On Wednesday, the team made the trip from Hamilton to Barrie for the Central Ontario VRC Qualifier, with hopes of qualifying for the Provincial Tournament on February 25th. To do that we would have to either win the Excellence Award, awarded to the top overall team at the tournament, or win the elimination rounds.
After discovering that 211W and 211Z, the two teams we narrowly lost to earlier were planning on joining forces for the elimination rounds, we teamed up with 1241K, Theory 6 from Rick Hansen Secondary School and one of Team Winston’s own teams, 211S.
As one of the two teams in the tournament that could high hang, and the fastest by far, we easily swept the quarter finals 2-0, even without our high hang advantage. The semi-finals proved to be much more challenging. We faced the only other team that could hang in the tournament but due to their design they took almost fifteen times as long as us to elevate themselves fully. As such, near the end of the match when they left to go hang for bonus points, we were able to easily create a large lead with the help of our alliance partner and then elevate ourselves, winning us the match by a large margin. During the second match however, our robot tipped right after the end of the autonomous period, leaving our alliance partner to fight by themselves, and forcing a deciding third match. In the third match we kept a large lead until the last 40 seconds or so, where due to some unfortunate positioning we tipped again! We thought this was going to be the end of our Barrie elimination run, but our alliance partner managed to throw a cube from our high zone to our opponents to win us the match and the semi-finals 2-1!
We advanced to the finals with the hope of beating the only remaining alliance, our old opponents 211W and 211Z, to win the tournament. Luckily for us, we had solved our technical difficulties and won the finals with relative ease 2-0, winning us the tournament and qualifying us for the Provincial Championships on February 25th!