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Image takes Professional
Jacksonville Warriors takes Amateur A
Team Strange takes Amateur B
Phantom Jesters take 5 Man
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WARPIG On Scene Coverage
Updated 6/27/99 6:30 pm
Once again, NPPL paintball has returned to The Badlandz paintball field in Chicago, IL.
Games started Wednesday with the play and completion of the 5 player prelims. The competition was tough, and the field was pared down to the 16 semi-finalists. No Limit topped the pack with 346 points. With 314 points, Kevin Mahoney's Ironmen ranked second, followed by Phantom Blue with 308 points.
Thursday morning the tides changed. The semi-finals whittled away all but Absolute Carnage, Brass Eagle, Phantom Jesters and Body Count. The teams that led into the semi-final rounds did not make the finals.
The finals started with wins for both Absolute Carnage and Phantom Jesters, followed by losses. Both teams tied for first as they headed into their last game. Absolute Carnage's game ended in a stalemate. Things looked bad for the Jesters as the game got down to 3 on one. In a sudden reversal, Thomas Osterhoff shot the player who was charging him, then popped up to shoot the two remaining players. He hung the flag for the win, giving the Phantom Jesters first place in the 5 player tournament. Absolute Carnage finished second, followed by Body Count and Brass Eagle.
The wooded, Sup'Air and Hyperball fields of the Badlandz were reffed by Aftershock, Avalanche, and the SOBs.
Friday Morning marked the start of the 10 player preliminaries. The new NPPL "zero tolerance" reffing has become stronger and more apparent as the season has progressed. The teams are getting used to it. The result is fewer disputed calls, disputes that are resolved more quickly, and games that are able to run on schedule.
The 10 player prelims were completed early Saturday evening, and the semi-finals began Sunday morning. Major switch ups occured in the pro games. Image, which started slow in the prelims ranked 8th going into the semis. They ranked 2nd going into the finals, and finished on top. Jacksonville Warriors grabbed first in Amateur A, and Team Strange took Amateur B. With Rage taking second in Pro, that's a strong showing for Florida teams - they were prepared for the heat and humidity.
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