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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