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Army October 27, 2011
PAINTBALL's biggest problem
is arguably a reputation that is
about 20 years out of date.
For the uninitiated, paintball conjures
up visions of weekend warriors getting
cheap thrills in the bush and firing 'toy
guns' dressed in cams.
But for ADF participants in civilian
leagues around Australia, paintball is a
serious business and if they have their
way, the first ADF paintball tournament
will be up and running in 2012.
Both the Army and Air Force paintball
representatives are in the process of get-
ting single-service recognition for paint-
ball.The next stage will be having the sport
recognised by the ADF.
Another goal along the way is to trans-
form the reputation of paintball among the
3RAR infantryman Pte Ian Johnston
said it was more a lifestyle than a sport.
"99.9 per cent of people think of paint-
ball as the old fashioned skirmish where
everyone gets dressed up in cams and runs
around trying to capture the flag," Pte
"People just see paintball as a day with
While the social aspect of paintball
still exists -- like any sport -- its more pro-
fessional exponents take the game much
"It's a lifestyle really -- unless you play
you can't really comprehend what it's
about. It's a bug that once you get it you
can't really stop playing."
The two main categories of play in
Australia are tournament and scenario
Competition tournaments in Australia
are played at amateur, semipro and pro-
fessional divisions where teams compete
in matches of between 5-15 minutes on
standard fields of 100m x 110m.
Typically, teams of seven with five
on the field at any one time are awarded
points for securing or capturing opposition
objectives within the time limits.
Championship winners of the current
four-round Super 7 series conducted in
Australia are decided by the highest point-
scorer at the end of the rounds.
Scenario games are vastly different
in scope and magnitude and generally
involve replicating larger historical mili-
tary actions such as World War II naval
The single largest scenario match in
the US involved 25,000 people and was
conducted over 12 hours of play on a field
that spanned several kilometres.
Army paintball representative LCpl
Joshua Lamb said the aim was to start
with a one-off ADF tournament conducted
along the same lines as the civilian system.
"We are already in conversation with a
couple of fields so we have that side of the
house sorted -- we just need to get paint-
ball recognised by Defence and we are
ready to go," LCpl Lamb said.
"We are going to have pro players
come along and coach and from there we
are going to split players into different
He said the Air Force paintball repre-
sentative was further along with a single-
service submission for official recognition
but Army still needed a sponsor of major
rank or above.
Further information is available from LCpl Lamb at
Graham McBean reports on the quest to get
paintball recognised as an official ADF sport
By Graham McBean
ARMY personnel will be flying
the flag for the ADF at the masters
Super 7s paintball championship
in Sydney on November 25-26.
The masters tournament is the
fourth and final round of the national
paintball season and will be con-
ducted at Action Paintball at Rouse
Hill in Sydney.
Round 4 will decide the 2011
series champions in the amateur,
semipro and professional divisions
with military members taking part in
Paintball representative LCpl
Joshua Lamb said teams could enter
into any round during the season and
58 teams had competed across the
three divisions this year.
The points in each division have
been unusually close and the 2011
series will be decided on the last
games of the masters round.
He said paintball was often dis-
paraged as "playing work on the
weekend" but said it was an intense
and demanding sport.
"You have to think and adapt to
situations quickly but it's more the
teamwork and fitness -- a good team
will beat a team of individuals all the
time," LCpl Lamb said.
"You can think everything is
going well and then lose two players
and you're on the back foot and you
have to think quickly and adapt."
Rounds are run over two days and
each team in the division will play
each other at least once. Matches can
run from 5-15 minutes depending on
the level of competition.
"Amateur games usually run for
about five minutes and generally
require a team to secure two points
before the time runs out," LCpl
Pte Ian Johnston, 3RAR, will be
playing with Sydney-based team Tag
Legion in the semipro division and
said although out of contention for
the 2011 series, the masters tour-
nament was a special event on the
"We're currently ranked fifth
overall but we had our first time
on the podium in Round 3," Pte
"We do have a chance of taking
the masters and we beat [2nd placed]
NBK into third place in the last
round -- so we're definitely a chance
to take the tournament."
Personnel interested in bringing paintball to
the ADF can contact LCpl Lamb at
Run away: Pte Ian
Johnston takes the
game to the 'enemy'
(above) during a
tournament as (right)
LCpl Chris Paulsen,
far left, readies for
action in an event.
Photos by Sonja Newcombe
as a sport
Masters still in the running
A REMEMBERANCE Day
golfing competition will
tee off in 2012 thanks to
the joint efforts of the
ADF Golf Association,
Legacy Australia and Golf
Modelled on the US
Patriot's Golf Day, a Labor
Day event which raises
money for families of
servicemen and women,
the Remembrance Golf
Day is planned to be held
Australia-wide the weekend
before Remembrance Day.
To help promote the
Golf Day, a replica of the
President's Cup was flown
to Canberra for the CDF Cup
held on September 19.
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