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Telstra Tracker’s AFL mid-year report card

Entertainment

Posted on July 11, 2019

3 min read

Ever wanted to know if you had it in your legs to compete at the highest level of AFL? Well thanks to the Telstra Tracker, you have a few key benchmarks to aspire to after the first 16 rounds of this year’s premiership.

Thanks to the Telstra Tracker, fans can now get an array of insights that show how much distance their favourite team and players cover, and the speed at which they do it at.

Xavier Duursma is the Power’s running man. Copyright: AFL Photos

By club

When it comes to outright pace, 2017 Premiers Richmond are streets ahead of their competition rivals. Richmond has both the highest number of sprints (4,237) and the longest distance covered at high speed (623.7km) in the competition.

In terms of total distance covered by a team on the paddock to-date, the Sydney Swans lead all comers, clocking up over 4,360kms this season.

Despite coming second-to-last on the competition ladder, no one can question Carlton’s work rate. The Blues are among the best runners in the AFL. They rank second in the League for both total distance covered, and for distance covered at high speed, while they’re seventh for the most sprints.

By player

With the quickest team in this year’s competition, its little wonder the game’s current fastest player hails from Richmond. Half-back flanker Oleg Markov has kept defenders and cameramen alike guessing in 2019, recording a blistering top-speed of 37.40km/h v Collingwood, round two.

Oleg Markov is the AFL’s fastest player. Copyright: AFL Photos

As one of only two players across the competition to top 36km/h, Western Bulldog’s Jason Johannisen has been the second-fastest man in the AFL during the 2019 season, followed in third by West Coast Eagle Jack Petruccelle.

Both the Geelong Cats and West Coast Eagles are well represented at the pointy-end of the game’s fast-men, with three each in the top-ten.

It’s no surprise best and fairest Cat Mark Blicavs is their best runner. Copyright: AFL Photos

When it comes to the game’s marathon-men, West Coast’s Andrew Gaff’s effort against the Crows is the most territory covered in a match by any player this season, logging 17.6kms. It’s Gaff’s teammate Josh Smith however that tops the mid-year report card for most distance covered on average per game, running 15.63kms, and edging North Melbourne’s Ben Brown by just 100 metres!

Smith has only played twice this year, which could inflate his numbers a touch, but there is no denying the ex-Pie is the Eagles’ aerobic king after winning the time trial and Yo-Yo tests pre-season.

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We’re going for gold with international remote video production

Business and Enterprise

Posted on June 14, 2019

2 min read

Working with Nexion, we helped deliver all the action at this year’s World Relay Championships in Japan, transporting HD content across 16,000km using our incredible Distributed Production Network (DPN).

The DPN revolutionises live sport – it’s an end-to-end IP network which has been custom built for the media industry.

The DPN enables professional media customers to produce live broadcasts at a distance from the actual event by sending multiple raw camera feeds, audio and equipment control signals over the network back to centralised production hubs.

Such true remote production removes the need for onsite production facilities and provides secure links between sports venues and production hubs on a bespoke network.

We’ve already tested the incredible power of the DPN in Australia. The use of the DPN in Japan represents the first real-world application of the technology outside of Australia. Remote production over long distances requires a network that has the special characteristics of high bandwidth, low latency, low jitter and low wander, which the Telstra DPN delivers in Australia and now internationally.

For the World Relay Championships, in partnership with Nexion, we helped transport 30 HD live camera and graphics feeds from the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama to Tokyo, then onwards to a production hub in Sydney. These signals travelled from Japan at an incredible 10Gbps speed via the DPN, delivering crisp, high-resolution footage of the event from every angle using ultra-low-latency compression tech.

This use of our technology in Japan represents an exciting development for us. After a successful Telstra DPN trial from the NEP Andrews Hub Sydney to Los Angeles last year, we were looking for an opportunity to use the Telstra DPN and the NEP Andrews Hub to produce an international sports event. ITN’s broadcast of the World Relay Championships was the perfect two-day event to debut the Telstra DPN outside of Australia at cable distances of 16,000 kilometers return trip.

The successful remote production of the ITN broadcast at the NEP Andrews Hub in Sydney opens a world of future international possibilities. It demonstrates that even across huge distances there is now a viable alternative to production facilities onsite at a venue.

We’re excited to work with broadcasters and sporting bodies on future events utilizing the Telstra DPN.

By the numbers: Telstra Tracker gives advantage to NSW for State of Origin 1

Entertainment

Posted on June 5, 2019

4 min read

With kick-off in this year’s State of Origin series just hours away, the Telstra Tracker offers some tantalising clues as to who might walk off Suncorp Stadium victorious tonight. Introduced to State of Origin for the first time in 2017, the Telstra Tracker combines technology and sport to bring fans closer to the game with live player insights.

Coaching, team cohesion and home-ground advantage all play crucial roles in determining winners and losers, but add to that the Telstra Tracker data from this year’s NRL Telstra Premiership – including player-by-player speed, intensity and ground coverage – and things start to look interesting. If you’re a Queensland supporter, you might want to look away now…

Speed

When it comes to outright speedsters, Telstra Tracker data from this year shows that the New South Wales trio of Josh Addo-Carr, Latrell Mitchell and James Tedesco lead all others as the fastest on the pitch tonight.

Melbourne Storm winger Josh Addo-Carr, who has scorched the turf at 38.5km/h this season pips Roosters centre Latrell Mitchell (36.6km/h) and third best of the 34 players on show is Mitchell’s teammate James Tedesco (35.7km/h).

Newcastle’s Kalyn Ponga is the fastest player in a maroon jersey, but of the top ten fastest players selected, Queensland only has four.

High Speed Efforts

Sheer speed is clearly valuable, but it counts for nothing unless you can do it over and over again on the pitch. Sprints are defined as the number of runs in a game where the player reaches a speed over 20 kilometres per hour. When it comes to packing in the sprints, NSW’s James Tedesco leads the count so far this season.

Tedesco’s 40 count is 10 clear of the next best player involved in the Holden State of Origin series opener – Josh Addo-Carr’s 30 per game. Moses Mbye (29) leads the way for Queensland, with Michael Morgan (26) next best.

Average Intensity

Analysing the distance each forward averages through the course of 80 minutes each week, as well as average intensity (measured as metres per minute during their time on field) shows a significant advantage in work rate from the men in sky blue, while the Maroons hold a slight advantage in the halves, hooker, and backs.

The best of any of the forwards picked by both states is NSW’s Tyson Frizell, who covers 90 metres per minute during his 55 minutes on the field. He is followed by team mate and captain Boyd Cordner, who averages 88 metres per minute during his average 72 minutes per match. Next best is Jake Trbojevic (86), Paul Vaughan (85) and Angus Crichton (84) before you get to Queensland’s best.

In terms of distance covered, the Blues pack again has a significant edge. Crichton (7.5km per game) and Cordner (7.1) are the only forwards on show to cover more than 7km per match. Their edge counterparts Gillett and Kaufusi (both 6.9) are next best. The next four on the list are all Blues, with Trbojevic (6.8), Murray (6.3), Frizell and Klemmer (both 6.1) all covering more ground week to week than any of the Maroons.

Queensland have an edge in intensity in the playmakers and backs. However, with halfbacks asked to do much more running than hookers, the fact the Maroons have selected a club halfback at hooker (Ben Hunt’s average intensity of 86 is much higher than Damien Cook’s 72) and centre (Michael Morgan 79) masks what would otherwise be a slight edge to the Blues. Nathan Cleary’s average intensity of 96 is the best of any player on show.

Which team will emerge victorious as the series kicks off tonight? Will the numbers on the page bear out the predictions? Or are they just numbers at the end of the day? Good luck to both teams!

26 games, four sports, one massive week of streaming

Entertainment

Posted on April 24, 2019

4 min read

Our biggest ever year of sports streaming is off and running, and for the first time we have matches from the AFL, NRL, Netball and Hyundai A-League playing over one chock-a-block week of sporting goodness.

Until now, the AFL, NRL, Netball and Hyundai A-League seasons hadn’t overlapped, but with the commencement of the Suncorp Super Netball season this week, we finally have all four up and running (and jumping and kicking and passing!) thanks to Telstra Live Pass.

Beginning with Wednesday’s match between Richmond and Melbourne in the AFL, and ending with the final match of the A-League home-and-away season between Perth and Wellington on Sunday the 28th, Telstra will for the first time stream all four sports via the Live Pass and official apps. That’s a total of 26 matches, with total plays across our four official apps expected to top 5 million views.

Telstra TV customers who download the official Netball Live app have even more reason to celebrate, with two live and exclusive matches streamed each week from the Suncorp Super Netball series.

We all lead busy lives, so sometimes getting out to a game or gaining control of the family TV remote control can be pretty difficult, that’s why we’re committed to bringing you the very best of Australian sport live, fast, and data-free wherever you may be.

A wide brown land deserves a wide choice in sports, so if Australia’s premier men’s and women’s domestic football and netball on your mobile isn’t enough, then Kayo has you covered. Just tell Kayo your favourite teams and you’ll get a never-ending stream of live and on-demand action on any device in your house, and of course on Telstra TV. There’s over 50 sports including AFL, NRL, Cricket, Football, Rugby Union, Motorsports, Basketball, Tennis and much more live or on-demand.

Exclusive to Telstra, you can even get up close and personal with your favourite sports with 2 months of Kayo Basic for just $5.* If you’re an existing Telstra customer, you can add it to your Telstra bill.

Throughout this year, every match of the AFL Premiership, Hyundai A-League, Suncorp Super Netball Series and NRL Telstra Premiership (excluding Grand Final) plus a number of other selected tournaments and matches will be streamed on the sporting apps over our network for those with a Live Pass subscription, giving you access to an unprecedented number of premier men’s and women’s international and domestic sport.

Last year, we streamed 670 matches to fans hungry to keep on top of the action; this year, we plan on bringing fans around 850 matches. You’re welcome – just don’t forget to charge your phone!

Since 2012, we’ve used world-class technology to go beyond just sponsorship, streaming our first ever match over Australia’s largest mobile network to become a genuine technology partner of the AFL, NRL, Netball Australia, and Football Federation Australia – and we streamed over 700 million minutes of sport during the 2018 season.

Eligible Telstra customers can use the official mobile apps of the AFL, NRL, Netball Australia and FFA to stream their favourite matches live, fast and data-free, unlocking $329 in value from their service. Non-Telstra customers can still get in on the action, with a number of subscriptions beginning at $2.99 a week, and other options available for monthly or annual passes.

We know that the thrill of cheering on from the stands can’t be replicated, too; that’s why with Telstra Thanks, we give customers access to discounted tickets to all these sports, from as little as $8 for juniors and $20 for adults, with other offers available from time to time like 2 for 1 tickets.

If you’re looking for something to do with friends or family this week, we have 26 reasons why you should choose to watch Australia’s best athletes, with thanks to Australia’s best network. If that doesn’t fill up time over the Easter break, then we don’t know what will.

* Monthly subscription, $25/mth after offer period.

The biggest World Cup you’ve never heard of

Regional Entertainment

Posted on April 17, 2019

2 min read

Did you know that the little-known sport of polocrosse, invented in Australia in 1938, draws thousands of riders, horses and spectators together every four years for a World Cup week of competition and celebration? We’re proud to support the 2019 Polocrosse World Cup, and the people of Warwick, Queensland that are hosting it in its spiritual home.

Polocrosse is one of only three homegrown Australian sports, alongside AFL and campdrafting, to break out onto the world stage – and it’s bringing many international visitors back to its birthplace of Warwick for the 2019 World Cup. If you don’t know what polocrosse is, take a look – imagine the traditional game of polo, but replace those heavy mallets with light, nimble lacrosse racquets specially made for horseback use, and fuse a little netball concepts in the mix.

The 2019 Polocrosse World Cup, held on 22-28 April, will be the largest international sporting event ever to be held in rural Australia – with more than 300 competitors, 1000 horses, and up to 60,000 spectators flooding into the town of Warwick in southeast Queensland. We’re excited to sponsor the event and partner with the Southern Downs Regional Council to contribute technology and equipment to enhance mobile coverage at the event.

With funding from the Southern Downs Regional Council, we’ve installed nearly two kilometres of fibre in a branch from our current network to the Morgan Park area where the World Cup will be held, and we’ll connect one of our specialised mobile Cell on Wheels to provide enhanced mobile coverage for attendees. This will also help businesses at the event run their operations including mobile payments, EFTPOS and social media.

Australia’s Polocrosse World Cup team is a hot favourite, currently ranked third in the world and with two first-place finishes in the four World Cups that have been held since the inaugural 2003 Cup. It’s an action-packed, tough sport – competitors sometimes call it ‘rugby on horseback’ – but we know our national team is among the most elite in the world. We’ll be cheering them on from the sidelines!

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