The four finalists that will be flown to Adelaide to compete in the High School Esports League – Rocket League 2018 final at Hybrid World Adelaide have been announced.
Two teams from New South Wales, Peel High School and Kiama High School, will travel to South Australia for the event on Sunday, July 22.
Two local teams have also qualified, with Unley High School and St Michael’s College taking out the final two spots.
The qualifying events featured teams from all over the country competing over two weekends, to earn a spot in the live, LAN final.
Kiama High is a school located beneath Saddleback Mountain on the south coast of NSW, with over 1050 students.
The school has adopted a ‘why not’ approach this year, so when Jonah, Brody and Jack asked the school to endorse their application into the tournament, they said ‘why not!’
Jonah is pleased the school backed them to compete.
“It’s a great opportunity to participate in the competition and to get to meet like-minded players that we’ve competed against,” Jonah said.
“My hope for the future would be to enter tournaments like this regularly and improve our playing skills.”
Josh, Brock and Joe from Peel High School have all been playing games from a young age, and when the opportunity to play together arose, they couldn’t pass it up.
Brock is a top 50 global 1v1 player in Rocket League but used this tournament to take more of a leadership role and gain more experience.
Joe loved how they grew as a team throughout the experience.
“Having that teamwork makes this enjoyable, this tournament shows how valuable it is to have a healthy environment that can bring people together through communication,” Joe said.
“That’s why I love this game, to be able to find new people, work together and enjoy what this game offers.”
St Michael’s team features three year nine students, Matthew Nicolas and Ethan.
They only started playing together as a team just before the first HSEL qualifier, but they quickly built great chemistry.
“We were excited to be given this opportunity to compete in this national competition and build on our teamwork and character and we all have lots of fun playing Rocket League, because it involves our favourite sport, soccer, and cars,” the team said.
“We want to do our school proud, and we are so thrilled to compete in the esports championships.”
One of Unley’s participants, Aiden Hendry, is already playing esports at a high level.
Aiden plays Rocket League for Legacy Esports, a professional esports team that is also owned by the Adelaide Football Club.
The HSEL tournament at Hybrid World Adelaide is getting underway at 11.15am on Sunday, at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
The first four people that arrive will be given the opportunity to hang out with Muselk during the first Semi Final.