The Catshack hit the field for the ESPL event 3 of the series last Sunday, July 21st, 2014 at Flagswipe Paintball outdoor near London ON. This would be a series that never fails with enough intense speedball action to make it more than worthwhile for someone looking to capture some good photos of players in action.
There are few things more powerful than a group of dedicated paintballers. Banding together with the intent to accomplish their collective goal, they are nearly unstoppable. We here at The Catshack Reports have seen it time and time again. When paintballers work together as a team their resources and opportunities expand exponentially, their resolve is hardened when they have their comrades at their side and behind them. Whether it’s a day at the local field, or a cross country trip to a big event, things are more fun when you work with a team. Recently we have been made aware of a truly remarkable paintball alliance, one that brings over 50 players of different countries, language, and creeds to play, party, and fight together. We have seen few if any that have done all that as well as The Northern Alliance.
The third stop on the PSP circuit was held in Joliet, just outside of the windy city of Chicago, Illinois. This four day event has been held at this location for a number of years and as usual, the forecast was promising for bad weather. Just days before the tournament started, the skies were thick with rain, wind, and the piercing sound of the tornado alarms. Thankfully, no cyclones came to visit during the event, but the thunderstorms sure did. The grounds didn’t stand a chance, turning from grassy on Thursday to sloppy, muddy slush by Sunday. Though these conditions added to the difficulty of the overall competition, the teams stepped up to the challenge. No matter what colors they wore when they arrived on Thursday, those who made it onto past the first two days left brown and dirty!
The Catshack Reports AND as a member of the board is very pleased to announce this years winners of the Bob Gurnsey Paintball Scholarship awards. These scholarships help offset the high cost of education for first year students attending post secondary institutions here in North America… all in the name of paintball and one of its founders, how cool is that!
Over all these years I have played a lot of paintball and attended tons of events. None were quite the same as my first command at a Viper event. I have certainly filmed several Viper games from the sidelines but to really wrap your head around a true scenario game such as this … I realize now one MUST sit in the command chair.
Better late than never … join us as Tyler Carriere tries his hand at journalism for the first time to deliver his account of the last ESPL event complete with the photos he snapped at Flagswipe Paintball!
The weekend of May 31- June 1st started like any other paintballers weekend, a night full of apple juice only to wake up at a lovely 7 o’clock to make it down to Flagswipe Paintball’s second ESPL event in the 2014 year.