He won Supercoach 2012. This is how.
Greeting all. I’m the owner of the 2012 SuperCoach winning PowerToThePeople team and am writing today to let you all know why you all can also climb the mountain to become a one year wonder like myself 😉
My journey began when as a child before Fantasy Football existed, my old man would sit me by the TV with an AFL game on, pen and paper ready to go. We’d both pick a player and jot down every time our bloke got a stat which in hindsight probably left some rather inaccurate results but still we did what we could in that day and age.
A few years later an Australian newspaper (appropriately called “The Australian”) ran a competition similar to what you and I know today as Fantasy Footy which I had a couple of successful weekly round winners.
Fast forward to recent history and every year since its inception I’ve participated in the Supercoach competition. Although I never recorded or noted my overall rankings, rest assured I was never within striking distance of the top coaches and just a good average performer in the scheme of things.
2012 was when that all changed. I’ll try and note some of the relevant happenings of my season to show that you can start at turtle speed, pull some “against the rules” type trades and be plain old unlucky and still come out on top.
“..you can start at turtle speed, pull some “against the rules” type trades and be plain old unlucky and still come out on top.”
I’ve never been one to try and find statistical trends to see who’s going to score better next year and the like as we’re dealing with human beings here not machines. So although historical stats are great for those 50/50 calls I wouldn’t think I can find the next big thing without watching games of Football and getting a real gauge on players/teams and potential.
OK. So round 1 2012 rolls around and I check my overall ranking and see myself not ideally positioned at 67,249th. I never had overall standings as a priority and like many of you guys were just playing for league glory and personal pride so this was no bother.
A week later and I start making my move, steam rolling into the early 64,000s……
Round 3 is the very first major trading week where we get to jump on that missed rookie about to skyrocket and/or deal with any troublesome areas before prices go up and down. I sideways traded 1 rookie and 1 premium(Montagna) the first of many moves we read about never doing in this game.
My next 2 trades were spread over Rounds 4 and 5 and were again probably frowned upon in SC society. I traded out premium 610,00 Mumford for speculative improver Maric at 361,000 and banked the $ and sat tight for the week. Round 5 saw Mr Gary Ablett traded out at 721,000 (who was traded back in Round 9) for rookie priced Treloar at 113,000 leaving me a pretty juicy amount of cash although obviously weakening my team for the short term. At this stage I was in the 3,000s overall ,helped by a weekly ranking in the 500’s in Round 3.
I still had no plan for overall so my trading plans were purely about working to get the best possible squad on the park as quick as i could, preparing for byes and gathering all the cash I needed to make the big moves when applicable mid season.
“..my trading plans were purely about working to get the best possible squad on the park as quick as I could”
The Byes are where I spent most my time pre season and early rounds trying to be prepared for and it turned out beautifully where I had a full 18 to pick from and made 5 trades over the 3 weeks to ensure all went smoothly. This 3 week stretch also included trading a player in (D Beams) who was yet to have his bye, another on the No no list for SC.
I came out of the byes 17th overall and that was when i had to start considering winning the whole kit and caboodle. It wasn’t until Round 19 I slipped into 1 overall and used my final trade in Round 20 to bring in premium Nat Fyfe. Another less than perfect move as that round he had a suitcase incident and was a late withdrawal. I had quite good bench cover( Ultra important to my success this year) and never trusted the poor bloke after that so he actually sat on my bench as E for all bar one of the remaining games.
So ultimately looking at my list of trades this particular year I can count at least 8 that were either against what we’re taught about playing Supercoach or just failed miserably for one reason or another. The main point being you don’t need everything to go right every single week. You don’t need to be high up in the rankings every step of the way and you can definitely succeed even with some pretty bad luck at the worst possible time.
..looking at my list of trades this particular year I can count at least 8 that were either against what we’re taught about playing Supercoach or just failed miserably for one reason or another.
Since winning in 2012 I’ve undoubtedly changed my strategy and spent the best part of 2013 and 2014 pre seasons reading every piece of statistical analysis I could find and probably ended up confusing the heck out of myself. So I’m a firm believer in going with your gut instinct provided you have a sound knowledge of the game. I won’t stop reading articles and seeking to get as much info as possible from some of the great minds out there but I’d also be mindful of disregarding your own initial plans and strategies because as my season taught me there is no How to Win Supercoach guide.
For those interested in my recent results my past 2 seasons I’ve fluctuated around the top 500- 2000 overall but I’m happy to claim an ongoing and permanent Premiership hangover for the rest of my playing career.
* I also firmly believe rules changes that came in affect from 2013 were purely to stop me from going back to back to back which I understand and am happy to adhere too.
*Denotes may not be true
Thanks for taking the time to read a portion of my Supercoach history, It’d be nice if someone could tell us all how to win it every year but unfortunately that’s not going to happen so I’d thought I’d sell the idea of hope and show that anyone with an interest in our great game does have a legitimate chance of prevailing.
All the best ladies and gentlemen, hopefully one of you guys can be in this position come that one day in September (Or October)
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