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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Millennium 2012 Paris World Cup – part 1

Firstly a small apology to all our readers. It seems i had developed some sort of writer’s block during the long season and simply could not get this report out of me. Maybe the long season strained me even more I thought… Whatever the reason sorry for the delay and here it comes. Enjoy.

The Millennium. I’ve often wondered what is it that draws me here. I mean it’s silly to fly all the way from Finland to play a tournament in some European city and pay yourself sick doing it. Or is it? I’ve played tournaments all around Finland and abroad just always come to the conclusion that the Millennium is THE tournament to play in Europe and there is none quite like it. This time it was the turn of the Paris World Cup.

The Team

We were supposed to play this tournament with just Helsinki Cyclone guys but since the accident of our own mr. Frontside and the joyful but badly timed promotion of Toni Sireni we ended up with a team different than usual. Helsinki Cyclone was represented by this years undeniable new Cyclone talents Tomi Lindholm and Wilhe Knaapi and the older section consisting of Olli Kemppi and yours truly… me Pertti Berg. Our team was also strengthened by former Cyclone and now Trivoga player Jesse Johansson and the recent Finnish League Champion from Field Fighter Tolik Zubarev

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The Finnish league’s final leg: Tallinn

The Estonian Capital Tallinn is only 30km from Helsinki via sea route. You can actually see it from the highest buildings in Helsinki and once there was even a discourse in the media that the two cities should be combined as one mega city. For us going to Tallinn is always fun. The prices on everything are much lower and the city is a really cool place to party. This time we were up for a real treat. The Estonian team Adrenaliin, which has been playing the Finnish series for a couple of years now, were organizing the season finale in their home turf, which for us meant combining the two favorites of ours: Paintball and partying.

As it seems with all our tournaments this year there was a big bang to endure just before the main event. Our main back player and gun torrent Sami Turunen had been talking about taking up skateboarding again throughout the summer. He used to skate quite a lot in his youth… which was before he was almost 2 meters tall, almost a 100 kilos worth of pure muscle and a cop. This is the guy who went off to ski for the first time after a while and came back with some broken ribs and strained abs. He’s also the only guy who’s ever managed to break himself on our turf field, Tuusula Grind… you can probably see were this is going. So he got himself a board and some protective gear and went for just a small taster at a local ramp. It was the week before the Tallinn tournament but as we say in Cyclone just a cobweb thin taster wont hurt if you’re really careful. It didn’t, all went well… that day. The next day he went off again and… well I guess it’s better if you’ll just see for your self from this dramatic re-enactment: Skating for Dummies

The doctors say that he will get the cast of his leg somewhere around Christmas and to all of us he shall now and ever after be called Frontside Turunen according to a song by an artist called Robin (the Finnish equivalent to Justin Bieber)

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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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Finnish league’s third leg: Äänekoski

Already weeks before this tournament everything was going horribly wrong. Our training wasn’t going as planned since way too many players were having their vacation mixed just so that we didn’t get even one session with everybody on board. Also many players were unable to participate in the tournament because of one reason or another and top of that, as the icing to our misfortune cake Olli Kemppi injured his tailbone in a forest paintball game and Kim Vainionpää his knee in training. The tournament was closing fast and we literally had no players for our teams… But as it sometimes turns out, our greatest fears turned out to be just that, fears, and the tournament turned out to be one hell of a ride.

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Next stop: SPBL Round #3 Aeaenekoski

Third round. Hardest for top seeded as July’s vacation time hampers training schedule. Our’s have been also affected, with some training’s having as low as 7 participants. Also we are affected with couple of injuries with Olli fracturing his money maker.

Still we have a strong team with four Finnish 2010 Champions on the field.  All other teams are affected with this Summer disease also, but earlier the underdogs have succeeded in third round. Will Fieldfighters have a dismal round, like we did last year?

Will the bottom seeds show heart and rise to the top? Reffing and couple of teams  are under the loop after last tournaments incidents; it will be interesting to see what will bubble up day after tomorrow.

Livefeed will make an apperance: now with more cameras, more action, more excitement, more talk, and jokes stay cheesy as always. Live is the place to be on Saturday. Video platform will be again Justin.tv. You can get an app for IOS, to watch the stream on the road.   I have also heard that there will be another stream from the organizers with more professional touch, we’ll ping you their feed when we get the info Our liveblog is also live with Scribble at Live.

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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Alex’s bar: Greetings from SPBL 2012 teams – episode I

Finally, Alex’s bar is here.

Alex’s bar is an idea that has been brewing in our brains for years now. Every summer we’ve said to our selves that this summer we’ll start… but every fall we’d find out we just didn’t have the time. Now, finally this summer is THE summer.

We’ve been filming vids from tournaments for years now but we never actually had a purpose for that. Now we do. The idea is simple. Alex’s bar is a place where all interesting talking happens. We might have the youngest most unknown player in the Finnish scene or we might have the biggest name in the business talking with us, the point is that everything that is even remotely interesting can be seen from the Cyclone site. I welcome you all to visit Alex’s bar… stay tuned, I guarantee you’ll enjoy your stay.

Oh… almost forgot. Who is bartender Alex? Alex is of course our own Aleksi Peltonen, the 10 time Finnish League winner and a paintballer who’s literally played everywhere and with everyone. From Alex you can always get a tasty beverage and a piece of age old Paintball wisdom.

Greetings from SPBL 2012 teams

We’ll start of with a couple of vids from the Finnish League Piikkiö round. In the pouring rain we talked to some of the biggest names in Finnish paintball to find out what’s going on.

Heres Kai Siltala the owner of Turku Dream Team

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And heres Jarkko Tervonen from RumaQ

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