Boston Belles & Chimes Puts On Women's Pinball Championship In A 'Freezer'

Photo: Matt Shearer / WBZ NewsRadio

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A new champion has been crowned in the Boston women's pinball scene, but it was done behind closed doors— freezer doors to be exact.

The women's pinball club Boston Belles & Chimes organized its first-ever Women's Pinball State Championship and picked a videogame and arcade bar A4cade as its venue, which is hidden behind the fake freezer doors in the Roxy's Grilled Cheese & Burgers restaurant in its Cambridge location.

Despite the competition being for women only, WBZ's Matt Shearer had to check it out for himself from the sidelines.

One of the tournament's directors Allison Flintoff says 16 competitors were duking it out for the top state title. The tournament was part of the International Flipper Pinball Association, which serves as the governing organization for competitive pinball.

"The women's league really makes it inviting, comforting— it's a safe space," Flintoff said. When asked who was most likely to take home the title, Flintoff gestured over to Zoe Vrabel, who tends to kick her legs out behind her while she plays.

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"I've not kicked a child in the head yet," Vrabel said. When push came to shove, or in this case kick, Vrabel performed and ended up winning the top spot.

WBZ's Matt Shearer (@MattWBZ) reports.

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