ZOO 2nd Place at PALS Philippines

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.

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