i personally was not nervous before the russian game. i was anxious to prove what we were capable of but i wasnt nervous. by the time the first horn went off i was very comfortable on the field. just another tournament against just another team and paintballs hurt the same no matter whose gun they come from.
we are certainly disappointed we did not get to the rest of our games in TX because we were all eager to play. however the PSP made the right decision with the situation at hand and we will have that much more time to mentally and physically prepare so that we do not make the same mistakes we did in the russian game.
yeah really zero nerves. I guess thats part of playing at a high level, you cant care who is on the other side of the field. (most of the anxiousness was all day Thursday just in anticipation of getting going.)
Especialy after shooting your first pro out...your confiednce skyrockets and you realize..yep...this is just another game of paintball...
The guys were up 5-1 vs the Russians but lost 6-5 in OT. A few things happened - The Russians adapted their game plan to work against what we were doing and we changed our game plan but seemed to fall right into what they wanted. We've learned from this and will move forward.
Lost to Infamous 7-3. Took the first point, then lost 5 start before winning 2 more points. Then Infamous took the last two points.
Everyone on the team played well. Everyone on the team can play much better. I like what I saw and I'm encouraged by what I know they can do.
Our other 2 prelim matches got delayed till Phoenix.
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How much of an impact on your success would you guys say it was to have had some of the old Hurricanes playing with you back in the AXBL? For a lot of you that was your first foray into the world of xball, and you had a number of Pro players alongside you the whole season. You made it all the way to the finals, and only lost out to another team (Philly) that had even more Pro players on their roster.
Do you think you would have done as well in PSP D2 (and then D1) if you'd not had the Hurricanes guys playing with you in the AXBL?
(I know it's next to impossible to know what might have been, but your best guess as to what may have happened is fine)
Having Thomas, Billy and Brian play with us was great, but they didnt practice with us. We learned a bit of strategies (in general) from them and they were a great help (still are).
I think we learned everything on the fly to be honest...meathods of being calm in the pits, organization in the pits, naming Nick captain (our biggest move in my opinion)..having a routine (at events and practices), proper practices etc..
I have no doubt we would have done the same without them (no offense guys we are very greatful for your help) but our evolution was purly by drive and learining on the go.