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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