RoboCup Junior National Title

Over the holidays five Senior School students traveled to Brisbane to compete in the 'RoboCup' Junior National Titles.

Thomas Shanahan, Liam Burt and Sebastian Ballard, came agonisingly close to qualifying for the Standard league (LEGO) team to represent Australia at the 'World Robot Olympiad' in Bangkok next year. Only needing to win their quarter final against a Korean team to qualify, their robots found themselves three goals down late in the second half.

However a quick flurry of goals put them one ahead with one minute remaining. Despite their best defensive efforts and time-saving strategies, the opposition came from nowhere to score the equaliser with only one second remaining. The battle for “golden goal” lasted for three minutes, with the Korean team finally opening up the Christian College defense and forcing the winning goal.

James Hurren and Christopher Kerry competed in the highly-technical Open Soccer division. They came up against high quality opposition from Brisbane Boys College, who had recently returned from Japan with a number of RoboCup World Titles. The students finished with a very creditable top 10 placing, with the draw not helping them - having to compete against all of the world-quality teams in the qualifying rounds.

All of the students were proud of their efforts and the improvements they made during the tournament. Planning is already well under way for next year’s national tournament to be held at Melbourne Park.

 

Mr Brian Thomas

Systems Engineering Teacher

 

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