First of all, because this will be long, and people won't read the whole thing:
This qualifier flat out rocked. The weather, I'll get into, but the field was amazing, and the ref staff was top notch.. Either on par with Irregulators and 5150 or very close to it.
There were four teams in attendance. Almost Famous was a compilation local team that played Elite, Ghost Recon played Masters, Black Light Company is a rookie team, but played Masters for this qual to make scheduling simpler, and Maddmann had a team in Masters.
We walked the field the day before.. and at first, I was apprehensive. It was set up a bit differently (the main bases were actually on the far corners of adjacent sides of the field, with the swing off in the other corner), and it seemed that the lower main base of the two had a ton of advantages. But, this field was honestly the best I have ever played! Had a great mix of hard bunkers on the lower side and woods on the hill, great little paths and such, plenty of room to shoot, but enough small cover to screen things. Beyond that, the field staff were superb (big thumbs up to Galen on that one) and put up with the rain all day to make sure the event went on.
Did I say rain? That might have been an understatement.
It rained from steadily to occasionally pouring right up until the end of the last game. This caused all sorts of marker issues and mud, but that can't really be helped. It really changed the dynamic of the day, trying to sneak through the woods when you couldn't clearly see more than 40 feet in front of you at best. But, as I said, nothing you can do about it, and it was honestly the only big downer on the day.
I guested with Black Light Company for this qualifier, and first of all, I have to thank them for allowing me to play alongside them and putting up with my antics and really, really bad jokes... and the afro. You guys rock.. and I'll run with you anytime. Even that one "Air Force Guy"
Our first game was against the Maddmann team. They were a brand new team to the SPPL, so before the game, we did our best to let them know what was going on and what strategies to try and such.. they even brought out a few kids who were so very excited to play.. kudos! Hope the kids come back out!
While my memory is fuzzy, BLC won the game with a good margin. (~160-40?). I spent most of the game crawling through the upper woods, creating angles and loosing 2 barrel socks, a squeegie, and two pods of paint in the process.. LOL.. After their initial setback, the Maddman guys dug in to defend their flag, and did a great job of it.. I had a ton of trouble trying to get through that. Also, kudos to the older gent in the ghillie, after the half he took out most of our hillside guys and snuck through to pull our flag for the last few minutes.. Kudos sir! (incidentally, I found my first ever capture objective in this game... yay!)
The second game we played was against the Elite Team, Almost Famous. While I'd love to say we put up a fight.... well.. we couldn't do much. You guys were just that good. I sneaked around in the woods again, and found another objective, but Almost Famous really controlled the rest of the field most of the time. We were able to hold our base flag in the second half, thankfully.. I also tried to apply that rule about being allowed to verbally misrepresent my team color.. problem was that Galen was too smart, took the time to verify, and also got three players with angles on me in the meantime. Dang. . Despite being tromped (for some reason, they wouldn't take our advice to offer their surrender?) it was a fun game, and the Almost Famous guys all gave us advice and tips and observations after the game. Great group of guys.. Even Bass.. who forgot the beer.
And our third and final game was against Ghost Recon for the Masters championship. I can't say much about this game. My role was to run out to the hill corner off the break and flush out the pair of defenders there. Yup.. flushed them out... that was the plan.. uh huh...
Ok, so I got shot... my mask fogged thereafter, so I was the BLC podmonkey the rest of the game, and got to talk to Steve, the awesome base ref... who shared my love of playing pump (got to keep my streak of 3 consecutive SPPL quals playing pump.. haha!). I'm sure somebody who was out on the field more could elaborate on this game, but in the long run, BLC defeated Ghost Recon to take home the bacon.
Almost Famous (Elite) 1st
Black Light Company 1st
Ghost Recon 2nd
Thanks again to all the teams out there, it was a pleasure playing with you!
Big thumbs up to Galen, Jayson, and Curtis, who made for a phenomonal event!
Huge props to the refs who stuck it out in the miserable rain!
And I can't wait to play against you all again!
Ian "Lo" Ebersole
This post has been edited by PaleRider: 11 August 2008 - 06:23 AM