A bit of a delay in this post due to some shaky access to wi-fi at the tournament but hopefully some of the tweets got through?
We had a tough start to the competition, first up in the REC league and we began like a whirlwind. Taking the 10 point autonomous points and having half-filled a trough and high goal in just over 30 seconds. Unfortunately that’s when our luck ran out, both red alliance team robots cut out simultaneously and the blues methodically de-scored all our points to take the win.
What had happened? A quick chat with the judges and it appears the arena had a technical fault and we may get to replay the first match but 0-1 for now.
Match two and we are looking strong, scoring autonomous again and taking 56 points from the match. Yet again, our partner robot fails to work and our single robot against two isn’t enough and we lose by just over 40 points. 0-2 and the boys are looking a bit disheartened.
Match three comes up quickly and this time we have a strong alliance partner and cruise to victory. Three more games come and go in quick succession and we take maximum points from all of them giving us a much better 4-2 win ratio. Things are looking up and we are floating around the top 10 of all the teams in our league. One more match to go in the qualifiers.
Our final game pitches us against fellow UK contenders, Stanborough. The game is a bit of a mis-match as their partner barely gets off the start line and we score almost at will. We now have 5 wins to 2 losses we have a potential rematch from round one.
The rematch goes ahead but the pitch fails again as well as our alliance partner going down as a no show. Our win ratio remains at 5-2. Then it all goes a bit weird! We are called to the judge’s stand and told that we have played too many matches! Sitting in the 8th and final qualifying spot, this potentially pushes us out of the tournament. We wait expectantly whilst the judges re-calculate the positions. Music plays around the arena and our boys join our US cousins in a rendition of Gangnam style to relieve the stress!
After a long wait, the decision goes in our favour and we are into the finals as 8th seed!
To our surprise, team 404, who are 3rd seed, like our robot and pick us up as alliance partner. We then go on to convince them to pick Stanborough to make a 3 strong alliance. Straight into the quarter finals and two straight wins puts us into the semi-final with ease. We soon get to the next stage but our partner 404 id having issues, a broken lift means only our robot is running properly and we lose by a large margin. A quick turn around and we are back in for round two. 404 are now barely running and against two great competitors, we are no match and sadly this year’s adventure is over.
(videos and pictures to follow)