Devil’s Advocate: COVID chaos means it’s time for ‘eyes up SuperCoach’

Well you just heard from me yesterday about trade-in targets for the Stars’ Round 8 DGW but now, in the last 24 hours, carnage and doubt has arisen over the competition’s immediate future.

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We have seen Aussie star Travis Head contract the virus and Mitch Marsh, Josh Inglis and Nic Maddinson join the Test squad. So, to get you up to speed, this is what’s happened

* 7 stars players have now tested positive to the virus. They will isolate for 7 days and be unavailable until 6/1, one day before Stars vs Strikers at Adelaide Oval. They will only exit isolation and be able to return to play after a negative test

* 4 Thunder players have tested positive too, including Alex Hales, Tanveer Sangha and Sam Whiteman. They brought a 15-man squad to Adelaide Oval so they only have 11 eligible players. They will isolate for 7 days and be unavailable until 6/1, 2 days before Thunder vs Renegades at Marvel Stadium.  They will only exit isolation and be able to return to play after a negative test

* Travis Head tests positive to COVID, will miss Sydney Test. Mitch Marsh, Nic Maddinson and Josh Inglis have been added to the test squad

* Cricket Australia asked if Scorchers could play Strikers tonight at Adelaide Oval. Scorchers rejected this.

* Melbourne Stars’ next 3 games are in doubt

So what does all this news mean for our sides? It means basically, get 11 players on the field and go from there. With the four trades on offer this round, this exercise should hopefully be easy, but now is not the time to take any risks, just get 11 out on the park and go from there.

This year, we’re going to have to ditch planning ahead, with al the COVID chaos and dramas that go into it, planning ahead is a waste of time and energy. The strategy going forward is to play “eyes up SuperCoach”.

What does “eyes up SuperCoach” involve? Well, eyes up footy is a term used in NRL football to describe how the attacking team should structure their attack. This essentially means playing what’s in front of you and adapting your attack to suit the defence you face.

This applies to SuperCoach in a similar fashion. At the end of each round, or during a round, it’s best to trade depending on whose available at any given minute. Because players can be ruled out, matches abandoned and games brought forward or backwards with a click of the fingers.

Planning ahead is only wasting time, energy and stress that you don’t need, particularly when it can be all thrown away so quickly. So my piece of advice for the rest of the season, is not to overdo your planning and only control what you can.

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