SEPTEMBER 23&24,2006-WRENTHAM, MA-This weekend marked the annual running of “The Mass Cup Championship”, which is, historically, the largest and most important control line stunt event held in New England. Again, this year the New England Stunt Team invited the New England Combat Association to run combat events as part of the Mass Cup.
On Saturday, ten contestants were on hand for the Formula GX event. Neil Simpson and Jeff Vader got off to the best starts each with three cut wins over their opponents. Neil stayed hot in round two posting a three cut win over Jeff. Meanwhile, Ken Hargreaves and Shay Vader posted good round two wins, of their own, to move into contention. At the halfway point it was Neil with 1660 points followed by Ken with 1245 points and both Jeff and Shay at 1130 points. Round three started with Neil just getting past Ken by the narrowest of margins. Jeff then got a three cut win over Shay while Joe Fustolo and Dick Sherman posted three cut wins of their own. In round four Glenn Simpson used a three cut win to jump into contention. Jeff got past Ken two cuts to one in the semi-final. In the final match Neil and Joe had a great match with Neil squeaking by with a one cut win. The final order of finish was Neil (2805pts), Jeff (2480pts), Glenn (2050pts), Joe (1950pts) and Ken (1945pts). On this day Shay Vader took home the sportsman division win accumulating 1730 points in the process.
On Sunday, six contestants were on hand for F2D combat. Lots of action all day long, however, the two best matches were Ken Hargreaves round three win over Mark Rudner and the match between Ken and Neil Simpson in the finals. Both were “battle royals” that went the full four minutes. The final order of finish was Neil (1st), Ken (2nd) with Mark and Jeff Vader tied for third. Jeff won the coin flip with Mark to take home the third place “gold”.
Thank you, as always, to all the people who shared the judging responsibilities and a special thank you to the New England Stunt Team for asking us to be part of their great annual happening.
Mass Cup Championship
Formula GX Combat
Ten Contestants ( 8 from MA ) (2 from NH)
20 matches (2 mid-airs)
(E) Neil Simpson-E.Brookfield, MA 2805pts
(A) Jeff Vader-Franklin, NH2480pts
(E) Glenn Simpson-Worcester, MA 2050pts
(E) Joe Fustolo-Stoughton, MA 1950pts
(A) Ken Hargreaves-Worcester, MA 1945pts
(A) Paul Kubek-Brockton, MA 1730pts
(S) Shaylene Vader-Franklin, NH 1730pts
(A) Rick Clark-Hingham, MA 1640pts
(E) Dick Sherman-Andover, MA1540pts
(S) Lil-Sherm-Andover, MA 1500pts
5 contestants ( 5 from MA ) ( 1 from NH )
1. Neil Simpson-E.Brookfield, MA4-1
2. Ken Hargreaves-Worcester, MA 3-2
3. Jeff Vader-Franklin, NH 2-2* won coin-flip
4. Mark Rudner-Cambridge, MA 2-2
5. Rick Clark-Hingham, MA 0-2
6. Greg Wornell - Wellesley, MA 0-2
The trophy winners were Neil Simpson (1st), Jeff Vader (2nd), Glenn Simpson (3rd),
Joe Fustolo (4th) and Shay Vader ( 1st-sportsman)
The F2D winners were Neil Simpson (1st), Ken Hargreaves (2nd) and Jeff Vader (3rd).