Sydney proved to be a great host city and UNSW was a significant contributor to that success. RoboCup 2019 Conference Chair, Professor Claude Sammut from UNSW's School of Computer Science and Engineering has been working on this event day and night for the last year. At the Closing Ceremony this evening he handed over to the next year's host city Bordeaux, France.

A UNSW team member sets the robots up for competition
A UNSW team member sets the robots up for competition

An incredible number of UNSW staff and students that came to support the teams and RoboCup 2019, which is a testament to the community spirit and pride that exists across UNSW.

UNSW's robot soccer team rUNSWift finished third in the main Champions Cup competition after an unfortunate loss in the semi-final (0 - 3) against B-Human (DFKI Bremen and University of Bremen, Germany). The first half was very intense and locked at 0 - 0. B-Human went on to win this competition with a 2 - 1 victory over Nao-Team HTWK (Leipzig University of Applied Sciences, Germany) in the final. The UNSW team placed third with an impressive 11 - 2 victory over the Nao Devils Dortmund (TU Dortmund University, Germany) in the third place play-off.

Long shot of the game with lots of spectators watching on
The third place play-off, which UNSW won, attracted plenty of support and a large crowd of spectators.

UNSW also placed fourth in the mixed-team competition with TJARK (Tongji University, China) and fifth in the Domestic Standard Platform league - an especially impressive result considering the team is relative newcomers to this league with many of the other competitors having a long history of competing in the @Home league.