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Did You Know...

... that Tempo is the most improved AAA Class team in Finland?

Silver Knights in 2012 outdoor action
posted Jan 14th, 2019 - Finland joined the World Tunnel League with the first 10-round indoor competition at the Fööni wind tunnel in Helsinki in September last year, and the NSL News covered the event live with several updates.

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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
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
1 Pro Team 34 20 27 24 37 23 19 23 20 21 248 24.8
2 Blackjack 28 13 19 19 29 15 16 16 15 16 186 18.6
3 Tempo 23 17 21 19 26 15 15 17 14 17 184 18.4
4 Telakka 24 17 19 18 24 13 16 16 14 16 177 17.7
5 Silver Knights 18 13 16 17 24 15 14 14 13 16 160 16.0

Blackjack - Tempo - Telakka - Silver Knights at the WTL/FITL meet last weekend

National team Blackjack at the FAI World Meet 1997
The Silver Knights had started in the A Class of 2010 and 2011, with Pro Team member Kimmo Pohjola coaching the team.

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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class O,18,17 6,L,14 D,7,3 5,21,A M,16,F,Q P,G,K,9 22,12,H 20,10,4 N,8,2 E,19,B,J Total Avg
1 Pro Team 22 23 23 24 32 39 18 14 19 30  244 24.4
2 Blackjack 17 16 17 17 27 25 11 13 13 27  183 18.3
3 Tempo 16 12 15 19 27 23 12 13 17 24  178 17.8
4 Telakka 16 18 19 17 25 20 13 12 14 19  173 17.3
5 Tahma 7 14 13 10 16 19 10 8 11 17 125 12.5
Different 2019 goals: Pro Team
All five AAA Class teams improved their meet averages that they had posted in September, even though the two new blocks (1 - 13) were included in the draw (Round 8) and made their first appearance of the year last weekend.

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.

Tempo was the most improved team (178 - 184) and cut the distance to Blackjack (183 - 186) from five to two points. Telakka (173 - 177) moved one point closer to Blackjack.

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...

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