries of "How the hell do you turn this thing on!" could be heard coming from the start box.

"We are friends that play ball together, not competitive cut throat do or die individuals, but a cohesive group that all shares the same core values," said Dan Lapham,"when one gets down we all get down, when someones puking in the bushes we are wondering if they are ok, not who won the last point."

Lapham continued, "We are what we are, we've built a name together a play style that has attracted every type of player from across the province and an attitude that screams we love what we do, no matter what the scoreboard says."

South Shore Hype 13 - HRM Tippinators 4