DESA Australia drafted

The AFL National draft is one of the most important events in a young footballer’s life, making or breaking footballing dreams.

On November 28 at Sydney’s Hordern Pavillion, representatives from the 18 clubs gathered to chose players to help shape their team for seasons to come.

No longer just a simple process of ‘naming names’, the AFL has endeavoured to make it more of an ‘event’ and sent reps to this year’s NFL draft in Chicago to pick up a few ideas.

DESA were engaged by AFL Technology from AFL Head Office and tasked with setting up all the temporary lighting, power and phone line services for the AFL to ensure a smooth-running event, which was aired live on Foxtel (FOX Footy).

Adding to the pressure of getting it ‘right on the night’, the team, led by Project Supervisor Ben Dillon, had three days to set up and just hours to take it all down again.

“There’s no existing infrastructure at the Hordern” says Ben. “It’s just a big, empty shell, which is why it took as long as it did”

“We had to run Internet connections for Fox Footy, while each club had its own media table, requiring Internet and power. The clubs also needed power and lighting on each of their tables”.

Adding an extra edge to the project was the live televised aspect of the National Draft. With the AFL looking to make it a fan ‘spectacle’, special attention had to be given to the aesthetics of the project.

“It was a big set-up for a small window of live television. There was a lot of cable management. With the camera crews walking around, the cabling had to be hidden from camera view”.

With this project for the AFL, DESA Australia has again demonstrated its ability to deliver on a variety of installations and special mention should be made of Project Manager Michael Watkins from DESA’s office.

“It was his guys that completed the installation for the AFL” said Ben. “His team did a great job in ensuring that the project ran without a hitch”.

The AFL is planning to again stage the 2017 National Draft in Sydney with an eye to finding a purpose built location. DESA Australia stands ready to be ‘drafted’ again.

About Desa Australia

Founded in 1989, DESA Australia became part of the Engie Group in December 2015. DESA has offices in all major Australian capital cities, delivering high tech communications and electrical cabling solutions. DESA Australia has specialist skills in Data Centre, Security, Wireless, Audio Visual, Voice and Network infrastructure design, installation and maintenance.

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