Granite State Invitational


May 1, 2011 – FRANKLIN, NH – This was it, opening day of the 2011 season. Eight contestants were on hand for this event hosted and cd’ed by Jeff Vader.  Jeff, as always, had coffee and doughnuts waiting for everyone as we arrived. Weather conditions were seasonably warm,  sunny with a light breeze. A great day for combat.

Round one saw Brian Stas and Jeff Vader take the early lead both posting 620 point wins. In round two they squared of against each other and flew to what would have been a one cut apiece draw had it not been for a mid-air right at the end.  Meanwhile both Dick and young Richard Sherman used good round two wins to climb into contention. At the halfway point Dick led the way with five other guys within a handful of points. In Round three there were three fairly low scoring matches, amongst the leaders, which served to tighten things further.

Going into the final round it was anybody’s contest to win or lose. Jeff  had 1540 points, Dick had 1535 points, Brian had 1530 points followed by Richard, along with Glenn and Neil Simpson, all in the 1400 point range. Chris Sarnowski was just off that pace,  also close enough to make a run at the “gold”. In the first match of the final round Chris and  Jake Vader flew to a one cut apiece draw. In the next match Brian took the clubhouse lead with a two cut to one win over Richard . Next Glenn and Dick mid-aired early, hurting both their chances in the process. In the final Neil Simpson earned a one cut win over Jeff.  When it all sorted out Brian had the contest win followed by Neil, Richard, Dick, Jeff and Chris.

Richard Sherman, who finished third overall, took home the Sportsman “gold” in the process.
Thank You to everyone who shared  in the judging and thank you to Jeff Vader for a yet another good contest.

Granite State Invitational - Formula GX Combat
8 Contestants (6 from MA) (2 from NH)
16 Matches-2 mid-airs

(E) Brian Stas - Kingston, MA   2255pts
(E) Neil Simpson - E.Brookfield, MA  2055pts
(S) Richard Sherman - Andover,  MA 1820pts
(E) Dick Sherman - Andover, MA       1735pts
(E) Jeff Vader - Franklin, NH      1640pts
(A) Chris Sarnowski - Brookline, MA  1635pts
(E) Glenn Simpson - Worcester, MA 1530pts
(S) Jake Vader - Franklin, NH    1210pts

The trophy winners were Brian Stas (1st), Neil Simpson (2nd)
and Richard Sherman (3rd overall and 1st Sportsman)

photos courtesy of Jeff Vader