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The chosen ones: m0nty’s 2009 Super Coach

m0nty’s Super Coach team

I don’t know why, but I have the golden touch with SC. Gaze upon my squad in awe and wonderment.

A lot of these players are shared with my Dream Team, so I won’t go into great detail again with them.

Luke Hodge: I like Hodge in SC better because his touches usually mean more, so the injury concerns are less of a concern for a slow start. Having said that, six clangers on Friday night is not a good start.
Chris Newman: With Bowden roaming, he will rack up the rebound 50s and marks from opposition kicks.
Jarrad Waite: I watched him carefully in the NAB Cup game where he zoned off the third forward (in that case Mitch Thorp) and played the Hodge role to perfection. Some players are talked up to play like Hodge without the toys in the kit bag to be able to deliver, but Waite is capable of playing that role. The only question for me is whether his team responsibilities allow him to play that way. His game on Richo on Thursday showed that he can be just as good following opponents up the ground and hurting them on the scoreboard. Very happy with this pick.
Martin Mattner: With no Tadhg Kennelly, and Nick Malceski‘s knee still held together with twine, the halfback rebounding for the Swans is going to be left to Mattner more and more this year. Instead of the 2008 dynamic of the three candidates taking turns to play this lucrative role from week to week, Mattner is the only man left who can do it all year.
Chad Cornes: No explanation necessary, especially in SC.
Jed Adcock: Same reasoning as for DT. However, I had been wavering in SC with a structure involving two mid-pricers, with Lachie Henderson uppermost in my thoughts. After Henderson failed to make the Lions side for Round 1, I was lucky enough to get into the SC site during the 160 minutes of maelstrom and change my team around, putting Adcock in. Mind you, each page load took around 10-15 minutes, but I got there.
Andrew Raines: The reversion to a 5/2/1/1 structure makes me happier about Raines’ injury, particularly if Henderson comes in next week.

Stephen Hill (e): Consideration was given here to Michael Hurley but I think Hill will get more games and more of the ball.
Nathan Grima: I had Greg Broughton here prior to the teams being named but was able to slot in Grima. Of course, he didn’t survive the cut on Friday, so this may turn out to have been a dumb move! Oh well.

Gary Ablett jnr (c): If you didn’t buy GAJ in SC after his magnificent pre-season, you had rocks in your head. Set and forget your captain for 22 glorious rounds. GAJ is just about a defensive pick at this stage, as you just know half the competition is going to install him as perma-captain so there’s more danger in not buying him.
Jimmy Bartel (vc): I’ve seen a lot of teams with the AB portion of the ABC Geelong engine room. I get the feeling Jimmy is going to tantalise us more with garbage time salvation jobs, but with the pressure of captaincy off him I am not as stressed.
Paul Hasleby: Will probably be a better SC player than DT, though I am worried about a week like that 10 that Rhys Palmer pulled out in SC at random last season.
Travis Tuck: If I liked Tucky in DT, I LOVED him in SC. That sort of inside game makes him an SC gun, even with turnovers, because the majority of his possessions are contested so the ranking points pile up.
Daniel Rich: Lock, another inside mid whose ball will be hard-won. The fundamentals of his game all point to him being an SC superstar, especially early with Simon Black still proppy so his TOG won’t be limited.
Liam Anthony: His NAB numbers for SC demanded a starting position over Robinson, but I got lucky – sort of!

Mitch Robinson (e): His 109 in round 1 is a huge bonus coming in as my emergency. It looks like he’s got a place for a while yet, barring further disaster.
Dayne Beams: Anthony’s injury leaves me with no midfield bench cover if Beams doesn’t get named early, so this is a problem. Hopefully I’ll have at least until the end of round 2 to think about it.

Dean Cox: No-brainer.
Drew Petrie: I suppose it’s a bit dangerous buying him at what could very well be the height of his price, but I can’t see much else in that Kangaroo forward line that will take points off him. Apart from Brent Harvey, he is all the Kangaroos have got in the way of genuine game-changing star power, so he’ll be used on or around the ball as often as possible.

Jesse White: I like this #3 ruck far better than my DT one. The undervalued White will get games early, there’s a hole in the depth chart waiting for him to fill it and I like buying Swans players in SC, so this was a confluence of feelgood factors for me.
Jake Spencer: Hopefully I’ll never have to use him.

Simon Goodwin: The lack of Brett Burton means someone has to kick the goals for the Crows early, and I’m not confident at all in their forward talls so I think that with Jason Porplyzia underdone, Goodwin has as good a chance as any to step up into that role.
Brett Deledio: A shocking round 1 was more like just a shocking first half of only 13 in SC, with his second half a much more respectable 47. I don’t think he will have a worse day than that this season, barring injury.
Steve Johnson: Is set for a huge 2009 after being freed up from the responsibility of having to directly engineer goals. His role against Hawthorn of racking up ball across half forward is fabulous for SC because it means lots of inside 50s and a goodly amount of goal assists, both of which are lucrative for ranking points. It also means he’s got less defensive pressure on him as the defenders drop back into a zone and/or flood. Come to think of it, why did I leave him out of my DT?
Shaun Higgins: Naturally. Could turn out to be an SC specialist.
Hayden Skipworth: I was iffy on this until I saw his NAB Challenge scores, which were solid.
Nathan Krakouer: I would have liked Ryan Houlihan here but his price was too high in SC. Hopefully Krak won’t turn it over too much.
Mitchell Brown: A much better SC prospect, I think, especially if he does play forward. I like him as an SC starter a lot.

Taylor Walker (e): Another SC specialist, I suspect.
Jack Ziebell: What a luxury, to be able to have Jay-Z as my 9th forward! This was the only place i was comfortable with him being, as I am still wary of Laidley’s shenanigans. I could afford with the more relaxed SC salary cap to gamble on upside here.

That’s a structure of 5/2/1/1 – 2/2/1/3 – 2/0/1/1 – 3/3/1/2 = 12/7/4/7. You can check out my team’s live scores by using this link – my team ID is 22606, as you can see, if you want to use me as your head to head opponent for the Exteam feature of FanFooty. So, that’s my Super Coach squad. There shall be no sniping. Only basking in my reflected glory. That is all.



  1. jarrad

    March 28, 2009 at 9:30 am

    not a bad team monty

    im surprised you didnt go for goddard or fisher any reason?

    and no pavlich in the forward line :O

    and taking a chance on petrie as well could pay of big time i really thought you would have gone for hille any reason why not?

    any way what do you think of my team?









  2. vesnal

    March 28, 2009 at 10:21 am

    nice team well put 2gether..wat about buddy and fev? fev is reasonably cheap this year considering the year he may have.

  3. The 30 Spartans

    March 28, 2009 at 10:52 am

    A very decent team you have put up their m0nty. I like your reasoning and at least you have applied some logic, rather than some of the other nufs who you copying Sheedy’s team.

    Personally, I’ve decided to go with a tactic in which I find value in the 350K to 500K range, so a lot of my players could potentially become top end keepers, giving me some leniency in trades.

    I’ve also decided to only start one rookie which is in the midfield, so I can get on a lot of the mid price improvers in the backline/forwardline and therefore hopefully do a few straight-swaps for under performing premiums.

    Goddard, Gilbee, CCornes, Adcock, Malceski, Houlihan, Raines
    SHill (e), Petrenko

    Judd, Dal Santo, KCornes, Kerr, Hasleby, Anthony
    Rich (e), Otten

    Cox (vc), Ottens
    Spencer, Jacobs

    BHarvey (c, Deledio, Chapman, Higgins, Skipworth, Krakouer, Hentschel
    MBrown, Ziebell (e)

    Thanks for all the effort you have put into the pre-season, judging by the look of your team I’d imagine it should pay dividends for you!

  4. jarrad

    March 28, 2009 at 11:07 am

    will defitnetly upgrade to buddy before the rd 7 game against essendon

    and fev will still be the same player score 150 1 week 20 the next

  5. Macca

    March 28, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Looking at Petrie and Tippett’s scores in the preseason, I think Tippett is a consideration for me as it free up a few dollars to spend elsewhere.

    The rolling zone may be Petrie’s downfall as well…..I could be wrong…look at Kreuzer’s game last night

    You’ve made a great call on Waite so far

    It will be interesting with Adcock and Henderson

    I put Drummond in myself over Adcock hoping to perhaps upgrade to Hodge in 4 weeks time

  6. Muppet Executioner

    March 28, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Hopefully my 3 200 to 300K forwards will juice up a bit so I can grab Buddy and maybe even Fev. Hale will come into clover this year – he usually get up and running by R6 to 9. Totally agree about Gazza in SC. The insipid humanoids in my second league were going “Ehhh, 712 grand, nah, he’ll come down” – when you’re captaining a bloke – price is almost irrelevent.

    These goddam humanoids in my second league are like the undead. They haven’t a clue. Their benches will fester and their doughnuts could feed the entire Vic police force for 2 years.

    Muppets. The muppets bleed and I love killing Muppets and snuffing their little lights.

  7. Disco (UK)

    March 29, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Hodge – as i said in your DT.

    Mattner/Waite – decent theories and both look like decent punts.

    Ablett/Bartel – not sure about the double ultra premium choice, all it takes is one knock to the head in a 58 point game, their price drops 150k and you pick them up then. Unless you had the extra money lying around (300k!!). This will keep you out of the top 200, for not maximising your $$$.

    Goodwin – at 33, injury is surely going to kick in McLeod style.

    SJ – underperformed last year, great choice (yes, i have him).

  8. Disco (UK)

    March 29, 2009 at 3:46 am

    …however, having Ablett on his own as a lock captain is definitely worth the extra 150k for the double points. Its an extra 80 points you may/may not get upgrading another player.

  9. peppers

    March 29, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Goodwin could be a great pick if he’s skulking down back. At 33 y.o There’s the risk of injuries though. Why no hentchel?

  10. L. Gilbee

    March 30, 2009 at 11:17 am

    None of them have a haircut like mine

  11. benno

    March 30, 2009 at 11:32 am

    nice team there mate. share a few blokes with my lot. the only thing is you’re missing kurt tippett! so you’ll have to find that 16 points from someone else.

  12. benno

    March 30, 2009 at 11:39 am

    disco (UK):
    i don’t see any extra risk in having “double premium” midfielders – it’s not like they are more likely to get injured as compared to some cheap chump.
    if you roll a dice six times and roll a six each time, what’s the probability you will roll a six on the seventh roll? well it’s one in six, just like on the first roll.
    so threats of injuries and bad games apply as they do to anyone else (unless they crash heads going for the same ball).
    me, i’ve got ablett bartel selwood and almost took pendlebury as well but saved some cash with hasleby.
    and i admit there is some risk here if geelong is kept to a real low score one day. thing is, i don’t think that’s going to happen and even if it does, these boys will still get the ball.

  13. Galen

    March 30, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    whats your team link on FanFooty monty?

  14. Galen

    March 30, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    nvmind just found it 🙂

  15. Captain Fantasy

    March 30, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    During the madness I recall suggesting that you select Cheney, why did you choose Grima?

  16. Wilbur

    March 30, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Hey Monty how do i re access the pre season scores NAB / Challenge scores ?

  17. Don Gibson

    March 30, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    hey bennno.

    i think you need to look up a little game theory in your dice analogy. watch the cards movie 21 and you will see how wrong you are!!!

  18. Haryscary

    March 30, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Fail to see how this is better than my team – not even nearly better:

    Goodard, Fisher, Cornes, Adcock, Houlihan, Raines, Hill, petrenko, Cheney

    Ablett, Bartel, Judd, Gibbs, Skipworth, Rich, Robinson, Otten

    Cox, McCintosh, Jacobs, Spencer

    Franklin, Pavlich, Chapman, Harvey, Krakour, Higgins, Walker, Brown, Hogan.

    This side scored 2309 this week – BIG

    Wat did your score monty?

  19. Ropes

    March 30, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Monty your side outscored mine by 30 odd points IIRC.

    Will be interesting to see where we finish up.

    Im in your Fanfooty league.

  20. Mark

    March 30, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    This team cannot be bought with the $10,000,000 budget and 30 players required.

  21. Haryscary

    March 30, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Yes it can… and yes it was – dont be jealous

  22. Disco (UK)

    March 30, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    benno – you’re right, the scoring is not a risk, but thats not my point. My point is its not making the most of your salary cap by buying players close to their top price, namely Bartel. I believe Bartel’s price will come down at least $60k at some stage this year, mainly because Ablett doing well seemed to impact on Bartel’s scores last season. Bartel’s salary dropped to $520k at one stage last year (off the top of my head), thats a $100k saving. Its fine having one of Ablett or Bartel (as your designated captain), but not both if you want to get the most out of your money.

    My point about the head bump is that its easy for one of those players to have a quiet game. As a result their salaries can drop significantly and you can pick them then and grant you large savings.

  23. korza

    March 31, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    @haryscary i scored 2311 and beat you by 2pts, and my team is shit.So stop slagging the person who probably helped you get that score.

  24. Mighty

    March 31, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    @don gibson
    Benno was right, you don’t understand probability. His example is also more relevant to the theory.

    I have Krakouer, the reason port put him back there is because he is one of their best kicks and it frees up P.Burgoyne. Expect his SC to outscore his DT. He won’t score as well as Higgins or Skipworth, but he won’t be far behind.

  25. haryscary

    March 31, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    KORZA – Bite me champ – you team probably scored well because you have a bunch of mid rangers who all went well this week – my team p*isses all over yours as you say.

    Secondly, while I find this site helpful I often do not agree with monty’s opinions 90% of the time and therefor he had little impact on the way I picked my side.

    KORZA you are a CHUMP!

  26. 1YakSniper

    March 31, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Round 1 Heros !!! as ever.

    I scored 1987 points with
    J Petrenko
    D Rich
    S Jacobs
    S Hill
    M Cook
    K Cheney
    N Suban
    J Spencer
    J Ziebell
    S Sidebottom
    W Thompson
    A Cordy

    All in my side R1…see how you lot are traveling after round 8…I’ll be cashed up and mowing you lot down !

  27. korza

    March 31, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    @ Haryscary read em and weep you rich i mean bich.

    So you scored 2309 with what you say is a great side, however you still got beaten by my shit side.Once again dont bag Monty when you are here on this site trying to gain advantage over those nuff nuffs who have no idea.

    If i am a chump, and you got out scored by me,what does that make you?

    It makes you my BICH.

  28. haryscary

    April 1, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Please name your team korza – line to line – then we can continue this arguemet ou peanut

  29. Captain Fantasy

    April 4, 2009 at 10:58 am

    You’re side is not as well balanced as last year’s Monty, probably because all the funds have gone to your backline! Of course it’s still too early to tell completely, have you already wasted a trade?

  30. m0nty

    April 4, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I burned two trades this week actually. Raines to Cheney and Anthony to Otten. I wouldn’t normally have done the second one this early but the Tuck injury forced my hand. Pretty happy with the resulting 74 though.

  31. benno-dog

    April 8, 2009 at 3:09 am

    @disco and mighty
    yes, now here i am wanting to trade bartel for gibbs and salivating at the prospect of all that cash and a few more points. so i think yr right. trouble is i just can’t justify bailing on bartel so early, even though it seems like he coasts sometimes. last year i ditched kirk for someone after an early slump then the cap’n went on a streak. so i’ll try not to let greed trick me.

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