Tommorrow we are starting: We packed our bags for the road trip to Eindhoven – about 340 KM from Bremen. After already having to manage the crises of a short dated broken car, we are now ready and well prepared for the trip. 14 robots, 9 students and 3 supervisors are looking forward to the next 8 days in Eindhoven. We wish all teams a pleasant journey and a successful competition.
The final day is over now, and it has kept its promises! But first things first:
In the first game of the day we met in the semifinals on RoboEireann and thus our former team member Jeff. Our robots were similarly dominant as in in the preliminary round, we won with 17-0. The high result was possible, because in the finals, the time is stopped when the game breaks. By eliminating the “mercy-rule” which stated that a game with a goal difference of 10 is aborted, two records could be broken: The highest victory and the longest game in the history of the GermanOpen.
But things got really exciting in the final. We met the team HTWK Leipzig with whom we have a long cultivated friendship. They solve different things very differently than we do, and of course we were very excited to see what techniques will prevail. And so the game began with a shock: For the first time in the tournament, we got into a residue! By half time we were able to compensate and with a final score of 7-2, the game was finally clearly decided by us. This game was still exciting like no other and it was a lot of fun for us and the audience. Leibzig could also reveal many weaknesses in our game, they were a really great final opponents.
We’re all very tired and happy, but there is not much time to rest: our learned experiences will be incorporated into our software, so we can compete well prepared in the World Cup in Eindhoven in two months!
On the second day of the preliminary round we had to dispute a match against the team SPQR from Italy . Even if the game was finally decided it clearly with 5:0, this victory was much harder fought than the two victories on the day before. SPQR arrived with only three members and four robots, they are sharing a table with us. They also move into the semi-finals and we could see them again in the finals.
The group stage is complete now and we will meet on the team RoboEireann from Ireland tomorrow in the semifinals. We will meet our former team member Jeff, who has joined this team some time ago. We will perform today evening a test match so we are well prepared to go into tomorrow’s semi-finals and hopefully reach the final.
The GermanOpen started this Friday with the first matches and we are more than happy with the first results. We won the first match 9-0 against Nao Devils, who were often strong competitors in previous tournaments. But this year B-Human already scored after 20 seconds by a shot from distance. These shots were also in the rest of game a common mean to get the ball into the opposing goal. The audience was amazed how B-Human always could adjust quickly to a new situation and how they put pressure on the opposite team. But this success was topped off in the second game! In the afternoon we have won even 12-0 against the team L3M (Les Trois Mousquetaires) from France. Since this team made no move after each kick-off, not even touching the ball, B-Human could take over the game immediately.This successful first day led to a good mood the whole team. Nevertheless, work is continuing on known problems and we are very excited to see how our robots will play against stronger opponents.
This year’s robocup season has started! Traditionally we start it with the German Open in Magdeburg where we have to
defend two titles. We use the first two days to prepare our robots. The joints have to be calibrated, the cameras
have to be adjusted to the lighting conditions and of course, there are always some last-minute changes on our software.
The 14 team members care about the 14 robots which were brought from Bremen. Due to this year’s rule changes, five of them
play on a 6m x 9m playing field.
The software has already been heavily tested and improved in the laborious weeks preceding the German Open. The whole team
is very motivated and is looking forward to the first match on friday against Nao Devils from Dortmund!