Thursday, November 26, 2009

Acknowledgements - WCA 09

The Rocknrollas would like to say a huge thank you to the MacDev Ronins, for deigning to train with us rookies, for guiding and supporting us, and for giving us the opportunity to learn from one of the best teams in Malaysia.

We'd also like to thank our sponsor Azodin Paintball for the opportunity to train with the Azodin Kaos markers prior to the WCA. They were fantastic in the field, especially with our own hoppers and tanks.

Another word of thanks for our other sponsor Napshot Paintball, for the support and encouragement given during the WCA, as well as the excellent technical support during emergencies.

Thank you to Shamsher Opherden, aka Terry, for being a fantastic coach!

Thank you to Paintball TAG at Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort, for being a great field to train in and for having the WCA field up early.

Also grateful to all the other people who supported us, who came to help us out and to take pictures of us, as well as the other teams we played against in the WCA, for playing a great game.

Finally, thank you to PALS Events, for organizing the World Cup Asia - Asia's Largest International Paintball Tournament!

Well done, Rocknrollas. Top 5 in WCA 2009!

Now that we've more or less had a few days to recover, it's time to update this thing.

The Rocknrollas placed 5th in Division 4 in the World Cup Asia 2009!

Despite running around somewhat like headless chickens in our first few games, the team managed to pull it together by the fourth or fifth game. We'd initially scored a few draws due to technicalities - one team didn't take the flag, and we managed to hold off another team until the time ran out - but things weren't looking very bright with one loss and two draws. It wasn't til the fourth game that everyone got their panties on straight, and started whooping some ass.

At the end of the first day, with 3 wins, 2 losses, and 2 draws, we were the 10th out of 19 teams, which qualified us for the second round on Sunday.

Now this is where things started getting interesting. The remaining 16 teams were split into 4 groups of 4 teams, and each group played round robin, which means each team had 3 games to play. We won two games, and lost one, pushing us up into the quarterfinals.

The team was pumped. We'd gone into the World Cup Asia with absolutely no expectations, and some hope, but here we were in the quarterfinals! THE QUARTERFINALS! It's like... damn.

We'd had a few minor incidents - one team member lost his cool and started screaming at the refs because he got pulled out for a bunker that fell over (BUNKER DOWN!), which resulted in a 1 for 1, another team member dove into a bunker and gashed his hand on a large rock in the mud, and I personally got pulled for a false start because my barrel wasn't touching the starting gate - but the team pulled through in the end.

One member of the team in particular shone from outside the field, helping the team to pull things together, filling pods, getting paint, wiping us down, cheering us from the sidelines, and deliberately sitting out of games to make sure the strongest team possible was on the field.

There's no way to tell what would have happened if that person hadn't done so. Maybe we'd have done better, maybe not, but I'm grateful nonetheless. Both for the sacrifice made for the sake of the team, and because I love this person to bits anyway.

We lost 2 games out of 3 in the quarterfinals. I'll never forget watching my team crowd around the scoreboard, only to slump and walk slowly and quietly away. There was a heavy silence around our gear table, but it only lasted until I added up the points and realized that we'd actually managed to get 5th place.

Now, 5th place is not a podium finish, but it's helluva lot better than last in the group. Considering the team had initially placed closer to the tail end of things in previous tournaments and we weren't expecting much, this was a major achievement for us.

There were a few people who said things like, "Geez, it's just D4, if you can't win D4, don't bother with D1", but I say screw them. Rome wasn't built in a day, neither can a D1 team. Anyone who says they knew they were destined for greatness the minute they picked up a marker is either a fantastic liar, in denial, or savagely delusional.

The team's been practicing hard, and they did their best. They supported each other, pushed each other on, and kept each other in check, depending on what was needed at the time. They worked like a team. They had fun. And that to me, is what really counts.

I'm proud of you, Rocknrollas.

Friday, November 20, 2009

World Cup Asia tomorrow!

Well, technically the World Cup Asia started today, Friday 19 Nov 2009 with Divisions 1, 2, and 3. Division 4 begins tomorrow!

The field itself was thoroughly festive, with superbooths from the usual suspects - Dye, Eclipse, Azodin, Sly, and local paintball vendors like Napshot, Pro Paintball, and KCHL.

FACES Magazine, the official magazine for the World Cup Asia, had a small booth from which they distributed free copies of the magazine, and several media publications turned up even though I'd specified that the media would probably prefer to come on Sunday when the quarters, semis, and finals will be played.

The field was not too muddy, all things considered, and the weather played nice until about when a light drizzle threatened to but thankfully did not turn into a full-blown storm. About then, the mildly annoyingly moist field turned into a muddy mess, but it was still bearable, thanks to the raised walkways, which were a considerate touch.

Spirits were high, and games were fast and hard. Dez Foo of and his honchos were all over the place, shutters snapping non-stop. Looking forward to some fantastic photography from them.

Overall, the first day of the World Cup Asia went auspiciously well.

Keep your fingers crossed for us!

If you want to come watch the World Cup Asia, the event will be at Xtion Paintball Park, Bukit Jalil, from 8am - 6pm, 19-22 Nov 2009.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

One Week to WCA: New Jerseys & Silvio Defuns!

One week to go to the World Cup Asia 2009, The Largest International Paintball Event in Asia! Things are shaping up well, our team will be playing host to Brandon Fort of PBFashion and Daniel from Azodin! We're off to pick Brandon up at 6pm today.

We've got us some swanky new jerseys too. Nothing amazingly fancy, but well, we no longer look like the Misfits. Hiekal brought his camera, so we've got some awesome pictures.

Check out our uber-gangsta faces, haha.

We also had a great clinic with Silvio Defuns of team Consilium Dei Zurich last weekend. He had great advice, and the team improved tremendously at the end of the weekend, though the heavy rains meant that we had to shift several frogs to a safer end of the field, and we all ended up looking like we'd gone mud-wrestling, especially after a few diving drills.

The Rocknrolla Team with Silvio Defuns at TAG Bukit Kiara (right)

I, in particular, ended up looking like the Swamp Thing. Mud, mud, everywhere.

In the end though, it was a great session. Thank you once again Silvio! Big thanks to the Macdev Ronins as well, for helping us improve ourselves, and for supporting us.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Road to World Cup Asia 2009 on NTV7

Here's a quick clip about the World Cup Asia 2009 on The Breakfast Show on NTV7. Thank you to Safwan and Intan at NTV7 for producing this awesome clip!

Don't forget to come support us at the WCA! Come watch the games, meet the pros, shop at the expo, or just immerse yourself in the glamour and glory of the WCA.

Entry is FREE for those who want to shop at the expo and watch the games. You'll need to pay for a guest tag if you want to enter the player's area (excluding tents), or a pit crew tag to enter a team tent. Each team can have a max of 2 pit crew.

It'll be massive, this year's WCA attendance is guesstimated at 4000 pax. So come on down and cheer for your favorite teams (or us)!

Don't forget, there'll be a playazz party at the end of the event on the 22nd Nov at Mist Club, Bangsar. More details on that later!

The World Cup Asia will be held from the 19 til 22 November 2009 at Xtion Paintball Park, Kompleks Sukan Negara, Bukit Jalil.

Welcome, Hiekal!

Hiekal Rosli with his adorable family

This is a little delayed, but team Rocknrolla now has a sixth member! We'd like to officially welcome Hiekal Rosli to the fold. He's just come back from the US, and he's only been with us a few weeks, but he's rapidly proving to be a real asset to the team. The World Cup Asia will be Hiekal's first paintball tournament in Malaysia.


Monday, November 2, 2009

Team Rocknrolla vs Malaysian Today!

Yesterday (Sun), Team Rocknrolla played against the team of Malaysian Today at Xtion Paintball, Bukit Jalil. It was fun, though the rain delayed everything for almost 2 hours, and the fields ended up a soggy mess, but well... that's life. Welcome to Malaysia during the monsoon season!

Malaysian Today is now World Cup Asia's "Official Youth Publication", and the support they've given the event is amazing. The Malaysian Today team had a blast, and we're happy to have contributed to that! Paintball is starting to gain the recognition it deserves as an international sport, and the growth lately has been tremendous.

Keep an eye out for news of the World Cup Asia in the 5th & 12th Nov issues of Malaysian Today!

Also, a thank you to team Xtioneers, and team Dark Angels for participating in the media games with Malaysian Today, and contributing to a great day for the Malaysian Today team.

We'll post a few pictures up later when we've got them.