This match unfortunately highlights only one of the several bad call made at curie. Semi Finals and finals are the most blatant examples of such claim.
Semi Finals 1 match 3. The match start with an iffy autonomous mode: 1114 releases the tube, but does not back up far enough and is still in contact with it. Although the stinger is cleared and the bar supporting the keeper, the referee takes it off. Now, this decision would have been reasonable, had it been consistent with other matches. During finals - 2, Foley Freeze goes for autonomous, clears the stinger, brings the keeper down on the spider leg and… does not have enough time to even open their gripper. Mrs. Referee comes, looks at it, and says it is scored.
But let’s go on with the semi-finals. Although 48 often paid attention to always pin for less than 10 seconds, they did pin for a long time on many occasions. I was disappointed to realize the referees were paying so much attention to 1114 that they did not even count down for any pinning done on 469. Furthermore, a robot is supposed to back up 3 feet after each time it pins another robot, which pretty much means pinning, backing up a second, pinning, backing up a second is not acceptable. Finally, when a team is entangled in the rack and its arm begins to bend horribly, pushing further to break it should have been illegal, one way or another.
But I digress, let’s go onto one last problem with this match: descoring. 469 scored a ringer on spider leg #6 I believe (did not have time to watch the video again), released it (passed the stinger and supported by leg) but was then pushed back by 48. The ringer was caught by the friction material riveted on the side of the robot’s gripper and while swinging around, 469 took the already scored ringer with them. Unfortunately, this situation occurred rarely and referees counted on the end game only to record the score. I’d also like to point out that the ringer to which 1114’s arm was attached after it was ripped off did not count, although the rules state that any part that is detached from the robot is not part of the robot anymore.
Conclusion on this match? I’ll take the word of the referee herself for it: “defense was not unreasonable” (there was, originally, no penalty given) and 1114’s arm riping off was just “one more design flaw”. Now, “I’d love to talk to you, but I have another match to ref”
I feel bad, however, for bashing 1732, 67 and 48, because what happened to them during the finals is way worse than anything else I’ve seen.
During Finals match 2, and I mean, the REAL finals match #2, the #1 alliance outscored the #2 alliance by as much as 30 points I believe. I was however disappointed that the referees had forgotten to count 1 ringer for the 2nd seed alliance, which would have bumped up their score by 4 points. Although it would not have changed the outcome of the match, it was clearly one more mistake made on this field. The 2nd seed alliance naturally complained about that. Without any other explanation than “a field fault was made”, the match was canceled and replayed. the #1 alliance lost the second match of finals because 4 points were forgotten…
P.S. Sorry to those who tried to dissuade me from posting. I tried to make it as tame as possible