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Commentary by Chris Remuzzi
This tournament was a combination of the
old and new it was the last
leg of the Millennium Series 2000
and first of the 2001 season. It was full of 48 teams some vying to finish
the series and others trying to start strong.
The 48 teams were broken down into 8 divisions
of 6 and they all
played round robin. The first four divisions
were on hand early on Saturday as a beautiful Portuguese morning
broke on a day of fast and furious paintball. With teams from Sweden,
USA, England, France, Germany, Russia, Denmark, Belgium, Poland, Portugal,
Spain, Canada, Switzerland this event definitely had some flavor.
With players from S.C. Ironmen guesting on Joy Division and Image and Chuck
Hendsch from JT Dynasty on the Worms as well as some
Lockout players on Canadian Shockwave.
GZ had their normal complement of the two Swedish Brothers. The European
teams looked strong as well, rounding out the pro division to 16 teams.
The stage was set for some great games.
The field was located minutes from downtown
Lisbon, and was a
beautiful setup. There were four fully
netted SupAir ball fields on a soccer field making the field of play flat
and level. There was a clear space in the middle of the four fields
so spectating was easy and indeed on both Saturday and Sunday there were
a lot of well dressed Portuguese locals out around the whole site as they
enjoyed the fine weather and even better paintball.
There were several vendors on hand including
Center Flag Products,
Smart Parts UK, and Estratego Paintball,
all with some hot new gear to tempt the people walking around.
After the first day several teams looked
strong for the Pros with
Avalanche, Joy Division and the surprise
favorite the Russian Legion. For Amateurs Ignition, Grave Diggers, the
Worms. For the novice teams Tunnel Rat and Elfes wrapped up first
and second respectively
Also playing at the end of the regular
tournament was the Nations
Cup, with the best player from every team combining
into their home country teams. After some serious battling the Swedish
team took home the trophy.
At the end of another gorgeous Portuguese
day the final 8 for each
division were decided. For the Pros
Joy Division led the charge followed by the All Americans, Ugly Ducklings
Avalanche, Ton Ton Flingeurs, Russian Legion, and Image. Bad Company squeezed
into the 8th spot by 8 points having to send one of their American brethren,
Ground Zero home. While for the amateur side the Worms breezed through
having maxed all of their pro games Consilium Dei, Shockwave Canada, Ignition
who maxed GZ to stop them from going on, Endurance, Grave diggers, Cyclone,
and the Scalps from France.
The day of the finals dawned wet and windy,
as the rain would
sometimes be going sideways and sometimes
just stop. The games were just as hard though and as the rain finally stopped,
and the sun shone through the clouds the final 4 were Image, Avalanche,
Russian Legion, and Bad Company. Of the amateurs Shockwave of Canada won
by 12 points, followed by Endurance from Belgium, Scalps ,and the highest
placing Portuguese team the Grave Diggers.
Overall this event set an incredibly high
standard for a site. It was hoped by all attedeing that the US leagues
can take a page from our cousins across the pond and step up the presentation
of our tournaments this year.