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Eastern Kentucky University's First Tournament
October 2002
by Dan Robinson
      
There were slightly overcast skies the weekend of October 12th over the intramural fields at Eastern Kentucky University, but our hopes for the 
day were more than sunny.  Less than a month after the formation of the Eastern Kentucky University Paintball Club on September 19, we were able to house our first on campus tournament.  With a top gun style format, and very cheap entry fees, we hoped to attract some new faces to the sport we all know and love, as well as get the word out about our new on campus club.

Despite a few minor infractions that morning with public safety who received a report that people were camping on the intramural fields (I guess that's what air bunkers look like) a successful tournament was had that day.  With a good showing from students around the university, and much support from various stores including Extreme Haven Paintball out of London, Kentucky, and High Velocity Paintball out of Richmond, we 
were able to put on a tournament with an excellent field, prizes, and refs.
       
Everyone that attended, even if it was there first time playing paintball, received a fair amount of playing time.  Allowing people up to triple 
elimination in the tournament, gave the more in experienced player chances against anyone who happened to be a more seasoned player.  In a very well played finals bracket, Jacob Cecil ended up taking first with Shawn Bernstein coming up as a close second.  Brandon Ellis nudged out Zachary Cantrell for the third place spot, but again, everyone played extremely well.

During the course of the day, everyone was a good sport.  Being that these were more rookie players, no plays were argued, there was 
absolutely no cheating, and the games went very quickly.  Everyone had fun, and that's what matters in a tournament such as this.
       
Many people made this tournament possible, and I would like to thank them for supporting EKU and college paintball.  Matt Orr of Extreme 
Haven Paintball provided us with a very good quality field, rental guns, and air fills.  High Velocity Paintball also helped out a lot by giving CO2 
fills, selling paint and providing prizes.  Team Parental Advisory was also a big help by supplying some additional refs.
       
We plan to be hosting more events in the Spring/Summer 2003 timeframe, so keep a watch out on www.ekupaintball.com for more information about our club and tournaments.

Dan Robinson, President EKU Paintball Club
eku_paintball@yahoo.com
 


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