Sep 03, 2019
AFL Match Review Centre media conference transcript
The AFL showed off their new AFL Match Review Centre to media today. Here’s a transcript of the media conference with AFL Football Operations Manager Steve Hocking.
Steve Hocking: We’re excited today to announce the new AFL Review Centre is ready just in time for finals. It’s already had a very successful trial.
Reporter One: How rigorous was this trial?
Hocking: Very. Extremely rigorous. In fact, it was the most rigorous test of a Review Centre the AFL has ever done. So maximum rigor.
Reporter One: So how many months did you test it?
Hocking: Well I wouldn’t count it in months necessarily, more in ‘rigorness’. Oh, and my briefing note says to say something about ‘redundancy systems’ at this point.
Reporter Two: How many rounds did you test it then?
Reporter One: So just nine games?
Hocking: Well two games in Round 23.
Reporter Three: That seems a bit rushed.
Hocking: We were forced to speed up the timeline.
Reporter One: Why?
Hocking: An extraordinary set of circumstances.
Reporter One: Which was?
Hocking: How extraordinarily we stuffed up the previous system.
Reporter Three: So, you’ve tested this thing only twice and now you’re rolling it out for the most important games of the year?
Hocking: To be fair, that’s longer than we test most rule changes. Plus, the new ‘ARC’, as we’re calling it, has ‘Extreme Super Slow Motion' cameras.
Reporter One: What does that mean? What’s the technical specifications of the cameras?
Hocking: Well, they’re extremely slow.
Reporter One: Yeah but the actual technical specs are…
Hocking: Oh, right. Well I think it goes, ‘a bit slow’, then ‘very slow’, then ‘extreme super slow’ and these are ‘extreme slow’. Actually, maybe it should be called ‘X super Slow Motion.’ That’s catchy.
Reporter Three: Steve can I ask…
Hocking: Hang on, I’m just writing that down, ‘X Super Slow Motion’. Oh, that’s good. Should it be in all caps? I’ll ask marketing.
Reporter Three: Steve, you’ve had years to get the previous system right and it arguably got worse over time, what makes you think after two games this will suddenly work well?
Hocking: Well this centre has everything. It’s got Stan, Netflix, Amazon, even YouTube. And the kid that runs it is really good. He showed me how you need to put it on AV3 for Foxtel. I watched Midsomer Murders in there last night and the picture was so crisp.
Reporter One: So, you’re confident this will work?
Hocking: When have the AFL ever rushed something in that has ended up not working?
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