Volume 1 of the Alternative Glossary of Supercoach looked at loopholes, trading rookies, and put the rucks under the microscope. But in Volume 2, things really get serious. You’ll find heroes, villains, and a five paragraph rant about scheduling. But before we get to all of that….
The Motts Manoeuvre
First up is this daredevil ploy, brought to you by The Godfather, the SupercoachTalk CEO and All Round Good Guy….Motts! In Round 1 of 2016, Motts deliberately brought in the suspended Dayne Zorko after the commencement of the round, to take advantage of the emergency loophole in his forward line. Not only did he get all the points from his emergency player in week one, but Motts also gained an incredible POD in Zorko, who returned from suspension the following week and went on to average 109 that year (second amongst forwards). And because Motts performed the Manoeuvre in round 1, he did it all without having to burn a precious trade.
There are limited circumstances where the Motts Manoeuvre can be used, and it comes with a high degree of risk. But the upside is tremendous, as the man himself will tell you – just ask him about it!
Caution: As already noted by several eagle-eyed members of the SCT community, Robbie Gray’s round one suspension makes him eligible for the Manoeuvre. However, finding a rookie to pair him with in this case is difficult; only Garlett and possibly Higgins seem likely at this stage. Also, refer to The Byes Conundrum (below).
The Relton Roberts Clause
It’s been eight years since he was garbed in that famous yellow and black, but he is still spoken of in reverent tones, and an awed hush comes over the room when his name is mentioned. Like all figures of legend, his legacy only grows with the passing of time, and his legion of fans even includes some who were yet to enter this life when he strode the hallowed turf of the SCG. If you don’t know who Relton Roberts is, then you’ve never really Supercoached.
Yeah, look. Know who your rookies are before you put them in your team, okay? If you haven’t managed to see them in action on the tube or the interwebs, at the very least try to find a scouting report, or an online blog, perhaps a good word from Bob at the local bowlo. Something, anything. Putting a complete unknown in your team for no reason other than the fact that they’re wearing footy boots is just preparation for a giant kick in the pants.
The Byes Conundrum
Speaking of huge pains in the backside, has anyone mentioned that the AFL schedules three rounds in the middle of the season where one third of the players in the league just sit around and do nothing? OK, not nothing exactly, but it may as well be nothing from a Supercoach perspective. And just to give you an even bigger dose of the irrits, it was decided a couple of years ago to send Port and the Suns off to Shanghai to play a game, and then give them a week off as well, for “recovery”!
My carefully considered opinion is that the bye rounds suck. I feel my opinion is justified because (a) I love footy, and want as much of it to be played as often as possible all the time, and (b) the bye rounds completely ruin my Supercoach season every year, without fail. There are a couple of schools of thought on how to best tackle this beast:
‘Sprinkles’: The most common strategy is to evenly distribute your premiums throughout, and try to get 18 good players on the field for each of the three weeks. In theory, this should maximise your overall score, as well as give you the best chance of scoring league wins during the byes.
‘Blitzkrieg’: An alternative is to completely tank for one week by loading up on players who all have the bye in the same round. This enables you to really crush the other two weeks, where you should have a full team of 22 playing, and possibly some emergencies too.
It’s very unlikely ‘Blitzkrieg’ would reap a better overall return than ‘Sprinkles’, but unless you’re one of the 0.01% vying for the overall prize, does it really matter? It’s also worth noting that ‘Blitzkrieg’ allows you to target Supercoach’s generous weekly prizes during the byes, while all the Sprinklers are struggling to get 18 players on the field. This year it’s a thousand bucks for highest score of the round, which is pretty good considering it’s only $50K for winning the whole thing! If you’re not interested in overall ranking, then this might be the way to go.
Of course, I’m really in no position to offer sound advice either way about tackling the bye rounds. I’ll just wish you the best of luck, and add this important footnote: even though the Power and the Suns have the bye in Round 10, normal scoring rules still apply, i.e. best 22. Select any Power or Suns premium at the start of the year with absolute caution!
The Higgins List
This is the final entry in the glossary, and with good reason. The Higgins List is a bit like body odour – everyone has their own, but nobody really wants to talk about it. Shaun Higgins is the man who has burnt more Supercoaches than I’ve burnt slices of toast. And I can tell you, as someone with a very limited attention span, I have burnt a lot of toast.
So we keep a blacklist of all the never-agains and not-a-chances, and we name it in honour of the little Bulldog-aroo heartbreaker. You should never, ever consider the names on your Higgins List…except that Shaun did average 92 in 21 games last year…maybe he’s worth another look….this could be the year…
And so ends this unconventional look at the other side of Supercoach strategy. Do you have any unique or unusual tactics to gain an edge on your opponents? Tell us about it!
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