Attending a CXBL event mirrors the PSP with all of the intense competition and carnival like atmosphere with teams and tents dotting the landscape in every direction. CXBL, in The Catshack’s opinion is one of the top speedball competitions in Canada that never disappoints with riveting paintball matches and in this case a few surprises.
Event One, hosted once again by Flag Raiders Paintball in Kitchener ON saw 4 fields running for all divisions simultaneously same as last year. Yes there were indeed a few interesting surprises at Event One. Vancouver Thunder flew in to compete with 7 men strong. It is The Catshack Reports understanding that the boys took the field without anyone acting in a support role in their pits. Needless to say the team hit the field and immediately got into the grind despite lack of people assisting with filling pods and helping them prepare for each round. Swinging for the fences, the crew mowed through all of their competition all day Sunday in a very strong showing and some impressive point spreads. One surprise was Kitchener Recon, a Catshack favorite who took some bruises and a loss tangling with Thunder but won all the other matches on the day, a rather unexpected outcome. A great big round of applause for the Cambridge Raiders, undefeated in all three rounds (with one round a draw vs Lockdown) on Sunday. This will see the boys walk in to the next CXBL event in a strong position on the road to NAX.
It is always great to see the pros join us here on this side of the border at these events. Both Thomas Taylor of XSV and Frank Connell of Avalanche love to compete in the CXBL as part of the Recon roster. Frank had a great showing and managed to get the distinction of being named one of the NAX Stars in the round against Toronto Rockstar. Other pros to include Billy B and Justin Ing competing with Windsor Lockdown did lots of damage between the both of them.
Speaking with Adam MacIsaac of ThisisPaintball.ca he mentions… Saturday saw a lot of rain and mud but the teams went on to compete through it all. Cambridge came out strong against Lockdown and the likes of Billy B and Justin Ing. Recon had a strong showing through Saturday even in the downpour.Â
Windsor Lockdown has a good strong roster this season with players holding 10 years experience or more under their belts. Putting them up against other rosters with players who are talented but still relatively new to the division sees Lockdown take wins. You cannot make any mistakes, you give em your elbow and you will be torn apart.
Lastly hats off to Toronto Rockstar, everyone expected the relatively new crew to take a bad beating at the hands of the other tough teams on site. While Rockstar didn’t take home wins, they held their own and were not totally dominated as most thought would happen. MacIsaac added.
Overall another great edition of the CXBL was enjoyed by onlookers and competing teams alike. See you at Event Three!
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For the Catshack photos of the day see below and for complete scores and more be sure to visit the CXBL website