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1st Place Amateur A - Ground Zero Gold
1st Place Amateur B - Saberwolves
||In an all new venue, the Boston tournament
replaces the Portland event held in 1998 which had replaced the Atlanta
tournament of the previous year. The new site is located about 20
minutes from Martha's Vineyard, only 1 mile from the ocean. It is
called S.L.A.M. Paintball (5 years old) on the cape in South Yarmouth,
Mass with several playing fields varying in style from Hyperball to brush
and bunkers. The structure being used by the NPPL event includes
a Hyperball field, a Sup'Air Ball field and two wooded fields.
The playing facility itself is just what paintball needs - a an entertainment complex with a driving range, a miniature golf course, climbing wall, arcade and batting cages and of course paintball fields. It brings paintball into the mainstream activity in a positive light, and family oriented atmosphere. A number of arcade and driving range customers have wandered into the grandstands, getting their first taste of tournament paintball by watching the games on the Hyperball field. The SLAM staff has been keeping the park clean, which certainly sets it apart from alot of the other NPPL events, and hopefully something that will be noticed and emulated.
The event ran smoothly on Friday, the morning session getting a little slow down due to a lack of CO2, but catching up after a gas delivery was made. The afternoon session received a good rinsing from a light rain. Rage and Lockout served as referees for the event and did a tremendous job. While there were player complaints about the reffing, they were mostly related to quantity, rather than quality. Especially in the wooded fields the relatively small number of refs had to work extra hard to cover all of the action.
Saturday saw a continuation of the preliminary rounds.
The smaller size of this event meant that all of the pros automatically
advanced to the semi-finals on Sunday. It was not until the finish
of the semis that they knew who was going home and who had a shot at first
place. As the games grew closer to the final rounds more teams began taking
advantage of the low numbers of refs, pushing harder to get away with more.
Accusations between teams included players shooting from the dead box,
and sabotaging equipment by stealing batteries and pouring sand in loaders.