Saturday, March 29, 2008

Earlier this month, on second of March 2008, my friends and I joined our second paintball tournament, the 3 vs. 3 Open Tournament Sabah. It was held at Padang Merdeka, Kota Kinabalu, as part of Kota Kinabalu commemoration as a city. The competition was divided into two categories, rookie (mechanical marker) and novice (electronic marker). We decided to join the rookie category. 

For this time around, organizers were well prepared, in terms of giving early team briefing, field layout and so forth. However some dispute arisen as the initial competition date was change last minute. It enraged several team participated (referring to the werdnahol forum). The original date was February 23rd and 24th, but due to some glitch, the date subsequently was changed to 1st and 2nd of March. 

In my opinion, the event didn’t attract many teams. We had nine teams registered for the rookie and only seven teams for the novice. Maybe it is because (1) not many can own an e-marker (for the novice category) (2) the high fees they need to pay (RM 200 registration fees + RM250 per box of pallet, novice category was even much higher). Just my 2 cents though.

Earlier, we tried to find sponsors to lower our burden. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any who was willing to do so. As a last resort, I turned to my company to sponsor us. That was how ANDISBA EXPRESS came out as our team name (initially we planned to use Kumbang Berachun! what a turnaround). Team ANDISBA XPRESS (spelled without an e) represented by Zurie [el-gringo], Safie [Romie], Jonathan [JayT], Angelina [angie the cute] and myself [tomato].

The first round is played in league format. The top four in the group stage got through to the semi final. The first played third, and second played fourth position with the winners went to the final. In the final, the CHAMPION was decided to teams that won 3 matches in the 5 round of match.

We managed to get to the semi unscathed, tainted only by a lost to Hoodies (the solely team represented by all girl). In the semi we met team DeQuilly. It’s a close contest but we scrapped the match 2-1. So there we went to our very first final and our opponent, Sabah Rhinos Rogues. They also had beaten Hoodies 2-1 in the other semi.

Eventually, after a hard fought match, we managed to beat Sabah Rhinos Rogues. It’s a close 3-2. We won the last round merely by technical. That is how close the match went. Thanks to Sabah Rhinos Rogues for the thrilling final!

After a grueling day, WE finally WON! All the hard work, tactic discussion really paid off… congratulation to ANDISBA XPRESS!

Official results:

Rookie Category: (9 teams)

Novice Category: (7 teams)
1st = 3NITY BL8

THANK YOU to my teammates, Zurie, Romie, Angie & Jonathan (good work guys!) Feizal of KKPC Dragoons (terima kasih sifu!), Miguel of KKPC (thanks for the box of palette), the KKPC teams; KKPC Dragoons (consist of Ronny, Abel, Eric and Wei Wan), KKPC Wolves and our loyal supporters (Salmi, Ima & Suria [u guys rock!]). Last but not least for those who gave us support (directly or indirectly) during the tournament. Thank you very much!