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Did You Know...

... that Matthew Iles replaces Kalle Pohjola in the Pro Team tail slot?

New Just4Fun lineup with Mikael Kaulanen (left)
posted Feb 18th, 2021 - The latest NSL News update from Finland on January 15th reported that the country's indoor 4-way champions of 2020, Just4Fun, had a change in the team's lineup. Mikael Kaulanen is back in action for Just4Fun and replaces Vesa Vuorenkoski who has to take a temporary break for medical reasons.

The latest news from Finland are good ones, as Vesa Vuorenkoski has already restarted with his own indoor training and might be back in action earlier than expected.

Another personnel change took place in the meantime, and it involves Vesa Vuorenkoski's long-time team mate and friend Matthew Iles. The NSL News featured the indoor comeback of the two national team members with Chymos/Max 4/Blackjack at the FAI World Meet 1997 with several updates after the first story on 2 April 2017.

Vesa Vuorenkoski and Matthew Iles started their comeback together with their original team mates before they separated and continued in different teams, Vesa Vuorenkoski with Just4Fun and Matthew Iles with Blue Steel. The June meet of the Finnish Tunnel League was the last time that both teams competed directly against each other in a 3-point battle over ten rounds.


Finnish Tunnel League November 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class K,13,E,17 11,C,1 N,M,16,6 14,9,B Q,D,3,7 21,18,L 8,10,G 4,H,O,F J,A,22,5 12,15,P Total Avg
1 Pro Team 29    24 -2 27 -1 30    26 -1 23    21    35    24    22     261 26.1
2 Just4Fun 21    21    22    22 -2 20 -1 17 -1 16    27 -1 17 -4 18     201 20.1
3 Blue Steel 21    17    21    22    21    18    16    23 -3 19 -1 16     194 19.4

Pro Team and Blue Steel at the November 2019 meet of the Finish Tunnel League
Best friends separated: Vesa Vuorenkoski and Matthew Iles
Finland's strongest 4-way team, the Pro Team, did not attend any meets last year, due to the implications of the corona virus crisis. They were in meet action last time in November 2019 when they met Just4Fun and Blue Steel both and left them far behind.

The Pro Team had a very busy 2019 season behind them. They had competed first at the FAI Indoor World Meet at Weembi Lille in April and followed up at the FAI Outdoor World Cup in Eloy in October.

Kimmo Pohjola's son Kalle had completed his AFF school by then and was in full training with the Pro Team. He attended his second outdoor competition in Eloy and finished with an 18.5 average. The same Pro Team lineup then won the November meet with a 26.1 average.

Father Kimmo Pohjola, outside center for the Pro Team, now informed the NSL News that his son Kalle will focus more on his studies at the university, and the new Pro Team alternate will help the team with indoor training and in competition whenever it is necessary.


FAI Indoor World Meet 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Open M,K,D,14 Q,4,5 P,E,9,15 3,N,G,2 6,1,8 F,12,11 13,22,J H,L,B,18 O,20,A,17 21,7,19 Total Avg
1 NMP-PCH Hayabusa  BE  39    36    42    35    27    32    29    42 -1 38    31     351 35.1
2 Weembi High Rollers  FR  38 -2 33 -1 44    32 -1 27    29 -1 26 -2 47    37    31     344 34.4
3 Arizona Airspeed  US  39    33    40    30    27    29    24 -3 39    33    27     321 32.1
4 Qatar Tigers  QA  34    30 -2 36    29    22 -3 27 -1 28    36    32    28     302 30.2
5 Airheads  CH  35    28 -1 33 -2 29    25    27    24 -1 36    30    25 -1  292 29.2
6 Black Cat  RU  34    29    39 -1 29    25    22 -2 25 -1 36 -1 26 -3 22 -2  287 28.7
7 Echochamber  SE  34    27 -1 35    26 -1 22 -2 25    20 -5 35    26 -3 24 -1  274 27.4
8 ACM Weembi  UK  32 -1 28    32 -2 26 -1 20 -1 24    19 -2 35    26    25     267 26.7
9 Airfource  DE  33 -3 22 -1 33 -1 25    22 -1 23    20 -3 35 -2 25 -1 24 -1  262 26.2
10 HF Flying Circus  CZ  31    26    28 -1 23    24    22    18 -2 33    19 -5 23     247 24.7
11 Pro Team  FI  27 -2 24    30    23    23    22    22    30    23 -3 22 -1  246 24.6
12 Monaco Indoor Skydive Team  MC  27 -1 21    27 -2 23    20    22    21    29    21    21     232 23.2
13 FlySpot Sky4Four  PL  27 -1 23    28 -1 23    19 -2 20 -1 20    29    21 -1 21 -1  231 23.1
14 Papea Masculino  ES  28 -2 23    26 -1 16 -3 21 -1 20 -1 21    30 -1 23 -2 22     230 23.0
15 Out of the Blue  NL  24    22    27    19 -1 19    19    18    27    24    20 -1  219 21.9
16 H40  IE  22 -1 19    23    17    18    17 -1 17 -1 24    20    19     196 19.6
17 Skydive University Slovakia  SK  23 -2 19    23 -1 17 -2 18    17 -1 14 -3 22    19    17 -2  189 18.9
18 Magic 4  LT  26    15 -1 19 -5 15 -2 17    16 -3 17 -1 21    -    -     146 18.3

Pro Team at the FAI Indoor World Meet 2019
Pro Team with Kalle Pohjola (right) at Weembi Lille in April 2019
Matthew Iles will be the new tail for the Pro Team and begin training with the team in May. The Finnish teams still have their national indoor championship scheduled for next month, and Matthew Iles will still compete with Blue Steel at the event.

Then he will have to change gear very quickly to switch from the 22-average level to the 26+ where the Pro Team finished at their last meet. It is obviously a very exciting and challenging situation for Matthew Iles.

One of Finland's longest-standing 4-way competitors brings in a lot of experiences and replaces the youngest 4-way competitor in the country's history. Matthew Iles said that he plans to be ready for the challenge. He continues to work individually with NMP PCH HayaBusa's David Grauwels, while Sweden's Echochamber member Mattias Nord will be coaching the Pro Team.

Matthew Iles has enough time to get ready, as the Pro Team with him in the lineup will resume competition action in October at the Nordic Indoor Championship. Finland's national indoor championship will be next in March 2022, followed by the indoor world cup in April. The new Pro Team plans continue throughout the next indoor nationals in March 2023, followed by the indoor world meet in April.


FAI Outdoor World Cup 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Open 13,11,16 P,22,4 O,7,21 9,20,G 18,15,L K,10,3 6,14,C 1,M,A,17 F,D,Q,8 2,5,E Total Avg
1 Arizona Airspeed  US  20 -1 22    28    29    21    21 -1 21 -2 29    31 -2 24 -2  246 24.6
2 SDC Rhythm XP  US  19 -1 22    25    21 -2 20 -1 20    23    25    29 -1 24 -2  228 22.8
3 Airspeed Odyssey  US  14 -2 17 -2 22 -2 21 -2 18 -1 16 -3 21    23    26 -3 17 -2  195 19.5
4 Defiance  US  17    17    21 -1 22    16 -2 15 -2 21    20 -2 26    16 -2  191 19.1
5 Aerodyne Cypres Lille-Bondues  FR  15 -1 16    19    21    16 -1 17    18    22    25    21     190 19.0
6 Echochamber  SE  17    14 -3 22    20 -3 17    16 -1 19    20    23 -1 21     189 18.9
7 Chimera  UK  14 -1 16 -1 21    19 -1 17    16 -1 18 -1 22    26 -1 18 -1  187 18.7
8 Pro Team  FI  15 -1 18    20    17 -1 17    15    18    21    26    18 -1  185 18.5
9 Kinetix  AU  14 -1 17    19    19    15 -1 17    18    19    23 -1 16     177 17.7
10 China  CN  12 -1 17    19    17 -1 14 -1 13 -1 16    20    24    15 -1 167 16.7
11 Eros  UK  12 -2 16    20    18    15 -1 13 -2 12 -4 17 -1 22    16 -1  161 16.1
12 eX3MO  IT  13    13 -2 17 -2 13 -4 12 -1 14    13    16 -1 22 -2 14    147 14.7
13 Pajama Pumas  UK  10 -2 12    17    14 -1 13    12    15    16    15 -2 13     137 13.7

Pro Team at the FAI Outdoor World Cup 2019
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