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MPOC Leg 2010 Champs

ZOO had a great start to the season finishing on top of the podium and losing only 2 games in the entire tournament.

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United Nations of ZOO

The players from team ZOO all live in Singapore but they also fly the flags of their countries of birth when they play at the World Cup Asia.

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ZOO SPS Champions

ZOO dominates the inaugural Singapore Paintball Series to be crowned champions in the Open Division.

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zoo

Pronunciation: \ˈzü\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural zoos
Etymology: short for zoological garden
Date: circa 1847


  1. a garden or park where wild animals are kept for exhibition b : a collection of living animals usually for public display
  2. a place, situation, or group marked by crowding, confusion, or unrestrained behavior <the convention was a zoo>
  3. a paintball team based in Singapore, just trying to compete, improve and succeed

 

ZOO were crowned Champions in the Open Division of the inaugural Singapore Paintball Series 2010 (SPS) last weekend. Fresh from our recent overall 2nd place in the Malaysian Paintball Official Circuit series (MPOC), SPS 2010 was the first time that ZOO had competed as a team on home soil, as previous local tournaments had only ever catered for lower divisions.

ZOO finished the prelims ranked 2nd place, missing out on top spot by 1 ED point. This saw them facing in the Semi Finals SPS 2010 favorites Red West, whose team featured players from higher divisions than ZOO. In a close semi finals battle ZOO managed to narrowly defeat Red West for a spot in the finals against another local favorite Contract Killers.

The best of 3 game SPS 2010 Final was another tight battle. ZOO clean sweeped Contract Killers in their first game but found themselves facing defeat in the 2nd game, only to be let off with a draw when the opposition received a late and dubious one for one call. ZOO dug deep in the 3rd and deciding game, taking an early lead and never looking back.

ZOO's SPS team consisted of Grant Harrison (Owner/Capt), Brian Read, Allan Hernandez, Marcus Babao, Abdullah Alhadad, Chak Wong and Isk Ishak.

ZOO are now looking forward to continuing their run of podium finishes at this year's World Cup Asia 2010 to be held in KL, Malaysia in late November.



Singapore 15th July.

ZOO have continued to solidify their position as Singapore's No. 1 paintball team by winning the first leg of the Singapore Paintball Series 2012, played at Ferrer Park Soccer Fields.

Having fallen short of a good result in leg 2 of the 2011 SPS competitione2C the team were determined to prove their skills in 2012. Rain during the prelims on Day 1 made the field slick and muddy. With only 4 teams competing in highest Open Division of SPS, all teams were not only working out how to play the field but also how to play the competition. Two teams from Cherry Red Sevens, the Contract Killers (SG) and ZOO played a round robin Race-to-2 format, with teams playing one team twice.

Also for th% first time at SPS, ZOO would be shooting our very own Angel A1 Fly markers since the organisers had arranged with the Singapore Police Force to allow the importation of markers. This we hoped would make a big difference to the way we played.

On paper, our biggest competition of the weekend was Cherry Red Sevens 2 (the Seniors) whose team comprised of most of the players from their MPOC Division 2 Series winning team. They proved they were SPS contenders by winning all their preliminary matches and not dropping a point. ZOO finished the prelims ranked 2nd having lost a game to both Cherry Red Sevens teams, with Cherry Red Sevens 1 (the Juniors) finishing ranked 3rd and Contract Killers SG ranked 4th.


ZOO played Cherry Red Sevens 1 in the 2nd Semi Finals match. We reconfigured our break out plan from the one's we were using on Saturday to ensure we could hold or take advantage of either side of the field. Generally everything went to plan and we defeated Cherry Red Sevens 1 with a score of 2-0 to give us an SPS Finals match against their senior team.

In the battle for 3rd and 4th placings Contract Killers SG managed to step up their game against Cherry Red Sevens 1 and defeated them 2-0.

ZOO had a clear plan for controlling Cherry Red Sevens 2 and surprisingly we started off the more aggressive of the two teams, controlling both sides of the field and quickly taking the first point. Cherry Red Sevens 2 changed up their breakout in the 2nd point and sent a player straight up the middle. This caught our players off-guard and the Cheery Red Sevens 2 quickly got a player advantage. Despite the best efforts of our last 2 players to hold on, they were over-run and shot out. Unfortunately for Cherry Red Sevens 2 the player that pressed the game buzzer was deemed to have been hit but their remaining player, had already exited the field, so the game was declared a draw and a penalty awarded in Zoo's favour.

The Cherry Red Sevens 2 had to start the 3rd and final point with only 4 players, since there was no players to pull off for the previous game's penalty. With 1 minute on the game clock, we instructed our players to stay tight and control the flow of the game as much they could to run the clock down. Lucky for us we laned their snake player out off the break, giving us a 2 player advantage over our opponents. The game was over in less than a minute and ZOO had pulled off an upset by beating the tournament favourites. It was an emotional win for one of our players who had just lost his mother to cancer 2 weeks prior. We dedicated the win to her as she was always a great supporter of our team.

ZOO would like to thank the SPS organisers and SPS Referees for their ongoing support of paintball in Singapore. The events just keep getting better and better. The 2nd leg of SPS will be in October and ZOO will once again be aiming to take out the SPS series title.






PALS Bangkok 2012 was to be ZOO's second appearance at the event. Short of squad numbers this year, we again invited the Red Sevens to join us; Ben, Jane, Arthur and Jason and 2 Pandomonium players Jay and Joran. It was a last minute decision to attend but the event is always well organised and Bangkok, Thailand is such a fun place to travel to... until you get to immigration which takes over an hour of long queuing to pass through.

There were 10 teams competing in Division 2 from Thailand, Japan, Guam, Malaysia and Canada. We didn't have any dedicated dorito side front players and only 1 snake player, so we lacked the front player speed and had to rely on our laning ability. The 2 prelim days proved ok for the team but we drew a match with Siam-X  in a match that we had vitually won but ran out of time to press the buzzer. This loss proved to be our nemesis as we finished the prelims in 8th position which meant our Quarter Finals match would be against the top seeded team Rockstar Canada, who hadn't lost a match all weekend. A better qualifying position could have seen us matched up against teams we had already beaten or at least had a better chance of defeating.

In our Quarter Final match up against Rockstar Canada the first point was tight but the Canadian's eventually rolled over us. In the second point we laned out 2 players off the break and won the point in less than a minute. The 3rd point was tight but we lost too many players on our dorito side and couldn't contain them pushing up the field. The 4th point was another close battle but Rockstar Canada proved too strong for us beating us 3-1. They eventually went on to win every other match of the weekend to be crowned PALS BKK champions. The Guam All Stars who we had beaten in the prelims, placed 2nd with Arowana from Thailand 3rd. With points for and against we finished 6th place overall which is a better result than our previous year's placing in Bangkok.





The first event for 2012 was MPOC (Malaysian Paintball Official Circuit) - a five event series played at venues throughout Malaysia. Having had previous success at leg 1 MPOC events, ZOO decided to participate in the revised Division 2 format, which was to be Race-to-3 (meaning the first team to win 3 points wins the match.) This time around we had to call numerous guest players as our own squad were either broke, busy or had work commitments. We invited 2 players from our rival Singapore team Red Sevens and other Malaysian friends to play with ZOO.

Day 1 was a solid day of play and we only lost 1 of our 5 matches and gave ourselves a chance at a finals spot on Sunday. Unfortunately we didn't have an answer for the well drilled Grammaton Clerics and we lost to them 2-1. In the play off for 3rd and 4th place, ZOO faced KSK Flash. We easily won the first 2 points and KSK handed us the 3rd point only coming on to the field with 4 players. A 3rd place with a ragtag assortment of players that had never played together before wasn't a bad result for ZOO.



PALS World Cup Asia 2011 was hosted on the island of Langkawi, Malaysia. ZOO's lead-up preparation for the WCA was less than satisfactory, having played the last leg of the Singapore Paintball Series and not performed as we should have. This was to be our first WCA playing Division 2 and with 140 teams from  30 countries around the world playing (40 in our division alone) we were aiming for a top 16 position. Division 2 was split into 2 groups and each team would play 5 Race-to-2 matches. Our draw proved promising, playing against some local Malaysian teams, and Australian team and an all-girls international team Ladies Weakness.

Day 1 saw us drawn against Assala from Gabon in Africa and NBK from Australia. Asala were a tough team but we managed a 2-1 win over them. NBK seemed a little easier and we almost walked off the field with a 2-0 win until the head ref called a 3 for 2 penalty on us for a "game-changing playing-on penalty" - this resulted in us going back on to the field for more games, the 3rd which ended in a draw, the 4th game ended with a win to NBK drawing the teams 1-1 and the 5th ended in a draw with time running out.

Day 2 had us matched against the Simpsons, Republic CMX and Ladies Weakness.
We most likely only had to win two of them to progress to the final round of 16. We won our first match against The Simpsons quite convincingly which surprised us. Republic CMX proved as always tough to beat and with points drawn at 1-1, they got the better of us in the last point. In our last match of the day Against Ladies Weakness, our first point against them ended in a 1 on 1 and unfortunately we lost the point. We came back to win the second point but in the deciding point we lost too many players off the break on our dorito side and the ladies proved to be 'our weakness', ZOO losing 2-1.

Our inclusion to the top 16 would come down to the final group results. We were then to find out that the organisers had included 2 teams that hadn't even shown up to play the event and some teams in the other group were give automatic walkover wins, instead of the organisers revising the draws. This meant that some teams that had only 1 'real' win to their names were placed higher than ZOO on the rankings charts because they had additional walkover wins. We protested to PALS when we found out about these walkovers but as usual they claimed there was nothing they could do. We had missed out on making the Top 16 by 0.5 points and as a team, knew that the loss Ladies Weakness, a team with far less experience than us, was purely our own fault. Despite our disappointment we still walked away with the 'Best of Nation' trophy having been the highest ranked Singapore team at the event and ZOO finished 2nd overall in the PALS  2011  series standings. Hopefully in 2012 we can achieve better results.

Thank to my team mates who have sacrificed a lot of their own cash and many hours supporting the team's endeavors. You guys rock!!

Thanks also to our sponsors for 2010/2011 - Angel, Fatboy Pods, Angel Paintball Sports Asia, ProPaintball Resources, Style Supply, SplattRak, Exalt, ORing Monkey, Renegade Sports, OdDuo, Arc of Life, Astrata & Kohn

Special thanks to Shameen 'Mcjester' Dahalan, Fraser Colley, Steve Ulrich, Patrick Tan, Mario Kulic, Azahari Bakar, Shamsudin Ahmad and Team SiR, Team SKIN, Matt Boynes, Moya Ezad Hariz & Nicky Lim for their support during the 2011 year.

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Clark, Philippines July 10th, 2011 Angel sponsored team ZOO, based in Singapore placed 2nd in the Division 2 finals of the Paintball Asia League Series (PALS) held at Clark, Pampanga, Philippines held from July 8th-10th 2011.

Playing a race to 2 format, ZOO were undermanned after one of their players unexpectedly ended up in hospital prior to the event. Despite this set-back, the team of 5 players still had high hopes of a podium finish for the PALS event. In Division 2, teams from Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia battled for a place in the Semi Finals. ZOO started the preliminary rounds well with easy wins.

They had a tough match against CMX from Malaysia and with the game drawn at 1 point each and 50 seconds left on the game clock, ZOO’s Filipino born player Allan Hernandez had his very own J-Rab moment sneaking down the field to hit the buzzer with 2 seconds left on the clock to win the match.

In another Russian Legion inspired play, ZOO captain Grant Harrison found himself in a 1 on 1 game deciding play against a player from Singaporean team Red Sevens. Low on paint, he forced his opponent waste paint while letting them get field position on him down the dorito side. Once his opponent had made it to ZOO’s own 30 dorito, Grant quickly blindsided his opponent, bunkering them with the few balls he had left and winning the match.

With the Prelims over, ZOO had won enough games to make it to the Semi Finals against Malaysian team CMX. In a quick match, ZOO defeated CMX 2-0 to see them playing off for the number 1 spot against reigning 2010 PALS Philippines Champions, Xtioneers 2 from Malaysia.

In the first point ZOO fell foul of a 1 for 1 call and despite holding Xtioneers for many minutes, eventually had to concede the first point. In the second point, ZOO once again fell foul of an over-zealous 1 for 1 call in the first few seconds of the game. Another dubious hit call saw the team overwhelmed by the Xtioneers and ZOO had to settle for 2nd place in the PALS Philippines tournament.

Also playing at the event were Angel sponsored team Persian Legend from Iran. Persian Legend made it to the Semi Finals in Division 1. They lost their Semi Finals match against Australian team STK and had to play off for 3rd and 4th place against Xtioneers from Malaysia. Xtioneers proved to strong for Persian Legend but it was still a good result for the team given the experience of their opponents.

ZOO and Persian Legend both plan to play in the final round of PALS, the World Cup Asia to be held on the tropical island of Langkawi in Malaysia, November 2011.

ZOO team PALS Thailand

In our first season competing in Division 2, we have decided more effort this year trying to play more PALS tournaments, rather than the usual MPOC series in which we finished second place overall last year. PALS Thailand was our first tournament outside of Singapore and Malaysia, held in Bangkok Thailand 28/29 May 2011.

It was a little bit of a struggle finding enough  players from our usual squad to play so we imported some new players including Moya (Dark Knights - Malaysia) and Matt Boynes (Tension - Australia). Also playing for the team for the fist time was Moon from our sister Malaysian team SiR. Also playing for ZOO were myself, Abdullah, Boy (SiR) and Nick (Ronin). Unfortunately many of our regular players couldn't get time off for PALS Thailand or were competing with SiR at the Malaysian ISSC event which was held on the same weekend in KL.

Competing at international paintball events is a logistics nightmare and our weekend didn't start well with no less than 4 players missed their flights to Bangkok - luckily they managed to get on other flights and made it to Bangkok. In Division 2 we were competing against teams from Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Russia, France, Thailand, Japan and the United Arab Emirates and with very little information on the form of these teams, we had to treat everyone with respect.

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