... that NRG won this year's Dutch Nationals with the team's 2009 lineup?
Original NRG lineup of 2006
posted Oct 9th, 2013 -
The Sun Path Products NSL News brought the jump-off and tie-breaking drama at the Dutch Nationals 2013 to the attention of the audience on 30 August 2013. The battle between NRG and Whooops was even closer and more exciting than the drama between Golden Knights and Aerodyne French Girls at the World Cup.
Neither NRG nor Whooops won a round by more than one point. They tied their scores in the jump-off Round 11 and shared the highest score of the meet in Round 5. Eventually, NRG's 15-pointer in Round 8 broke the tie.
The same story mentioned that Whooops, Dutch national team since 2010, knew of the NRG strength, as both teams have been competing with and against each other since 2006. NRG had taken a long break after the end of the 2009 season and came back with the same lineup that competed at the team's last previous meet, the World Cup 2009 in Prostejov.
1st place after jump-off and tie-breaker at the national championships
The 2009 season began for NRG at the Shamrock Showdown, which is now the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship. The new NSL-TV videos below are showing the Dutch team in action at this point in time. NRG outscored Whooops once again at the Dutch Nationals the same year before going into hibernation after the World Cup.
NRG did not leave the 4way world for a while without leaving a lasting impression, as the story on 29 September 2009 explained. Team member Rogier Carper was an IPC Delegate for the Netherlands for a long time and had some ideas for the IPC Competition Committee...
Former Pulse member Gerhard Schut had replaced original NRG member Milo Pieters at the beginning of the 2009 season, which included the NRG record average of 16.0 for the 2nd place behind Dynamic Fource at the Dutch Nationals. NRG now came back with the same 2009 lineup and won the national title for the first time after this year's jump-off and tie-breaking drama.
Leander van Schriek and Rogier Carper launched their 4way team project with Punky Guppy 2-on-2 player coaching camps in 2004. Paul Hofstee and Bert Hajee provided the guidance from experiences with their own Punky Fish player coaching projects.
Leander van Schriek and Rogier Carper then invited Jaap Keuter and Milo Pieters at the end of 2005 to join a new team, and NRG was born, with Marco Coenradi on camera. The team agreed on a 4-year plan until the World Cup 2009 and started in the Dutch A Class competition of 2006.
The same lineup moved up into the AA Class for the ESL Championship 2006 and then entered the AAA Class competition in 2007. This was also the first year for Whooops in the A Class at the same time.
image by: NRG 2009 lineup at the World Cup in Prostejov
NRG continued with the original lineup in 2008, and Whooops was now in the AAA Class, as well. Both teams competed for the first time together at the same meet and in the same category, and NRG finished far ahead of Whooops (14.1 - 12.7) at the Tomscat Trophy and the national championships. However, Whooops was much closer (53 - 51) after the four rounds at the ESL Championship only a month later.
The 2009 season brought the personnel change for NRG, which did not hold back the team at all. New Center Outside Gerhard Schut fit right in, and NRG accomplished all team goals that year and also attended the team's first World Cup. Then came the NRG hibernation, and Whooops took over as the national team for the Netherlands - until the Dutch Nationals 2013.
NRG was only planning for a 1-year comeback, which includes the upcoming ISR Grand Prix 2013. The plan included five hours of indoor training and two weekends for a total of 50 training jumps. There are no NRG plans yet for the 2014 season, however, the team considers adding another year after the surprisingly successful comeback.