BBC Robotics qualified three Robotic Soccer teams to represent Australia in the 2019 RoboCup Junior World Championships held in Sydney. The competition was fierce and there were many talented teams from all four corners of the globe.
BBC fielded two teams in the Lightweight Robot Soccer and one team in the Open Robot Soccer competitions. There were two different challenges, the first being an individual competition between two teams and the second a Superteam event. In the Superteam event, four or five teams from different countries cooperate to compete against other Superteams. Each team can field one robot with five robots competing against five robots on a single field, creating quite a spectacle to watch.
Our boys performed above and beyond all expectations at this competition. Students overcame all sorts of hurdles including component failure, computer glitches and even a judge accidentally standing on one of our robots during the Superteam competition. Throughout all of this, the teams have worked cooperatively to ensure maximum performance of the robots regardless of the issues and there was still time to assist teams from other countries and make new friends.
Team M&A won all their individual games and had the highest total points for gameplay, poster, interview, technical challenge, team work and documentation. They are the 2019 Individual Lightweight Soccer World Champions. They also won the 2019 Lightweight Superteam World Championship with their Superteam going through the tournament undefeated, with their striker scoring more than 80 percent of the goals.
Team Apex had technical issues but persisted and overcame many of their issues to be crowned 2019 World Open Soccer Superteam Champions and they also received the Best Team Spirit Award.
Team Deus Vult also experienced technical issues and component failure on the first day but overcame their issues and played well on the second and third days of competition and gained Third Place in the Lightweight Soccer Superteam Championships as well as Best Innovation Award.
Overall, the talented and dedicated men of the BBC Robotics Club claimed three World Championship titles and are to be congratulated on their performance and this fantastic outcome.
1st Place – Lightweight Soccer
1st Place – Lightweight Soccer Superteam
Lightweight Soccer Best Innovation Award
1st Place – Open Soccer Superteam
Open Soccer Best Team Spirit Award