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Sunday, June 24, 2012

MXL Atlantic Division Season Opener

Minor Xtreme Paintball League

The Tippinators were pumped for the start of the 2012 CXBL Atlantic Division season on June 23rd, 2012 at Armyman’s Paintball in Truro Nova Scotia. Not only did the team have a few new faces in the line up, but the players were shooting the all new Tippmann Crossover.

The team arrived to the field early to put the final tweaks on equipment and spend extra time coming together as a cohesive unit. After a warm up and laughing enough to make cheeks sore, it was time for each player to put on his game face and start the xball season.

The Tippinators came out strong against Riverview Disturbed in the first game of the season. The teams were evenly matched, traded points back and forth through the first half. At the start of the second half the Tipps settled in with the new markers and scored a string of unanswered points.

Riverview made a valiant charge to come within striking distance but the clock worked against them and time ran out. The final score of a very entertaining game was the Tippinators 8, Disturbed 5.

There was a one game wait before the Tipps second game of the day. Pods were quickly refilled and equipment cleaned as the team readied for what they knew would be a tough match against the 2011 CXBL Eastern Conference Champion Moncton Strict Union.

Last season a number of different Strict Union players guested with the Tippinators throughout the season. Because of the familiarity and sense of camaraderie between the teams, this game would be fun regardless of the outcome.

Strict Union started the game strong and never looked back. The Tipps struggled to counter Strict’s aggressive field movements and accurate shooting. The Tipps were held in check from the outset and on there heels the entire game. Strict Union out hustled the Tipps for a final score of 12 -1 in run away contest that was never in doubt.

MXL Event 1 was the first opportunity for the Tippinators to give the Crossovers a real test. The markers preformed magnificently. CXBL event paint this season is GI Sportz 4 Star Tournament Grade, in the past the team would not be able to shoot such brittle paint in their high pressure 98s. Ten players used Crossovers for the day, shooting a total of 22 cases of paint through the Crossovers without an issue.

The 2012 Tippinators may have new faces and new guns but they still have the same play for fun attitude. The team may have come out of the day with a 1-1 record but it was a great day of paintball as seen by the smiles on the players faces.