Anthraxx Wins 2010 ATWL Paintball Championship

Friday, October 29, 2010 0 comments

The season long battle for the 2010 Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League (ATWL) championship was decided Saturday October 9th, at Overkill Sportz in Mount Uniacke Nova Scotia. And the players saved their most intense paintball battles for the last event of the season.

The final matches were set up similar to games played throughout the season; timed games with three flag stations, and total points to determine the winner. Points are awarded to a team for each minute a flag station is controlled. To assure field set up would not be the determining factor in the outcome, the teams played one game from each end of the field.

Both teams displayed an air of confidence as they podded up and filled their tanks in preparation for the opening horn. Less than two hours time would decide whether determined experience or youthful energy would rule the day.

Game one was characterised by ferocious fights at choke points, with maximum amount of paint in the air. Exploitation of small weakness on both side resulted in multiple changes of flag station possession. Game one ended with what appeared to be a slim victory by Anthraxx.

“It was a great game and my guys battled hard at both ends of the field” said Kevin Whynot, Captain of the Nova Scotia Mercenaries, who was impressed with his opponent’s performance in game one. “Anthraxx came out with their A game today. They are a great young team who fought us for every inch of field.”

Game two was a stark contrast to the first. Both teams rushed forward off the break then settled into a game of creeping and making selected shots. Where game one was fuelled by pure adrenaline, game two was a game of nervous anticipation and constant movement. “This is the hardest I have ever seen the guys play” said Ryan Cox, Captain of Anthraxx, “They left everything on the field. I just hope it was enough.”

The final horn resulted in a Mercenaries win. Each team won one game and finished with comparable points for flag captures. Both teams nervously waited or the final results to be calculated. League owner Shaun Langille met with Head Referee Chris Landry for clarification on the penalties assessed. Landry was barraged with questions when he left the meeting by players looking for a hint as to which team was victorious. Landry’s reply “Guys this one is coming down to the wire. I have no idea who won.”

An agonizing 20 minutes passed before Langille emerged and called the teams in for the announcement. The final result:

435 points – Anthraxx
390 points – Nova Scotia Mercenaries

Screams of joy erupted from Anthraxx at the news that all of their hard work for the season had paid off, and they had won the Atlantic Woodsball League Championship for 2010.

“It was an awesome season. I have never had more fun.” said Ryan Cox. “The best paintball I have ever seen was in the final games. I am really proud of my guys.” The final standings for the ATWL season are:

Anthraxx – 2010 ATWL Champion
Nova Scotia Mercenaries
Mersey Road Predators
Iron Legion
Halifax Maniacs

Paintballers in the Maritimes look forward to the 2011 season and the chance to take the crown away from Anthraxx. Cox threw down a challenge to all paintballers “Team Anthraxx looks forward to 2011. We are confident we will make it two championships in a row next season.”

2010 Event 3 and 4 Photos

Thursday, October 28, 2010 1 comments

Photos from the final event of the 2010 season have been posted.

2010 Event 3 Photos Here
2010 Event 4 Photos Here

These and all future photos will be posted to the league's new Facebook page

Tippinators Purchase Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League (ATWL)


Tippinators Purchase ATWL

The two time ATWL champion Tippinators paintball team have purchased the Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League (ATWL). The Tippinators, who have refereed the ATWL the past two seasons, were excited and acted quickly when the opportunity to purchase the league presented itself.

Bruce Johnston, Tippinators Captain, said “Taking over the league [ATWL] is the next logical step for us, since we have been heavily involved in the league and produced a number of scenario games in the last few years.” Johnston continued “This move feels right, Tippinators and ATWL is a good fit.”

The Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League was founded by Shaun Langille in 2007. The league is loosely based on the highly successful Special Ops - Scenario Paintball Players League (SPPL). Matches are 20 minutes with three capture points on the field. Points are awarded for each minute capture points are held. The remainder of rules were simplified for the first season. Langille said, "We wanted to keep the spirit of the SPPL in the ATWL, but more importantly wanted to get the league off and running with player enjoyment as the first priority."

The Tippinators paintball team was formed in 2005 and has, “raised eyebrows for several reasons.” said former Special Ops Paintball employee Jordan Ricks of Salt Lake City Utah. “Members of the Tippinators speedball team are experienced woodsball players. Walking on to a speedball field in camouflage with mechanical Tippmann paintball guns is tantamount to walking into Washington, D.C. and raising the Maple Leaf over the White House. People either laugh at the audacity of the joke or they believe that one has lost touch with reality” Ricks concluded “The Tippinators represent the best aspects of the sport and are great role models for young players.

When asked why he decided to sell the ATWL after four successful seasons Langille said, “While I loved every minute of my time running the ATWL, I decided to step away to spend more time with my two year old son and family.” Langille continued “Leaving this league is one of the hardest things I have had to ever do”.

Chris Landry the ATWL head referee for the past two years said, “The change in management can only mean a better experience for the players.” Landry continued “Our organization has a skilled team of players with experience running some of the best competitive and recreational events in the Maritimes.” Landry concluded “We will take our experience from running the Halifax City Open, Bustin Balls for Charity and RISK to make the ATWL even better.”

The Tippinators are picking up where Langille left off, the team is ramping up for 2011. “I know the league is in the best hands I could ever place it. The players enjoyment will continue, and grow under the Tippinators ownership.” Said Langille.

“The word Tippinators has become synonymous with honesty, integrity, fair play, embodying the very best this sport has to offer.” said Brent Cunningham of Tippmann Sports in Fort Wayne Indiana. “We know the Tippinators will represent the sport of paintball with class and professionalism.”

“Our first order of business will be to contact the existing team captains and field owners to ask what they would like to see in 2011.” Johnston said “I have big shoes to fill to try and do as good a job as Shaun. I know that we will make him proud.”

Woodsball players in Atlantic Canada will continue to have a competitive league for the foreseeable future thanks to the Tippinators purchasing the Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League. “The Tippinators will make every effort to create the most enjoyable woodsball experience for players in the Maritimes.” Johnston concluded. “The ATWL is here to stay.”

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