Sunday August 19th saw another Rockstar tryout at Vaughan Extreme Paintball in Toronto ON as the franchise wrapped up the 2012 season. 2012 was a great year for the crew and they are already preparing for 2013 !Â Competing in all divisions of the North American Extreme Paintball League, the crews worked hard in each division and it paid off . Toronto Rockstar of the CXBL proved many wrong, thought of as an underdog the team came out swinging for the fences. While falling short of the big win, their performances on the field were very admirable to say the least.
One such memorable moment was definitely Event 3 where the Rockstar CXBL Elite team held their own against the strength of the Mont Tremblant Cowboys, the same team that imported almost the entirety of the Houston Heat lineup. The following week Houston Heat did move forward in Chicago to clinch the Mid Western title at PSP. While Rockstar didn’t see the win, they certainly weren’t dominated or trounced either
In an interview with franchise owner, Alex Medina. Its high time changes are made to bring the franchise up a notch. One such change is bringing personnel on board to assist with the MXL squad and help manage the CXBL Elite team. Coach David Chong, a veteran of paintball and very knowledgeable will now be present as the team prepares for yet another busy season ahead. “With David on board I think we are going to go big next year” states Alex. Coming into the Elite Division this year was very hard and Alex, stretched thin with all the responsibility of several teams did see some areas to lapse. A learning curve but for next season Alex is very clear he knows what it takes now and is prepared to do whatever is needed to help make it happen.
The team did compete overseas at PALS Bangkok and did clinch a victory there, certainly a very proud moment and a fantastic experience for all that made the flight over.
For Coach Chong, first and foremost there is a defined need to really build the MXL roster. With several players not returning for 2013, getting good solid players is first and foremost on the list of necessary things to accomplish.
As the tryout wound down, the day was opened for all players to appear and scrimmage for the afternoon. Yes the Tomcat himself took the field for a one on one and surprised a young adversary by running straight up to the 50 A. The opposing player incorrectly thought I was still at a back Can bunker. Had there been perhaps a little more familiarity with the speedball marker and of course a touch more concentrated accuracy I might very well have finished the game with a win surprisingly enough, the old cat still has it!
Following Rockstar management prepared a feast for staff, friends, family and the teams to enjoy. Roast pork and all manner of salads etc were served as thanks for all the hard work on the part of all the various people who make the Rockstar franchise all that it is. A super hard working group of people who come together sharing a common interest, that of course being a love of paintball.
For 2013, The Catshack Reports looks forward to seeing the teams compete. My paintball family would never be complete without the Rockstar franchise.
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