The New Jersey Jesters have kicked off their 2015 season with a bang! With their 1st place finish at the AFPL event in Cancun, to this past weekend finishing 2nd at the EPL Garden State Open.
The event was held in the Jesters’ backyard at Top Gun Paintball and the team was hungry for the podium. It was a perfect day for paintball, the sun was shinning and both Empire Marbalizer and Evil were shooting flawless the whole day. Every player stepped up today, whether it was the clutch veterans like Michael “Big Taesch” Taeschler who’s lanes all day made other teams tremble or Alex “Taco” Ritacco’s and John Peterson’s dominant performance on the snake side. Ryan “Funny Pants” Williamson and Conor “Beaver” Maher were a dynamic duo on the dorito side and played well throughout the day. When their numbers were called Jesters first year players Joesph “Jihad Joe” Viola, Garrett Galletti, and Ian Crawford made their presence felt with outstanding points. Some of the players on the team hadn’t even played the field layout before however they still showed dominance and prevailed.
The Jesters breezed through prelims finishing 3-1 and were seeded at the number 3 spot unfortunately they weren’t able to receive the bye to the semi finals, however being forced to play the quarter finals proved beneficial in that the team’s momentum never skipped a beat. After making it through the quarter and semi finals it was time for the final match! The Jesters squared up against TopGun T2 Black and played 2 very intense games, however with a couple penalties and a major being called it’s hard to pull off a 4 on 1. The 2nd place finish has left the Jesters hungry for their next event which will be taking place in Ohio for the NXL tournament.
~Conor Maher #52