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League organizer and Blackjack member Vesa Vuorenkoski was planning to follow up with more meets on a regular basis, and he hosted the next indoor competition at the same place last weekend.
The January meet of the Finnish Tunnel League was one of the three events that launched the 2019 competition season.
Nine of the eleven teams in September were back for the January meet, and one new team joined the AAA Class competition.
The Silver Knights are not a new team in Finland's 4-way community. In fact, the scoring history of the Finnish military team goes back to the 2010 season.
However, it was the first indoor competition that the Silver Knights attended last weekend, and it was a successful re-start on the AAA Class leaderboard after four years without any scores on NSL leaderboards.
World Tunnel League January 2019
|Rank||AAA Class - Finland||Q,E,F,18||3,9,11||D,K,21,16||14,G,M,17||O,L,B,7||5,15,6||P,A,12,20||C,13,1||10,8,N||22,J,H,4||Total||Avg|
Blackjack - Tempo - Telakka - Silver Knights at the WTL/FITL meet last weekend
They moved up into the AAA Class in 2012 and outscored the reigning 4-way champions, Tigers, at the national championships by two points. Then they competed for Finland at the FAI World Meet 2012 in Dubai.
They took a 3-year break and came back for another showdown with the Tigers at the national championships in 2015 that the Tigers won. It was the last 4-way competition in the NSL records before the Silver Knights attended their first indoor competition last weekend.
The Silver Knights met several former Finnish national teams and national champions at the WTL competition. In fact, all five AAA Class teams on last weekend's leaderboard are either former and current national teams (Blackjack, Silver Knights, Pro Team) or have former national 4-way champions in their lineups.
The Pro Team won as clearly as in September, while the other four AAA Class teams were close enough to each other that each of the teams claimed or shared their highscores for each round, including the Silver Knights in Round 6.
World Tunnel League September 2018
It was most challenging for the Pro Team to beat their own 24.4 record average of September, and they added four points to their 10-round total. The ranking order behind the Pro Team was identical, while the teams moved closer to each other.
The Silver Knights are within striking distance of the other AAA Class teams and could easily move closer at the next WTL meet. Only the Pro Team is completely out of sight for the other Finnish AAA Class teams and have other goals in their minds, including the FAI Indoor World Meet 2019 at Weembi Lille...