adjective - of or pertaining to a sport
or sports, esp. of the open-air or athletic kind.
noun - 1. the act or process of communicating;
fact of being communicated.
2. means of sending messages, orders, etc.,
telephone, telegraph, radio
REFEREE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS:
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 / Umpires)
off the field to listen to all the match officials
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
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 16 years and the New Zealand and Australian Rugby
Unions for all their Super Rugby and International
Tests for the last 13 years. 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
It was adopted by the International Rugby Board for
the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia and the 2011
Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. 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.
In 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 future from our London based MT&A (UK)
MatchCom 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 trialled 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 has continued during the last 6 AFL Seasons.
1. A full radio duplex two-way talkback system for
on-field match officials.
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.
The system was first created for the News Limited
Super League (Rugby League) Australian breakaway competition
in 1996. The technology is in its sixteenth year of
operation without failure or technical problems. Our
aim is to keep on the cutting edge of change and modify
to accommodate the best in leading edge audio technology
for the match officials and the host television broadcasters.
MatchCom 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.
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