Each year the top shooter from the Massachusetts South Shore League compete against the top shooter from the RI Smallbore Rifle League in the Goodwill Trophy Team Match. The two leagues alternate hosting the match and this year Rhode Island hosted the 27th firing of the match. The two teams meet on April 24, 2012 at Smithfield Sportman’s Club to fire this 30-shot 3-Position match where the top five scores are summed to compute the team score.
This year we saw the lowest winning team score in the history of the event because we switched to using the USA/NRA 50 target. The match was previously fired using the NRA A-36 target. Massachusetts arrived with the trophy after last year’s win and left with the trophy after handing RI another loss. The Massachusetts team score of 1380 was delivered by Erik Hoskins (281), Dan McCabe (279), George Pantazelos (275), John Harney (274) and Pres Cambell (271). On the RI side Joe Graf (271), Scott Lewis (270), Al Thurn (268), John Polseno (263), and Kerri Lewis (259) punched out a team total of 1331.
The remaining members of the teams include Auggie Mazzella, Will Thorn, Larry Girard, and Carl Belduf from Massachusetts and Bob Biziak, Ed Jaques, and Bob Hall from RI. In keeping with the spirit of goodwill and friendly competition the evening ended with pizza and beverages enjoyed by all.
Complete results can be downloaded here: 2012-ma-goodwill-team (PDF, 102KB)