MatchCom® Referees Talkback System
is a communication or talkback system conceived and
designed in Australia by Murray Tregonning of
Murray Tregonning & Associates Pty Ltd.
It is a high end professional communications system.
Its function is to allow all on-field match officials
easy communication with each other and can be used
in a variety of sporting codes.It is expandable, if
required, to allow for any number of match officials
and to allow a Video Referee / Umpire to communicate
with all on-field match officials and additionally
to the television broadcaster to facilitate video
replays for video decisions. It also allows for Referee
/ Umpire assessors (and Trainee Referees) off the
field to listen to all the match officials verbal
communications. A further facility allows any of the
on-field match officials microphones to be fed
to the television broadcaster as clean feeds
if required. It is also possible for this complete
mixed audio feed of all the match officials
microphones to be recorded on DVD along with the television
pictures for referee / umpire training, assessment
and judiciary purposes.
This system has now been successfully used by the
National Rugby League (Australia) for the last 12
years and the New Zealand and Australian Rugby Unions
for all their Super 12 (14) and International Tests
for the last 8 years. New Zealand Rugby, as of 2004,
now uses it for all their Air New Zealand Cup Competition.
It has also been used in Scotland by the Scottish
Rugby Union for 4 years until 2004 for all of their
6 Nations games and International Tests.
It was adopted by the International Rugby Board for
the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia. It was also
used by the ERC (European Rugby) for their Parker
Pen Challenge Cup Final at Reading UK and the Heineken
Cup Final at Twickenham in May 2004.
August 2007 MatchCom was re-introduced by Murray Tregonning
& Associates UK Ltd into Welsh Rugby for all their
6 Nations and televised games. We expect a great deal
of expansion in the UK / European market in the next
3 years from our London based MT&A (UK) Ltd.
has also been successfully used in International Cricket
by the International Cricket Council at the 2002 Champions
Trophy in Sri Lanka and the 2004 Champions Trophy
in the UK. For ICC 2004 Champions Trophy, the MatchCom
system was expanded to include Stump Microphone
/ Earpiece Assist. For the first time, this
allowed the two on field cricket umpires to hear the
stump microphone of the facing batsman so they could
hear all of the bat noises for caught behind decisions.
It was further trialed during the ICC Johnnie Walker
Super Series in October 2005 in Australia as then
in ICC Cricket World Cup in the West Indies in
March / April 2007.
In September 2005, we also conducted a series of trials
for the NHL (the National Hockey League) in Canada
and the US. These trials will continue in the future
and it is hoped to see MatchCom introduced across
all games. In May 2007 we successfully introduced
MatchCom in the Australian Football Leagues
(AFL) Premiership series which is staged Australia
wide. This contact will continue during the 2008 and
2009 AFL Seasons.
A full radio duplex two-way talkback system for on-field
2. Broadcast quality and frequency agile.
3. Robust design and athlete friendly.
4. Innovative design utilizing components for world
leading audio suppliers.
5. Dedicated design and operations support team.
6. Fully integrated with the Television Broadcaster.
system was first created for the News Limited Super
League (Rugby League) Australian breakaway competition
in 1996. The technology is in its eleventh year of
operation without failure or technical problems. Our
aim is to keep on the cutting edge of change and modify
the system to accommodate the best in leading edge
audio technology for the match officials and the host
prides itself on establishing and maintaining leading
edge technology and service. The system is owned and
operated by Murray Tregonning of Murray Tregonning
& Associates Pty Ltd, Australias leading
broadcast audio designer / supplier.
has been trialled in Football (Soccer) in both Australia
and Scotland at
U21 level and in May 2001 at the Scottish Premier
League match Rangers v Kilmarnock
in Glasgow, Scotland.
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