Prestigious: The SuperCoach 200 Club

SuperCoach is a Herald Sun run game, using ranking points provided by Champion Data.

SuperCoach has been running since 2005, although Champion Data have been providing stats and ranking points for over 20 years.

In light of Tim English’s 200 against Essendon in Round 7 and Clayton Oliver’s 205 against Adelaide on Wednesday night (Round 10), I thought it would be interesting to look at some of the 200+ scores in SuperCoach – what years they were, what positions scored them and which players have scored multiple.

I also investigated the top 10 scores, using AFL Tables and FanFooty, to delve further into the stats and context of these massive individual performances.

For those who don’t play SuperCoach, essentially Champion Data give out 3300 points a game (no less than 3290, and no more than 3310 to my knowledge).

This averages 75 a player. I remember reading, although cannot recall where, that the premise of the points was that 75 was a decent game, 100 a good game, and you get the drift if the scores are higher and lower.

If you’re wondering why players are still scoring huge ranking points in shortened quarters and therefore lesser stats, this is why.

Whereas a game like AFL Fantasy, which relies purely on stats, will have likely seen a decrease in players’ scores across the board.

This Fox Sports article mentions that the points only became finite (the 3300) in 2007, and that in 2006 their algorithms were adjusted due to Sydney’s style of low possession footy.

This would explain why many of the highest scores and 40% of all 200+ scores were in 2005 and 2006.

Champion Data haven’t released all of their criteria, but it is over 50 things that players get judged on.

Disposals and marks are more heavily weighted if effective, contested, in the defensive or forward arcs and if the game if on the line more points are given to those who effect a match that’s in the balance.

Here are some stats records over the years that will give you an idea how many different stats categories have been used in the past and are currently used.

Usually a player who scores around 130+ is a good score for a Captain in SuperCoach (their score gets doubled).

So you can imagine how huge these games are of 200+. In fact, there’s only been 46 since SuperCoach started, so on average, 2.88 a year.

INTERESTING POINTS:

  • Barry Hall (2005), Warren Tredrea (2005) and Chris Judd (2006) have scored 2 x 200s in a single season.
  • Barry Hall is the only player to have scored a 200 in back to back games (Rounds 19 & 20, 2005)
  • Barry Hall and Chris Judd scored 200s in finals, both in 2006. Judd’s was in a losing Qualifying Final against Sydney and Hall’s was in the Preliminary Final when he booted 6 goals against Fremantle.
  • Gary Ablett Jr. is the only player to have scored 200 at separate clubs (Geelong x 3 and Gold Coast x 1).
  • In 2013 and 2014 there were no players who scored 200+ SuperCoach points.
  • West Coast have the most scores of 200+ (6), while Essendon, Adelaide and Fremantle have no player to have scored over 200.
  • St.Kilda and Greater Western Sydney have never had a player score 200+ SuperCoach points against them.
  • 9 players have scored 200+ more than once, but only Gary Ablett Jr. (2008, 2009, 2010, 2017), Dean Cox (2011, 2012) and Jack Riewoldt (2010, 2018) have scored multiples of 200 since the finite points were added in 2007.
  • Although the top score in SuperCoach is 262, I have heard of higher Champion Data scores not connected to SuperCoach. I recall Nathan Buckley having a game around 2003 where he scored 270 or more, but I could not find this information. I could be mistaken! Champion Data covers many football leagues, including TAC Cup, other U18s, and state league comps. If you know of large scores in those competitions, let us know with a comment below.

BREAKDOWN OF 200+ SCORES:

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TOP 10 SCORES

1. Jonathon Brown 262 – Round 7, 2006, Brisbane 16.10.106 def. Hawthorn 9.12.66

25 disposals (18 kicks, 7 handballs), 16 marks (4 contested, 13 inside-50), 8.4 on the scoreboard.

Brownlow Votes: 3

The highest ever SuperCoach score. A monster of a game from the big fella. This game was probably before Centre Half Forwards spent a lot of time up on the wing (a la N. Riewoldt, Pavlich, Richardson) was in vogue. Brown took most of his marks inside-50 and only delivered the ball inside-50 once himself. Looks like Simon Black (31 disposals, 7 inside-50s and 2 votes) and Luke Power (27 disposals, 8 inside-50s) gave Browny silver service all day. Jared Brennan kicked 3 goals for the Lions and Mark Williams slotted 5.0 for the Hawks.

2. Gary Ablett Jr. 254 – Round 5, 2008, Geelong 16.18.114 def. Sydney 10.12.72

35 disposals (20 kicks, 15 handballs), 6 marks, 9 clearances, 20 contested possessions, 3.0 on the scoreboard.

Brownlow Votes: 3

The Little Master did a bit of everything in this game. Not as many inside-50s as others (4), but he looks to have done the grunt work in the centre, while hitting the scoreboard himself. Interestingly, Adam Goodes was the next best according to the umpires (2 Brownlow votes), from his 14 disposals, 9 clearances and 4 behinds. Geelong only led this game by 10 points at the last change, before Ablett turned the game on it’s head, kicking all of his 3 goals in the final quarter.

3. Matthew Richardson 247 – Round 21, 2006, Richmond 20.9.129 def. Essendon 16.17.113

24 disposals (21 kicks, 3 handballs), 19 marks (9 contested, 12 inside-50), 10 contested possessions, 9.5 on the scoreboard.

Brownlow Votes: 3

A massive game from Richo for the Tigers, especially given the 16 point margin and the fact he contributed 59 points to the total. Can’t help but feel that Essendon would be ruing the extra 4 shots at goal they had. Richmond led at every change, but only by 9, 1, 9 and 16. Richardson not only kicked a massive amount of goals, he was also the leading disposal getter for the Tigers. While Peverill (32 touches, 14 contested) and Hird (26 touches, 1 Brownlow vote) looked the most damaging for the Dons. Troy Simmonds (21 disposals, 21 hit outs, 2 goals) was second best afield.

4. Jimmy Bartel 245 – Round 16, 2005, Geelong 18.18.126 def. Port Adelaide 7.5.47

32 disposals (23 kicks, 9 handballs, 11 contested), 10 marks, 12 tackles, 9 inside-50s, 5 clearances, 3.1 on the scoreboard.

Brownlow Votes: 3

An absolutely dominant performance from Bartel. While Geelong as a whole smashed Port on the scoreboard, Bartel lead the game in disposals, tackles, inside-50s and had an equal high clearances and marks. His 11 contested possessions was only bettered by Cameron Thurley (Geelong) and Chad Cornes (Port). Warren Tredrea kicked 3.1 for Port and Kent Kingsley bagged 5.3 for the Cats.

5. Lance Franklin 236 – Round 10, 2012, Hawthorn 27.12.174 def. North Melbourne 9.5.59

23 disposals, 6 tackles, 11 marks (9 inside-50), 17 scoring shots resulting in 13 goals, 4 behinds.

Brownlow Votes: 3

“Thirteen! THIRTEEENN!” – I think we can all hear Anthony Hudson commentating Buddy’s 13th goal this day, as he snagged it close to the final siren. There isn’t too much more to say about this performance. Buddy has been a superstar for 300 games and over 900 goals, but this was one of his best days out. The Hawks comprehensively beat North down in Tassie, mostly at the hands of Buddy. Sam Wright (3 goals) and Todd Goldstein (19 disposals, 31 hit outs) were serviceable for the Roos, but the Hawks had too many stars on the day; Buddy, Luke Breust (3 goals), Sam Mitchell (35 disposals, 2 Brownlow votes), David Hale (13 disposals, 40 hit outs, 1 Brownlow vote), Jarryd Roughead (15 hit outs, 7 tackles, 1 goal).

6. Chris Judd 235 – Round 5, 2006, West Coast 18.14.112 def. Brisbane 9.9.63

39 disposals, 28 contested possessions, 8 tackles, 10 clearances, 7 inside-50s and 4 goals.

Brownlow Votes: 3

If I am not mistaken, this is the game where Jason Akermanis tagged, or at least ran with Judd. It’s fair to say it didn’t work, with Judd single-handedly destroying Brisbane. He had a career high disposals and contested possessions in this game. In fact, the 28 contested possessions was a VFL/AFL record for 6 years, until passed by Josh P. Kennedy 29 (2014), Patrick Dangerfield 29 (2015) and Ben Cunnington 32 (2018). Four goals was not Judd’s career high though, as he kicked 5.3 in 2003, funnily enough against Brisbane! Judd led both teams for disposals, goals, contested possessions, tackles, clearances and his 7 inside-50s was only bettered by Simon Black’s 8.

7. Jonathon Brown 230 – Round 6, 2005, Essendon 12.16.88 def. by Brisbane 21.10.136

20 disposals (10 contested), 14 marks (7 contested, 10 inside-50), 8.2 on the scoreboard.

Brownlow Votes: 3

Brown features for the second time in the top 10 SuperCoach scores. Brisbane comfortably won this game and Brown clearly monstered his opponents. He had 20 disposals, but given he only had 1 inside-50 and half his disposals were shots at goal, I’m gathering he was camped inside the arc and dominated from there as he did many times in his career. Nigel Lappin was second best on ground. He had 29 disposals (14 contested) and 5 tackles, but more crucially won the ball in important areas, finishing with a game high inside-50s (9) and clearances (11).

8. Patrick Dangerfield 229 – Round 12, 2016, Geelong 15.15.105 def. North Melbourne 12.2.74

48 disposals (27 kicks, 21 handballs, 23 contested), 13 marks (3 contested), 11 inside-50s, 13 clearances, 4 rebound-50s.

Brownlow Votes: 3

Monster game for Danger on the stats sheet. He had game high disposals, contested possessions, inside-50s and clearances, plus a team high rebound-50s – not to mention adding 2 goals to the score. Worth noting that Joel Selwood also contributed significantly with 38 disposals (17 contested) and 8 clearances; the umpires gave him 2 votes. This was the first year of the ‘Dangerwood’ combo. Brent Harvey kicked 4 goals for North, including three of those in the second quarter as North took a 10 point half-time lead. Daniel Wells received 1 Brownlow vote for his 31 disposals and 8 rebound-50s.

9. Josh Drummond 227 – Round 10, 2007, Richmond 10.13.73 drew with Brisbane 10.13.73

30 disposals (25 kicks, 5 handballs, 21 uncontested), 13 marks, 10 rebound-50s.

Brownlow Votes: 0

Probably the most obscure of the top 10 SuperCoach scores. Drummond is the only defender in this list, it was the highest score that wasn’t in a win and he received no Brownlow votes. Drummond got plenty of the ball, and although the statistics may not seem spectacular, kicks score points heavily, especially when they’re long, effective and result in either defensive exits or forward entries. Drummond was a very reliable SuperCoach defender for a period in the last decade. He averaged 113, 89, 96 and 91 from 2007-2010. This 227 started a run in 2007 where he averaged 149 across 6 games, scoring 227, 143, 136, 131, 134 and 124. However in 2007, he didn’t play until Round 8 (I’m assuming injury) and was injured in Round 17, only playing again in Round 22.

This game was fairly even all day. Brisbane led at the final change by 13 points. The quarter started with two behinds for Richmond and 3 behinds for Brisbane. Richmond kicked a goal through Richard Tambling, before two further rushed behinds. Kayne Pettifer kicked a goal to seal the draw, in the 22nd minute. The Brownlow votes went to Simon Black (16 disposals – and honestly not a lot else on the stats sheet!), Joel Patfull (12 disposals, 8 marks, 3 goals) and Richard Tambling (10 disposals, 2 goals). A few others had more impressive stats than these three, but that’s how the umpires saw it on the day!

10. Adam Goodes 226 – Round 18, 2005, Adelaide 8.6.54 def. Sydney 6.11.47

33 disposals (18 contested), 7 marks, 5 hit outs, 5 tackles, 10 inside-50s, 11 clearances, 4 rebound-50s, 2 goal assists and 1 goal.

Brownlow Votes: 3

This is the only loss of the top 10 SuperCoach scores, but Goodes’ game was huge enough that he still received the 3 Brownlow votes. He looks to have done a bit of everything in this game; played inside mid, went forward and had a pinch-hit in the ruck. Sydney went into the final quarter down by 17 points. They would have rued the chances they had to win this one. They outscored Adelaide in the final quarter 1.6 to 0.2, with Goodes kicking the only goal. This included shots in the 26th and 28th minutes, missed by Ryan O’Keefe and Nick Davis respectively.

Check out the full list of 200+ SuperCoach scores here: http://www.fanfooty.com.au/players/screcords.php

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