Why is that so lucky? Because he's number one overall, and he knows his stuff.
SCHQ: Did you have such high expectations heading into 2014? Can you believe you're number one?
Noah: I never saw this start coming to be honest. I started the season aiming to be within the top 5000 and focusing mainly on my leagues, but I never imagined being number one at this stage.
SCHQ: How much pre-season research went into your squad?
Noah: Plenty. Just before the NAB challenge kicked off, I made a watch list made up of five players from each club to gauge how hey went over the nab challenge as well as their practice game campaigns. This helped greatly in figuring out who to include in my preliminary squad and who to leave out. Research helps immensely.
SCHQ: Did you select any PODs? If so, have they paid off?
Noah: Yes!! They have all paid off so far (I hope I don't jinx myself now). I attribute my current ranking to the performances of my PODs. I had Adam Treloar since before the season started and got Matthew Jaensch in after the first round meaning I benefited from their scores before everybody else jumped on them. Tom Hickey has also been a very serviceable POD for me.
My advice is to make calculated risks. SuperCoach is a game of risks and it only takes you to have one or two other players that not many others have to shoot up the rankings
Noah: Most definitely. Like many other people, (Josh) Caddy and (Gary) Rohan's selections bombed, but I have since then cut them from my team for higher scorers. I also had Jimmy Webster in my preliminary squad and that bombed greatly. Traded him for Matty Jaensch following his injury in round one and I have never looked back.
SCHQ: Is it possible to hold on for the whole season? What are your expectations from here?
Noah: I hope so. At this stage I am doing a lot of planning for the dreaded bye rounds to ensure I grab some respectful scores that will hopefully keep me at the top. It's very early days, but as long as I trade smartly and not get too many serious injuries, I'm hoping I can stay in the top 10 for he rest of the 2014 season.
SCHQ: Do you have any advice for your opponents from here on in?
Noah: My advice for other SuperCoach players is to make calculated risks. SuperCoach is a game of risks and it only takes you to have one or two other players that not many others have to shoot up the rankings and in your leagues as well.
I'm not telling anyone to trade somebody out and get on a player who has had one good week, but ensure you do your research, have a small watch list for future rounds and jump on players that you believe are worth the risk.
Trust your instincts as well, everyone told me in the pre-season to get Dale Thomas in my team. I didn't think that he would score that well so I didn't pick him, and that has paid off tremendously. Also, don't sideways trade and stick by your premiums! You have picked them for a reason so persist with them.
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