Helsinki Cyclone takes 3rd place in Winter Cup 2nd leg!

On Sunday, the 21st of February, ProGames organized the second leg of the Winter Cup 2010 (4-man race-to-3) in Splash Arena, Tuusula. We managed to win the first leg and we had mixed feelings in preparing for the event. Our primary focus for the tournament series is definitely to get some tournament games “in the system” – but winning is always a bonus, and it certainly creates an appetite for itself.. 

During this winter we have had the pleasure of welcoming Antti Syvänne and Sampo Kokkonen back to the family. Not that the guys were ever distant from it, but they both took a year off from paintball and felt that they weren’t ready to give the sport up just yet. Naturally, the team is thrilled to have them back and the second leg of the Winter Cup was a great place for them to see if they still have what it takes. Turns out they do. Both of them played very well, turning shorthanded points to victory and being the great guys we all remembered. 🙂 

Overall the games went ok, scores below: 

1. Helsinki Cyclone vs. Ruma Q: 3 – 0 

2. Helsinki Cyclone vs. Takeover: 3 – 2 

3. Helsinki Cyclone vs. Urho Keltainen: 0 – 3 

Semifinal: Helsinki Cyclone vs. Trivoga: 1 – 3 

Bronze: Helsinki Cyclone vs. Urho Keltainen: 3-1. 

We had a strong start against Ruma Q – the guys from up north have not been able to train too much and were forced to use a loaned player due to illness of one of their players. We struggled against TakeOver, who were fast and persistent, but we managed to take the game after all. Our momentum started to slow down, and we seemed to be less sharp than in the first game. The third game was a disaster for us. We played too slow and Urho managed to use the width of the entire field to their advantage and they gave us a proper lesson this time. For the Trivoga game, we changed our plans a bit and took the first point, but the guys in green picked up our ideas and managed to get even and proceed to the finals. We were stuck with the bronze game, but a podium position is always nice so we went back to the drawing board. 

The bronze game was a true series of unfortunate events. If I remember correctly, the first point was declared a no-point as our last player carried an old pack hit at the buzzer, and so we received a 1-4-1 and had to start the following point down a body, with 3 players. We end up losing that point and receiving yet another penalty – Again down 3 to 4 for the point with score 0 – 1 at that point. We managed to fend off their push, and the returning hero – Campo – was able to pull off a win against 2 opponents and even the scores to 1 – 1. The next point we started with 4, and we got 2 opponents off the break, and pushed through. Urho forefeit the point with just 26 seconds left on the clock and we were ahead 2-1. We were certain that they will try everything they can to get a quick point, so at the flagstation we figured their most probable run-through lanes and assigned shooters for each of those – ensuring that we had an effective cross-view of the field. The point was perfect mayhem, but we managed to stop all their runners and be up 2 bodies to 1, and Kimi even cleaned off the last guy and went for the buzzer. 

Score 3 – 1 to us and the bronze medal from the event. 

From the left: Pertti Berg (coach), Jaakko Tusa, Antti Syvänne, Aleksi Peltonen (staff), Joel Hietanen (coach). Bottom row: Jarmo Nieminen, Kim Vainionpää, Sampo Kokkonen, Pekka Roininen (staff)

Thanks to all the referees, organizers and opponents, the event was a ton of fun. Thanks especially to Urho Keltainen for the last game, it was fantastic! 

For the series, we are now tied with Trivoga for the 1st position. Complete event and series scores by can be seen here. A few more pictures can be found on our Facebook Page. Be sure fo fan up! 😀

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