Round 3 of the 2008 Australian Super 7s Paintball series was held over the weekend, 2-3 August at Action Paintball in Sydney. 16 teams battled it out from all over Australia, even teams from USA and New Zealand for points in the 2008 series, with a prize pool in excess of $120,000.
Uprising, based at and sponsored by Predator Paintball – Michelago, finished the first day sitting in 4th place with 378 points and needing some solid performances in the remaining 5 preliminary rounds on Sunday morning.
The team came out strong early, taking 4 convincing wins in a row, including two whitewashes where the games were over in under a minute. The last game of the Prelims was against Sydney SWAT, who brought the boys back down to earth with a thumping and only lost one player in the process.
Prelims over, Uprising was sitting in second place on 784 points behind Sydney based team Bitchen who had streaked ahead on 1024 points. Uprising came up against A9X from Coffs Harbour in the semi-final, going down with 2 straight losses in a best of 3 format to be left to play off for 3rd & 4th. Bitchen beat Apocalypse convincingly to take the other spot in the final, going on to win against A9X 2-1.
Several players on Apocalypse are based at Adventure Paintball, so understandably Uprising and Apocalypse have a freindly local rivalry when they come up againt each other. Uprising took the first game to put the pressure on the Apoc boys, but Apoc came out fired up in the second to even the board and force the playoff into a 3rd match.
This was an exact rematch of round 1 in February this year, when Apoc beat Uprising to claim 3rd place in Semi-pro division. This time was different…..
Uprising came out firing (pardon the pun..) and took the win convincingly with 6 players left on the field to claim 3rd place and show that they will only continue to improve.
Hopefully this will show the sport positively when the ACT laws relating to ownership of paintball markers changes and players are able to take their markers home from the field to clean and maintain them, that the government has made the right decision. Most players entering the sport in ACT are put off because they can not own their own marker, yet move to Queenbyan or Jerra and its perfectly legal to own and store one at home in an approved safe.
Paintball markers come under the same licencing and storage requirements that real firearms do, and the holders go through the same checks. Why the ACT has lagged behind other states for so long is beyond me?