JULY 29, 2007 – FRANKLIN, NH – The Granite State Championships, this year, drew only five competitors. The event was hosted and cd’ed by Jeff Vader. Jeff had coffee and doughnuts waiting for everyone as we arrived. Weather conditions were quite warm, but otherwise, a great day for combat.
The contest saw Neil Simpson get off to a fast start with high scores in both round one and two. At the half way point , Neil had 1555 points followed by Ken Hargreaves (1020 pts) and Shay Vader (920 pts). In the first match of round three Neil and Ken had an action filled buzzer to buzzer war that ended in a one cut apiece draw. Shay then squared off with her dad, Jeff in yet another exciting match that ended in a two cut apiece draw.
Going into round four it was Neil (2065pts), Shay (1535pts), Ken (1530pts) and Jeff (1425pts). In the semi-final Ken got an airtime win over Shay when she had engine problems that kept her grounded for most of the match. In the finals Neil and Glenn Simpson had a good match that was tied, one cut apiece, when a mid-air in the final minute ended things. When the scores were tabulated Neil was First, Ken second, Jeff third and Shay fourth. Shay also took home the Sportsman “gold” by virtue of finishing fourth overall.
Thank You to everyone who shared in the judging and Thank You to the Vaders for a good contest and a great day.
Granite State Championships - Formula GX Combat
5 Contestants (3 from MA) (2 from NH)
10 Matches-1 mid-air
(E) Neil Simpson - E.Brookfield,MA 2365pts
(A) Ken Hargreaves - Worcester, MA2050pts
(A) Jeff Vader - Franklin, NH 1625pts
(S) Shaylene Vader - Franklin, NH 1535pts
(E) Glenn Simpson - Worcester, MA 1530pts
The trophy winners were Neil Simpson (1st), Ken Hargreaves (2nd),
Jeff Vader (3rd) and Shay Vader (4th overall and first sportsman)