The 2017 SuperCoach Champion (Sam Rohlf) Year in Review

If there is one article that you MUST read this pre-season it is this one, the annual season in review article by the reigning SupeCoach champion, Sam Rohlf. The biggest thing to come out of Banyo since .. (what else has come out of Banyo?)..  is a champion in every essence of the word. Not only did Sam claim the SuperCoach crown in 2017, but he was also facing serious illness at the time, which he overcame through an incredible level of resilience and resolve. No other past champion has deserved the title more.  You can read more about Sam’s backstory in an article by Tom Sangster from the Daily Telegraph here.  For now, it back and enjoy the below cracking yarn from the 2017 champ!

Sam Rohlf with the 2016 winner and NRLSCTalk regular, Wilfred Zee (aka Catfish)

Hi all, by now, most of you have probably read Tom’s article in the Daily Telegraph or heard my backstory on the podcast with the boys here on SC Talk so I’ll get straight into it. How do you follow up a season review like the one Catfish did in 2016? In my opinion, it’s simply the best and most comprehensive article that’s been done by a SuperCoach winner; therefore, my first piece of advice for you would be to read it and re-read it again. Much of Catfish’s part one is a master-class on how to set yourself up for the season. You can check out Catfish’ 2016 season review articles here (Part 1Part 2Part 3, Part 4

Like most, guns and rookies was the strategy I wanted to play. However, when it looked like not many rookies were likely to start in round 1, I knew that I had to start with Smith even at that price. I never owned him throughout the entire 2016 season and therefore it was the first mistake I wanted to correct in 2017. Not having him means you just give up too many points each week. Team lists dropped and the rookies arrived so the mixing and matching began.

My main focus was to have twenty-five guys playing from the start, and if possible have dual players to help save trades. I wanted as many guns as I could get, headed by Smith and Teddy. This season I wanted to practice patience and let the rookies mature, yet be ruthless if I needed to be, and avoid the flavour of the week if they weren’t good for my team. This is the squad I put together for round 1.

Hooker: Smith, Brailey

FRF: Burgess, F Kaufusi, Matagi,* Gubb

2RF: Mannering, J Trbojevic, De Belin, Winterstein,* Yates, Talakai

HFB: Thurston, Jacks

5/8: Johnson, Hayne*

CTW: T Trbojevic, D Walker, Moga, Whare, Cotric, Suli, Kelly

FLB: Tedesco, RTS*

Trades/Scores Breakdown

 

 

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 1 1103 3349 – 3349    0 $6,980,900

Got off to a nice start with the (c) on SJ (117pts) and big scores from JDB (103pts) and Teddy (126pts). Smith’s (38pts) as vc was a letdown but Whare’s (12pts) was just plain ordinary. I seemed to have a knack the few first rounds of playing the wrong cheapies and Suli’s (103pts) was left on the pine. Was content with the score and rank and the cows I went with all got ok scores so on to round 2.

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 2 939 40,694 – 7120    0 $9,980,900

With Whare’s score of 12pts sitting fresh in my mind, I played Gubb (30pts) instead and had to see Whare’s (95pts) on the pine. Captained JT (66pts) this round and vc was on Smith (87pts). Turbo (102pts) helped out with his first triple figure score of the season but 6 scores of 38pts and lower Hayne (10pts) and RTS (7pts) had me only scoring 939pts for the week. I felt like I had the right cows or the ones that worked for my team so I practiced patience by not trading this week.

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 3 930 6751 – 3037    2 $7,401,300

Round 3 and I was stoked to be trading. The Hayne was plane grounded and Frank Winterstein at this stage, was watching others play football from an on-field position. Hess had been on fire and with Lolo out for 2 weeks he was a no brainer for me to come in for Winterstein. Lamb was set to make some money so to keep the team value growing, he came in too. Suli (20pts) played his 1st game for me and I recalled Whare (17pts) so I was getting the cheapie lottery wrong still. Rode the SJ (72pts) (c) rollercoaster as vc was on Smith (83pts). Thought a red arrow was coming for sure so was surprised to drop to 3037.

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 4 1077 16,492/2086     1 $7,633,400

Suli’s next 3 match ups were Storm/Dragons/Cowboys so I decided to go a week early to Ponga for the quick $61k and to try to put some money together to bridge Hess to Lolo after his suspension, but Ponga’s 90pts were left on the pine. I captained Smith (54pts) this week. Nice scores from JT (128pts), Hess (109pts) and finally caught Whare (77pts). Four scores of under 40pts (Moga (32pts), Yates (29pts), Surgess (38pts) and RTS (29pts) had me finish with 1077 but I did manage to save a trade.

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 5 1274 697 / 383      1 $7,925,000

Lolo was back from suspension and Hess was back to the bench. I only made the one trade this week with the nice profit from Hess of close to $112,000 making it an easy bridge to Taumalolo. It gave me a 2RF combo of Lolo, JDB, Jurbo and Mannering. I hit big with SJ (147pts x 2) as captain against the Titans and great scores from D Walker (117pts), Cotric (92pts), RTS (85pts) and Teddy (70pts). I was expecting a green arrow but to drop under the top 400 ranking was a nice surprise.

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 6  1089  8505 / 284    2  $8,060,500

Charlie Gubb hadn’t being doing the job I had hoped for and he was on the chopping block. Corey Harawira-Naera was about to play his third game after scores of 94pts and 55pts and was another no brainer trade. Gideon Gela-Mosby was about to play his third game and with scores of 63pts and 68pts in his 2 other appearances, he had to come in. So I moved D Walker to back up 5/8 and moved Brock Lamb on with a tidy profit of just under $79,000. JT (57pts) was my (c) this round and I had notable scores from Lolo (111pts), Mannering (102pts) and Surgess (88pts). What didn’t look like a great score somehow dropped me another 99 spots to a rank of 284.

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 7  1228  4480/ 119    2  $8,492,800

I had tried to practice patience with my players and trades this season, but Dean Whare had done his dash with me. He had to go pronto. JT had picked up an injury in week 6 and it looked to be long term so he was on the trading block too. I went with Milford as Thurston’s replacement and I moved D Walker back to CTW in place of Whare and traded in Cody Walker with the kitty I had in the bank. I had regretted the trade of Cody as I was close to going Gallen instead. Cody had only 2 scores over 70pts in the next 8 weeks and Gallen’s lowest score over the same period was 71pts.  Lolo was (c) this week (76pts) and I had 90+ scores from twin Turbos and Teddy and a massive 125pts from Felise Kaufusi. The 1228 pts for the round, dropped me down to a rank of 119.

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 8 1276  59 / 15   2  $8,817,400

My trade outs this week were Ryley Jacks and Brian Kelly. Jacks had done his job and with a b/e of 70, he was moved on for a profit of $83,000. I dodged a bullet with Jacks as he scored zero points this round after an injury in the 4th minute against the Warriors. Kelly had a low b/e but had made a profit of $158,000 and I was keen on getting in Angus Crichton who I had missed the initial cash rises of. My second regretful trade of the season was Jacks to Frawley. He didn’t last long as a Banyoboy. Lolo (56pts) again as (c) and great scores from CHN (113), Smith (94pts), Kaufusi (92pts) and 80+ scores from Jurbo, Crichton and Ponga had me hit a 1276 score and I dropped down to a rank of 15. A massive pb ranking and the byes weren’t far off, it was getting exciting.

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 9  1053 17,652 / 16  1  $9,010,300

Gela-Mosby had lost his spot at the Cowboys and with the nice ranking, I was starting to look for numbers for the first bye round. So my only trade this week was Gela-Mosby to Kahu. Kahu and the Broncos had a 3 game run at Suncorp starting this round and with a b/e of only 28, I was hoping to flip him for a profit before the round 15 bye. Unfortunately it didn’t work out as planned as I only ended up making $32,000 off this trade. Gave Lolo (44pts) one more chance as (c) for another let down. My round was held together by my Manly players D Walker (137pts), Turbo (119pts) and Jurbo (87pts). With what was an ordinary score, I was amazed to only drop one ranking spot to 16th.

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 10  1246  2445 / 9   2  $9.062,100

Trade outs this round were Ponga and Kaufusi. Lachlan Coote was back for the Cowboys so Ponga’s time was up at a tidy profit of $195,000. Kaufusi had a big b/e (106) and I was looking for someone who looked to be a season keeper. I went with Ryan James (b/e 54), and it didn’t work out as I had hoped. By using dual’s I had traded Ponga to Adam Elliott who had a b/e of -24 and gave cover for the first bye round. Smith (81pts) was my (c) this week and nice scores were put up by Surgess (135pts), C Walker (101pts), Milford (94pts), Turbo (90pts) and Crichton (93pts). A 1246 total had me crack the top 10 for the first time with a ranking of 9.

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 11   1218 4467 / 4  2  $9,220,800

Round 11 and I needed to make tough decisions. CHN had two low scores the previous weeks and his b/e had ballooned to 109. I didn’t want to start dropping chunks of change just before the byes, so I moved him on for Gallen (finally) and if my memory is right Turbo was unavailable so I traded him to Munster, who was left out of Origin 1. Smith (70pts) as my (c) this week and triple figure scores from Jurbo (123), Lolo (107pts) and Milford (100pts) had me post a 1218 total and a drop in rank to 4th.

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 12  959  5504 / 6  4  $9,203.500

So the first bye round was here. At this stage, I had taken screen shots of my rankings over the last 3 weeks thinking this might be as good as it gets. I really wanted a screen shot with the number 1 ranking so I was always going to burn 4 trades to have a crack at it. I even traded out 2 guys that played that week. My four trade outs were Frawley, Yates, Talakai and Jurbo. My four trade-ins were A Reynolds, Semi, Fuimaono and TKO. The TKO trade was the one I had struggled with as I had planned to go Rapana who played the first bye and missed the next two and had a b/e of only 5. TKO had a 49 pt game in 80 mins, but Rapana went nuts with 120 pts. I had a full squad of 17 this week so was disappointed with a total of 959 and a loss of 2 spots. There goes that chance of a number 1 screen shot I thought. My top scorer for the round was SJ (105pts) who I had the arm band on.

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 13  1146 2767 / 3  2  $9,269,800

Round 13 trade outs were Cotric who had a b/e of 76. He still had 2 byes to go and had made $181,000 so he was moved on for Dylan Edwards who was about to play his third game for Penrith. I was content to field 16 this week then after a bit of digging, I realised Cam McInnes had a 5 game draw of Tigers, Bulldogs, Eels, Knights and Titans. So Brailey, who was on the bye got traded to McInnes and I got 17 on the park. I figured why give those behind a free leg up so if I could field close to maximum numbers, I was going to do it. Went back to Lolo (82pts) as (c) and nice scores from Mannering (98pts), Moga (91pts), Teddy (83pts) and McInnes chipped in with a handy 61pts. 1146 total had me drop to the number 3 rank, another screen shot but not the one I coveted.

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 14  1169  15,206 / 2  2  $9,413,300

Kahu hadn’t done the job that I had hoped so cut I cut him for a small gain of $32,000. TKO had been disappointing as well, especially when he was close to being Rapana 2 weeks earlier. With TKO still to have his 2 byes and games against Melbourne and Cronulla sandwiched in-between, I decided to fix my mistake and get Rapana. By doing so I took a risk of bringing in Esan Marsters after only one game, but he did have a huge negative b/e of -52. 1169 was only good enough for a 15,000 round rank but was enough to drop me one more ranking spot to 2nd. Yep, screen shot of that one as well.

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 15  1109  5738 / 4  3 $9,511,900

The next of the big bye rounds was here and to field 17 I only needed to make 3 trades. Milford (injury I think), Elliot and Moga made way for Widdop, Brown and Harris.  As it turned out, I ended up with 16 as Sam Burgess was a late out. I was at a Baby Animals concert and didn’t hear a thing until I got out. Hit the SC Talk forums when I got home and seemed like everyone except me had the vc on Crichton who had gone large with 166pts. Gallen (72pts) had the (c) and nice scores from Crichton (166pts), Lolo (97pts), Munster (82pts) and Harris (78pts) had me post 1109 from 16 played.

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 16 1229  362 / 1  2  $9,612,200

Made two trades this week. JDB was out for round 16 and would also miss round 18 with the bye. I decided to move him on for Martin Taupau who had been punching out nice scores and had finished his byes. The second trade was Suaia Matagi who was on a bye and had another to go in round 19. He probably should have gone earlier, but something else always seemed to come up. He was moved on for Curtis Scott which had me tempting fate again by bringing in someone after only one game, but I needed the money to make the Taupau trade. A total of 1229 was set up by nailing a (c) choice for the first time in a while. Widdop (131pts) as (c) was helped out by nice scores from Munster (114pts), Mannering (96pts) and new guys Taupau (74pts) and Scott (70pts) who did their part as well. It seemed to be a round where most of the big guns had posted low scores so I was hopeful of getting the top spot, and that bloody screen shot. Lockout was a long wait but I had finally done it. Screen shot was taken and no matter what happened for the rest of the season I was content with what I had achieved.

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 17 1203  11,111 / 1  0  $9,831,300

This was the first week I felt I could save a trade or two. The majority of my squad was either scoring well or making money. I figured everyone would be burning two trades this week and four the next week, so if I could save them, they would be like gold at the back end of the season. 1229 total this week with Smith (92pts) as (c). SJ (111pts), Surgess (92pts) and Mannering (85pts) were the back bone. OK, so was it just me, but lockout seemed to take longer. I had held on to the top spot with just one last big bye round to get through. This is where it really sunk in that if I could hold it together I was in with a chance to actually win it. Now to do homework on the others in the top 20.  Every week till the end of the season I printed out the top 20 teams to keep an eye on pods and try and gauge how many trades those guys had left.

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 18 1018  1072 / 1  4  $9,787,500

Last big bye round and I was always going to burn four trades to field as many as I could. As many of you know I had a few health dramas going on and was in hospital for an operation that would cause more serious problems over the next few weeks. Enough of the sob story. I had to trade early this week so I traded out Marsters (bye), RTS (bye), Munster (Injury + bye) and James (bye). In came Turbo, Gutherson, Peachey, and Griffin. No need to explain the Turbo or Gutherson trade ins. Peachey got a spot back in the run on team so was a risk I was willing to take. Griffin was a case of over thinking it. I had him as 19th man on a depth chart for Melbourne. If Cam was rested, I had his replacement as Brandon Smith was out for the season. If Cam did play, Griffin would miss the 17. Unfortunately Harris and Munster missed multiple games which kept Griffin in the Storm top 17 much to my annoyance. Total of 1018 from 15 players (I did have a late out who I can’t remember) kept me in the top spot for another week.

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 19 1279  5210 / 2  1  $9,991,100

Only one trade this week which was Scott who was on the bye. I had made just shy of $110,000 from him and used it all to bring Jurbo back in using duals. Jurbo had a clear run to the finish and was a no brainer. Turbo (131pts) had gone big with the arm band on and nice scores from Gallen (99pts), Mannering (95pts) and Lolo (94pts) had me post a nice 1279 total. I lost the top spot to Brado’s Best who shot straight to the top with a massive 1447 total that week. It left me behind by 67pts. My first thought was at least I got my screen shot.

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 20  1293  769 / 2  2  9,869,000

Johnson had picked up what looked to be a season ending injury so he was on the trading block. Things would have been much easier had I just brought in Nathan Cleary this week after his monster score of 169pts the week before, but I traded in Fifita instead. Fuimaono had done his job and with a b/e of 58 it was time to trim the squad and start nuffing. Fui to Jed Cartwright gave me $98,000 to bank. Smith (44pts) was my (c) and he picked up an injury at the 44th minute and was out of the game. Widdop (128pts) was a pod for me and I also had nice scores from Mannering (105pts), Jurbo (98pts) and Semi (101pts). I had managed to out-score Brado’s Best by 35pts and bridge the gap to 32pts so I was still within range.

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 21  1079  13,478 / 1  2  $10,015,800

Two trades this week. Gutherson was out for the year after an injury against the Tigers and Cody Walker was traded as well as I hadn’t used him since the byes. So it was Gutherson to Munster and Walker to Milford. The Milford trade was a risky pod trade as he was playing patched up with surgery required at the end of the season. With the homework I had been doing on the other teams I knew I had at least 2 more trades up my sleeve compared to the others that were close to me. A total of 1079 thanks largely to Smith (143pts) in his 300th game was the highlight, Turbo (41pts) with the (c) was the lowlight. In what ended up being a low scoring round, I hit the top spot again when Brado only managed 984 that week which left me in front by 75pts.

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 22 1112  23,139 / 1  0  $9,797,300

At this stage, I was confident in my teams scoring ability. I knew who my pods were and I knew who the pods were against me. I just had to make nice captain choices and let those around me make the mistakes. I still had 3 trades up my sleeve so I decided not to trade this week. I ended up with a total of 1112 with the (c) on Jurbo (57pts) but I was filthy as I had changed it from Turbo (134pts) just before kick off. I had been out scored by the other guys in the top 5 Brado’s Best, Bozz’s Roughies, Parra 1000 and BNE Expats but clung to the lead by 12 pts.

Round 23 1230  5130 / 1  2  $9,570,300

From memory, I was the only one in the top 5 that didn’t own Cleary so I had to cancel that pod out. Taupau hadn’t been used by me in a few weeks due to the drop in minutes, so I traded him out and nuffed Peachey to Timu so I could afford it. I couldn’t get it right when picking a twin turbo as (c). This week I went Tom (46pts) with the armband. Three of my pods went big this week which was a relief. Teddy (137pts), Widdop (116pts) and Milford (95pts) got me to a total of 1230. I put a gap on Brado in 2nd spot by 184pts. Bozz’s Roughies was in 3rd but 250pts behind and BNE Expats was 4th over 330pts behind.  Only four of us left with a chance to take it all, and I still had one trade lef

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 24 1401  3062 / 1  0 $9,502,500

Sitting on a handy lead, I decided mot to make a trade. Brisbane had a home Friday night game against St George, which worked out perfect for me. Milford (129pts) had the vc and was a pod for me so the loop was used. Big games also from Gallen (110pts), Mannering (106pts), Smith (99pts), Jurbo (95pts) and Teddy pod (88pts). A total of 1401 helped me kick a little further in front. I was now 245pts in front of Brado in 2nd and 31pts further back to Bozz in 3rd.

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 25  1355  3725 / 1  1 $9,575,800

Penultimate round. Just play the percentages and let the others make the mistakes, that’s what I was thinking sitting on that lead. Only two pods left that could cause any real damage – Moses, who had 3 triple figure scores in his last four games, up against Brisbane. Slater was the other, up against an injury ravaged Rabbitohs. Had leaned to Moses early in the week but the more I thought about it, the more I liked the Slater move better. Was trading thoughts with guys in my messenger group and even hit up Wilfred and VK and all seemed to like the idea. A 1355 total was great, but could of shut the gate if I had played Radradra (157pts). What made it even harder was being being at the game, even as my Eels were putting the Broncos to the sword. Moses flopped which was good for me as I had gone Slater and even put the armband on him. Billy played well and scored 114pts. Milford pod (81pts), Munster (114pts), Rapana (119pts) and Jurbo (100pts). Lockout seemed to take forever, the wait to see if Brado had played Semi sucked.

Score Round/Overall Rank Trades Team Value
Round 26 1389  858 / 1  0  $9,756,200

A 276pt lead going in to the last round of SuperCoach, Wow, this is happening. From all the info I could find it’s the largest lead going in to the last round. I was confident I would pull it off. The bad luck I was having was on my health, not my team. A 1389 total had it wrapped up. I had used the vc loop on Semi (107pts) and had nice scores from Harris (129pts), Gallen (133pts), and Turbo (130pts). In the end I won by 419pts from Steggles in 2nd with Brado’s Best taking 3rd 444pts behind and Bozz’s Roughies taking out 4th 505pts behind. Congrats to all those that grabbed a cheque, won their league, won a cash comp, got a key ring, or had a pb ranking.

So on top of that, I won the premiership in SC Gods league which finished as the number one 20 team league overall, and I won the cash league I was in with some mates in a messenger group.

I had some cool things happen throughout the year. Two podcasts on SC Talk (awesome, thanks guys), having guys give a shout out in the forums and wishing me luck. Having my team mentioned on the Countdown show. Then have Tom fly up and meet my family and I, pretty hard to top that.  So not a normal SuperCoach season for me.

I want to thank the guys in my messenger group for their advice when I asked. The couple of guys I got in contact with over twitter including Wilfred and VK, and all the guys in the leagues I was in. I had a season that will be tough to repeat but I’ll give it my best shot.

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Wenin is one of the founding fathers of the NRLSCTalk website who's Tuesday Teams Analysis has been a feature post on the site for close to a decade. He also loves a good steak bet!

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47 Comments on "The 2017 SuperCoach Champion (Sam Rohlf) Year in Review"

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moezy
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Great read Banyo, good luck on the repeat this year.I never had Smith until round 18/19 and only finished 200 odd points behind you. I don’t think he is necessarily a must have from the get go if you can find a 50 average hooker and get lucky with the C, VC options

BanyoBoy
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Gun

This season more than any other is looking good to run a dual gun hooker strategy (Smith & Cook) if TLT benches workout the way we want.

DNA
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Borderline keeper

Enjoyed the write up, well done. Good luck in 2018.

The common thread I notice with you and Wilfred is how quickly you both identified and dumped the plodders. I tent to hang on for a couple of extra weeks to see if they are going to come good and it costs me. Seems to me that they are gone out of your team before I even identify there is a problem.

BanyoBoy
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Gun

If someone isn’t doing the job you hoped for, move them on to someone who can. As much as team value is important, points should always be your first priority. A lot of teams had more value then mine but weren’t with in a bulls roar of me at the end. My team value was great, i was just lucky i could focus on the points race earlier then others. Good luck mate.

j.d.
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Borderline keeper

Great read, this already has me rethinking my team structure. Interesting that you avoided almost all of the mid rangers to start the season. This would’ve meant missing out on guys like Vaughn, but also not having to deal with the likes of Sione Matautia. Will you be following the same tactic this year Banyo? Looking at my team I have a bunch of guys like Arrow, Murray, Bromwich, Cartwright etc which I’ll probably have to reassess.

BanyoBoy
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Gun

Murray, JBROM and Carty are all in my team. I have left Arrow alone for now.

Squirtle Squad
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A well deserved winner! Love the insights mate.

hoof hearted
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Great read Banyo

As with CFs & VKs previously it’s a valuable insight to the strategy of winning .

Patience is my weakness too . The one that burns me from last year was trading out Kaufusi when I thought he’d peaked & was about to leak cash then his next 4 scores were 83 , 101 , 91 , 86 .

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