Pin­ball play­ers set for Nhill tour­na­ment

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

The finest pin­ball play­ers from Ade­laide and Mel­bourne will con­verge on Nhill this week­end for three days of tour­na­ments.

Nhill’s Aus­tralian Pin­ball Mu­seum will host the tour­na­ments on Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day, mark­ing the first of­fi­cial Stern Army com­pe­ti­tion out­side North Amer­ica.

Stern Army is the street team of Stern Pin­ball – a man­u­fac­turer of pin­ball ma­chines – and ad­min­is­ters tour­na­ments with the In­ter­na­tional Flip­per Pin­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, IFPA.

Lyn­don Carter, who op­er­ates Aus­tralian Pin­ball Mu­seum with his fa­ther Si­mon, said he ex­pected about 30 peo­ple to travel to Nhill for the event.

“We’re the per­fect half-way point for peo­ple from Ade­laide and from Mel­bourne to get to­gether,” he said.

“We’ve got a few lo­cals who are in­ter­ested too, and ev­ery­one is al­lowed to come.”

There will be four ma­jor tourna- ments across the week­end, each cost­ing $20 to en­ter.

On Fri­day there will be a Stern Army Best Game tour­na­ment from 11am to 9pm, with play­ers com­pet­ing on 10 dif­fer­ent Stern pin­ball ma­chines and tak­ing their high­est sin­gle score.

On Satur­day there will be qual­i­fy­ing rounds for a Stern Army Aus­tralian Pin­ball Mu­seum Cham­pi­onship from 10am to 5pm, with the fi­nal on Sun­day from 10am to noon.

On Satur­day from 6.30pm to 10pm there will be a Flip Frenzy tour­na­ment, a so­cial event where com­peti­tors play as many head-to-head games in three hours as pos­si­ble.

The fi­nal tour­na­ment on Sun­day will be a Stern Army 5 Strikes com­pe­ti­tion, with play­ers sorted into teams of four.

Mr Carter said ev­ery­one was wel­come to join the tour­na­ments, or could pay $20 for un­lim­ited use of any pin­ball ma­chines not be­ing used in com­pe­ti­tion.

He said there would also be one­hour ‘mini events’ across the week­end for peo­ple who wanted to at­tend for a shorter amount of time.

He said prior ex­pe­ri­ence as a pin­ball player was not nec­es­sary.

“Of the peo­ple com­ing, some are pin­ball wizards, some are just play- ing for the first time,” he said. “Any­one is wel­come, so we’re en­cour­ag­ing Wim­mera peo­ple to jump on and have a go.”

Mr Carter said any­one want­ing more in­for­ma­tion about the tour­na­ment could visit the Aus­tralian Pin­ball Mu­seum web­site at www. pin­ball­mu­seum.com.au. The mu­seum is at 22 Dim­boola Road, Nhill.

PIN­BALL ARMY: Nhill Pin­ball Mu­seum co-owner Lyn­don Carter is ex­cited to host three days of pin­ball tour­na­ments, start­ing Fri­day. Pic­ture: PAUL CAR­RACHER

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