Paintball shooting for finish
AFTER a rocky start to the venture, Bulldog Paintball Biloela is back in the works.
Andy King and Neil 'Gibbo' Gibson were only two weeks away from opening the business in Thangool last year when a spanner was thrown in the works, forcing them to vacate their grounds.
However, one year on the dream is still alive, and the two avid paintball players have now found a home for their joint venture, right in the heart of Biloela.
"The past couple of weeks we've done so much out here,” Gibbo said.
"There is still lots of work to do but it's good seeing it finally coming together.”
The duo's passion for the sport developed during the four years they played competitively, travelling to Brisbane and Rockhampton multiple times a year.
Now, they want to share the fun with the community, with the possibility of starting their own competitions next year.
"I just love it, it's just good fun,” Gibbo said.
"You don't know how this team is going to come down the field and then you have to work out where they're going so you can figure out where to send your men.
"The adrenaline rushes so much that you don't even feel you've been hit by a paintball.”
Open to players 15 years and older, Gibbo said the game was all about teamwork and strategy.
"It's team building because they have to work as a team to get further up the fields,” he said.
"If they don't communicate, they'll be back here but if they communicate they can get up here.
"We play capture the flag, which is here in the centre, so they have to get up, capture the flag and then defend the flag and then stop the other team.”
Gibbo's daughter Phoebe is also encouraging girls to get in and play.
"I love it. I've got to a few competitions with dad,” she said.
"I've definitely had my fair share of bruises, but I love it.”
With an itch to use all the brand new gear, the team will be looking to open business sometime early in the new year.
Although they are getting ahead in the build, they are still looking for community support to get it open as soon as possible.
"It's not going to happen overnight. It's getting there but we only get to work on weekends,” Gibbo said.
"It just takes a lot of time and it's not easy, especially when there's only two or three of you out here.”
If you have a few hours to spare and want to help out, get in touch through their Facebook page, Bulldog Paintball Biloela, where they will also keep the public updated on progress.