It’s with a heavy heart that we here at NRL SuperCoach Talk announce that this season will be our last in running the website as it currently operates, and also the last season we will be podcasting throughout the year.
It has been a massive road paved by plenty of the NRL SuperCoach community ever since this site was just a twinkle in the eyes of Wenin and Nick who realised there was a massive void that existed in the fantasy community to provide both podcasts and unofficial analysis. There have been so many posters and contributors who have come and made a huge impact on not only the site but the availability of free information to so many. Look at some of them now!
- NRL Physio is an absolute superstar and cut his teeth with some very early injury analysis on this very site.
- Wilfred (Catfish) has won a comp and has a fanbase many influencers would be jealous of.
- Joe Fitz (Surgebuster) has been on the official NRL SuperCoach podcast with Sangster and the boys (a fact Wenin will never live down).
- Alex Christie (Rugby League Realm) and Carlosthedwarf (Rugby League Eye Test) operate great social media sites with terrific content going out to an audience far beyond just the fanatical SuperCoaches.
- Stilesy has amassed an army of followers who now hang on his every Twitter word for their weekly news. His commitment to getting the late mail up despite being in a crowded pub and a fair few refreshments deep is a testament to the professionalism (I guess) of the man.
- Wacko (of Wacko’s Whispers fame) also devoted countless hours to gathering weekly intel for all SuperCoaches and has had a pretty handy platform for himself for a long time
And Wenin, Nick, JT and Lakey…are going good as well. Though we’ve never managed to jag an overall win, we’d like to think our podcast curse has contributed to the downfall of many, many promising seasons for guests we’ve brought on. And that’s something…
And of course through your support with the site, the pods and the MegaGuide, for years we have been able to raise plenty of money for a cause close to many of our hearts in Movember. Thank you again!
We’ve had articles about weather, Fantasy Premier League, injuries best bets, trade talks, banners, weekly roundups, 10 Commandments of SuperCoach, MegaGuides, meetups and if you really dig into the archives, the unfortunately short-lived ‘Babe of the Week’.
We’ve had blowups with Gus Gould on Twitter about the benefits of fantasy footy to the overall landscape of sport (no prizes for guessing who was on what side of that argument).
We’ve had podcasts with NRL players (hope Corey Parker enjoyed his Beats by Dre headphones we had to bribe him with to come on), Daily Tele writers, members of the community, former winners and random mates who just wanted to jump on and talk some absolute dribble.
We’ve prided ourselves in never taking the role too seriously – so much so that the great blokes at Welders’ Dog even gave us a sponsorship one year on the podcast because they felt sorry about JT and Wenin’s challenge of having to find the worst beer to drink every pod. Still attest that the Wakachangi Lager was an underrated beverage followed closely by the warm mango beer I found in the cupboard one time.
To Why Now?
It’s fairly obvious that as the NRL SuperCoach community has continued to grow from its humble beginnings, the quality in the content available to all of us players has skyrocketed. There are so many resources out there, so many Facebook/Instagram/Patreon/Discords and so many great contributors with tremendous content. More podcasts than we can count. It’s impossible to keep up and we feel that both the site as it stands and the podcast has had its day, although we’ll forever be proud of being somewhat of the pioneers of this kind of community-driven material.
We’ve also battled through rising costs for a few years now but we just aren’t able to keep up. As we grow older with families and responsibilities (well, not JT), our time becomes a little too precious and the costs and energy involved in keeping the site alive just become a little too high.
What about the MegaGuide?
We remain hugely proud of the MegaGuide that we release in the pre-season each and every year and are going to continue to keep on producing this and releasing every year. I’m sure we’ll also jump on the airwaves as the excitement builds to the Round 1 kickoff. We’re looking to make it an even more easily-accessible piece of key content and will be busily working on the format of this throughout the offseason.
What will NRLSuperCoach Talk look like moving forward?
We’re looking into streamlining the site so that it can be self-sustaining for those out there who still want to avoid the social media platforms and have a place to throw up trade questions to a tight-knit community who (for the most part) offer civil, helpful advice to those in need. This will also be where we host the MegaGuide so that it remains an easily-downloadable source of information for all your pre-season needs. Unfortunately we won’t be carrying the same content (teams analysis, buy sell hold, late mail), but the best value is in the brilliant community that has stayed around through all these years. So while our plan is for the site to remain under the same website name, we’re still ironing out exactly what it will look like, and how long it may last into the future.
A massive thank you to everyone who has jumped onto the site, listened to the pod and just been a part of our little community. It’s been a fun ride and one we won’t forget. We’ll be staying strong until the end over the next month of articles and pods as we say farewell to NRL SuperCoach Talk as it currently stands.
We would love to hear you reach out and share any of your favourite memories of the site or podcast and what small part it may (or more likely, may not) have helped in your journey along the little rugbaleeg fantasy game we all love.
May there long be Magic Round shenanigans amongst the SC Talk community!