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The Robotic Soccer competition was held throughout Robot Wars: The Third Wars. It was a small side competition based on the Football trial that featured only eight robots, most of which did not appear in the main series that year. There were four qualifiers, and the four victorious robots were the ones to score the first goal. When the goal was scored, the four victors would progress to the final, where they would once again attempt to score a goal. The goalkeeper was Dead Metal, with Matilda playing defence although Dead Metal was replaced by Sergeant Bash for the final.

CompetitorsEdit

Other robots, including Razer and Miss Struts, were due to compete, but their matches were cancelled after a backstage accident. The aforementioned two robots instead entered the Pinball Challenge and Walker Battle, respectively, where they won.

QualifiersEdit

Robots competing Image Heat featured Runthrough Winner
Velocirippa vs Demolition Demon 2 VelocirippaDD2Football Heat B This was a quick match, with the faster Velocirippa driving around and pushing the ball into Matilda. Matilda pushed the ball near the slow Demolition Demon, but Velocirippa zoomed in and scored. Velocirippa
Malfunktion vs Gnasher Gnasherscores Heat E Both robots steered slowly to the ball. Gnasher collected the ball and made an attempt on goal, only for Dead Metal to block it. However, Dead Metal retreated and made no attempt to block Gnasher's second attempt, which went in. Gnasher
Evil Weevil vs Alien AlienEvilWeevilFootball Heat E Evil Weevil got the early possession of the ball, and pushed it to the back of the arena. Matilda went for the ball while Evil Weevil attacked Alien. Alien took the recovered ball back to the back of the arena, where it got stuck on the side wall. The spike on the arena floor flipped Alien, but Dead Metal intervened and pushed it the correct way up. Evil Weevil collected the ball but it bounced away. Evil Weevil then reversed into the ball and it bounced off Matilda's eye. It went to a Judges' decision, who ruled in favour of Evil Weevil. Evil Weevil
Spectre vs The General SpectreGeneralFootball Heat J The General was the first to the ball in this match and attacked Matilda. Spectre then attacked The General but it escaped, pushing the ball towards the goal. It bounced off Matilda and Dead Metal couldn't prevent it from going into the net, giving The General the win. The General

FinalEdit

Velocirippa vs Gnasher vs Evil Weevil vs The GeneralEdit

Grand Final

FootballFinal

The football is set alight

Gnasher Out

Gnasher is flipped over by Evil Weevil

Velocirippa drove in first, but missed the ball. Gnasher attacked Matilda, while Velocirippa then suddenly broke down. Matilda accidentally passed the ball to Evil Weevil while blocking Gnasher from it. The General attacked Matilda and gave the ball to Gnasher, who was then tackled by Matilda once again. Meanwhile, Evil Weevil then disposed of Gnasher, by flipping it onto its back by the flame pit, using its lifting forks. Matilda pushed the ball into the arena side wall, which gave it back to Evil Weevil again. The General appeared to then grind to a halt, and Sergeant Bash used its flamethrower to set the ball on fire.

"What ball? Great balls of fire!"
Jonathan Pearce, as the ball is set alight

The General and Velocirippa then all of a sudden came back to life, but the match ended in a Judges' decision, as time had run out. The judges voted in favour of Evil Weevil.

Winner: Evil Weevil

TriviaEdit

  • Evil Weevil won the tournament despite not scoring a single goal.
  • During the final, the ball got set on fire for the second time in as many series.
  • Only Evil Weevil fought in the main competition in the same series, although Demolition Demon had fought in the previous series, and Team Mouse would go on to fight in the following series.
  • For this competition, the Arena surface was illuminated with green lighting, to mimic the appearance of a football pitch.

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