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AFL Brownlow Night

It’s one of my most nervous days of the year… has been for the last 5 years that I’ve been taking care of the data crunching for the AFL Brownlow. As a company (old and new) we’ve been doing this for around 9 years now. And pretty much every year the AFL says, “This will probably be the last year” but still they return.

The process hasn’t changed, but each year we refine the code as the technology gets better and more efficient.

This year we completely rebuilt the prediction data part of the system. We didn’t worry about the live night count because we were told we probably wouldn’t be doing it, well that was until about 2 weeks ago when they decided last minute they WOULD need us to do it again.

So there we are, it’s typically a night we order in pizza and I sit on a phone line for 4 hours with a bunch of others from Telstra, Champion Data, and the AFL just in case anything should go wrong. Thankfully each year it has gone fine… well except for one year when there was no raw data coming through from the supplier. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

Wish me luck, the system has been tested, as we do every year… but I have no way if knowing if the AFL have copied over all the correct files to their live environment until the data starts to flow… they haven’t been keen on doing live tests for the last few years now.

It kicks off around 8:15pm AEST, we have to find a TV aerial so we can see what’s happening at Crown, you’ll see our data in the Official AFL Apps and on the AFL website. Fingers crossed it all goes to plan.

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