2016 done, 2017 here we come.

2016 season was a strong season domesticly with us winning both SPBL League and Division 1. Season 2016 was a season to save some resources and skipping tournaments abroad. Our end of season goal was trip NXL World Cup playing a format we hadn’t done in a few years. Learning curve was steap and end result wasn’t what we expected but we had some good games and gained some good experience how we need to prepare for possible 2017 return.

2017 season will see us returning to European tournament scene with us making comeback to the Millennium Series at semiprofessional level. In our roster we will have some new and old faces so it will be quite an exciting season.

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.

 

CPS 2

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.

FL2014-1/4-2

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

 

 

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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SPBL Round #4… Fight

Last round tomorrow in Tallinn and what a setup it is. Our league team is fighting for second place overall as Fieldfighters is sure to win Finnish Championship. It has been a even year except for top position and three teams are still fighting for the podium positions. I know whatever happens, our guys will party with the FF guys until morning. It has been great to see a team rise through the divisions to take the cup home. Congrats to the guys already, it’s good to be the king!

Div 1 team on the other hand is ready to take the highest podium for second time this year and first time over all. This can be achieved by ending the tournament in higher place than Ässä Creditor from Pori.

Few players are missing from our teams, with league team’s quarterback Sami Turunen is tending his broken leg after almost completing a beautiful frontside ollie. He is probably the most frustrated guy in Finland tomorrow. We will miss him but our lineup is sure to be strong enough to survive this.

Finnish league has been under a tougher management (run by teams) this year, after second round couple of teams were put under threat of a fine because of unsportsmanlike behaviour. After third round one div.1. team was dropped to last position as the mgmt saw that they broke rules regarding using upper division players. It’s going to be fun to see if some team will go all rogue like in the final tourney.

Liveblog/feed will not be around this time, as both teams are playing at the same time tomorrow and the normal operator (c’est moi) is home looking after his very pregnant wife. It’s unfortunate, but it is what it is.

Alex’s bar presents: Eero Kaakkola

The time has come to throw one of our first aces on the table. We promised to bring you guys some really interesting interviews, let’s see how you like these apples.

Many of you guys out there know this story but I’m also quite sure there’s a lot who really don’t. This story starts with one of the biggest turning points in paintball history, the invention of the Eye and continues right down memory lane to the present as seen by Eero Kaakkola. It’s in Finnish but we added some subtitles for our foreign friends.

Check our the video below and enjoy…

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Player profile: Tomi Lindholm

 

 

Name: Tomi Lindholm
Years played: 5
Years in Cyclone: 4
Former teams: Voodoo Legacy
Current Status: Active player

What is or has been your goal in paintball?

When I started playing in D2 in 2007 I didn’t really have any goals, after the first tournament I played I thought that this is pretty cool and I could play paintball more often. In 2007 I guess my goal was to learn to play the game well enough to make a difference on the field. Next year our team had a clear goal and that was to win D2, after all we had been practicing quite a lot for a D2 team. So in 2008 we actually did win D2 and we were moving to D1 for season 2009 that was when I thought that I might actually someday have a chance to win a Finnish championship. So today my goal is to win a Finnish championship.
During the few years I have played I have also been able to play in Millennium series and from there comes my second goal which is to win a tournament or two.

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