was the first outing ever for the team including two newcomers
to modern tournament paintball, Kevin Allen and Shaun Fray.
rest of the team have had at least one year of experience and
consisted of Stuart Gillard, Paul Horton, Dave Luff, Andy Naylor,
Matt Poole and Darren Woodiwiss (Captain).
day started with a 5.30am departure for the two hour drive north
with the first of eight games starting at 8.45am. In this tournament
series, the teams self seed so all new teams start in the bottom
division which in this case was Division D.
There were a few new teams at this event so nothing could be taken
for granted and each team respected. The
day started badly for the Wildcats with the first game stagnating
and poor communications allowing their opponents"Sub Zero"
(The eventual winners) to grind us down for a points win 30-20.
second game was faring much better for us with communications
better and great positions from the break, things were looking
good and we maxed out the opposition for the loss of one player.
We could not take too much from this game though as two minutes
in an opposition forward dived over a lay down bunker and broke
his collar bone.
third game again worked well and we again maxed the opposition
for the loss of one player. The fourth game was another story,
one of bad luck and bad timing, things were going well and we
had eliminated four of their players for no loss when three of
our players' markers went down. We lost this game which was the
only game our opponents won all day.
fifth and sixth games went well also, resulting in maxed wins
leaving us in good standing for a overall win, until the last
two games that is.
Wildcats prepare for the event in Worksop.
seven was against "Storm North", many pundits' favourites,
and with heavy and accurate fire bogged our game down and taking
five of our players for two losses. In an almost heroic last stand,
Dave Luff and Andy Naylor held the back line and pulled it back
to 2-2 at full time.
last game was over in a flash with the opposition having a number
of vastly experienced players who rolled us over in about two
minutes for the loss of two players.
the final standings, against good quality opposition, with an
untried team, problems with some old paint early in the day (bursting
and not accurate) and problems with markers the team managed a
respectable second place.
day was tarnished obviously by the player from "TG Sunderland"
being injured and someone misappropriating two cases of paint
(4000 balls) from our staging area, but will be remembered for
an excellent first result setting the scene for 2004.
done Leicester Wildcats!