After five and a half hours of paintball action, Waimea College used every scrap of subterfuge and strategy to successfully defend their Nelson-Tasman secondary schools paintball title last Friday.
At the end of the competition, Waimea College captain Lewis Puklowski held aloft the Paintball Nelson Appleby School Cup. Waimea College backed up their triumph in the inaugural paintball competition in 2011 with a victory organiser Wayne Stockdale, of Paintball Appleby, said was built on supreme tactics.
"All teams excelled in gamesmanship, safety and teamwork. They all had their highs and lows but Waimea was the winner on the day. Waimea are experienced paintballers, are members of the paintball club and play regularly. I think it comes down to strategy. They worked as a team, they weren't sacrificing players unless they needed to."
Waimea exemplified a meticulous military mind during a game known as Blackhawk down, where teams are tasked with rescuing a lone comrade trapped behind enemy lines. While all the other hostages were capped when they emerged from their "holes", Waimea decided to leave their team-mate entrenched and focus on capturing opposition hostages.
When the smoke settled Waimea had taken a prisoner and were the only ones left with their man in the hole still "alive".
Adding to the games on offer were traditional paintball events of capture the flag and speedball, while like Blackhawk down (The Battle of Mogadishu, 1993), others had a distinct historic edge.
The Battle for Stalingrad was based on the famous battle of World War II (August 19, 1942 – February 2, 1943) which many historians credit as the turning point of the war. In a battle of attrition, two teams are forced to work together as they are surrounded on all sides by the other two teams, in a last person standing scenario.
In a throwback to the turning point of the American Civil War, The Battle of Gettysburg (July 1 to 3, 1863) saw randomised lines of troops line up at either end of a field.
Motueka High School proved the most apt for this form of skirmish winning with about five men to spare.
The results for the Paintball Nelson Appleby School Cup: Waimea College, first; Nelson College, second; Nayland College, third; Motueka High School, fourth.
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