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The roundup - 29th July 2019

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The roundup 22nd to 28th July 2019
The big stories Koskenkorva appeal dismissed In the preceding week, the league amended the result between Kankaanpään Maila v Koskenkorvan Urheilijat on 14th July 2019 due to Koskenkorva fielding an ineligible player. Koskenkorva lodged an appeal against this within the required time. Having considered the same Koskenkorva’s appeal was dismissed. The loss of their appeal leaves Koskenkorva struggling at the bottom of the league and means that they are fighting for survival. Those 3 points would have been really handy!
KPL firm up their team for 2020 KPL made moves last week to secure their lineup for next season.  KPL signed two-year deals with Valtteri Luoma and Matti Saukko, as well as one-year deals for Toni Laakso, Santeri Löppönen, Jere Paananen and Ville Pesu were collaborated with one year's club. "We have a really tough body that still needs some reinforcements. Negotiations will continue with the current players and there are already some s…

Around the league 23rd to 25th July 2019

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Around the league 23rd to 25th July 2019 
Hyvinkään Tahko v Kankaanpään Maila 23rd July 2019 1-2k (12-2, 0-2, 0-0, 1-2)
Tahko came to the game with 3 wins out of the last 5, having suffered losses at the hands of Vimpeli and JoMa, who are on outstanding form, but their best result recently was a win over KPL. Kankaanpää have had just 2 wins from 5, both at the hands of relegation candidates Siilinjärvi and Koskenkorva. Kankaanpää had just nipped 8th place at the end of last week and were hoping to hold this with a few points here and there.
Tahko started the first jakso with a bang with runs from Teemu Nikkanen and Santtu Patova (2) to make it 3-0. Santtu’s hit was narrowly missed by a diving shortstop across the midfield line only to be missed by Kankaanpää’s 2 outfielders, allowing Kalle-Tapio Huusko and Juha Korhonen to score. Kankaanpää managed to reduce the deficit with Mikko Pauna scoring off Kari Kellokoski in the first, while Tahko’s pitcher threw the ball to 3rd base instead to ge…

Around the league 20th and 21st July 2019

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Around the league 20th and 21st July 2019

Sotkamon Jymy v Imatran Pallo-Veikot 20th July 2019 2-0 (5-3, 10-5) Sotkamo came to the game feeling revitalised after their win over Vimpeli last week and Kempele to start this week. Sotkamo had won 4 of the last 5, although the loss came at the hands of Siilinjärvi at home. IPV have had some strong weeks recently but have struggled since the East-West break, losing to Alajärvi and winning only one game since the break. The head to head heavily favoured Sotkamo, who haven’t lost to IPV since 2013 when both teams were in Ykköspesis.
After blanking IPV in the top of the 1st inning, Sotkamo got their offence going immediately, with leadoff man Niilo Piiponniemi just beating the throw from 1st baseman as Niko Korhonen’s dead ball hit trickled along the left foul line. Antti Korhonen added two more in the 2nd inning with a home run (kunniajuoksu) into space in right field, bounding out of the field of play, as Niko Korhonen sprinted home to score. With…

Performance rankings 15th to 21st July 2019

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Performance rankings 15th to 21st July2019
As we reach the final third of games in the regular season, the transfer window closed on 21st July, so rosters are now set ready for the coming rounds. Here are last weeks performance rankings.
1st Joensuun Maila How do you make top spot on our performance rankings? By beating the league leader whilst their form is worthy of top 3 in our rankings! JoMa had a big win against Tahko, but the biggest coup was their dramatic win against Vimpeli. JoMa had an absolutely fantastic week, which occurred during the week that the 2020 manager for the club was announced (Mikko Korhonen).
2nd Vimpelin Veto Vimpeli had a mixed week, but their points came against high performers in JoMa and Tahko. Vimpeli lost in a tight game to JoMa which has opened the door for KPL or Sotkamo (who are now 2nd in the league) to snatch top spot.
3rd Sotkamon Jymy Sotkamo won all 3 of their games last week taking a maximum 9 points from 9. The caliber of opposition was not on par wi…

The Roundup - 22nd July 2019

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The roundup 15th to 21st July 2019
The big stories Koskenkorva forfeit The league amended the result between Kankaanpään Maila v Koskenkorvan Urheilijat on 14th July 2019 due to Koskenkorva fielding an ineligible player (Atte Brandt) on the basis that he did not pay the registration fee within the time limit (by 10th July). The reversal means that Koskenkorva lost the 3 points they gained and took last place in the table. Koskenkorva had lost the last 7 games coming into Sunday’s game and are truly stuck in the relegation fight with Alajärven and Siilinjärvi. A 3 point win on Sunday however has given Koskenkorva some relief and they will desperately hope the addition of new names at the close of the transfer window will help steer them away from relegation. Going into Sundays game, the default win was 1 of only 2 wins in the last 10 games for Kankaanpää and is not the form you would expect a playoff team to have. For Kankaanpää the default win helped put them at 8th in the table a point a…

Around the league 18th and 19th July 2019

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Around the league 18th and 19th July 2019
Kiteen Pallo -90 v Pattijoen Urheilijat Raahe 18th July 2019 0-1 (4-4, 4-4, 1-1, 2-3) Kitee came to this game having had poor form recently, only winning 1 of their last 5 games (against IPV), whereas Raahe had won 3 of the last 5, dropping points to Tahko and Sotkamo. Raahe and Kitee have played each other a number of times over recent years and Kitee has won 3 of their last 5 encounters. The forecast for the game was heavy rain, but that didn’t stop both teams going out and giving it their all.
Kitee started their half of the inning with purpose after blanking Raahe. Valentin Ikonen’s bunt down left foul line gave Topi Hurskainen a chance to score, but a misplaced throw to home from 1st sealed the run. Moments later Valentin Ikonen struck again with a midfield hit that looped over the shortstop’s head to allow Samu-Kalle Varonen to score. Ville Liukku made it 3 in the inning with an almost identical hit allowed Hannes Pekkinen plenty of time to r…