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1st Dutch Open
By Will Mellon

Imagine Skyball on a smaller scale, but with more player facilities, better prices and a MUCH better night scene.  Well, welcome to Paintball Jungle’s and Asco Sports’ first major joint paintball production – the Dutch Open.  All this happened on the 12 and 13 of June 1999

The even itself was a warm-up for 2000, which boast to be even bigger and better.  Even with being a first for this event, they managed to do it in style.  The organizers were equipped with two Sup’ Air Ball fields along with a complete extra field for back.  The event took place in Rotterdam’s Energie Hall, which is an indoor sporting arena complete with overhead seating for great game viewing.  Team dressing rooms with showers were also provided for the players.  And of course no event is complete without the paintball and food venders.

The actual action broke down into two days.  Without a series like the NPPL or GWS to rank players, no team had an official ranking coming into the tournament.  To solve this the first day was a general melee and teams were later ranked by scores into Pro, Amateur and Novice divisions.  With teams seeded into their divisions the second day, teams were more evenly matched.  Action was intense as always with Sup’ Air Ball games with tons of spectacular plays made at all levels of players.  With slick floors there were quit a few slips and falls, thankly no injuries accured other than some of the players’ prides.  A few players even tried to jump bunkers, which most of the time only lauched them the direction they just cam from.

The only faults in the tournament were the low pressure fill, usually only to 2500 psi, and the reffing.  Everyone always complains about the refereeing at any given tournament, but after two games in day one the Ton Ton Flinguers actually dropped out and took over reffing on field 1.  Unfortunately, field 2 still suffered from undertrained staff.  It was assured that the staff would be better trained next year though.

For any teams in Europe or one with just a hefty travel budget, the Dutch Open is a must for 2000.  If nothing else a short drive into Amsterdam provides all the entertainment you can handle – and it’s legal!

Paintball Jungle    Asco Paintball Sports Rotterdam
Burgemeester Foockstraat 59   Tapijtschelp 67
1063 CP Amsterdam Holland   3225 BR Hellevoetsluis
Phone:  031 020 6133227   Phone:  0181 319706

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