A Brief Update

Hello friends!
And at first, let me apologize the fact that we haven’t been writing to our website for such a long time. All kinds of excuses could be told but to be honest, we’ve been quite busy because all the team stuff that we have to manage to get our number one thing going – playing paintball under the name of Helsinki Cyclone. Like you may have noticed, most of our internet activity has lately been in Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HelsinkiCyclone), Twitter (https://twitter.com/helsinkicyclone) and in the latest addition, Instagram (https://instagram.com/helsinki_cyclone/ ).

So here is a little update what we have been up to lately:
During the spring time we started our practice at new domestic sponsor’ s field at Progames (www.progames.fi) at the time when snow was still present. Later on we played CPS Rome placing 3rd in PRO Challengers division. Later on we visited Uppsala, Sweden and had a awesome two day practice with Stockholm Ignition just a week before CPS Arnhem. In Arnhem we dropped the ball a bit and were left on 4th place in Challengers.

SPBL 1/4 podium
In the domestic scene we started the season in Kirkkonummi and what a start it was! Dropping the ball only once in prelims against Dream Team and giving it all back in the final by beating Dream Team 5-1. The second event of SPBL was played in Vierumäki Sports Center and we had a small surprise to all the other teams: We brought in our new player Mishka Kniazew. I guess some of you might have heard from that guy before? Anyway, in that tournament we didn’t drop the ball at all and we won all of our games and the entire event. So two event wins for us and we’re leading the series so far… Mishka Knyazev #77
Two weeks after SPBL we flew to Paris for CPS. This time it was something else since we were forced to participate PRO Champions division games because the lack of participants in Challengers. Actually we were quite happy because of that since we wanted to know how does it feel like to play in the PRO. And I guess we had a huge surpise to all the people playing and watching the event: in the prelims we lost only to Paris Camp Carnage 5-2 and won ML Kings 5-3, Dice Sound 5-4(ot) and PPArena 5-0! So after the prelims we placed 2nd in the score board.
CPS Pro podium
In the semifinal we faced ML Kings again in a pouring rain. This time The Kings managed to take the game 4-2 when the time ran out. Sad for us since we really felt like that game should have been ours. We only wish that we had 10 seconds more playing time, since the field was empty of ML Kings players and we had 4 guys alive when the buzzer went off.
Well okay, losing the semifinal wasn’t that bad since we had proven a point and made it 3rd in our first PRO-event after such a long time and none of us can’t say that it really felt good!
So at this time of the season we’re really excited and just waiting for the next SPBL league which is played in Piikkiö next weekend! See you all there!

CPS 2014 2/3 Arena Party Sprimont – Victory is ours 

First of all, it’s been such a long time since Helsinki Cyclone has won a big tournament abroad that we still can’t quite believe it. With a new team it always takes time before the team is ready start winning. It’s something that happens in your head and it can’t be forced or hurried. After two big wins in two weeks we can say we’re finally there (we just won a Finnish Championships league tournament as well, but that’s another story). Now we’ll see what this team is really capable of…

The site and the surroundings 

From this team I was the only one who had visited Belgium for paintball earlier and that trip was the notorious Charleroi Millennium of 2007. It was just awful and so I tried to keep my hopes up and remain as quiet as possible. We were all happily surprised by the place. Sprimont is a little town 20 km:ish from Liege in an area where you drive winding little roads through the mountains, town after another. In a word, the area is gorgeous. We stayed in a 2 story cottage in a place called Bomal. Full kitchen and plenty of space for all of us. The tournament site in Sprimont had two indoor arenas and an outdoor field. We didn’t play indoors so I really can’t say much about that but the outdoor field was very decent turf field surrounded by nice little tournament venue with some tradeshow stands and a burger/beer bar. Nothing fancy but completely adequate for a good tournament.

 

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The games 

We won the tournament, but it really was far from being easy. We had only one game where we won big and it was against Black Legion Nimes. We lost against them in Rome but this time our read on their game succeeded perfectly and we managed to mix their game completely. Sometimes strategy is the best weapon in this sport. Another game which deserves a special mention is out third game against Warsaw United. The Polish boys had really poisonous lines against our fronts and they got us in big trouble. By changing tactics we managed to change our game enough to fight a tie from the match. After the preliminaries we were neck and neck with Phoenix from Russia  and they won the preliminaries by only a couple of ED points. The semifinal was a nail biter for us against the Bandits from Austria. You could see our tension miles away and we missed a couple of sure closes which almost cost us the game. So there we were in the final, with Phoenix. We had actually joked earlier that we’d meet them in the final because didn’t have a mutual game in the preliminaries. The game was just awesome, it had everything a final needs to have. We were leading for a while, they caught up and took the lead only to be caught up again by us. There was drama on the field with Miro Rainio injuring himself by getting a hit where no man should ever get hit (he’s fine now, by the way) and finally the time ticking out ending the game 3-3. We finally won it in overtime with a good break and a risk in pushing hard from the snake side at the start of the point, catching the Phoenix guys by surprise. These are the games that remind me why I love this sport so much.

You can see the games from: http://new.livestream.com/epbn1/ArenaParty… at least until you can’t anymore. Check them out, all the games are worth a watch.

The team 

#03 Toni Sireni
#07 Raffe Berg
#17 Tomi Lindholm
#88 Wilhe Knaapi
#89 Aleksi Peltonen
#12 Jani Kalasniemi
#02 Markku Uotila
#313 Miro Rainio (played with #09 jersey)
#41 Ilmari Häkkinen

CPS 1

Greetings and salutations 

As we’ve been doing the last 11 years we played yet again with Dye markers, DM14s to be precise, and yet again they performed awesomely along with Rotors and other Dye gear. There was only one paint brand available in the tournament, Valken. Their tournament grade Redemption Pro was just perfect and the training grade Crusade was easily good enough to play with. We also had our friend Nuno Trokka to make sure we didn’t have to worry ourselves on the paint issue. Big thanks also go out to our Finnish sponsor Sissos Paintball for all their support. Also we’d like to thank Toni Stegars for helping us out during the tournament and taking cool pictures like the one you see above. Last but not least greets go out to the Bandits paintball team.

Great pics and all the info about CPS you’ll ever need can be found: www.facebook.com/cpspaintball and www.championspaintballseries.com

 

Will also be releasing all kinds of media stuff at www.facebook.com/HelsinkiCyclone so remember to stay tuned!

We now have a tight grip on second position in the CPS and we’re going to hold on to it with all we got. See you all again in Paris!

Finnish Championships 2014 1/4 Pori

The Finns have a saying about the Finnish summer: the Finnish summer is quite cold but not that snowy. This certainly wasn’t the case for the first tournament of the Finnish league. For this weekend the paintball gods had reserved temperatures up to 30C continuing on for the whole week before. The funny thing is that two days after the tournament the temperature was back to a more usual 10C.

We had the weekend all figured out. The league games would start at 9:00 AM and since this year after the Field Fighter decided not to participate there’s only 5 teams the games would be over in about 4 hours. That would mean that we’d be back at our Yyteri Beach cabins at about 2:00 PM. With this weather and one of the most beutifull beaches in Finland the day would be awesome. As you can propably quess things didn’t go quite as planned. The company that was responsible for the air had messed up big time. The compressors were broken and the banks weren’t filled so the games started almost 2 hours late and through out the day the fills were under 3000 psi. In the PSP with the same layout players were carrying a constant 12 pod per point so you can imagine how big this problem turned out to be. Luckily the problems were all fixed on sunday so our Division 1 team got to play with no problems at all

The League
The Finnish league is incredibly tight. On a good day any team can take the tournament and we had a bad start losing to Ässä Creditor 0-4. We picked our pace up for the next game but it still lacked the final punch. 2-2 against Trivoga, where Trivoga punched the last point on the board only seconds before the time ran out. A win against Urho and a loss to DT meant that we’d be fighting DT for the Bronze. DT had won the preliminary game but this time we didn’t give them any chance 4-1 and bronze was ours. Not what we aimed for but not a disaster either.

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Division 1
The preliminaries were a Cyclone VDO show. We didn’t lose a single game and most were won 3-0. We were on our way to win big but then something happened. In the final we were suddenly getting penalties and making stupid mistakes which we hadn’t done in any of the earlier games. This lead to a nailbiter final where we were down 0-2, raised back in to the game by taking it to 2-2 and finally losing only 22 second before the time ran out. Yet again not what we aimed for but a good start for the season.

The teams: The League
Tomi Lindholm #17
Toni Sireni #03
Sami Turunen #5-0
Jani Kalasniemi #12
Miro Rainio #313
Pertti Berg #07

Division 1
Wilhe Knaapi #88
Olli Kemppi #37
Aleksi Peltonen #89
Markku Uotila #02
Mikko Sipiläinen #13
Sergei … (Field Fighter)

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The results: the League
1.Creditor
2.Trivoga
3.Cyclone
4.Dream Team
5.Urho

Division 1
1.Trivoga Silver
2.Cyclone VDO
3.Ronyx
4.PPW
5.Räyhä
6.Feenix

Gamevideos from Pori (courtesy of www.paintball.fi) can be found: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpGCn69eP3MLxcEoPE_a2Xw

 

 

What is the CYCLONE – MEN

THE TEAM philosophy is based on two of the most important rules that professional (and successful) paintball teams follow.

  • Nobody practices
  • All official team decisions are made in a bar

Some background. Many may know Helsinki Cyclone is the most successful Finnish team ever (ever) with nearly 10 Finnish championship wins as well as having played CPL in the millennium and having visited the World Cup at least in 2003-2004-2006-2008 etc. The true culture of cyclone is to play the sport of paintball seriously and with the goal of winning. With the relatively successful heritage and high goals set on the organization, many tournaments tend to get very serious and unnecessarily tense in many ways. There is nothing really wrong with serious and tense when we are out there to make 1st place. However, this is not always very fun and often you don’t make the podium.

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So, Cyclone – Men was formed within Cyclone as a counter culture to “winning is not everything it’s the only thing” mentality. Mainly, Cyclone – Men just want to have the most fun while shooting, killing and winning.

So who are the “men” and where do they come from. Basically we are Cyclone players who are active or retired. To clarify, retired in Cyclone means that you do not practice any more and hence, can’t play in tournaments where Cyclone plays to win.

For the first tournament Cyclone – Men’s Supreme Council ended up inviting 10 players to the Mad Croc tournament. This included three retired players (Kasi, Nimi and The Stallion). Since the team was built with seasoned players and we had no real winning pressures we really didn’t emphasize too much on planning or any other “strategic” bullshit. We came a bit late to the field so all we had time for was to form four pairs, two for snake side 2 for the Dorito side and then we had two center players. During the games we had little communication on who’s doing what etc. We just went on the field and made kills in our area.

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Over all we had a great tournament at Mad Crock. We ended second, after a tight over time in the final against our old adversary the Field Fighters (who according to unconfirmed rumors had Mishka Knaziev coaching them). To clarify we totally could have won and the only team we lost to during the whole day was Field Fighters.

Looking into the future the “men” shell mainly focus on team meetings.

Season 2013 – Rise of the New Wave

It’s time to write about the season that ended again. I feel that every year I start these with the same phrase: it’s been a hard season for the team, and it feels kind of silly. To be honest though it really feels like that again. Maybe it’s because we didn’t quite reach our set goals or that we lost our own field and had to renew our  training methods.

Whatever the reasons this year wasn’t easy for any of us and yet it still managed to be a great year of fun. Here’s a rundown on the dramatic turn of events.

The practice

We had to give our field Tuusula Grind away for the same stupid reasons that most paintball fields are lost. Someone wrote a letter to the local newspaper that we were a bunch of warmongers and crazies drinking beer and shouting on the field. Even as this was all untrue it didn’t stop the owners of the land from panicking and throwing us out. There might be a more detailed writing coming up later… if I get around to writing it. Because of this we had to figure out our training again and we had to give up our three times a week schedule. We ended up training in the Sissos Bunker for the winter season and moving our turf to the ProGames Propark in Kirkkonummi. The turf was built with the co-operation of Field Fighter Paintball Club and is now for the benefit of all Finnish paintball teams. It’s by far the best field in all of Finland. This was not completely pro bono since our benefit is a deal with ProGames to use the field for a certain period of time but the big point here is that no money changed hands and all work was done by paintballers for the love of the sport. So Finnish paintballers all over the country, you’re welcome and you might want to reconsider your views on FF not being a Finnish team.

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The tournaments

This year we decided that we’d take it easy in the Finnish tournament scene and that we would continue our baby steps abroad. The plan was to play 1-2 Millenniums on top of the Finnish league. It didn’t quite go as we thought. We ended up playing more tournaments than the team has played in years. Before the season started we visited the Moscow Ice Ball, during the spring we played the two Sissos Winter Series tournaments and in the summer we played the Finnish league with two teams, the whole Baltic Sea Cup and the Campaign Cup in Basildon. We even thought long and hard about the last Millennium leg but simply ran out of money. It’s now evident that the new players of Cyclone are as hungry as the old used to be and we’ll be making our comeback on the European scene very soon.

The Results

As I mentioned, our results this year didn’t quite reach our expectations but what we did get was a lot of experience with the new players. Here’s the stats:

Winter Cup 1.div (2 tournaments) – 1st overall

Baltic Sea Cup 1.div (4 tournaments) – 4th overall

Baltic Sea Cup 3.div (1 tournament) – 3th overall

The Finnish League (4 tournaments) – 4th overall

Finnish League 1.div (4 tournaments) – 2nd overall

Millennium Series 2.div (1 tournament) – 21th overall

 The Team

The numbers

This year we were a bit lazy. I’m not even going to review our physics training since it was basically done only by certain individuals of the team. Paintball sessions we had 43 and within those sessions we shot 438 cases of paint on someone’s face. We played 6 Countries, 10 cities and 12 tournament plus one, as our own Sami Turunen has just came home from playing in the Asia World Cup with the team Anthrax Regian. The numbers for the paint shot in tournaments I don’t have since the organizers tend to send only the sums with the bills, but I’d say it’s about 300-400 cases. So you might say we kept busy.

The players

We’ve had a tradition to award a couple of player every year and these are the results:

Most Valuable Player – Toni Sireni

Best League Player – Tomi Lindholm

Best 1.Division Player – Ilmari Häkkinen

Most Positive Player  – Tomi Lindholm

Congratulations for all.

The Thanks

Our two biggest thanks go of course to our main sponsors: Sissos and Dye Paintball

With Sissos everything just works, we get to test numerous different paints before every tournament to find the best paint to use. I don’t know how we lived without this service.

With Dye markers and gear you can always concentrate 100% on the game and you never have to worry about the gear. You know everything will work like clockwork every time. 10 years with Dye and still going strong. #dyepaintball #sissos

Here’s the websites you really need to visit: www.dyepaintball.com and www.Sissos.fi

For a bonus we edited our shenanigans caught on tape throughout the year. Enjoy.

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Also don’t forget the videos A$P made during the year: https://www.youtube.com/user/ASProductionOfficial?feature=watch

The Greetings

Season 2013 is now finally and officially done but before we wrap it up for good there’s a couple of greetings we want to send out. Big up for our awesome friends Ash Chaplen, Hidde Feenstra, Mikko Huttunen, Jesper Toivola, Stockholm Ignition, Amsterdam Anarchy, our friends from all the Baltic teams and of course all our friends here in Finland. Also big hugs to all our girlfriends, wives , moms and dads for all your support. See you all again when the season 2014 arrives…

The Finnish League 2/2013 – Helsinki

The second tournament of the Finnish League 2013 was held at ProGames ProPark in Kirkkonummi on the 27th to 28th of July 2013. Here’s a little report on what went down on those faithful days.

Finnish paintballers tend to say that it always rains in Turku… We’ve been saying this for ten years and it hasn’t failed yet. However, In my opinion a new saying should be introduced now for Kirkkonummi: It’s always blistering hot in Kirkkonummi. Yet again the tournament was played in the very best of beach weather the Finnish climate can produce; this of course being perfect for all the spectators but not so nice for the guys running around the field wearing neoprene pads and a plastic bucket on their heads. ProPark has also evolved a great deal since last year by getting a new turf on the field. The turf was actually installed only a month ago in cooperation with ProGames, Field Fighter Paintball Club and Helsinki Cyclone making it by far the best paintball park in Finland.

The Team

As always, Cyclone had two teams for the tournament, a league team and a 1.division team. The league team was a mix of old and new with Jani Kalasniemi #12 representing the newest additions, Wilhe Knaapi #88 and Tomi Lindholm #17 representing the present and Sami Turunen #5-0, Mikko Sipiläinen #13, Toni Sireni #03 and Raffe Berg #07 representing the old school Cyclone. The 1.Division team was an even bigger mix with our 14 year old junior Ilmari Häkkinen #41 representing the youngest and Aleksi Peltonen #89 representing the oldest crew. To put this in perspective think about the fact that Aleksi had won his first Finnish League Championship title before Ilmari was even born! Accompanying these guys were Olli Kemppi #37, Pekka Roininen #21, Jarmo Nieminen #87, Markku Uotila #02 and Patrik Louko #01.On top of this bunch we had a special guest superstar from Dye, Hidde Feenstra (in the pics he’s playing with the number #33).

 The Team

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Cyclones Helsinki – What to do after the Games

This weekend the Finnish League will be held at ProPark Kirkkonummi. This will bring paintballers from all around Finland to the nations capital. But what to do after the games are over..? We’ve been talking for a while now about writing a “When in Helsinki where to go” blog. And here it is, enjoy!

Sauna

After a tournament the first thing you need to do is get all the dirt off your body and the best way to do this is of course sauna. Cyclone recommends the Kulttuurisauna at Merihaka. This is a public Sauna built for Helsinki’s Design Capital year. This place is absolutely gorgeous, it’s warmed with wood pellets and you can swim in the ocean. You need 15€ to get in, a towel of your own (rented towel is 4€) and swimming trunks. Alcohol is not allowed in.

It’s not directly in the center but it’s not far away either. You can walk, use public transportation (metro, trams and buses stop at Hakaniemi) or take a taxi which will cost about 10€ from the center.

Address: Hakaniemenranta 17, 00530 Helsinki
Open from Wednesday to Sunday 16:00 – 20:00
www.kulttuurisauna.fi

Food

After a tournament you should eat a healthy and nutritious meal… which nobody does. Here’s a couple of places to get good food  with decent prices right in the center of Helsinki:

Restaurant Ilves

Ilves (or bobcat) is a bar in Kamppi. It serves damn good burgers, steaks, salads etc.. And since it’s a bar you don’t even have to find another place to sit and tell war stories.
Address: Urho Kekkosen katu 4-6  00100 Helsinki
Open: Mon – Wed 15:00 – 23:00, Fri to Sat 15:00 – 03:00, Closed on Sun – Mon through the summer
http://www.ravintolailves.fi/

Puttes bar&pizza

The best pizza in Helsinki. Pizzas are made the real Italian way and you really can taste it. Just like Ilves, it’s a bar as well.
Address: Kalevankatu 6 Helsinki
Open Mon-Tue 11-24, Wed-Thu 11-02 Fri-Sat 11-03 Sun 14-24
http://www.puttes.fi/

Kitch

Kitch is more like bistro then a bar but still with good food and none of the restaurant hassle. Tapas, burgers, salads, steaks etc. from here as well.
Address: Yrjönkatu 30, 00100 Helsinki
Open: Mon – Tue 14 – 22, Wed – Fri 14 – 23, Sat 12 – 23
http://www.kitch.fi/

Ps. Almost all restaurants in Helsinki close their kitchens at 22:00 so you need to order before 21:30

Party

Mbar Terrace

Since it’s summer you can find good terraces all around the city, but there is only one Mbar. The Mbar terrace is the coolest, hippest and best terrace of them all. Dj’s, live music and a great party every night the sun shines (and even if it doesn’t). The terrace is located on the courtyard of Lasipalatsi. It’s right next to another terrace called Laituri, but you don’t wan’t to go there. Like I said there is only one Mbar.
Address: Mannerheimintie 22-24, 00100 Helsinki
Open: Daily 12 – 02
http://mbar.fi/terrace/

Maxine

When the evening turns into night you need the Club and Maxine is it. We haven’t actually tested this yet but since Helsinki Cyclone’s own Niclas Belfrage is on the case, it’s going to be good. On the top floor of Kamppi center Maxine has the best club spot of the whole city.
Address: Urho Kekkosenkatu 1, 6. kerros, 00100 Helsinki
www.maxine.fi

NOTICE!!!!

The unofficial player’s party of Kirkkonummi Finnish League will be held at Maxine Saturday 27th of July. Contact Helsinki Cyclone players for details!!!

Planes, trains and automobiles

Throughout the years Helsinki Cyclone has travelled the paintball world using all transport modes possible. One of the meanest and also on of the most memorable would be the trip to Paris 7-man world cup with a car in one and a half days. That’s 2400km and it has a ferry on the way, do the math. That trip could be labeled with a Finnish paintball phrase “fastly and efficiently”… And yes, many of you know we hate that sort of trips.

Occasionally though they have their advantages and their own twisted sort of fun. This was one of those times.The Iceball arena cup was to be held in Moscow on the third weekend of December and our good friends theField Fighter boys asked if we were interested in a joint team effort for the tournament. This would not only mean that we’d get to participate in the tournament but also see Moscow with a someonewho speaks the language… Surprise surprise, we said yes.

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Millennium 2012 Paris World Cup – part 2

Day 2

If the first day was the definition of perfect, the second and third days were the complete opposite of that. We woke up early for our morning game and at that moment the weather seemed fine. A bit chilly but still sunny. There was a small hope in our minds that the weatherman would have predicted wrong and the rainstorm would just vanish in to thin air… It didn’t. The other thing to darken our day was a error made by the Marshalls on our Friday scores. Before our second game on Friday one of our younger players returned our player list to the Marshalls as needed. Only this time they asked for a signature on the paper. Not knowing any better the signature was given and that was it. Only after the game we noticed that we weren’t asked a confirmation on the score of the game and to our surprise the Marshalls had messed up the final score. The score on the card said 3-2 instead of 4-2. We tried to change this with the organizers but even the word of the Stockholm Ignition captain didn’t help. The messed up score stayed on the board and would cause havoc to our upcoming games.

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