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Ralli goes to Hamina - a photo album from an awesome trip full of beauty, fun and spectacle. :p


Kuva: Ralf

Friday evening, my adventure starts. With A!r Berl!n from Berlin-Tegel to Helsinki. In Helsinki, I catch the last bus to the center at 1:10 and go straight to a dub party from legendary Intergalaktik Soundsystem. Meet a fine lady who works for Angry B!rds, but lose track of her before the end of the night.

After the party, I drive three of the DJs to their homes in the outskirts of Helsinki, because I am the only guest on the whole party who is not drunk (didn't have enough time for that). At 6 I am in bed at my friend's place.

Saturday morning, 8 o'clock, the alarm rings. Bloody hell, am I getting too old for this? No.


Kuva: Ralf

My train to Lappeenranta leaves at track 10 at 10:12. This photo shows the museum train though. I will arrive in Lpr at 12:21.

While I try to catch some sleep in the train (impossible, because I listen to Scotland Yard cassettes - copied to my MP3 player), the following happens in Lpr:


Kuva: Simo

The guys have a proper lunch at ABC. Salad, meat and milk. Everything a proper football needs. Me, on the other hand, requested the following as a welcome present:


Kuva: Simo

Finnish water, Finnish lemonade and Finnish chocolate. That's nearly all I need to be happy. ;-)

And then it was half past 12 and I was finally back where I belong:


Kuva: Simo

With three cars, 11 Keltiks + me drove to Hamina and the Southeastern coast of Finland. I have never been in that area before, so that was a pluspoint for this trip. Hamina is a town build in a circle instead of squares. In winter it is supposed to be the asshole of Finland, in summer one of the most beautiful places.

Well, their football stadium is quite charming:


Kuva: Saku

The stadium seems to be build on the ground of some former castle:


Kuva: Ralf

With a clear blue sky above us and marvellous summer weather (I brought the summer to Finland this year, people!) we played our 3rd cup round match against the 3rd division team of Hamina PK.

Due to superstitious reasons, we did not take any photos during the first half. In the second half, our joker Sami R. took some pictures from a higher spot on the castle wall. This is the moment when the second half starts:


Kuva: Sami

It was 0:1 at halftime, but while the opponent had plenty of young substitute players available, we had only one: Sami. And he had to take pictures. ;-) So we had to give our very best. Here you can speculate about our formation:


Kuva: Sami

I need a haircut. Who would have thought that my hair still grows that fast with 37. ;-)


Kuva: Sami

Saku, the headball-monster. As the HaPK-coach said: The smallest player on the field wins 100% of the headball duels. Awesome job!


Kuva: Sami

Kuningas Strand is on his way to one of the few (but promising) counter attacks for the Keltiks. With some luck, we could have scored a goal, too. Notice the spectators on the little hill. ;-)


Kuva: Sami

On the next pic, Harri secures a freekick with one of his terrific saves.


Kuva: Sami

And another counter attack for the Keltiks. The spectators are getting nervous. ;-)


Kuva: Sami

Simo passes back to Toke (not seen) who will deliver a cross that will lead to a headball which will cause quite some trouble for the keeper. But no goal again.


Kuva: Sami

Heads down after this missed opportunity. But Keltik never gives up, as everyone knows.


Kuva: Sami

Harri secures the ball again. Piri and me don't have to take action.


Kuva: Sami

Showman Kuningas Strand is so hot when he plays with the camera that she gets all shakey and blurry. :3


Kuva: Sami

And just when we started to run out of power, the opponent substitutes the third youngling into the game. I wonder why they always play as strikers.


Kuva: Sami

And then the second goal fell. What a lucky punch for HaPK. Not even a chance. Just really bad luck for the Keltiks. Really hard to keep up the spirit now as you can see in Janne's, Piri's, Saku's and my eyes.(Although it seems like the website doesn't show the right end of the picture(s).)


Kuva: Sami

Nice birch trees next to the field:


Kuva: Sami

Well, we keep on playing as if there is no tomorrow. Cup fight is cup fight is cup fight!


Kuva: Sami

Admittedly, the last 15 minutes were nothing but pain as the following picture illustrates. The pace of the game was super fast and with all the young striker substitutes, I am surprised I was able to run that long at all. ;-)


Kuva: Sami

Luckily, the younger players like Simo suffered from the same stamina-loss. ;-)


Kuva: Sami

What, even Piri?! Then the game must have been really fast and exhausting!


Kuva: Sami

During overtime, a quick pass between the exhausted defense line leads to the final result, 0:3. A pity, 0:2 would have been one goal better. ;-) I think the total age of us four defenders was about 150. But we performed like 99 years. :-D


Kuva: Sami

And that's the last scene of the game. It was very fair with a deserved winner and an excellent referee team (best one I ever had in Finland). Thanks to everyone involved. Quite epic, despite the loss.


Kuva: Sami

A quick visit to the market square of Hamina, before going back to Lappeenranta.


Kuva: Sami

Sometimes a win feels like a loss. Sometimes a loss feels like a win and you fool around in the car:


Kuva: Sami

Dinner in Lappeenranta. Burger-time. Horrible, but it's a Jersey Keltik-thing. :-D Jussi, who joined us again this season is looking forward to his happy meal.


Kuva: Simo

The King is writing an autograph for the restaurant-staff who immediately recognised him.


Kuva: Simo

Time to say goodbye. For now. Next visit is already scheduled. See you again soon, Keltiks!


Kuva: Simo

While the Keltiks drive back to Joensuu, I take the train back to Hesa.


Kuva: Simo

At 23:00 I am back in the capitol, go to my friend's place and straight to the next dub party: Alpha Steppa plays in Lämpö-club, only 3 minutes walk from my friend's place. How convenient. Expected to see the lady from Angry B!rds again, but she didn't come. Alpha Steppa was awesome! Excellent set. Back in bed around 4 am.

On Sunday, some art galleries with Timo and his son Arni, then on to a playground (where I fell asleep on a swing until some little girls complained about me occupying their swing), before getting a ride to Vantaa Airport. Flight back in the evening, back in Berlin at 6 (due to the different time zone). Straight to bed. Sleeping. Monday morning work again. Tuesday photo blog. The end.

-Ralf

P. S.:Partée on!