RoboCup Junior Nationals
The Christian College RoboCup team recently competed in Sydney in Open League Soccer against the best from each state. This Open League is considered the Premier competition for the two thousand plus teams competing in RoboCup Junior around Australia. Robots are built of any of the latest and best components and play in a two vs two soccer game. James Hurren competed with only one robot and just missed out on qualifying for the finals, which was an incredible effort. Lachlan Angus and Xander Profaca showed their skills and adapted well to the adverse Sydney lighting and magnetic conditions. They qualified for the finals in second place.
Their semi-final was the game of the tournament with both teams going goal for goal in the 10 minute first half. With the scores locked at 5-5, the second half started with a flurry of goals for Lachlan and Xander, but their luck changed with a number of “hit the posts” and own goals. In the third play-off they just could not keep up with last year’s National Champion and finished a creditable 4th.
We congratulate all students for their efforts. Mr Brian Thomas is a world accredited judge and Founding Chair of RoboCup Junior and we are so fortunate to have him on staff. He is to travel to India to oversee the introduction of WRO Football (Soccer) the World Robot Olympiad in November. The development of this game was conducted by Christian College students at Villa Paloma. In 2017, Year 10 students will be developing a new soccer game where the robots use video cameras and vision control. This work is believed to be the first of its type and will revolutionise robot tournaments around the world. It is anticipated that the students will be invited to demonstrate the game at WRO 2017 in Costa Rica. We thank Brian for all of his expertise and time he takes to bring our teams to such a high level.