2015 is a new era for Borgeskogen Rebels, the team have existed for many years, but so far been focused on winning events in Norway and Sweden. They have played an occasional Millennium, but nothing like this year.
This year its full speed ahead, showing the sponsors, the fans and themselves that they are capable of great things. They started their adventure in France, leg one of Millennium, SPL2.
First off was the practice, in Norway in March it can be heavy snow. The possibility to shoot serious paint before the first Millennium is zero to none. So therefore, the Rebels went to France one day early to get the feel of paint and the sweet taste of it, before entering the big leagues on Friday.
They played against Vision PPC Grenoble and struggled the first half of the practice. Remembering that reball is extremely good for the skills, but nothing beats playing with real paint. Point by point they came to life and started to feel more and more exited for the days to come. The whole winter season the guys have practiced really hard in the reball-sites and now they have the possibility to show that all the hard work is worth it.
Friday morning they started off against Paintschool Veckring, and despite being nervous and having butterflies they took the win 4-0. What a great start, and how good to be able to breathe calmly again and trust the hundred hours of practice.
Second game was against Vision PPC Grenoble, the team they have practiced against, and this time they came more prepared – it was a really tight game where the Rebels closed it 3-2 in overtime.
Saturday was another story, confident that they were through to Sunday with two wins; they used the Saturday game to test out things, new possible and impossible moves and generally had fun with the field and the layout. They lost 4-1 and were not too unhappy about that. They have found some new moves and learned more things about the field and they were satisfied. Until they saw the results of the rest of the group! – it had been an amazingly tight group with a lot of teams with 2 wins – because of the Rebels good score they came through as best 3rd in group. I don’t think they’re going to play Russian roulette with the Sunday-club chances next time :-) Well, lesson learned and it looks like the SPL2 division is going to be real tight this year, which will make it even better to win :-)
Sunday club morning, it’s a special feel in the air, sweat, nerves and anticipation. The Rebels started their game around 09 meeting Dynamix Metz. Dynamix had the best score in the prelims; they only dropped a few points going on to Sunday. Another challenge with that team was that they’ve gotten some reinforcements this year – Tokahe Hamil . However, he is only one guy with a gun too. The game was tight, going back and forth point by point, it was extremely nerve wrecking being the coach on the sideline not being able to jump in and join them. It was tied at 3-3, the last point Dynamix shot 2 Rebels on the break and that was the end of that. We all watched the games in our division throughout the finals, and the loss got slightly easier to bear after watching Dynamix smash all resistance, giving away few points, and winning the event in the end.
The rebels want to thank our sponsors for having our back and believing in us: Planet Eclipse and Virtue Paintball for awesome equipment, Anthrax and Fight Back Design for rocking cool jerseys, Pbgear for the support given and Cartel Media for making us look good!
Love from Kristine Myhre Andersen