EXPLOSIVE! Thatâ€™s the best word to describe the events of this past weekend at Gator Paintball Extreme in Hudson, FL (http://www.gatorpaintball.info/). Gator offers 27 acres of fully developed woodsball fields with buildings â€“ including a bridge with two towers, a single tower fort, and an individual stand alone tower; tons of bunker boards, a trailer park, and a speedball field. Overall a well organized field and great to play. Owner Timothy Altman, was a pleasure to work with and has definitely put his heart into making his field player friendly.
On May 19th, 326 players filed in from Florida, Georgia, and even Indiana to sling paint at Gator Paintball. At stake was the coveted Generalâ€™s Cup trophy, to be given to the General of the winning side. Generals for the game were for the south – John Navarro of the South Beach Pimps and for the north – Joe Mortilla of Team Genesis. During the month leading up to the event both Generalâ€™s had been encouraging their teams on social networking sites and were prepared to lead them to victory.
Various individual teams attending the event included Acid Rain, Adrenaline Mafia, Apache, Archangels, B.A.M.F, Backlash, Bad Monkeys, Band of Brothers, Black Berets, Centurions, Dmented, DoomTroopers, Extreme Battle Crew, Extreme Rage, G-Unit, Hog Wild, IYAOYAS, Kill’Em U, Marshall Law, Oddity, OP/4,Paintball Special Forces, Panthers Elite, Pop Pop, Shoot Angry, SOD, South Beach Pimps, Tactical Assault Group (TAG), Team DPF, Team Genesis, Thrill Kill, TOT, Trailgunners, Valken Factory, X-men, along with many unaffiliated players.
The teams were scheduled to go head to head for two days of battle and believe me they battled. Both days brought intense battle rounds, smoke filled air, blown tanks, and all around good ball-busting fun! Saturday started with the usual players meeting and team counts. Due to one side having a quite a few more members players were asked if they would switch sides to even things out. Approximately 20 players stepped up and switched sides â€“ way to go guys! Players then broke to prepare for battle and meet individually to discuss tactical plans.
At 12 oâ€™clock we hit the field with a battle cry and hundreds of running feet (and some walking ones too). Due to the amount of well placed bunkers play was intense from the very beginning and as players vied for coveted spots that would give their team a field advantage balls flew by the thousand. Ah the sound of 300+ paintball guns firing, truly one of the best sounds I know!
The North side quickly took over key vantage points within the first few moments and continued to hold off the South for a couple hours, even though the South led several rushes to take over. Then one large battle cry from the south and the break was made! The South took over the Black Castle, the tower, and the mobile village; as the North was pushed back well into their territory. The battle continued and remained intense until the game was suspended for the evening at approximately 6pm, when both sides broke for the evening to regroup and prepare for the next dayâ€™s finale.
The eveningâ€™s festivities included a scavenger hunt for the children, a live band provided by Team Genesis, and an open field rave provided by team ThrillKill. While the winds picked up and we saw some lightning, we grew concerned it might begin to thunderstorm, but the storms rolled by. It was truly a fun night and a great time to mingle amongst each other. As the night continued many left to enjoy the comforts of hotel rooms, while several of us stayed at the field and enjoyed the festivities well into the early morning.
The fun continued Sunday around 10am with just as much intensity as the day before; but it all paled in comparison to the final battle! As we lined up waiting for the horn to signal the beginning of final battle you could feel the energy flowing between players. Imagine being a wild horse amongst 100s of others behind a fence. You can see, can feel your freedom in front of you. Your skin tingles with anticipation and excitement. A horn blows and the fence is lifted. Chaos ensues!
What an amazing weekend it was, if you were not able to join us you missed a great event. Here are my favorite memories â€“ my sacrificial run into enemy territory; seeing dozens of kids playing; and the epic final battle. Personally I would like to thank the South Beach Pimps for letting me run alongside you; 88 Teeth Photography for all the on-field pictures; Tim and Alicia Altman for your kindness; and Rick Fernandez for putting together an AMAZING event.
** Next event HK Army @ Big Indian Paintball June 30/July 1 **
See yaâ€™ll next time!