Red Sevens won MPOC Leg 2 Division 2 Champion title!
After last weekend's podium finish at
My-NPL Leg 2, the Red Sevens is hot on our heels again when they
clinched the MPOC Leg 2 Division 2 Champion title. This is by
far the biggest win for the team since joining the MPOC in 2007
as a Division 3 team. This is the 2nd champion title for the
team after winning the Pattaya International Paintball
Championship Division 2 title in Thailand last month. With the
same line up since the start of the year, Red Sevens is finding
better consistency as compared to 2009 where the team was
finding it hard to field a regular squad in every tournament.
With newly recruited front player, Lester Wing joining the team,
we are working on a more offensive outlook and with more players
to be unveiled in June/July, the team is working on adding depth
to its current squad. There are also plans to set up a Red
Sevens junior team to play in the next leg of MPOC. Red Sevens
would like to thank all the people (you know who you are) who
have supported us in many ways since our establishment. Red
Sevens will continue to work hard to improve our knowledge of
the game and pass on our learning to people who are keen to come
on board. With 2 champion titles under the team's belt, it is
important to nurture more players and teams to join in our quest
to make Singapore teams a reckoning force in regional
Alongside Red Sevens' win is Team Zoo (Part of Team Damnation's
club) who won the 4th position in Division 3 of the MPOC. 2
other Singapore teams, Dark Militia and Black Aces played in the
Division 4 category. Playing in their first overseas tournament,
these 2 teams gained more experience than you can ever imagined.
We would like to thank these 2 teams for their paintballs
sponsorship (Black Aces) and food sponsorship (Dark Militia).
THANKS GUYS! You are now inducted into the list of Singapore
teams who ply their trade in Malaysia!
Words by King (http://singaporepaintball.blogspot.com/)
Red Sevens are MPOC 2 Division 2 Champions!
Having played MY-NPL in Melaka the week before- most of us
rocked up to MPOC 2 in KL with sore bodies. It was similar
situation to playing PALS Pattaya right after playing in the SSC
Cup in Kuching the week before. Melaka was a great warm up for
us – better than a practice weekend. In fact the only practice
we had going to Melaka was with Spyder Mech markers and I just
drilled the team with NPPL style break outs where the markers
had to come up form below our waistline.
MPOC 2 was a nice quick weekend for us. We played 5 matches on
Sat morning and were finished by lunch time. That gave the team
the whole Sat afternoon off to relax and most of the guys went
back to the hotel and slept. I stayed on and helped out with
XFox. With the Sat afternoon off- that meant the final four
teams were well rested for the Semi finals on Sunday. The 11am
start was also greatly appreciated- it meant we could get up and
have breakfast before going to the field.
I must mention that I am very comfortable with the current Race
to 2 and having to play all our preliminary matches on Saturday
morning and the Semi Final and Final on Sunday. I hope this
remains for the rest of the season. I certainly do not miss
having to get up early both days and having to grind through 10
games over 2 days like back in our Division 3 days.
The Saturday started very well for us- we played CMX first up
who we have a lot of respect for. We went through a good run
winning 2-0 in the first four matches and unfortunately we
tripped up in out last game against first leg winners Eastsiderz.
We wanted to finish with a perfect score but that was not to be.
I think it might be a good omen to wake us up.
That loss did not effect us much as we finished as the No1
ranked team at the end of Saturday. That meant we would be
playing No4 ranked Urban X and No2 CMX would Play No3 Eastsiderz
in the Semi Finals.
As I mentioned earlier most of the guys went back to the hotel
on saturday afternoon and had a nap while I stayed on to crew
for XFox in Division 1. So everyone had a good rest and some
came back to watch the late afternoon games.
One of the things we’re good at is watching games and analyzing
the plays and the zones to shoot. We picked up a lot of
information watching the Division 1 teams play and this helped
us on Sunday in the finals. Which is also one of the reasons I
like to spot and crew for the Foxes. As a spotter I could see
which bunkers are effective and which ones aren’t, where the
zones are and how to move between bunkers. There really is no
better information gathering than watching point after point –
its like letting the Division 1 players walk the field for you
in game situation.
On Sunday we got up at a decently respectable time - had a
leisurely breakfast and morning business. We rocked up early and
casually settled into game mode.
In the Semi Final we were confidant going up against Urban X as
we had played them the day before. We won the first game pretty
quick but because our forward guy was shot out he couldn’t sound
the buzzer and we assumed that he did and walked off the field
didn’t score the point.
Head Ref Junaidi came over to tell us that the first game was
deemed “null and void” – a big lesson to learn the hard way! So
we had to go back out to get that first point again when it
should be going out on match point to wrap the game. I went out
annoyed and we pounded them into submission for our first point.
To their credit they turned it around and beat us in the third
game to square it at 1 point each. It was the first time we had
to play a third and a fourth game all weekend but we managed to
win it and get into the final.
We had a long lay off before the finals. In the other semi final
CMX expectedly beat Eastsiderz to get to meet us in the Final.
We had lunch and a long wait till after 3pm to the Division 2
final. Again the long break was good for all of us. We were
relaxed and just chilled out had a bit to eat and drink and
The build up to the final was a contrast in both teams. While
CMX warmed up and pumped themselves up - we were still chilling
out in our tent. The foxes were playing for third place against
a very good Perth Trauma side jus before out final game and
again I helped to spot. I developed a new method of which XFox
captain Redza said was ‘very efficient’ which was to tug at his
pants whenever I spot a movement. He was standing on a chair
yelling the bunkers while I stood on the ground and spotted.
Tugging his pants got his attention faster than having to shout
over all the other voices. Maybe next time I’ll use a string :P
The Foxes beat Perth Trauma to get third and Redz came over to
coach for us. I got XFox Simon to stand in a deep position just
to eyeball the center back bunker as we knew that CMX will put
2-3 guys at home to lane us. We guessed correctly as they played
the first point with 3 guys in center back. We managed to lane
one of them and he got a 1-4-1 penalty. We got the first point
pretty quick. The turn around was smooth- we had already pre
planned the change over. The second point went on and this time
they put 2 in center back – again the lane was effective and G1
was called. And again somebody on their side got a 1-4-1 penalty
and Paul called G3 That gave us license to push up the Dorito
side as the right side was down. Our right back moved all the
way into the 50s and we shot the 4th guy out pretty fast and it
was 5 guys hunting down their last guy in the left corner.
This is the Red Sevens first Win in MPOC after coming close with
a 2nd place in Division 3 last year. This MPOC weekend was a
better relaxed pace of us compared to playing NPL in the
previous week. Again I think the games in NPL really helped us
Again- (as Sani said) I will thank our sponsors
DYE PRECISION for the NTs and DM9s
FURIOUS Paintball for the accurate barrels
SEED for the Rotor upgrade
TANKED for our well padded and great looking jerseys
THORB for the performance wear
STAKO / GUERILLA for our air systems
We would also like to thank and congratulate our brothers in
Team XFox – hanging with them is always one of the highlights of
the MPOC weekend. Thank yous to XK for walking the field with us
and the coaching and Redza too for the coaching. Daniel and Sani
for helping out and the positive encouragement and invaluable
tips. Simon for the laughs too. The friendship, encouragement
and experience from XFox are invaluable to us.
Thank you to the Ultimate Marshall Junaidi and the Malaysian
Marshalls for the all the hard work.
Thank yous to Paul Lam of the MPOC for supporting the Red Sevens
from the beginning and thank yous also to Allan Phang for your
Thank yous also to the Black Aces for sponsoring a box of Paint.
Good on you guys for coming out to play in Division 4.
Thank you and commiserations to Patrick Tan to played on the CMX
team who was a great sport.
Words by Seburo (http://seburo.blogspot.com/)
Red Sevens (Singapore) Paintball
Line-up for MPOC 2010 Leg 2 – Ben Seow (King) (Captain), Arthur Chan (Seburo)
Jane Koh (Elle), Paul Poh (Warlord), Xiao Yuan (Hiro), Gerald
Lee (The Kid), Ivan Liow (Liquid Snake), Lester Wing (Crew), Arthur
Chang (Spot) (player in spirit; he got
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