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    Thread: ANNOUNCEMENT: The Southern Hemisphere Pinball Championships - 65/100 spots gone!

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      ANNOUNCEMENT: The Southern Hemisphere Pinball Championships - 65/100 spots gone!

      Press Release

      IFPA Australia and IFPA New Zealand announce the launch of the biggest pinball tournament ever seen "down under" ...

      The Southern Hemisphere Pinball Championships

      The top pinball players from Australia and New Zealand will gather to battle for pinball supremacy. Players from around the globe are also invited to attend.

      This event will alternate annually between Auckland, New Zealand, and Sydney, Australia, and be run in the month of October.

      The inaugural event will be held at the RD Arcade, located south of Auckland, and run over 2 1/2 days, starting on Friday the 19th of October, 2018 (Labour Weekend in NZ)

      There will be 3 large tournaments (edit: now 4!) run over the weekend, culminating in the main Southern Hemisphere Pinball Championship.

      These events will rival some of the larger competitive pinball competitions on the planet, and are an awesome opportunity for local players to experience competitive pinball at the highest level.

      All queries can be directed to:
      NZ: David Peck dave@pinballarcade.co.nz
      AUSTRALIA: Dan Robar ausifpa@gmail.com


      - - - Updated - - -

      This is something I have been thinking about for a while.

      Its been my (and Dans) desire to hold a "major" pinball event down under for some years.

      Dan has always held hopes of us holding the IFPA World Championship, and there has been some discussions about having it at my place in Pukekohe.

      However, Josh (and I agree with him) feels that most top players won't make the expensive trip to play in the comp. I concur ... you'd get a few, but the vast majority would not come.

      Sooooooooo .... We decided to make our own MAJOR EVENT!

      As stated above, the event will alternate between Pukekohe and Sydney (to be held in a yet un-named venue, but planning is well underway)

      What I wanted to do is to give you all a big heads up that this will be on ... and there will be some major WHOPPERS up for grabs over the weekend.

      Cost for the event is $60 NZD - or if you feel generous, $60 AUD - to cover costs, trophies etc. Thats a cheap weekend of top class pinball!

      Aussies - my paypal is dave@bestbuys.gen.nz “Friends and family” payment appreciated.
      Kiwis - my bank account is on the email you should have received.

      OPEN TO EVERYONE TO ATTEND

      CAPPED AT 100 PLAYERS MAX! Get in quick or you may miss out.

      Competitions will be held on my collection of approx 110 machines - from 1970 - 2018 models.

      As those who have attended Pincade know, my arcade is around 3 minutes outside Pukekohe, where there are a number of motels and accommodation options.

      As the event is being held over NZ Labour weekend (Long weekend with Monday as the holiday day) I would suggest committing ASAP and booking rooms ... maybe book rooms together as you do with Pincade.

      Flights: You can fly in Thursday night or Friday AM. I would suggest the first comp will kick off Friday afternoon around 4-5pm. The event should be finished by 9pm Sunday night (to be safe) so theres the possibility of getting the last plane back to Aussie Sunday. Or go Monday and have some beers instead!

      FYI My house is around 30 - 40 mins from the airport (40 to be safe)

      I run a pretty tight ship (no f**king off down the chippy when I'm running the comp!!) so things should go to schedule.

      If you all can confirm attendance up here (or via email ..) I will keep a list of attendees.

      Dave

      LIKELY FORMAT:

      FRIDAY 19TH: Doors open 5pm. Flip Frenzy starts 6pm sharp, to be run by Dan Robar

      SATURDAY 20TH: Doors open 9am. Main Comp starts at 9:30 sharp ... 6 rounds of Pinburgh style qualifying (banks of 3 pins, New, Mid, Old) with IFPA 7,5,3,1 scoring.
      Top 32 playoffs will commence at the end of the 6th round, and continue to 10-11pm when competitive play will end for the night
      Playoff format: Top qualifiers will have a bye .... Other players will battle head-to-head on a bank of 3 pins chosen by the top seed. Best of three wins and progresses.

      SUNDAY 21ST:
      Doors open 9am. Playoffs continue from 9:30am sharp. Semi finals and Final (and 3/4th match) will be best of 5 games. At the conclusion of the Main Comp, a 3 strike comp will commence (no earlier than 1pm). Danni will run a Belles and Chimes Woman’s Comp from approximately 7pm onwards (not before 7pm)
      Last edited by rotordave; 1 Day Ago at 01:09 PM. Reason: update

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      Entrants List: (marked as PAID when entry fee is received)

      1: Paul McKnight - paid
      2: Alex Knewstubb - paid
      3: David Peck - paid
      4: Danielle Peck - paid
      5: Fiona Peck - paid
      6: Carter Holloway - paid
      7: Adam Corner - paid
      8: Lynda Corner - paid
      9: Hamish Guthrie - paid
      10: Esther Ahronheim
      11: Paul Jones
      12: Logan Jones
      13: Dan Robar - paid
      14: Brett Goodwin - paid
      15: Naiomi Goodwin - paid
      16: Tim Fulton
      17: Aiden Kersley - paid
      18: Grant Stephens
      19: Rob Macauley
      20: Mike Davidson - paid
      21: Ross Meijer - paid
      22: Ted Wood
      23: William Gill - paid
      24: BJ Wilson - paid
      25: Julia Damrow - paid
      26: Kim Dozier
      27: Lisa Conroy
      28: Mike Fowles - paid
      29: Charlie Sykes
      30: Warwick Armstrong - paid
      31: George Davidson - paid
      32: James Chisholm - paid
      33: Jaron Gaylard - paid
      34: Steve Vassiliadis - paid
      35: David Gifford-Moore - paid
      36: Karre Butler - paid
      37: Garrick Laing - paid
      38: Simon Haxton - paid
      39: Michael Costalos
      40: Samantha Hope - paid
      41: Matt Harris - paid
      42: John Cosson
      43: Emily Cosson
      44: Karen Edwards - paid
      45: Bruce Cathie - paid
      46: Brent Buchanan - paid
      47: Alana King - paid
      48: Drew Castle - paid
      49: Kristen Castle - paid
      50. Vince Lumbers - paid
      51: Tim Walle - paid
      52: Kelly Buxton - paid
      53: Hugh Dickson - paid
      54: John Devine - paid
      55. Tim Chapman
      56: Jason Hoseason - paid
      57: G
      58: Yee Fong
      59: Lewis Tennant
      60: Josh Wyatt - paid
      61: Ricky Stephens
      62: Shannon Mason
      63: Oliver Smart - paid
      64: Ian Benjamin - paid
      65: Andrew Barrow - paid
      Last edited by rotordave; 4 Days Ago at 08:31 AM.

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      I was just looking for another excuse to come visit New Zealand, since my 5 hour Auckland layover on the way back from Cooly didn't really satisfy me. (But it did qualify me for ALL the extra US security screenings since i had the audacity to leave the airport to dine with friends during that 5 hours. Whee!)
      Count me in!

      There, now it's Global!

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      Whhooooooo! We’re going international!

      rd

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      Put me down as a yes for now. Any excuse to come over is a good one. I may have to pull out later on but I'd rather do that than not get on the list at all. I'll know for sure after Brisbane.

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      Sounds great. Please put me down as well

      Thanks
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      Hey guys. Great initiative, looks like it'd be a good excuse to go to NZ. Can I please have my name entered for now so I don't miss out on the chance, but whether I can make it will determine on when I'm back from Europe, (could possibly just fly there and bypass Australia altogether haha)
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      Thanks everyone for the PMs, emails and posts.

      29 committed attendees already, which is sweet. Everyone has been sent payment info, just waiting for those to come through so they can be marked as paid.

      What we are looking for is confirmed entries ... paid up commitments to attend.

      I’m going to be putting 100s of hours into preparing 25 banks of pins for 100 players, so ideally I want to know 100 people are actually coming.

      This is a change for us Kiwis, as generally nobody ever commits to anything ahead of time, and people just show up (or not) on the day.

      This event is more how events are run everywhere else on the planet lol

      Pinburgh sold out in 15 seconds ... we won’t beat that but it’d be cool to have all 100 entries spoken for in the next week or two.

      I’ve updated the first post with my PayPal for the Aussies - dave@bestbuys.gen.nz. “Friends and Family” payment appreciated.

      Kiwis - my bank account is on the email you should have received on Friday.

      rd

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      ACCOMODATION OPTIONS

      Just found out that there is a large Hockey tournament in Pukekohe on the same weekend.

      So you’d want to get some accommodation sorted if you want to be close by.

      Other options-

      1/ I have arranged 3x double bedroom rooms at a bed and breakfast around 10-15 minutes from my house.
      Would suit couples, no drinking, non smoking. Special deal of $100 per room per night. 3 rooms available. Email me for details.

      2/ Touchwood Hotel in Pukekohe has 4x rooms left (rest are going to hockey teams)
      3x rooms with king bed $139 per night - shower, kitchenette with microwave.
      1x room with king bed, full kitchen and sexy spa bath lol. $159 a night.
      Email them ASAP if you want them or they will be gone.
      Info@motorlodge.co.nz or +64 9 2387205

      3/ another option is campervans. I am open to having them parked here, but they must have their own showers/toilets as my septic tanks can’t handle 20 people having showers every day.
      https://www.jucy.co.nz/booking-engin...cle/jucy-condo
      The one with a shower is only $75 bucks a day.
      Be aware that these are pretty budget but they’ll work for 3-4 days.
      And you’d need to rent a car anyway, so it kills 2 birds with one stone.
      Pickup is right at the airport - shuttles run to the Jucy depot.

      Some more Camper options:
      http://www.maui-rentals.com/nz/en/mo...are-motorhomes

      http://www.mightycampers.co.nz/cheap...campervan.aspx

      http://www.mightycampers.co.nz/cheap...campervan.aspx

      http://www.mightycampers.co.nz/cheap...campervan.aspx

      https://www.discovery-motorhomes.co....gue/2berth.php (there are other 'berths' on this website, too!)

      Be aware: I have been told that the security deposit for a camper is like $1-2000 so be aware that you’d need to have that headroom available on your credit card. Just confirm that when you make a booking as that was just something I was told second hand.

      rd
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      Count me in as a YES as well.

      Sounds fantastic!

      Michael Costalos

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