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Did You Know...

... that Finland's Pro Team skipped the 25+ average level this month?

Vesa Vuorenkoski (left) with Blackjack at the World Challenge 2019
posted Jun 22nd, 2019 - Teams from Finland and Florida have posted several scores of the World Tunnel League's June competition earlier this month, and more results will follow soon from Florida and Northern California. Only teams from Finland have taken on the ten AAA Class sequences so far, at their meet on June 15th at the Fööni wind tunnel in Helsinki.

Finland's participation at the World Tunnel league events, initiated and organized by Vesa Vuorenkoski, is showing great results. It was the first time that three Finnish AAA Class teams posted 20+ meet averages at the same competition. In fact, it was the first time that any other AAA Class team from Finland than Pro Team left the 20-average benchmark behind.

Tempo came close at the World Challenge with a 19.6 average and has not followed up so far this year due to changes in the lineup. However, Tempo member Jorma Löfgren did not want to sit out at the June meet of the World Tunnel League at Fööni and joined the Syrjähyppy lineup for the meet.

He had three other experienced 4-way competitors by his side (Nadja Lönnroth, Matthew Iles, Vesa Vuorenkoski), and result was the 21.3 average on June 15th.


World Tunnel League June 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class K,18,A,16 H,L,C,5 B,17,3 7,M,9 11,Q,13 1,21,6 20,E,G,12 N,4,2 O,22,D,J 14,F,15 Total Avg
1 Pro TeamFI 23 34 28 36 24 22 23 23 24 24 261 26.1
2 SyrjähyppyFI 19 29 22 31 17 18 18 17 22 20 213 21.3
3 Just4FunFI 18 26 19 31 17 17 16 18 22 19 203 20.3
Rank AA Class Q,1,18 H,L,C,A B,J,K,P 7,M,9 11,13 21,6 20,E,G N,4,2 O,22,D 14,F,15 Total Avg
1 SCZ FurtheranZe XPUS 14 24 20 20 10 13 13 14 14 14  156 15.6
2 OteFI 10 24 23 18 13 12 10 10 13 14 147 14.7
3 SCZ ZEUSUS 11 14 20 19 13 14 13 11 12 -  127 14.1
4 Hermannin NuorisoseuraFI 11 18 23 16 7 9 8 10 10 10 122 12.2
5 4KFI 7 16 22 16 9 10 7 11 11 11 120 12.0

Nadja Lönnroth, Nina Kivilompolo, Markus Pitkänen with the Tigers
Matthew Iles and Vesa Vuorenkoski had not mastered the 20-average challenge with their previous team Blackjack, after a 19.8 average at the World Challenge. Together with AAA Class opponent Jorma Löfgren and Nadja Lönnroth they finished with new personal records this month.

Nadja Lönnroth was a member of the Tigers, Finland's national 4-way team before the Pro Team took over the reigns. She moved to the United States and continued with 4-way competition in different teams, including Mark Kirkby's player-coach team EOS at the USPA Nationals 2015 and several AAA Class pickup teams at other events.

The third Finnish team with a 20+ average, Just4Fun, had Vesa Vuorenkoski in his second lineup, together with Nina Kivilompolo, Riku Peltola and Markus Pitkänen. Nina Kivilompolo and Markus Pitkänen both were Nadja Lönnroth's team mates in the original Tigers lineup.

The three Tigers of 2006 - 2008 were back this month in their two different lineups, and they even met the team that succeeded them as the national 4-way team in 2009, the Pro Team. The 4-point battle at the national championships in 2009 had brought the change, and the Pro Team competed for Finland at the FAI World Meet 2010 in Menzelinsk.


Finnish Nationals 2009
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class 6,F,19 16,9,B 20,13,4 M,10,H,8 2,22,15 1,E,18 17,7,A 14,21,J 5,D,L,11 12,Q,K,O Total Avg
1 Pro Team 20 19 13 16 13 13 18 15 15 17 159 15.9
2 Tigers 17 19 13 15 13 13 19 15 15 16 155 15.5
3 Tarzanelli 12 14 9 6 8 10 12 10 8 9 98 9.8
4 Hanko Fairspeed 9 9 6 8 6 8 8 7 6 5 72 7.2
5 HV Helsinki 8 9 5 8 6 5 8 6 7 6 68 6.8
6 Sunshine-Boys 9 2 6 7 6 5 9 6 8 8 66 6.6
7 Fly Like A Girl 10 6 3 7 6 6 4 6 6 6 60 6.0
8 AXON 8 5 5 3 5 5 7 3 3 4 48 4.8

Pro Team at the FAI Indoor World Meet 2019
The Pro Team is in a different situation by now. They have been Finland's national team ever since the takeover, and Kimmo Pohjola's son Kalle is now in the tail slot. Pro Team 2019 missed the last Top 10 spot on the 4-way Open Class leaderboard of the FAI Indoor World Meet only by one single point and are a part of the world's best international 4-way competition.

The 26.1 average this month was a new team record average and the first time above the 25+ level. A 26+ average would have been close to the 8th place at the indoor world meet in April.

The meets of the World Tunnel League offer Pro Team valuable competition practice that the team needs to continue with their progression. Goal is the outdoor world meet in Tanya 2020, where the Pro Team would like to leave all other previous results of Finnish teams in the dust, including their own 20.4 average in Menzelinsk 2010, which was boosted by one Super Sequence (43) in Round 3 and a second fast sequence in Round 9 (28).

The world meet in Menzelinsk 2010 was the last one that the Pro Team attended, and they will be back in Russia a decade later, with former team packer Kalle Pohjola in the lineup...

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