Oceania Painted ‘Yellow + Black’ !

Greetings fellow Earthlings… well… fellow Hattrick managers anyways..

As many of you reading this may know I’ve been busy conducting various interviews with a few of the managers who are based down in the SEN 1116 Fans Federation over the last couple of weeks.. and this below is another 1 of those… but this time it’s with the Current Reigning Oceanian Pacific Premier League Champion! Enjoy!

[WozzaNoski]

Welcome Adam_F_Duritz… Manager Extrordinaire of the BIGGEST little Oceanian HT team called Cotchin FC! Current Reigning Oceanian Pacific Premier League Champion!

… and on behalf of myself, the entire SEN 1116 Fans Federation and those others who may be reading this.. I say thanks for joining us…

[Adam_F_Duritz]

My pleasure Woz.

[WozzaNoski]

1) You joined Hattrick… www.hattrick.org back in mid-late June of 2008… What was the catalyst for you joining? Who/What introduced you to us here at Hattrick?

[Adam_F_Duritz]

One Mark ‘Franka’ Franklin. Back in 2008 Franka was doing the overnight shift at SEN 1116, and being a shift-worker myself, as well as sports nut, I spent a lot of late nights listening to great man’s dulcet tones.

Franka used to bang on about Hattrick at the time and eventually his enthusiasm convinced me that HT must be worth checking out. I signed up, loved it, got the HT bug almost immediately and the rest, as they say, is history.

[WozzaNoski]

2) Your team began in the Oceanian Season of 26 (38 in Global)… and surprisingly you have never graced the Oceanian Division VI section… Infact V.117 was your starting point… 4 calendar years ago… Do you have any memories from your earliest days in the game? Maybe other human managers are still around today from that very Series?

[Adam_F_Duritz]

I think you need to sack your research team there Woz! I actually started in V.198 back in season 24. Only one other team still survives from those days, a team called Barnstoneworth, currently in IV.48. I certainly remember the 9-0 thrashing he gave me in my first match and I remember thinking, damn, his team is just awesome. The 205 hatstats that he pulled don’t seem quite so impressive as I look back now though. :)

Also, I did compete in division VI. I remember feeling totally ripped off that I had to start in V when most newbs started in VI, I also remember having a desire to collect a trophy in every division. So after finishing 5th in my first season in V I decided to throw my qualifier and get that damn division VI trophy! Looking back now it would have been way cooler so have never played in VI, but I guess we all have our regrets.

[WozzaNoski]

3) Looking back at those first few Season’s in V + the like… is there anything you could have done differently to which may have benefitted you now? If that’s even possible…

[Adam_F_Duritz]

I’m sure there were a million things I could have done in my first few seasons because, let’s face it, everyone makes mistakes as a newb. I was lucky enough to avoid making the big mistakes simply due to reading a heap of newbie guides while I was waiting to get my team. I also read just about every post in the questions forum going back a couple months in my first few weeks of joining. Those two things gave me a pretty good understanding of the game right from the beginning, which looking back, was invaluable.

[WozzaNoski]

4) Just how quickly were you hooked on the game? and at what stage of your development did you 1st buy a ‘HT Supporter Pack’ and start reading and posting in the forums?

I was onto the forums within a day or two of joining and was petty much hooked straight away to be honest . As mentioned above, I was very keen to get a better understanding of the nuances of the game right from the beginning. The fact that rules were intentionally vague fascinated me and I was keen to learn more about what the rules didn’t tell me.

As for supporter, I think it was probably 4 or 5 months before I parted with my hard-earned. To be honest though that was more to do with my paranoia of using credit cards online than anything else!

[WozzaNoski]

5) We see you are a member of a few different Federations in Hattrick… Care to elaborate on why you selected those particular Fed’s and at what stages? and what are the advantages of joining various Fed’s… especially those of which you have joined…?

[Adam_F_Duritz]

The first few feds I joined were the Youth Squad Federation, Tactics and the Discount Team Federation. Back in 08/09 there was a lot less information proved by HT about youth players, the YA was fairly new and there was a lot of mystery regarding trainer messages and the like. I was keen to get as much knowledge as I could so the YSF was first on the list.

Tactics was next, I learnt very early on that good tactics were extremely important in HT so becoming a member there really was an obvious choice. As for the DTF, well, I was very keen to build a high rating, wage efficient team. I remember following Second Set very closely at the time. Pharbo’s team always had much lower salaries than his league mates but still managed to spank them as he quickly rose up through the divisions. I was very keen on doing the same and the DTF seemed like the right place to help me along that path.

Since then I’ve joined some other great feds, and naturally some not so great. WMD, FAF and the mighty SEN1116 Fans fed are definitely my favourites in more recent times.

[WozzaNoski]

6) You currently support 10 different managers / teams in Hattrick… are all these who you respect / have faced in battle in the past? and are their any managers in the community that you don’t currently support but will be ‘Supporting’ in the near / distant future?

[Adam_F_Duritz]

I’m sort of a casual supporter really, I follow a lot of teams without actually ‘supporting’ them in the HT supporter sense. I guess it’s a case of so many teams, so few supporter slots.

[WozzaNoski]

7) You named your team Cotchin FC and your clubs kit is covered in ‘yellow and black’… can we assume you to be a proud and passionate Victorian / AFL and general sports fan? Especially the Tigers?

[Adam_F_Duritz]

Too right! Passionate Tiger and passionate Victorian. The Richmond Football club is my first love but I follow many sports and always back in the Vics. The Storm, The Victory, The Bushrangers and the Reds are a just a few of the teams I follow.

[WozzaNoski]

8) With regard to known ‘regional switch tactics’ used in the past… Would you ever consider changing your teams ‘regional base’ to get an edge against your upcoming opponents at the start of a new Season?

[Adam_F_Duritz]

No way in hell, I’m a proud Victorian!

[WozzaNoski]

9) We have noticed you are a bit of a ‘Fantasy Sports junkie’… Do you play in many variations on the net? If so… which 1’s and why? and what about them ‘appeals’ to you most?

[Adam_F_Duritz]

For a long time I really only played AFL Dreamteam and Supercoach. They are both a heap of fun for a footy tragic such as myself. This year though I also played Ultimate Footy which is a little bit different but just as much fun. Aside from AFL ones I don’t really play much. I just don’t follow players outside of my own teams enough to be any good. Having said that, I did have a crack at Fantasy Tennis recently. Fortunately it has pretty simply structure which means it’s not too involved to put together a decent team.

[WozzaNoski]

10) You have listed Liverpool FC and Melbourne Victory as 2 of your favourite professional Football / Soccer teams in the world… that must be painful for you…? and me… haha

[Adam_F_Duritz]

Yes, yes indeed, but really after barracking for Richmond for so many years I’m used to disappointment!

[WozzaNoski]

11) You have collected many great achievements in the game so far… which are your top 3, and memories of them?

[Adam_F_Duritz]

A couple of weeks after I started there was thread started by a guy called ChenStar in the Oceanian forums titled ’10 seasons to the PP!’. This was the opening post:

Okay ladies and gentleman, call me crazy, call me silly, or call me crazy and silly, but I am declaring that I shall reach the PP from the depths of Division 6 in 10 seasons! Yes, you heard right, 10 seasons…. not 11, not 12… and not 9 either, but 10 seasons!

I don’t exactly know how I am going to do it, but I do have a rough idea… score more goals than my opponents, and get promoted 5 times (5 or 6?), but on a more serious note, I do have some kind of a plan, and I believe if I give it a real go, I can do this! *cues, I believe I can Fly*

Now it’s time for most of you to tell me again, how crazy and foolish this is, and why it will never happen, but hopefully I’ll also get a few of you guys to say, maybe, just maybe this could happen, and it’ll sure be interesting to watch his progress! And I hope I can get a few guys who could help take me there, by offering me advice and guidance along the way, and let me discuss my plans with.

So…. what are peoples thoughts!

Most thought it highly unlikely if not impossible, certainly without being a huge trader, but it was the sort of challenge that really appealed to me. I didn’t post in the thread but I made it my goal right from the start and quietly, anonymously went about trying to make it happen. The moment nine and half odd seasons later when I secured promotion and the dream became reality was definitely my most satisfying in HT. Oh, and for the record, ChenStar didn’t even get past div IV.

Naturally the two PP titles come in at two and three on the list. It’s a pretty damn good feeling to go into battle over fourteen weeks with some of the toughest, smartest managers in Oceania and come out on top. I would have loved to have won that Cup but let’s be honest, winning the PP title is were it’s really at.

[WozzaNoski]

12) You currently have a 73,000 seater stadium as your Arena… Do you have any plans to expand the capacity? and just how important is the stadiums ‘seating allocation’ as a team climbs up the Oceanian Divisions as you have? and also for Economy reasons…?

[Adam_F_Duritz]

To be honest I could probably add a few thousand more seats but I’m not too fussed at the moment. Having more than 73K is really only viable in the PP and it may not be long before my time here runs out.

In general terms though having an arena with the right balance of seats and upgrading as a team grows is very important. After all, match takings are every clubs largest revenue stream outside of player sales.

[WozzaNoski]

13) I see a total of 345 Transfers into and out of your club over the duration to date… Is it important to keep your squad ‘fresh and unpredictable’ so those pesky fellow Series managers of yours don’t discover your weapons too quickly?

[Adam_F_Duritz]

I wouldn’t say that, I’d imagine that all the PP managers would be able to guess their opponents players skills fairly accurately. The important thing is not the individual parts but the sum of the parts.

When it comes to refreshing the squad it’s no different in the PP than anywhere else, a good manager should be always looking to improve. It’s probably a little more difficult, given that team performance takes priority over training, but no less important.

[WozzaNoski]

14) Have you ever had any weeks in Hattrick where your clubs ‘bank balance’ was ‘teetering on the edge’ of going broke? if so what did you do to rectify it? and what could people do to prevent such a bad outcome for their own clubs? As in order to get to the ‘Top Fast’ you need good ‘money management skills’…?

I can’t recall ever being in any real danger of bankruptcy, I certainly have never had to sell anyone to balance the books. All the way up to the PP I ran with a very wage efficient squad so I was never in danger of going broke.

I have a feeling that most managers that get in financial trouble do so through over training their players, and thus paying ridiculous wages. That’s the main thing I’d advise the average manager to look to avoid.

As for the last question, well the answer is absolutely! You need great management to get to top at any speed. Hattrick is as much about managing finances as it is about football.

[WozzaNoski]

15) Tell us your opinions on Coaches / Trainers…? for example… Solid or Excellent Trainer and why…? and what coaching mentality should he have depending on the type of team being built? for example.. attacking coaches… defensively minded coaches…. and or neutral coaches… benefits of all these compared to what you chose for your club over the last 4 years…?

[Adam_F_Duritz]

A Solid trainer should be the choice for most clubs. This is simply due to the massive expense of hiring an excellent trainer. It’s pretty hard for the average club to justify spending such big bucks given there is only a relatively marginal increase in training speed. Excellent coaches are for those managers with bucketloads of cash or for managers that are happy to sacrifice their clubs results and financial interests to focus on training NT/U20 players.

I have always had a neutral coach and I expect I always will. A neutral coach allows you to play very defensively, very offensively or anywhere in between. In my opinion having the flexibily that a neutral coach provides is very important. Attacking and Defensive coaches limit your options and make you more predictable, and the more predictable you are the easier you are to plan against.

Having said all that, there are always exceptions. A longshots team, for example, would be well served by a defensive coach while a team going with an all out attack philosophy would naturally benefit from an attacking coach.

[WozzaNoski]

16) In Hattrick there are 100’s of CHPP products available for managers to ‘better their teams’ and or make the game more enjoyable / realistic… which 1’s are your favourites? and or you religiously use with your team?

[Adam_F_Duritz]

Hattrick Organizer and Foxtrick are the two that are by far my favourites. My advice, if you haven’t checked them out, do yourself a favour. My Hattrick experience simply wouldn’t be the same without them.

[WozzaNoski]

17) If you could send-out a mass HT-Mail to all of those managers who throw their support behind you and your club… and I believe there are 18 of them… what would you say to them about your current / future goals and aspirations in Hattrick?

[Adam_F_Duritz]

Tough question. I guess my goal at the moment is to stay in PP as long as I feel I’m a chance at the title. As soon as I feel that’s not the case, I’ll most likely drop down and start the rebuild. So, something along those lines I guess.

[WozzaNoski]

18) You reached the Oceanian Pacific Premier League (Top Division) in less than 9-10 HT seasons… what’s your secret? and how would you describe yourself as a manager? any particular style?

[Adam_F_Duritz]

Hmmm. I guess the first thing is that I believe I have a very good knowledge of the game. I also make sure I pay close attention to every detail of the running of my club. I don’t know that there’s any big secret, I simply make the best informed choices in all aspects of the game that I can and so far it’s served me well. Oh, and a little insomnia doesn’t hurt either if you want to sell to the European market…

As for style, well I’ve always had more of an attacking mindset than defensive. Aside from that I think having great flexibilty is important. To be honest though I think that’s a question best answered by those looking in.

[WozzaNoski]

19) During a season… what’s your main focuses… in order of preference… Deep Cup Runs, Win League Titles, develop your squad for the future, or chase the fun aspects of the game like ‘achievement hunting’ and ‘flag chasing’? or is it more a mix of the above stated?

[Adam_F_Duritz]

It depends. The plan always begins with winning every match and thus taking home the double. Naturally though that’s the impossible dream so as the season progresses you have to weigh up where best to focus your resources. In my opinion winning the Cup from the PP is next to impossible these days, so the title will always be the main goal to begin with. As the season progresses however, priorities change depending on results. An early Cup exit for example could change the focus entirely.

[WozzaNoski]

20) As stated earlier… you have climbed the Oceanian Communities Divisional Process pretty damn fast… spending just 5 Seasons from IV to the PP… What was the strategy during that time and were you surprised at the speed of your progress compared to other ‘seasoned campaigners’ out their in Oceania…? and also… do you believe you will drop down eventually? or is it very possible to maintain a team at the ‘Top’ permanently?

[Adam_F_Duritz]

My strategy as I came up from IV was basically to train passing and gradually increase the mainskill of my players as a rose through the divisions. Was I surprised at the speed? Perhaps a little, I always had a plan and I was confident it would get me there eventually, but to do it as quickly as I did was a pleasant surprise.

I doubt anyone can stay at the top permanently. Hattrick wants a constant turnover of teams and recent changes have made it an even harder task to stay in the top division for sustained periods. I’ll hang around for as long as I can but eventually the day will come.

[WozzaNoski]

21) In the 4 seasons you have spent in the Oceanian Pacific Premier League so far… you have been Crowned CHAMPION twice, and were ‘Runner’s Up’ twice… What could have made the difference between that result… and possibly winning all 4 Titles…?

[Adam_F_Duritz]

In my first season all I needed was Bondi to beat or draw with H&V in the last round. Unfortunately, despite being favourites and winning the ratings battle Bondi got done 3-1 and H&V took the title. So near yet so far…

In season 36 I was lucky to finish second to be honest. I had a season cruelled by injury and poor form so there was really no stage in which my boys were any real chance.

[WozzaNoski]

22) If you could have a ‘Dream Oceanian Pacific Premier League’ line-up of managers… with you involved… which 7 other managers from the Oceanian Community would you love to ‘lock horns with’ on a regular basis…? for obviously great forum banter and or genuine hard fought battles?

[Adam_F_Duritz]

It’s hard to pick out just seven but I do look forward to hopefully locking horns with the likes of Jebbyc, andyhaggis, and CD_tester before my PP days are done.

[WozzaNoski]

23) In the 4 calendar years on Hattrick so far… what Hattrick changes have been implemented in that time ‘for better or for worse’ for the game in general and or for your own clubs progress?

[Adam_F_Duritz]

Jeez, to be honest I wouldn’t know where to start to answer that question, there have been so many. I’ll think I’ll pass on that one.

[WozzaNoski]

24) If you could be a ‘fully paid Hattrick Staff Member’ for a day… what would you change in the game?

[Adam_F_Duritz]

Increase the length of HT-mails tenfold, make pullback an option rather than an uncontrollable action, remove 17yo’s from the youth scouting pool and reduce the prices of excellent coaches to a more reasonable level. That’s enough work for one day isn’t it?…

[WozzaNoski]

Alrighty… that’s about all we have for this issue Guy’s… and again we say another massive thanks to Adam_F_Duritz, current PP Champion, for taking the time to answer some of these questions for us, we hope they have been both informative and enjoyable to read…

We’ll be back sometime next week with another Top Ranking Oceanian manager interview telling us all their secrets behind their HT Teams :) ..

This is WozzaNoski signing off…

About WozzaNoski

I'm just a simple guy in my mid 30's trying to make my way in life, constantly battling against the tide of 2 mortgages, bills, car costs, grocery costs and just anything else that involves damn money! haha but most important of all.. is that I'm the proud Father to the happy, healthy and gorgeous toddler named Alexis, and I'm also the loving Fiance of the amazing Pauline.. But I love hanging out with the boys, playing and watching most sports, doing the whole family thing... As For Hattrick... WozzaNoski began his Hattrick Career back in November 2008 (Season 25) under the username of "biggwozz" after weekly niggles from close friends + Poker Mates (leeny63 + SlyTel) who Introduced him to the Game we all love Hattrick.org! 1 thing to note is.. where-ever WozzaNoski goes, Controversy Always Follows!