Monday, July 20, 2009

Thank you...

I will end the final segment of the APIT 2009 with a word of thanks to the following people:

1) Arthur Chang - Our beloved Taiwanese import who stood by us even though we had a pretty shaky lineup. Arthur offered his help to the team unconditionally by allowing us to make his home a players village, ferrying us from the airport and around taoyuan, a great host who brought us around looking for food, helping us to buy our train tickets back from Kao Hsiung, arranging for the team's registration, etc. You have certainly make us feel very welcome in Taiwan. THANK YOU!

2) Organizers of the APIT 2009 - Although there were some minor screw ups but all is good. It is definitely a hard task organizing a paintball tournament not to mention a paintball tournament of this scale. After months and months of preparing, I think the organizers have done well this time. They are more prepared as compared to last year and they are more organized too. of course, with a better accommodation arrangement as compared to last year would render a 10/10 for the team. THANK YOU!

3) Marshals - Its not easy I guess, teams speaking in different languages hurling vulgarities, surely they can easily pick up some free language lessons. Its a tough job and we all know. THANK YOU!

4) Our Taiwan friends - This tournament will be just any other tournament if not for your hospitality and support. You have supported us from the sidelines during our games, you have given words of encouragement and you have made us feel welcome. Steven, Clarie, Alan, Fon Jen, Pony, Bronco, Alan, Mingzhe, Devon, Ellen, Peter, Rex, Zhi Zhong, Shan, Chiu, the KU gang. THANK YOU!

Asia Paintball Invitational Tournament 2009/ World Games 2009- Random photos

King showing his side arms in paintball style

Our reaffirmation that this is a land of TOMs

Seburo with Dietz who is the team captain of the German team...oh, he got another new free jersey

Elle signing autographs... she has a pool of fans #@$%^

The opening ceremony of the World Games 2009 Paintball

Edi in his camo outfit... with a very powerful tactical marker that shoots 450fps

Art with owner of TANKED, Breuer

AJ DM9 with upgraded Billy Wing Bolt

Tournament layout

Red Sevens in Taipei101

He has to be "The One"

Art trying to do the same as "The One"

Asia Paintball Invitational Tournament - Day 4

Game day! Here's the format, teams are grouped into 4 groups with 4 teams each. So each team is supposed to play against 3 other teams in the group. Red Sevens was grouped with Chinese Taipei, Canada and Australia and the results as follow:

Chinese Taipei vs Red Sevens - 3 -1

Canada vs Red Sevens - 0 - 3

Australia vs Red Sevens - 3 - 0

World Games 2009/ Asia Paintball Invitational Tournament 2009 Results

World Games 2009 Paintball Demonstration Event

Champion - Team Germany, RAMSTEIN INSTINCT

1st Runners Up - Team Australia, SWAT

2nd Runners Up - Team Iran, DATIS

3rd Runners Up - Team Japan, KU

Other participating teams:

Chinese Taipei (STORM), Malaysia (DELTA ROVERS), Singapore (RED SEVENS), Canada (INCARNATE), Taiwan (DANGEROUS POWER), Taiwan (DYNAMICS), Taiwan (YU SHAN HIGH FORMOSA), Taiwan (ZHEN CHUAN), Taiwan (KAO HSIUNG HIGH)

Nazari the next big thing in Asia paintball

This little man is Nazari, he plays for Team Datis from Iran. It was in Malaysia when I first saw him, then he was crewing for the Team Datis and helping to load paintballs, getting the players ready for their game, carrying spare markers, spare loaders for the team. There was something about this guy… he looked extremely enthusiastic about paintball, he looked like he was raring to be on the field, he looked hungry. Well, we met him again…and this time, he was donning the yellow jersey (Datis wears yellow).

He may look short, he may look harmless… but he is one of the best snake players in the whole tournament. If there is an award to select the best 5 players of the Asia Paintball Invitational Tournament 2009, I am pretty confident that Nazari will be one of them. Not only is he fast sliding down the snake side, he is also patient and clam, which is pretty rare for the snake player. His agility can easily match the pros that you see on videos and his movements is so “smooth” that spectators actually enjoyed watching him play. Terrorizing the snake tape and leaving an impression, I guess Nazari will soon make it to the bigger stage. For locals who cannot feel his presence by reading my description, let’s say he is a combination of Zach and Kiko but twice faster than both. Or should I say as good as Prince from Bushwackers...