Posted on 21 August 2018
Ormiston College has been a keen competitor in the RoboCup Junior Championships over the last thirteen years, successfully achieving three podium finishes plus being the recipients of several encouragement awards.
This year, in his third year of competing in Open Rescue, Mitchell Hall, (‘Marvin’ Year 10), proudly took out First Place. This particular event simulates the rescue of a person trapped in a disaster zone, requiring the robot to follow a course, find the casualty and remove them from a toxic chemical spill. Mitchell’s robot qualified for the finals in first place and he went on to complete three solid runs in the finals to win the competition by a significant margin.
After a few years break from RoboCup competition, Myles Rossini (‘HAX’, Year 11), competed in the Open Soccer League. Myles entered the competition with only one robot, competing in games against opponents with two. After fine tuning his program and adding modifications, he became more competitive. In his match against the top Open League team from Brisbane Boys’ College, the score was 5-5 at half time against the team that had competed internationally, with robots built and programmed over many years. In one of the most exciting games of the competition, the battery on Myle’s robot died early in the second half. Whilst changing the battery, Brisbane Boys’ College scored several goals and won the game. Myles finished the pool rounds, having won his third versus fourth play-off and took home Third Place in the exciting Open Soccer League.
Joshua Venables (‘Two Bit’, Year 11) has competed in RoboCup Soccer since he was in Year 6. Last year, Joshua placed second in the Open Soccer league. This year he decided to compete in the Lightweight League, a league contested by some of the best RoboCup Soccer contestants in Queensland. He finished the pool rounds in third place and played a team from Somerville House in the third versus fourth play-off. Joshua’s robots didn’t perform as expected in this crucial game and he was beaten 9-5, to finish fourth
Andrew Aitkenhead and Matthew Ross (‘Mandarin’, Year 8) competed in the Secondary Rescue competition, in a field of 51 teams from all over Queensland. They finished the competition in the middle of the field; an improvement on their 2017 performance.All in all, excellent results in a tough, well-contested Queensland competition.