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Did You Know...

... that Joey Jones is expecting an internal British battle at the World Challenge 2019?

Joey and Lena Jones at their previous home at Twinwoods Adventure
posted Mar 13th, 2019 - The World Challenge 2019 is once again including the UK Indoor Nationals, and the NSL News was interested in an update of the 4-way situation in Great Britain.

Joey Jones, 4-way world champion of 2004 with U.S. team DeLand Majik and professional coach, has been providing the NSL News regularly with interesting information from the areas where he is directly involved as a coach and competitor, and he has been discussing topics in many NSL Live Talk sessions in the past.

Once again, he made himself available for a new NSL Live Talk this week and at the end of his current indoor training camp with the Swedish national team in 4-way Women, Team X, in Stockholm.

Joey Jones used to live at Twinwood Adventures in Bedford with his Swedish wife Lena, and they have recently moved to Luton, between Bedford and London. He is now traveling even more than before and spends much of his time at the Weembi wind tunnel in Lille, as well. The busy indoor season in Europe, with many wind tunnels for winter training and competition, does not allow much of a break any longer, neither for teams nor for coaches.

World Challenge 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class Power Rankings TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD Total Avg
1 NMP-PCH Hayabusa BE - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Arizona Airspeed US - - - - - - - - - - - - -
3 SDC Rhythm XP US - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Qatar Tigers QA - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Airheads CH - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 ISR FireFlash BE - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 ACM Weembi UK - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Odin Parachute Systems FR - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Chimera UK - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 NFTO UK - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Tenanine MR - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Eros UK - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Ayro BE - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Aladeen HU - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Alakran ES - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Blackjack FI - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Stardust BE - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Tempo FI - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Pajama Pumas UK - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 FlyPonots FR - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Koloncok HU - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Falco BE - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Nova CH - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 Weembi Unicorns FR - - - - - - - - - - - - -
NFTO at the FAI Indoor World Cup 2018
His Swedish Team X will be aiming once again at the bronze medal position in 4-way Women at the FAI Indoor World Meet next month, and Joey Jones is expecting a close race for the 3rd place. Team X won FAI bronze medals at the outdoor world meet in Australia last year, and indoor bronze medals a few weeks later in Bahrain.

Joey Jones is expecting a battle for 1st and 2nd place between Nephtys Weembi (France) and NFTO (Great Britain). He said that he does not really know where to expect the U.S. team for the meet, XPG4, who finished with a strong 23.7 performance at the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship.

He met the British 4-way indoor champions of ACM Weembi several times in Lille and is expecting a close battle between ACM and NFTO at the World Challenge.

Both teams were separated by only one single point at the FAI Indoor World Cup in October 2018, where NFTO won the gold medals in 4-way Women. NFTO confirmed the 25+ average with Julia Swallow in the lineup at the Wind Games 2019, where ACM did not compete.

FAI Indoor World Cup 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Open/Women Combined K,17,J,21 4,H,F,11 18,L,16 5,M,O,C N,8,P,19 6,9,10 D,12,15 Q,B,G,22 20,E,14 7,3,2 Total Avg
1 Weembi Mix MF FR 34 35 31 57 33 31 30 39 29 26 345 34.5
2 NMP-PCH Hayabusa BE 35 35 27 47 33 31 31 38 28 28 333 33.3
3 Amnesya IT 30 28 24 46 26 27 21 30 24 24 280 28.0
4 IFS-Moscow RU 28 29 21 45 26 27 21 33 24 25 279 27.9
5 Echochamber SE 30 30 23 37 27 25 22 32 22 23 271 27.1
6 France Odins FR 29 26 21 37 28 25 19 27 24 23 259 25.9
7 ACM Weembi UK 26 26 23 36 27 25 23 28 20 21 255 25.5
8 NFTO UK 27 26 20 37 25 23 22 29 22 23 254 25.4
9 China CN 27 23 22 32 25 22 20 29 24 23 247 24.7
10 Russian Thunder RU 24 22 20 36 23 24 22 28 21 22 242 24.2
11 Papea Masculino ES 25 24 14 35 23 22 17 29 21 20 230 23.0
11 France FR 26 23 20 36 24 19 19 26 17 20 230 23.0
13 Team X SE 24 26 18 31 22 21 16 27 20 19 224 22.4
14 China CN 22 20 20 28 23 22 18 24 20 21 218 21.8
15 HF Chicks CZ 25 23 15 26 23 21 17 24 21 21 216 21.6
16 Monaco MC 22 23 16 27 22 22 19 25 18 18 212 21.2
17 FlySpot Sky4Four PL 23 25 16 27 22 20 17 23 19 18 210 21.0
18 Satori UK 24 19 18 31 18 20 18 23 18 19 208 20.8
19 HF Flying Circus CZ 21 23 19 28 20 19 17 22 17 18 204 20.4
19 Eros UK 22 23 17 25 19 19 19 24 18 18 204 20.4
21 Out of the Blue Project 20+ NL 24 19 18 30 20 18 15 23 17 18 202 20.2
21 Zero-G RU 22 22 17 27 20 20 16 22 16 20 202 20.2
23 Jazz Republic ZA 19 23 16 28 20 19 17 24 15 17 198 19.8
24 No Limits RU 22 20 18 28 20 20 12 22 17 17 196 19.6
25 Bahrein 1 BH 17 23 15 25 14 17 15 23 18 15 182 18.2
26 Equinox LT 17 15 14 20 17 16 12 17 17 17 162 16.2
27 Papea ES 19 18 12 17 17 14 15 19 10 14 155 15.5
28 Sky.... CZ 15 18 10 16 16 16 14 19 16 13 153 15.3
29 Bahrein 2 BH 13 14 12 18 14 15 14 17 15 16 148 14.8
30 Zephyrus UK 12 12 10 16 13 12 10 17 11 13 126 12.6
ACM Weembi at the FAI Indoor World Cup 2018
The FAI event in Bahrain was actually the last competition for ACM Weembi. It will be helpful for the British national indoor team to fight the first battle with NFTO at the World Challenge before competing for the British delegation at the indoor world meet a few weeks later.

There could be more competition for ACM in the 4-way Open category. Chimera is not far from the same scoring level, as they were showing in the last five rounds at the Wind Games. They had missed the first half of the meet, and the NSL News will follow up with more information of the mishap in Spain. However, the World Challenge could feature a 3-team battle between NFTO, ACM and Chimera for the 4-way top spot in Great Britain, and Satori XL could make it a 4-pack.

Joey Jones is training and competing as a player-coach with Eros, who left behind the 20-average benchmark at the indoor world cup in Bahrain. The British top teams are probably out of reach for his team.

He commented a few other topics in the NSL Live Talk, including the British female 4-way power and the situation of the best 4-way juniors in the world, who are still competing over only eight rounds with the AA Class dive pool at FAI events, while they have moved up into the AAA Class world at other 4-way meets.

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