Paint to splat­ter in bat­tle with US

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Te Rau­paraha Arena will echo to the pop­ping of paint­ball pel­lets this week­end as the national in­door cham­pi­onships take place.

Seventeen paint­ball teams, in­clud­ing an in­vited Amer­i­can pro­fes­sional team, will con­test the event.

En­try is free and spec­ta­tors can come any time on Satur­day and Sun­day to see the fast­paced, ‘‘ag­gres­sive, adrenal­in­fu­elled ac­tion’’, said or­gan­iser Rob Blitz, who runs the Paint­ball Ad­ven­ture Chal­lenge in Els­don.

‘‘The pro team from the US are go­ing to be hard to beat, but they could have an off day. I’d like to think at least one of the Welling­ton teams will be very com­pet­i­tive.’’

The tour­na­ment in­volves four teams from the Welling­ton re­gion.

On the day be­fore the tour­na­ment the New Zealand play­ers will get the ben­e­fit of a coach­ing clinic from the Amer­i­cans.

A paint­ball match in­volves a team of five try­ing to first cap­ture a flag from the cen­tre of the arena, then get it to their op­po­nents’ base. In­flat­able bar­ri­cades are dot­ted around to give play­ers some cover, but the hel­ter- skel­ter na­ture means there were of­ten not many ‘‘sur­vivors’’, Blitz said.

There would be nets and a cage to pro­tect the gym­na­sium from get­ting too splat­tered.

‘‘It’s a great sport and if peo­ple come for a look, I’m sure they’ll love it,’’ he said.

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