ANZPL Season 5 Grand Final
North Sydney Sentinels Vs South Sydney Skorpions
The ANZPL Season 5 Grand Final. The big dance. Everything in Season 5 has been leading to this moment. The Skorpions finished on top of the ladder. But it was the Sentinels who seemed to have the edge over their cross-town rivals. Who would become the Season 5 champions?
· Prokhorovka (Skorpions)
· Murovanka (Sentinels)
· Cliff (Sentinels)
· Himmelsdorf (Skorpions)
· Siegfried Line
· Sand River (Skorpions)
· Tundra (Sentinels)
The action kicked off on the Skorpions’ map pick. They made an early cross with three tanks to the east. Raspberry from the Skorpions took a beating but it was the Sentinels’ Rainbow that went down first. With his cover now gone the Skorpions dumped onto Syndy at D5. Finding themselves sin a 3v5 game, the Sentinels were running up hill. They had gotten some good bleed damage and Auzzie went down from it, but when the Sentinels’ Del went down there was too much for his teammate Wym0 to do. The Skorpions took the opening match.
Moving to attack on the return leg, the Sentinels’ sent Del in his CS-63 scouting the train line. The Sentinels looked to get a lot of eastern map control but Del took a lot of damage. Making the call the cross the train line, the Skorpions isolated Rainbow. He got away but they moved onto Del and removed him. Wym0 lost his 1v2 battle giving the Skorpions more of a tank advantage. Raspberry dove off a cliff to remove Rainbow leaving Syndy on his own. It didn’t take long for the Skorpions to take him out and go up 2-0 on their map pick.
Already two games behind, the Sentinels started Murovanka on defence. They moved to the east rather than the standard western strategy. Spotting Wym0 in the Maus the Skorpions moved to the centre of the map. He went down but the Sentinels quickly struck back by removing Raspberry. Kills were traded as a 3v3 eventuated. The Sentinels made the most of their focus fire and took the win.
Moving to attack, the Sentinels spread a tank to the far east and west with three looking mid. The Skorpions had a spread of their own going as they held the F line. Both teams were looking for information. Eventually the Sentinels put two tanks on the 1 flag. Russian from the Skorpions took a lot of damage, as did Raspberry. The Sentinels were in control as the Skorpions fell. They took the win to level the series 2-2.
The Sentinels started on attack of their map pick. Russian found an early shot onto Rainbow as the Sentinels raced to the donut. The Skorpions’ Auzzie was holding out Wym0 on the hill as the Sentinels settled around the donut. Sydny looked to rotate at E2 as three of this teammates moved south along the 2 line. Del took a shot as he ran into a rock. As Wym0 went down the Sentinels turned around and looked for an overmatch at D2. Del and Rainbow were traded for Raspberry as the Skorpions’ JT emptied the clip of his TVP in TheReturned. Syndy was the last man standing for the Sentinels as the Skorpions take the win.
Moving to defence the Sentinels drove the 2 line to the donut. Auzzie was scouting there and found himself in trouble. He tried to escape down the hill and was removed from the game. JT quickly followed him as he was farmed on the hill. With a 5v3 match up, the Sentinels were firmly in control. Being on the defence time was in their favour. They settled into defensive positions and waited for the Skorpions to come to them. The Skorpions’ fell as the Sentinels levelled the series again.
The Skorpions found early shots onto Rainbow in the start of their attacking game. They looked to the south seeking information. The Sentinels settled around the 1 flag with a single tank watching the 2 flag. Having spotted the tanks around the 1 flag, the Skorpions tried to lure the Sentinels into an ambush. They didn’t bite, instead rotating to the 2 flag. Damage was traded by both teams but with the clock ticking down the pressure was on the Skorpions. A brawl ensured but the Sentinels had the cross fires set up. JT went down first as Benny was traded for Del. As the dust settled the Sentinels emerged with the win.
The Sentinels were only one game away from the title as they moved to attack. They moved quickly around the courtyard. Things moved quickly as the Sentinels initiated the brawl, taking the Skorpions by surprise. It was all happening so fast as the Sentinels took advantage of the shock. The Skorpions struck back and made it a 1v2, but the Sentinels had already done the hard work. Wym0 and Del put the finishing shots into Auzzie as the Sentinels take the win.
The North Sydney Sentinels defeat the South Sydney Skorpions
ANZPL Season 5 Grand Final Champions
The Skorpions put in an amazing showing. Finishing first in the regular season and making the Grand Final the long way around, they are a class team and kept fighting until the end.
Congratulations to the Sentinels on the ANZPL Season 5 crown and their fourth title!