Over the weekend several NXL pro paintball teams flew in to San Antonio for a Mega Practice. From everything we heard, this was run like a mini-event and there was some amazing paintball action. The following Pro Paintball Practice Report was provided by Mike Hinman of San Diego Aftermath. This is a firsthand account of how the various teams fared against one another. Enjoy -JM
Cover Photo: 1904Photography.com / Phillip “Stretch” Baker
In a bit of unfortunate news Nate Schroeder dislocated his shoulder on day one and was done for the weekend. It seemed to be a freak accident. As it was already out of socket long before he got to his destination bunker. He has a history of this injury but has had surgeries to fix it. We hope he heals up and is ready for the start of the pro season. Jonah Jamroz was the stand out of the new players to me. We have all seen Jonah play for many seasons and make small progressions in his game. The young kid we once knew is gone now…… and what remains is a young man that has put some serious work into his craft. I would expect to see some growing pains along the way but in my humble opinion Jonah has the ability to be a Grade A talent in my book.
ac: Diesel – Who doesn’t like these guys?! If you said “me”, you probably have some underlying issues that you need to work out at therapy. Mark has assembled quiet a cast with Diesel. And they didn’t disappoint. We played them both days. Day 1 was a loss for SDA. They scored a point with under 10 seconds left to hand us another loss on a rough Saturday. Day two we got the better of them. This was also the second time we have seen them this year. So we had a good idea what to expect going into it. And I predicted that it would be a close match. And both of them were. On top of playing and working on their team cohesion, Diesel also helped their sister or brother team Ac Dallas (no pun intended).
ac: Dallas – Well……. where do we start with these guys?! First off whatever you think you know about them, throw that out the window. I came into the weekend a bit intrigued at this new team. Who are they?! While we know many of them came outta D2 and the rest came via tryouts this off-season, who is this team? What are they made of? Did someone with deep pockets buy the spot? Is this another wealthy kids family buying a spot? Well while I can’t really attest to how this team got the opportunity, they surely have made the most of it. I had imagined that they would’ve been quickly handled buy the big boys…. they weren’t. They held their own with very team they played. Even going to OT in one against X I believe. We played them once and won by one or two. But again this wasn’t a “cake walk”.
San Diego Aftermath – 0-4 on Saturday and 4-0 on Sunday. It was that kinda weekend! After a rough day on Saturday, we stayed hours after the others had left. We practiced till 7pm. Drills, drills,drills. We came in to practice with 10 guys. Saturday was a reality check for some of the young guys and a few of the older ones. But with the turnaround on Sunday…… I guess the reality check was for the better. The team still has a ways to go before event 1.