Our SANPA SA representative paintball team competed at the Paintball World Cup Asia 2015 in both the Nations Cup as well as Division 1.
They arrived at the island of Langkawi in Malaysia on Tuesday 27 October and will be returning to South Africa on Tuesday 3 November.
The Opening Ceremony was held on Thursday 29 Oct with dignitaries from Malaysia and the various paintball federations attending – http://livestream.com/accounts/15088452/OPENINGCEREMONY
On Friday the team opened the nation cup field and unfortunately lost their first match 4:2 against a very strong team USA. After this they pulled it together with a strong victory of 4:2 against Team Malaysia.
On Saturday 31 Oct the team smashed New Zealand with a 4:0 victory and had an intense game against India where they were 1:3 behind and pulled it back with a few seconds left on the clock to take a 4:3 victory. They made it to the quarter finals and will be competing against Austria at 13:30 (7:30am SA time) on Sunday 1 Nov.
On Sunday 1 November the team took on Austria in a nail biting quarter final game that turned in our favor with a 3:2 win.
We then had to take on Team USA again in the semi finals and this team played a strong game, but team USA was stronger and won 2:1.
We then had to battle it out with Team Belgium for 3rd and 4th and unfortunately lost this game 4:0 giving us a 4th place overall in the 2015 Paintball World Cup which is a huge improvement over our previous 13th placement at the Paintball World Cup 2013 that was held in Chantilly, Paris.
Team USA was the overall winners, with France taking a second and Belgium a 3rd place and Team SA 4th.
We are extremely proud of the team and their achievements and looking forward to welcoming them back in South Africa!
In Division 1 the team are also doing exceptionally well under the club name Reaper/All Stars and also made it to the play-offs taking place on Sunday
Division 1 Games:
- Reaper All Stars vs Datis (Ocho Finals) – http://livestream.com/accounts/15088452/LIVEDAY3/videos/103435070 / http://livestream.com/accounts/15088452/LIVEDAY3/videos/103436187
- Reaper All Stars vs Cobra Kai (Quarter Finals) – http://livestream.com/accounts/15088452/LIVEDAY3/videos/103446040 (48 minutes into the feed)
Reaper All Stars unfortunately got knocked out in the quarter finals against Cobra Kai who ultimately ended second in Division 1 at the tournament with Aisawan taking a 1st.
Reaper All Star placed 8th overall in Division 1.
Congratulations to the team for this great performance as well.
Division 1 live score updates – http://www.paintball-players.org/scores/L219/E4155/scores/s255_c9.html
Final Standings at the event: http://www.paintball-players.org/scores/L219/E4155/rankings.html
A big thank you to all the individuals and businesses that assisted with the paint the team needed for this tournament. Although we have not covered all the cost yet we will keep on fundraising to recover the cost.
Thank you to the individuals that fronted the money for the paint that the team could keep on competing.
A special thank you to the following companies:
- Business Flight Centre
- The Woods Paintball Field