I have played AFL Supercoach for several years. I’ve even won a league in one season.
Last year, I got organised enough to form a Draft league at work. A 12 team league that worked well (even though I missed out on the final eight).
This year, we had heaps of interest and easily formed a full 18 team league. 22 players per team. We held the draft over four lunchtime sessions in one of the office meeting rooms.
I will be following this League throughout the 2016 AFL season on this blog, reporting match results and events.
Let’s meet the competitors…
- First, the defending premiership team from last season, Rough Draft.
Defenders: E Yeo (WC), S Hurn (WC), B Sheppard (WC), S D Thompson (NTH), Z Williams (GWS)
Midfielders: J Selwood (GEE), C Guthrie (GEE), L Shiels (HAW), N Jones (MEL), T Liberatore (WB), B Ah Chee (PTA), J O’Meara (GCS)
Ruck: S Mumford (GWS)
Forwards: H Bennell (FRE), L Franklin (SYD), D Petrie (NTH), B McGlynn (SYD), A Cooney (Ess)
Interchange: S Lycett (WC), S Grimley (ESS), A Walker (CAR), M Dea (ESS)
- Runner up last season, back coaching a new side, Clem Fandango.
Defenders: J McVeigh (SYD), B Houli (RIC), J Grimes (MEL), N Krakouer (PTA), J Kolodjashnij (GEE)
Midfielders: D Beams (BRL), L Picken (WB), S Hill (FRE), J Redden (WC), B Cunnington (NTH), S Grigg (RIC), J Townsend (RIC)
Ruck: S Jacobs (ADE)
Forwards: J Westhoff (PTA), J Riewoldt (RIC), T Vickery (RIC), J De Goey (COL), T McLean (WBD)
Interchange: T Bugg (MEL), T Currie (GCS), N Cockatoo (GEE), C Menadue (RIC)
Edit: Trades since selection: N Krakouer (PTA) OUT, D Talia (ADE) IN : N Cockatoo (GEE) OUT, J De Goey (COL) IN
- Had a disappointing season in 2015 after using the number 1 draft pick on Gary Ablett, but looking to make amends in 2016, Jackson 22.
Defenders: S Docherty (CAR), E Wood (WB), M Broadbent (PTA), G Ibbotson (FRE), J Hombsch (PTA)
Midfielders: P Dangerfield (GEE), T Adams (COL), T Scully (GWS), Danyle Pearce (FRE), B Hill (HAW), S Gibson (NTH), K McIntosh (RIC)
Ruck: I Maric (RIC)
Forwards: C Wingard (PTA), T Lynch (ADE), T Greene (GWS), J Hogan (MEL), J Hill (WC)
Interchange: N Van Berlo (ADE), R Davis (GCS), B Longer (STK), H Cunningham (SYD)
Edit: Trades since selection: B Longer (STK) OUT, A Moore (RIC) IN
- She is a faithful Saints supporter, back for her second season, White Line Fever.
Defenders: T McDonald (MEL), T Varcoe (COL), K Cheney (ADE), T Goldsack (COL), J Adcock (WB)
Midfielders: N Fyfe (FRE), A Gaff (WC), J Viney (MEL), M Duncan (GEE), A Oxley (COL), J Kelly (ESS), T Mzungu (FRE)
Ruck: J Ceglar (HAW)
Forwards: N Riewoldt (STK), J Billings (STK), R Standley (GEE), L Taylor (BRL), J White (COL)
Interchange: M Brown (ESS), R Atkins (ADE), A Brayshaw (MEL), P McCartin (STK)
- So competitive that he gets competitive about how competitive he is, North Melbourne supporter, Todd Goldmember.
Defenders: Heath Shaw (GWS), J Macmillan (NTH), J Johannisen (WB), S Butler (WC), S Atley (NTH)
Midfielders: L Neale (FRE), A Swallow (NTH), S Coniglio (GWS), J Crisp (COL), D Zaharakis (ESS), S Ross (STK), D Mackay (ADE)
Ruck: M Gawn (MEL)
Forwards: S Higgins (NTH), C Sinclair (SYD), A Fasolo, (COL), J Howe (COL), M Honeychurch (WB)
Interchange: T Sheridan (FRE), R Crowley (ESS), N Freeman (STK), N Hrovat (WB)
- Had the number one selection in the draft and used it on Gary Ablett, Collingwood supporter, Ed.
Defenders: S Gilbert (STK), J Pittard (PTA), H Grundy (SYD), S May (GCS), C Garland (MEL)
Midfielders: G Ablett (GCS), D Swan (COL), S Sidebottom (COL), B Ellis (RIC), B Goddard (ESS), L Jetta (WC), R Henderson (ADE)
Ruck: T Nicholls (GCS)
Forwards: B Harvey (NTH), A Christensen (BRL), S Johnson (GWS), Travis Cloke (COL), M Grigg (ADE)
Interchange: T Hunt (RIC), J Roughead (WB), K Mitchell (PTA), A Sexton (GCS)
- The dangerous strategist, mushashimonsters.
Defenders: T Langdon (COL), M Paparone (BRL), S Mayes (BRL), T McKenzie (GCS), T Cutler (BRL)
Midfielders: Marc Murphy (CAR), D Shiel (GWS), P Hanley (BRL), L Greenwood (COL), A Hall (GCS), D Swallow (GCS), B Crouch (ADE)
Ruck: M Blicavs (GEE)
Forwards: D Martin (RIC), S Gray (PTA), Z Merrett (ESS), D Wells (NTH), C Ah Chee (GCS)
Interchange: M Hartley (ESS), C Mills (SYD), J Dunkley (WB), S Kerridge (CAR)
- First time in the league, used the #2 draft selection on T Rockliff, Motley Crew.
Defenders: D Roberton (STK), J Geary (STK), S Wright (NTH), N Vlastuin (RIC), T Duryea (HAW)
Midfielders: T Mitchell (SYD), M Bontempelli (WB), T Rockliff (BRL), H Hartlett (PTA), N Graham (CAR), J Tutt (CAR), J Toumpas (PTA)
Ruck: Z Smith (GEE)
Forwards: D Smith (GWS), T J Lynch (GCS), J Cripps (WC), P Ambrose (ESS), J Anderson (NTH)
Interchange: J Simpkin (ESS), C Petracca (MEL), K Langford (ESS), N Kommer (ESS)
Edit: Trades since selection: P Ambrose (ESS) OUT, B Boekhorst (CAR) IN
- Second season, Wanda Bombers.
Defenders: C Enright (GEE), S Burgoyne (HAW), L Dunn (MEL), M Baguley (ESS), R Tarrant (NTH)
Midfielders: D Mundy (FRE), K Jack (SYD), O Wines (PTA), Isaac Smith (HAW), M Hutchings (WC), J Murdoch (GEE), T Broomhead (COL)
Ruck: B Grundie (COL)
Forwards: B Deledio (RIC), J Elliott (COL), A Everitt (CAR), J Schulz (PTA), J Bruce (STK)
Interchange: M Jamar (ESS), W Schofield (WC), B Brown (NTH), G Rohan (SYD)
- First season Teamarino Wazarino.
Defenders: A Mackie (GEE), M Williams (COL), M Johnson (FRE), J Laidler (SYD), H Andrews (BRL)
Midfielders: L Hodge (HAW), R Sloane (ADE), J Lewis (HAW), R Douglas (ADE), J Newnes (STK), M Hallahan (GCS), B Jacobs (NTH)
Ruck: S Martin (BRL)
Forwards: L Montagna (STK), T Dickson (WB), R Palmer (GWS), J Witts (COL), J Sinclair (STK)
Interchange: C Beams (BRL), O Fantasia (ESS), J Polec (PTA), A McDonald-Tinpungwuti (ESS)
- Semi-finalist in the 2015 season, Kobayashi Maru.
Defenders: A Rance (RIC), R Murphy (WB), D Rich (BRL), S Dempster (STK), C Salem (MEL)
Midfielders: R Gray (PTA), B Vince (MEL), N Dal Santo (NTH), R Griffen (GWS), R Lester (BRL), M White (PTA), B Macaffer (COL)
Ruck: K Tippett (SYD)
Forwards: J J Kennedy (WC), L Breust (HAW), J Blair (COL), T Miller (GCS), M Weller (STK)
Interchange: S McKernan (ESS), L Thomas (NTH), H Ballantyne (FRE), C Daniel (WB)
- Hawthorn supporter who only joined the league so that he could beat Clem Fandango, Garry’s Lyon.
Defenders: G Birchall (HAW), J Harbrow (GCS), M Suckling (WB), P Davis (GWS), B Reid (COL)
Midfielders: L Dahlhaus (WB), T Cotchin (RIC), T Boak (PTA), P Cripps (CAR), C Masten (WC), D Tyson (MEL), L Jong (WB)
Ruck: A Sandilands (FRE)
Forwards: J Darling (WC), J Cameron (GWS), J Martin (GCS), Z Clarke (FRE), D Thomas (CAR)
Interchange: B Stratton (HAW), J Grant (GCS), R Conca (RIC), D Menzel (GEE)
Trades since selection: R Conca (RIC) OUT, R Mathieson (BRL)
- New to the league, and votest league’s sexiest accent, Galaxy’s Guns.
Defenders: R Laird (ADE), J McGovern (WC), S Fisher (STK), A Saad (GCS), T Chaplin (RIC)
Midfielders: A Treloar (COL), A Miles (RIC), J Ziebell (NTH), W Langford (HAW), A Vandenberg (MEL), N Suban (FRE), J Steele (GWS)
Ruck: N Naitanui (WC)
Forwards: J Gunston (HAW), T Walker (ADE), I Heeney (SYD), C Dixon (PTA), R Schoenmakers (HAW)
Interchange: N Haynes (GWS), J Weitering (CAR), B Acres (STK), N Vardy (GEE)
- Another Hawthorn supporter in his second season, Fourthorn.
Defenders: J Gibson (HAW), C Pearce (FRE), S Wellingham (WC), L Spurr (FRE), N Smith (SYD)
Midfielders: S Pendlebury (COL), D Armitage (STK), C Ward (GWS), J Steven (STK), J Macrae (WB), J Caddy (GEE), M Rischitelli (GCS)
Ruck: B McEvoy (HAW)
Forwards: T Hawkins (GEE), P Puopolo (HAW), S Reid (SYD), J Watts (MEL), J Jenkins (ADE)
Interchange: H Lumumba (MEL), A Litherland (HAW), B Hartung (HAW), K Lambert (RIC)
- Veteran Carlton supporter, WADA you want.
Defenders: K Simpson (CAR), Z Tuohy (CAR), J Gwilt (ESS), C Yarran (RIC), M Firrito (NTH)
Midfielders: D Hannebery (SYD), S Mitchell (HAW), E Curnow (CAR), C Ellis-Yolmen (ADE), R Bastinac (NTH), M Stokes (ESS), J Lloyd (SYD)
Ruck: M Kreuzer (CAR)
Forwards: S Edwards (RIC), T Bell (BRL), C Mayne (FRE), J Stringer (WB), J Garlett (MEL)
Interchange: T Richards (SYD), S Selwood (GEE), C Ellis (RIC), L Henderson (GEE)
- Another first timer, Brendan’s Lobos.
Defenders: J Bartel (GEE), D Rampe (SYD), H Taylor (GEE), S Biggs (WB), N Malceski (GCS)
Midfielders: S Thompson (ADE), L Parker (SYD), M Wallis (WB), L Hunter (WB), J Lonergan (GCS), D Parish (ESS), B Kennedy (MEL)
Ruck: T Goldstein (NTH)
Forwards: D Zorko (BRL), C Rioli (HAW), M Walters (FRE), B Matera (GCS), R Lobb (GWS)
Interchange: C Sutcliffe (FRE), J Lever (ADE), K Collins (WB), W Milera (ADE)
17. The final newbie in the 2016 season in our league, but no newbie to the game, KilpatrickDangrfld.
Defenders: K Kolodjashnij (GCS), M Rosa (GCS), B Smith (ADE), S Savage (STK), P Seedsman (ADE)
Midfielders: M Priddis (WC), D Prestia (MID), B Ebert (PTA), B Gibbs (CAR), J Kelly (GWS), L Dunstan (STK), C Bird (ESS)
Ruck: M Lobbe (PTA)
Forwards: M Barlow (FRE), S Motlop (GEE), M LeCras (WC), D Sheed (WC), T Hickey (STK)
Interchange: J Gresham (STK), B Keays (BRL), C Cameron (ADE), C Gregson (GEE)
Edit: Trades since selection – B Keays (BRL) OUT, T Hickey (STK) IN
- And finally, yours truly, Beezkneez himself coaching Out of Peptides. My first draft pick was #14.
Defenders: M Boyd (WB), M Talia (SYD), J Webster (STK), S Day (GCS), J Aish (COL)
Midfielders: J Kennedy (SYD), L Shuey (WC), K Stevens (WB), L Whitfield (GWS), M Crouch (ADE), G Horlin-Smith (GEE), C Oliver (MEL)
Ruck: W Minson (WB)
Forwards: M Robinson (BRL), E Betts (ADE), M Pavlich (FRE), J Waite (NTH), M Daw (NTH)
Interchange: S Rowe (CAR), J Roughead (HAW), J Daniher (ESS), M Cox (COL)
Edit: Trades since selection: M Talia (SYD) OUT – M Leuenberger (ESS) IN
Rumours are already circulating of Todd Goldmember pursuing player trades, even before the teams for round 1 are announced.
Round 1 Fixture:
Out of Peptides vs Kobayashi Maru
Rough Draft vs Clem Fandango – The Grand Final Replay!
Galaxy’s Guns vs musashimonsters
Brendan’s Lobos vs Jackson 22
Motley Crew vs KilpatrickDangrfld
White Line Fever vs Wanda Bombers
Todd Goldmember vs Fourthorn
Teamarino Wazarino vs Ed
WADA you want vs Garry’s Lyon
League Rules: Finals Rd 18, Play During Byes, Play Opponents Once
Head to Head
Squad 5-7-1-5/4 : 22 players
Draft Order: Snake
Captains Enabled, Auto Emergency, Rolling Lock0ut, Trade Waivers (1 day waiver time) Waiver Order: Reverse Ladder
Inter-team trades: League Approved, Multi Player Trades Allowed
So on first glance, who would you favour to take out the competition?