Ontario Paintball League Season Opener.
The Ontario Paintball League and Behind the Bunker started the 2017 Canadian paintball season with a blast this past weekend at Flag Raiders Paintball. Clear skies and 20 degrees Celsius was perfect weather for the first event of the year.
D3 Summary - There was excellent play from all teams, but it's evident that the Momentum organization came out to play. Momentum showed a strong push up the middle of the field, and great composure throughout tight situations. During the final match, Momentum had to fight off a last minute comeback effort from Attrition, lead by Ben Challenger and Derek Thompson. Attrition's 'buzzer beating' efforts were no match for Momentum’s consistency, artfully demonstrated by Travis Brake, Zak Carless, David Tandory, and Andre Gravelle.
D4 Summary - Cambridge Raiders played 5-alive, methodical paintball all weekend long, but with the NXL Las Vegas Layout clearly favouring the middle of the field, the Raiders back play was no match for Momentum's middle push. Look for Ontario Rush and Stratford Storm to be hungry at the next event as they strive to be at the top of the podium.
D5 Summary - With 17 teams competing in Division 5, it was a grueling battle for the Hustlers, The Bandits and Corruption to fight their way to the top 3. Complements to team Corruption, lead by the offence of Matt Hogan on their Division 5 x-Ball win.
D500 Summary- With the help of Planet Eclipse, the debut of the D500 - Beginner 5-man was a hit. Congratulations to Momentum Goon Squad on winning the first ever D500 event hosted by the OPL! The Toronto Charger organization is known to be one of the most competitive camps in all of Ontario. With just one Chargers team finding themselves in the top 3 (Chargers Red), expect them to be unhappy with their placings in Event 1 and aiming for the podium at the next event.
"The players were pleasantly surprised with the high end quality of the new Etha 2's we lent out in our beginner division."
Derrick Weltz - OPL
OPL Event 1 Standings after Event 1 Below:
3. Ontario Rush
Division 4 X-Ball
1. Northern Momentum
2. Cambridge Raiders
3. Stratford Storm
Division 5 X-Ball
2. Barrie Bandits
3, Hustlers D5
D500 - Beginner 5-man
1. Momentum Goon Squad
2. Chargers Red
3. Northern Loyalty II
OPL's Event 2, June 17th & 18th at Adrenaline Paintball is set to be a thriller.
Thanks to Blakes Face Productions & Keith Choi for the pictures.