As the first big event of 2004 and the first of three for Spikes, this event marked the long anticipated return of 5-man. 26 Teams would arrive that day, 16 3-man rookie teams and 10 5-man novice teams. Most novice teams would merge their two 3-man to make the five, the lucky ones could anyways. 5-man novice was insane! The five minute spray and pray is a thing of the past, finally... Teams had no problem taking ground with numbers or otherwise. Most all five man teams were considerably more aggressive, which made for more bunkering and run-throughs, more entertaining to watch and obviously to play. There was one team (I forget who) had one guy that would try and run the length of the field off the break every game. It worked once, and only once, but will still amusing.
As for us nobody on the team wanted to pay for a hotel room so they got the bright idea just to drive down at 2am which would put them arriving around 10am, brilliant! I wasn't able to play as the greedy bastards at student loans stole my refund, hopefully the gub'ment can buy a screwdriver with it or something, for shame.
In the novice prelims Mystic Warriors dominated of course. In rookie Lotec improved significantly since their last tournament.
In the finals Strict Union and Renegade rebounded from their dismal prelim showing, ECO continued to play strong and Mystic Warriors lost their spunk.
The entire event ran smooth as silk, not one single delay. Very little bitching on the field, good yet sometimes indecisive reffing, no complaints about the paint, lets hope the next two are to the standards of this one! Congrats to ECO for their first win, one-for-one, lets see if they can keep up with their prediction of winning all the events this season. Mike Perry of Strict Union won novice MVP. Andy Thomas of Point 68 won rookie MVP.
PS. The photos suck. Shooting through a net sucks. Indirectly an auto-focusing digital camera sucks. I hope Lethal's video doesn't suck.
Photos - Awards ceremony,