Two weeks ago we embarked on Poison Ivy's 7th season playing the Millennium Series, but first a little recap of 2013!
Poison Ivy has been around for 9 years, which sounds a little crazy if you ask me. Time has gone by so fast! We have seen many faces come and go on the team, and at times it has felt as we have had to start over again for the 100th time.
Before the 2013 season we all decided to stop the all the b*** shit and get our act together. You can't really complain about not winning if you're not doing what it takes to actually get win....right?
It felt so good to be on a team where everyone was on the same page, and had the same goal!
And 2013 turned out to be a pretty good season for us! We started off with a 2nd place at the Ladies Cup in Moscow, this was ofcoarse not the placing we were hoping for.. and it showed us that we weren't quite where we needed to be yet.
During the off-season we brought in Magued Idris, the former coach of Joy Division, to help us with the mentality on the team both on and off the field. He also joined us for the first leg off the Millennium Series in Puget, where we finished 6th. Having him with us really helped, and he made us realize that we were on the right track.
Througout the season we continued to grow as a team(more than we have done in years) and when we finished 2nd in Bitburg it was like we understood that this was where we actually belonged, and we started believing it.
We ended on a 4th place overall in the Millenium Series 2013, with the same score as number 3... I have to admit that the girls were crushed after missing out on playing SPL2 with only one point..and ar one point I didn't know how we would come back from it.. But we did, and here we are!
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
Lots have happened during the offseason. Losing our twins was (and still is) a though pill to swallow, and we miss them a lot, but I guess it is like they say; nothing last forever and eventually you just have to move on?
This year we are happy to welcome Josepha Gurefi and Marie Magnusson to the team, and who knows.. maybe we have some other surprises in store during the season! ?
Benedicte Rønneberg (Captain)
2014 - 1st leg of the Millennium Series
We started of the weekend with a short, but sweet training at Starter Park in Marseille (thank Parra :) ). That field is about two hours away from the Millennium site and we were pretty beat after finnaly finding our so called "Villa" at the Oasis Villages..
Luckily, we had late games on Friday! On Friday we got our brand new gear from DYE paintball, and we were able to check out some games, walk the field and create some gameplans before our games started.
Silje had an exam on Friday and was flying in at Friday night, which meant that we were only 5 players for the first two games on Friday.
The first game was against Bad Boys 2, and we won 3-2 after some long points. Later on Friday we met Barcelona Addiction and unfortunately we lost that game 2-3.
The last game in the preliminaries was against Pautina Moscow, which we also lost 2-3.. We thought that we would be out after two losses, but because if close matches we actually ended as number 2 in our group and making it to Sunday!
In the Picture above you see Cece running back to the startgate after starting early when the buzzer on the field next to ours startet only seconds before the one on our Field.
BUT we still made it out 5 alive of the break! Thanks to RSH for caputring this moment!
On Sunday we had the first game bright and early against Lions PB Martigny, but being unable to perform when it counts, we lost the game 2-1 when the time ran out.
Looking back at the event we realize that we're still not where we want and need to be. It's seems like we are still adjusting to being a ''new team'' again, and everyone is trying to find their place on the field and on the team.. BUT we know that we are better than we showed in Puget, and we know what we need to do to improve our game.
During all our games over the weekend , the time ran out... We need to get back to where we were in Germany last year, when we played fast and aggressive points and we all had the confidence and believed that we were good enough to win the whole thing.
That is what separates the winners from the losers, who believes and who wants it the most.
From here we can only move up, and that is what we intend to do! We know we have the talent and the determination to get where we want to go. The next leg of the Millennium Series in only a month away..! Time to get back to business.
We would also like to give big THANK YOU to our amazing sponsors:
DYE paintball, for providing us with the best gear on the marked including; i4's, DM14, C14 jerseys and Rotor and more.
Safer Paintball for our custom Poison Ivy airbottles. RSHmedia for the best media exposure we could ever ask for, CTWPP. Rockstar for making our lives a lot easier, Sniperpaintball and PBgear in Drammen for an awesome place to train during the cold winter months in Norway.
QU for our awesome wallets and keychains made from real cow leather for Argentina, making us look awesome!
Last but not least a big thank you to everyone who helped us out during the weekend, especially Drammen Solid and Marseille Vision! We really appreciate it!
xoxo - P.I
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