2010 ANNUAL GOODWILL MATCH
by Joe Graf
The annual Goodwill Match marks the end of the Indoor 3-P Rifle Season for both the RI Smallbore Rifle League and the MA South Shore Rifle League. First held in 1981, the match was shot for 5 years. The match was revived in 1991 and the 2010 Goodwill Match marks the 25th anniversary of the match.
The top ten shooters from each league are invited to participate and represent their league’s team. This year’s match was hosted by Rhode Island and held at Smithfield Sportmen’s Club on April 22nd. The match was fired on the NRA A-36 50-foot target and the top five scores from each team were used to calculate the team score.
Massachusetts got off to a small lead as four team members shot a perfect 100 in prone. Five other members backed up the team’s effort with 99’s. On the other side, Rhode Island had just one team member fire a 100, while four other recorded 99’s, followed by two 97’s. This gave Massachusetts a three point lead going into the second stage of the match, kneeling.
Massachusetts tacked on an additional five points to their lead as the top five kneeling scores dropped a total of 21 points while Rhode Island’s top five dropped 26. Massachusetts had an 8 point lead; not nearly enough to ensure victory as many matches have been lost in offhand.
Rhode Island’s Kim Chrostowski dropped just two points in standing and ended the match firing a 296. She fired the top score for the evening, earning her the trophy for high Rhode Islander. Dan Holmes, representing Massachusetts, took top honors for his team firing a 287 and took home the trophy for the high Massachusetts shooter.
Rhode Island takes a 9 point lead over Massachusetts. Dan McCabe also fired a 287 for Massachusetts took second for the team when going to the tie-breaker, better offhand score. Second for Rhode Island was Joe Graf with a 282. Massachusetts was scratching its way back and was now down by just 4 points.
Erik Hoskins took the third spot for Massachusetts. He 283 was 4 points better than Rhode Island’s third place finisher Don Norris, who shot a 279. It was all tied and stayed tied as Scott Lewis for Rhode Island and George Pantazolas for Massachusetts both fired a 278. It came down to the fifth person. Kerri Lewis, shooting for Rhode Island, fired a 271. Will Thorn fired a 278 giving Massachusetts a 7 point victory and allowed Massachusetts to keep the Goodwill Trophy for another year.
The remaining five members of team Massachusetts were John Harney, 277, Pres Campbell, 272, Kevin Winters, 267, Larry Girard, 266, and Carl Balduf, 261. Rhode Island was also represented by Dick Palmer, 271, Dave Gomes, 258, John Polseno, 257, Bob Biziak Jr, 250, and Ed Jaques, 246.
Complete results can be downloaded here: 2010-MA-Goodwill-Match (PDF, 1.2MB)