... that NSL-TV now features a Sinapsi PD and XL battle of 2002?
posted Jan 11th, 2014 -
17 points behind XL: Sinapsi PD at the Shamrock Showdown 2002
The Sun Path Products NSL News story on 7 January 2014
brought back the inaugural Shamrock Showdown in 2002, which has now turned into the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship
with the Shamrock Showdown Skins Game.
The story featured DeLand Majik and Arizona Airspeed Vertical and their competition videos of the event. There were several other internal battles at different parts of the leaderboard, and NSL-TV found videos of UK team XL and Italy's national 4way team Sinapsi in the archives.
Airspeed Vertical was the reigning 4way world champion in 2002, DeLand Majik would win gold medals in Croatia 2004, and Sinapsi won bronze medals in Germany 2006. XL battled for bronze medals with the DeLand Norgies for many years and eventually ended up empty handed.
|Shamrock Showdown||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Av.|
|1||DeLand Majik||19||34||31||23 (-2)||22||20||17||21||18||21||226||22.6|
|2||Airspeed Vertical||19||34||28||24||23||19||17||19 (-2)||19||21||223||22.3|
|3||Sebastian XL||17||27||22||20||23||16||14 (-1)||17||17||18||191||19.1|
|4||Italy Sinapsi||14||27||18 (-2)||21||21||14||14||17||15 (-2)||17||178||17.8|
|6||Sweden Phenix||14||19 (-2)||19||17||17||11||13||6 (-6)||14||14||144||14.4|
|7||Blue Eye Majik||11||23||14 (-4)||19||14 (-4)||10||11||14||12||14||142||14.2|
|8||SpaceCenterTeiwaz||12||18||18||12||10 (-5)||13||11||14||9 (-2)||15||132||13.2|
|10||SuperFly||11||15||12 (-1)||11||10 (-2)||9||10||11||7 (-2)||11||107||10.7|
XL at the Shamrock Showdown 2002
That was not the case for two XL members of 2002/2003 though. Thomas Hughes won a 4way gold medal in Dubai 2012 after joining Arizona Airspeed and now tries to defend the world champion title. Pete Allum competed for Sinapsi at the world meet in Germany 2006 and won a bronze medal.
The new videos of the 2002 event are showing Thomas Hughes and Pete Allum with XL, while Marco Arrigo is still with Sinapsi PD. XL outscored Sinapsi by 13 points in March 2002. However, the Italian national team had reduced the distance to two points a year later in Gap, France.
The DeLand Norgies won the bronze medals in 2003 by one single point, and it was the closest battle between Norgies and XL. However, it was actually a 3-team battle for the bronze medals, as Sinapsi was only two points behind both teams after Round 9.
|World Meet 2003||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|Rank||4way Open Class||1-11-12||M-J-E-10||K-16-6||13-14-5||D-22-4||9-C-Q-N||F-19-21||2-20-L||18-B-3||8-P-7||Total||Avg|
|1||Maubeuge (FR)||16||26||23||19 ||21 ||37||24||21||19||23||229||22.9|
|2||Golden Knights (US)||17||24||22||19 ||18 ||35||22||18||19||20||214||21.4|
|3||DeLand Norgies (NO)||13||24||21||19 ||18 ||36||19||16||19||(21)||(185)||20.6|
|4||XL (UK)||14||22||21||19 ||17 ||34||21||18||19||(20)||(185)||20.5|
|5||Sinapsi PD (IT)||13||24||22||17 ||17 ||32||22||18||18||-||183||20.3|
2 points behind XL: Sinapsi PD at the world meet in Gap 2003
DeLand Norgies and XL were done after the world meet in Gap 2003, the Norgies with three sets of bronze medals and XL without a medal position. Sinapsi continued with the same lineup and missed the bronze medals by one single point a year later in Croatia. Russia's Sky Panthers placed 3rd.
That's when Pete Allum took Marco Arrigo's slot and competed for Italy. He was eligible for the world meet in Germany 2006 after sitting out in Croatia 2004.
Sinapsi with Pete Allum turned around the outcome of Croatia 2004 and outscored the Sky Panthers by one single point for the bronze medals in the 5-round meet. Sinapsi was actually also only one point behind France in the silver medal position. XL member Steve Hamilton later joined Sinapsi, as well, and all XL members still celebrate annual reunions with different lineups at the World Challenge.
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