Thinking about playing KFC SuperCoach in 2022 but haven’t signed up yet?
Are you into footy stats, strategy or consider yourself a bit of a talent scout? In the words of Gwen Stefani, ‘What you waiting for?’
I won’t beat around the bush either, here are three big reasons you should be playing right now (that isn’t winning the $50,000 top prize!)
1. The friendships and connections
When I moved states it wasn’t always easy to stay in touch with friends and family, but one of my mates suggested I start playing SuperCoach with him and that was the switch that introduced me to the beautiful world of fantasy sports.
If you’re not already playing leagues with your mates, you’re missing out on bragging rights, being able to find new ways to humiliate your wooden spooner friend, and the main reason I and many others got into SuperCoach – maintaining bonds with friends and family via the friendly banter that comes from your head-to-head contest.
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Create a group chat on WhatsApp or your favourite social media service to ask for advice, play mind games and make sure your friends know about it when your captaincy selection delivers a famous league victory (bonus points for joining a keeper league in SuperCoach Draft — draft parties with all the trimmings are a highly recommended experience).
And while you’re at it, try joining a work league or two. There is no better way to meet new people who you can go out and have a drink with over a game of footy after a long week.
2. It makes AFL even more fun to watch
For anyone who has dabbled in deep fried Mars bars you have first-hand experience of how adding two amazing things together doesn’t always improve the experience. But when you add KFC SuperCoach to the best sport in the world it’s like Eddie Betts in a forward pocket – magic happens.
Every game becomes more exciting – it doesn’t matter if your team played Thursday night and the only thing that’s on Fox Footy is a game between two teams sitting at the bottom of the ladder. Your players in that match-up can still have a big night playing for your team.
I will admit this can lead to conflicting feelings – when a player you own in SuperCoach kicks a goal against your team, I usually justify it with a ‘better him than anyone else, I guess’, but never really feel good about it. However, it does slightly lessen the pain when Dusty destroys your team with a 30 touch, two-goal performance as long as he’s your SuperCoach captain as it happens.
3. It gets you invested in different players that aren’t the ‘stars’ you hear about every week
KFC SuperCoach gets you interested in so much more than everyone’s favourites.
The rookies, mid-pricers and breakout contenders that fill your teams also become players that you come to know and love before they’re household names (if they ever become a household name).
The proud coach you are, you come to appreciate your players for the small things they do week in, week out – whether it’s crashing a pack and spoiling a mark, being the first one to lay a tackle at a stoppage or bringing that x-factor that can win games.
Just this week I watched a Mitch Hinge ($180,900 DEF) press conference for the Adelaide Crows, which is not something I would normally contemplate except he is someone I’m considering in my team this year as a cash cow.
Hearing about his journey back from double shoulder reconstructions, how excited he was to play at the AFL level and what he has done to put himself in a position to play out his dream couldn’t help but make you root for the guy – whether I select him or not, I’m now a fan. KFC SuperCoach is the gateway to learning about these interesting stories of players who don’t normally get the coverage that a Dangerfield or Fyfe would.
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The game has created cult figures from all-time great scorers like Gary Ablett Jr to much less famous like Crows mature-age recruit James Rowe – SuperCoach players cheered almost as hard as his dad when he was kicking goals in his early games – and WA beanpole Luke Strnadica. He is back on an AFL list at the Eagles and many SuperCoaches have fond memories of selecting him as a bargain basement ruckman at the Dockers several years ago, even if he never played an AFL game.
So bring on 2022 and another year of footy, SuperCoach and friendly banter – my only recommendation is come and play for the fun of it, because there is no way you’re beating me for the Holy Grail of Fantasy Footy and the $50,000 that goes with it.