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Doing it dave’s way!

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Yes, it’s BACK!

Introducing to you all, the 4th Edition of Interviewing various members of the SEN 1116 Fans Federation, where we discuss many issues facing all Hattrick managers and also where we get to know what makes some of these managers tick in real life and how that revolves around the great game in www.hattrick.org!

Today we have 1 of the most respected managers from the Oceanian Community in dave3889, manager of a Pacific Premier League team called Hewish FC!

We hope you all enjoy reading this as we did making it!

[WozzaNoski]
Welcome dave3889… Superstar Manager in 1 of the SEN 1116 Fans Fed favourite HT teams called Hewish FC!
… 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…

[dave3889]
Haha no worries, happy to answer your questions.

[WozzaNoski]
1) You joined Hattrick… www.hattrick.org back in early February of 2007… and as we’ve heard before here on our great Fed Blog that it was manager frankafanhock and his great mate in coachnoodles.. (aka Mark Franklin and Luke Mather) who were the catalysts for you joining HT… after spending countless hours listening to them both on the OWAAT Show and reading their forum and website all those years ago.. What are some of your earliest memories of creating your own team…? was the site and its game play just how the boys described it?

[dave3889]
It was a while ago now so my memory is a bit hazy, but it was pretty exciting signing up as it was my first and only experience with any kind on online sports management game. I remember looking at my team and large portions of the site not having a clue about what anything meant, but thankfully on the OWAAT site they had a bit of a guide for newbies so I wasn’t as out of my depth as I would have been. Reading the rules helped a lot too.

[WozzaNoski]
2) Your team began in the Oceanian Season of 19 I believe.. (31 in Global)… Infact V.160 was your starting point… 5.5 calendar years ago… Do you have any memories from your earliest days in the game? Was it towards the start of that season or midway through, or close to the end.. that you begun? or Maybe there are other human managers who are still around today from that very Series? or maybe even other Oceanian managers who are still playing the game today that joined up in the same season/week as yourself? How are they going compared to your own lofty reaches in the Oceanian Community?

[dave3889]
I don’t really count my first Season in V.160 as I only played a couple of matches where I got thrashed in all of them, and then immediately relegated. I had no chance of even surviving if I tried.

Looking at the team ranking stat on the website, it indicates four other teams are still playing that signed up the same week as me, and they are all currently in Div V. Two of the names ring a bell (V-Bombers and fowlers shootingstar) as I believe they participated alongside me in the first few seasons of the OWAAT Cup.

Quite a few teams still exist that started in the same Season as me. I managed to get my brother (Tranmere FC) and friend (Parsley FC) to sign up shortly after me. My brother still plays but my friend quit a couple of seasons ago now.

[WozzaNoski]
3) Looking back at those first 7 Season’s in VI and V of yours… is there anything you could have done differently to which may have benefitted you and your team now? If that’s even possible…
As you started in V then dropped down straight away and spent just the 1 season down in VI, then you promoted straight back up where you spent the next 5 seasons battling away in V…?!

[dave3889]
I suppose there are a lot of things I could have done differently as for awhile there I still didn’t have much idea about what I was doing and who I should train etc.

Yeah those seasons in Div V were the longest I stayed in the one Div (well now equal with the PP). I actually got lucky in the season I promoted out of that division through a qualification match beating current Div II team Unilaterals 2-1 in extra-time. When I promoted out of that division I didn’t give myself much of a chance of surviving but I upgraded my coaches leadership and my trainees started to develop and from there it seemed to get easier.

[WozzaNoski]
4) Just how quickly were you hooked on the game? what kind of login habits did you have during those early times compared to now..? and at what stage of your development did you 1st buy a ‘HT Supporter Pack’ and start reading and posting in the forums?

[dave3889]
Very quickly. I loved accessing the site and exploring, and then reading about it on the OWAAT forums. It did take a while before I actually discovered the internal HT forums however, but when I did I probably became truly addicted. I even kept an excel spreadsheet with the stats of every player I ever owned, updating them when there form or skills changed. That had to stop though when real life became too hectic. Not too sure when I got my first supporter package, probably around 2009. I then managed to survive on that until this year, by winning prizes in competitions on the forums.

I probably was at my peak on the forums a couple of years ago, but my activity has dropped substantially since then after finishing Uni and starting full-time employment. I still read probably just as much as ever on my phone too and from work, but just don’t find the time to post as much.

[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 these particular Fed’s… a couple of these we’d love you to expand on such as the ‘The Axis – HT Central’, ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ and the ‘General Managers Club’… as we here in Oceania may have heard of them but don’t know much about them, or who usually posts frequently in them.. and what they are all about..?

[dave3889]
When I first got my supporter package I was recommended a few by a user named -Bic-. I think they were Buy Oceanian for obvious reasons and The Axis. The Axis was a rival Fed to The Alliance but has pretty much died now and there is virtually no forum activity. I also joined the WMD towards the start and gained a lot of my HT knowledge via their forums.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a Fed devoted to teams from the top divisions (limited to 20 members) where you pretty much have a diary and talk about your team amongst other users. It is a pretty nice fed to be in and it is good to be able to get a very close look at how other top teams operate.

The General Managers Club is a recent Fed I have joined. It is a pretty large one where you can pretty much talk about anything you like. I don’t contribute a whole lot there though.

[WozzaNoski]
6) You currently support 22 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? and let me just say.. 22 is far greater than the average user, I guess that’s down to the amount of time you have played the game…?

[dave3889]
Yeah I try and keep an eye on when I am allowed to get another Supporter slot and use it straight away. I think it is a great feature being able to show your support for teams who may not realise that people are keeping an eye on their sides. I try and support teams that are somewhat interesting, contribute to Oceania or those that have helped me in the past. If I can I like to return the favour to the teams that support me too.

[WozzaNoski]
7) You named your team Hewish FC and your clubs kit is covered in ‘blue and white’… can we assume you to be a proud and passionate English Premier League fan (especially Birmingham City fan…) and general sports fan?

[dave3889]
Yeah team name is Hewish FC, as my surname is Hewish. Not that great but can’t be bothered changing it. And yes I am a Birmingham City fan, who are not currently in the EPL. My Nan was born in Birmingham which is why I chose to support them. I also tend to support less successful teams so their might be some link there. Listening to live updates online when they beat Arsenal in the League Cup final was a really big highlight though.

Sports are a big passion of mine. I actually have a degree in Sport Development, not that it got me anywhere, and I am an avid SEN listener.

[WozzaNoski]
8) With regard to the 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? This is especially relevant this season for you as there is currently many fellow Victorian based teams in your Pacific Premier League Series.. infact there is 5 of you… how did you expect this situation to pan out.. and is this different from what’s actually happened thus far after 5 match rounds?

[dave3889]
Nah, will never move regions, as it signifies where I am located. I don’t really see it making too much of a difference to me anyway as there are both pros and cons to changing regions.

[WozzaNoski]
9) We have noticed you are a bit of a ‘Fantasy Sports junkie’… (like many of us…) Do you play in many variations on the net? If so… which 1’s and why? and what about them ‘appeals’ to you most? and feel free to give a free plug to any that you yourself actually organise between those of us on HT and or elsewhere…!

[dave3889]
I am probably not a junkie. I am apart of Supercoah and Dreamteam every year and also part of the tennis dreamteam competitions that I run on the SEN forums. I used to participate in the EPL and A-league comps too but lack of time as prevented that from continuing of late.

[WozzaNoski]
10) You have listed A.S. Roma and Sporting Clube de Braga as 2 of your favourite professional Football / Soccer teams in the world… other than the previously mentioned Birmingham City.. do you have any backgrounds with those teams and or nations? and what are your normal viewing habits of these teams and or Football in general..?

[dave3889]
My reason for supporting those two teams is simply due to playing FIFA. I support Roma because when I first played FIFA 2003 they were the first club I ever played with, and I once played a few seasons with Braga so grew to like them. Like many of my previous answers finding the time to keep updated on them is difficult but I try to follow them when I can.

[WozzaNoski]
11) You have collected many great achievements in the game so far… which are your top 3, and memories of them?
eg: winning Div II titles, deep OC Cup Runs, beating a particular manager, doing well in the new Tournaments/Single Matches?

[dave3889]
Greatest achievements so far would be:

Making the PP and staying there for five seasons so far. Many teams have come and gone since I first made it there so I feel like I have done pretty well to survive there for as long as I have.

Having players represent the Oceanian team. Firstly I had Henry Braithwaite make the U20 team. He was originally from my youth team and promoted with Solid PM and Passable Defence. I didn’t really consider him a chance to make it and trained him in defence. To my surprise he was selected (due to his Head specialty and solid leadership) to represent Oceania in the World Cup proper, and actually captained the squad when they progressed into Round 3. Then there was Troy Buko. I bought him as a 20yo I think and he had Solid Defending and Titanic Wing. I trained him all the way up to Mythical defence I think and he represented Oceania many times. I sold him when he was dropped from the squad, but he has since returned to the NT this season.

[WozzaNoski]
12) You currently have a 80,600 seater stadium as your Arena… and it is fittingly called the ‘Zambora Memorial Stadium’ after the late manager Zambora who we were all fond of here in the SEN FED and also over in the FAF FED and of course the Oceanian Community in general… passing away a few months back now.. 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…? and secondly.. also just in regard to the passing of Zam.. tell us the history between you 2, as I know it briefly began back in the days of OWAAT…?! When did you realise he hadn’t logged in in a while.. and what were your initial thoughts upon hearing of him passing away…? The FAF Fed must have been a great place to just soak up the memories and know that such online communities can make a difference…?!

[dave3889]
No plans to upgrade stadium as I very rarely fill it. I may occasionally have different sections reach capacity but don’t feel it happens enough to warrant an upgrade. I guess I gradually increased when I felt necessary and I never really followed any specific dimensions, instead just trusting my instinct.

Regarding Zam, he is dearly missed and he made a massive impact on my HT experience. It took me about 2-3 days of him not logging in for me to realise something wasn’t right so I sent a HT Mail to him asking if everything was OK. When those few days turned into a week I decided to ask on the FAF forum if anyone had any information. I pretty much knew from the beginning though that something wasn’t right as it wasn’t like him at all, and even on previous occasions when he was unwell he still managed to find the time to access HT.

We were both posters on the OWAAT forums but we didn’t really have much to do with each other back then. I think it was when I introduced him to the Hattrick forums (perhaps after OWAAT disappeared) that our friendship started to develop, so I guess you all have me to blame for his famous “Top Five” thread on Non-HT Oceania. We regularly fired messaged back and forth towards each other after that and then I joined the FAF. We always cheekily had a dig at each other here and there but we both new it was in good spirits and to make sure we both kept active within the OC community.

[WozzaNoski]
13) I see a total of 346 Transfers into and out of your club over the duration to date… Is it important to keep your squad ‘ticking over’ so those other fellow Series managers of yours don’t discover your assets too quickly? and we know you have spent a very large portion of your time training defending.. how has that changed during your time in the game, profit wise, and player quality wise and how have you managed the formations and training spots as you climb the divisions…?

[dave3889]
The Transfer market isn’t a strong area of mine, and I have paid over what I should have on many occasions. To think where my team could have been if I was a bit more patient is an interesting one. I guess when I wanted a player I know exactly what I want (age, skills, spec etc) and try to find it. I always seem to spend my money as soon as I have some and have rarely had any more then $10m in the bank for more than a few days.

Yep Defence training is my love. I started my HT career training it, moved to PM for a couple of seasons, and have trained it since midway through Div V again. I never plan on moving away from it, except for the occasional week of Passing or SP (for tactical flexibility that is necessary). I liked to train it from the beginning because everyone said you could never make the PP training defence and I wanted to prove them wrong, which I did. I have never really focused on the profit side of things and have trained simply for my team for a long time. When a player starts to get overtrained or is too old I try and move them on and a slightly younger player I have trained takes there spot. That kind of stopped a few seasons ago where I have started training my IM’s in defence too, but I know it won’t be able to last for much longer.

[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’…? and again on a side note, we have seen in the SEN FED forums where frankafanhock has been posting his clubs details and getting some guidance from Adam_F_Duritz… franka’s a long time player of HT but has admittedly mismanaged his team, how do you feel is the best strategy for similar managers to tackle this scenario…? as we know down in the SEN FED there are many managers who have played HT for eons but have lacked those top level performances…

[dave3889]
Yes plenty of times. Most of the time it was due to getting an early bid of one of my players and then spending that money straight away, so I was never in any danger. The other times have been during the end of season break, where because I never seem to have much money in my account and have consecutive weeks where no finances are coming in (worst when you end one season and start the other on an away game) I am losing a considerable amount of money. Of course if I was in so much trouble that I risked losing my team, I would simply sell a player.

I can’t say I have great money management skills, but I guess the key to success is knowing what type of players you need and not wasting any of your money on unnecessary players. The other key is wages, and not using players that are burning holes in your finances when you don’t need too (eg. Monoskilled Mythical IM’s in Div V.)

[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 5.5 years…? and on a different topic… with your team featuring in the Top Flight here in Oceania, just how often do you change your coach so he is fresh, and how important is maintaining TS and TC during your campaigns?

[dave3889]
Always had a solid trainer and probably always will unless my mentality towards HT changes. Since I have been successful I have been using a Neutral Coach, simply due to the flexibility it can give you. I can see the merit of investing in other types of coach in specific situations but normally Neutral is the way to go.

Managing TS and TC is vital. TC is kind of out of your control, but TS is very much solely up to you. I always try to have a coach with decent leadership. I normally keep one until his leadership drops to inadequate and then upgrade at the beginning of the following season. I also make sure I have a couple of potential future coaches within my squad so I am never in the position where I can’t upgrade.

[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?

[dave3889]
I don’t use too many. Foxtrick is the main one and I definitely miss it when I am on a PC without it. I did use HO! for quite a while but since changing PC’s early this year I have realised I can live without it.

[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? eg: realistic time frame in the PP, a potential drop down, maybe a training change in the future…?

[dave3889]
I suppose I would say thank you for the support, and my future goals are a rebuild is not far away. It is pretty close to guaranteed that this will be my last competitive season in the PP, and if automatic relegation is a certainty at any stage this season, and I am no longer in the cup, it will start early. I am hopeful I can survive this season, so I can start my rebuild in the PP which may stop me from dropping down the divisions as far as it gives me an extra seasons head-start.

I will continue to train defending, and I have already written up a small training plan, depending on finances of course.

The reason behind it is I realise I can longer win the PP with my current team, considering the talent of Bondi and Cotchin and the rise of so many great squads (Waverly and Shire at the top of the list). I also want to train properly again as it is something that I miss.

[WozzaNoski]
18) You have reached the Oceanian Pacific Premier League (Top Division) here in Oceania… what’s been your secret? and how would you describe yourself as a manager? any particular style?
and do you think being in the PP is a privlidge, a pleasure, or just something that playing the game for so many years and spending infinite hours logged in to HT that it eventually was expected…?

[dave3889]
I guess my HT managerial description is similar to what I am in real life. A quiet achiever. I don’t say a lot and I am definitely not the smartest manager out there, but I give my best and don’t like giving up. I probably have a defensive style to my tactics.

I would say making the PP is both a privilege and a pleasure. I wouldn’t say it is expected, as I never really expected to make it, but yeah it did just kind of happen, and I can’t really explain why I made it as I don’t think I did anything special, simply just played the game how I wanted to.

[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 even involving yourself in the communities various forums…? or is it more a mix of the above stated?

[dave3889]
I always have a great love for the Cup and never like getting knocked out too early. In saying that when I made the Quarter Finals a few seasons ago I did PIC that match and lost, as my focus at the time was on making the PP at that stage.

I have tried to chase flags when I can, but I am not too into it as I don’t have too many friendlies each season.

[WozzaNoski]
20) As stated earlier… you have climbed the Oceanian Communities Divisional Process and been very well respected along the way… Spending 8 seasons to get from Div IV to the PP… What was the strategy during that time and were you surprised at the late 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?

[dave3889]
As I said earlier, my rise wasn’t exactly planned or expected. I do think it did happen because my defence trainees were developing at the right time. I also put it down to always learning new things along the way.

Yes I will drop down, as I mentioned above, and it is not far away. I do believe it is possible to maintain a top team somewhat permanently. Many teams throughout HT are and here in Oceania Bondi is showing us that it can be possible. Small amounts of trading and/or having a large bank balance would make it easier.

[WozzaNoski]
21) In the 4 seasons you have spent in the Oceanian Pacific Premier League so far… you have finished 3rd twice and 4th and 5th once each… What could have made the difference between that result… and possibly winning a Pacific Premier League Title and having the satisfaction of reaching the pinnacle of our imaginary nation…?

[dave3889]
I think my best chances of winning the league were in my first couple of seasons up there. I do believe in my first season I had the best team in the league but a few results didn’t go my way. Another time I did have the chance to win the league in the final round of the season but I got thrashed by Bondi. Luck is the real difference between winning the PP and relegating. If you get a lot of it either way it will make a difference.

One of my biggest hates about my time in the PP is simply the fact I have never ever been ranked the number one team in Oceania, not even for a week. I would love to get those achievement points.

[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?

[dave3889]
Tough one to answer, and I don’t know if I can. I do think a mixture of great teams and ever present forum users would be needed.

[WozzaNoski]
23) In the 5.5 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? of which there have been many changes to the game in the last 2 years especially, which corresponds to your rise to the PP… do you feel you understood the changes better than most managers and was able to adapt or was it something else…?

[dave3889]
I don’t have an in depth knowledge of everything HT and all the changes, just a basic one. I tend to fight with the punches as they say and not let anything bother or effect the way I manage my team. Immediately changing your ways when there is a change can often come back to haunt you, as quite often the changes aren’t as big as originally imagined. So to answer your question I am not too fussed about any of the changes, as they either make it slightly easy for you or more challenging, both of which can be good things.

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

[dave3889]
Haha I don’t know. I don’t like some aspects of how TC works so would work on that….. maybe.

[WozzaNoski]
Alrighty… that’s about all we have time for in this issue Guy’s… and again we say another massive thanks to dave3889 for taking the time to answer some of these lengthy questions for us, we hope they have been both informative and enjoyable to read… it’s always great to read some of the thoughts from the best managers in Hattrick and our dave3889 is certainly 1 of them!

So feel free to post your own feedback either here on our blog and or back in the SEN 1116 Fans Forums, SEN a great sports station, and a great HT Fed!

This is WozzaNoski signing off…

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6 years worth of SEN by smittyroos

Hello Everyone..

smittyroos is my HT username, and Smitlick is my HT Club and this is my take on HT, the SEN olden days and bits and pieces about me… Enjoy!

During my mid teens I realised/discovered that I was pretty much nocturnal. It was probably about 2006 so 6 years ago now or about 14/15 yrs old that I first discovered SEN 1116 which is amazing because anybody that knows me knows I love sport and discovering SEN was amazing. I really started listening to it later in the day and eventually stumbled across the OWAAT crew. I was really into listening to the guys and really enjoyed Luke & Mark as hosts. They of course spruiked their love for Hattrick and through them I joined Jan 14 2007.

Obviously by the progress shown by my HT team I’ve never really gotten fully into focusing on progressing my team to much but I always check up and keep on going with it plus HT Supporter makes it far easier to do these things so lazily. Even more so when you compare me to Guy’s who started at a similar time like zam (zambora) or dave (dave3889) and how well they’ve done in comparison.

To show how poorly I read the original start up at HT, my original team name was meant to be the Smittyroos and for my username to login to be Smitlick. Clearly the reverse happened which is why my Youth team is called Smittyjoeys.

Either way back then there was a forum that SEN had or maybe just OWAAT with a creamy sorta layout which eventually evolved into the white layout OWAAT Forums which is where I got really invested in the show and managed to get in contact with a really great guy who mentored me through a heap of stuff in my early HT days. Of course he is known as VimFuego. A great man who at one time dropped off of HT but eventually returned. I’ve sadly dropped out of contact with him due to not using MSN anymore but he was nice enough to put up with my hundreds of pesky questions for advice and help with my HT team when it was first starting up. A big thank you goes out to Vim if he’s reading this.

Other then the great man Vim, my other memories of the OWAAT Forums are all pretty embarassing looking back on such things as I’ve matured a tad since my teens and cringe at the few memories I have of what I was posting and such back then. Either way sadly the forums died due to from memory a virus or someone hacking them. This and the guys not doing the show anymore basically killed all interest in SEN beside the ‘Four Diegos’ (another show that aired on SEN 1116 at the time…) for a while so sadly I’ve since stopped listening.

I’m pretty certain that while the OWAAT forums were still alive the introduction of the Youth Leagues came in and I managed to grab myself a spot in the league. At the time it was a great idea because the league could have its scores read out ‘On Air’ during OWAAT. The bad part was that once OWAAT finished up the time for the games really made no sense so thankfully they changed.

Sadly the OWAAT league died off for me a few seasons back when there just wasn’t a new league being made but before then I had a run of like 4 or 5 league title wins in a row and I proclaim myself as the greatest youth team in the whole SEN leagues history. Sadly since then my interest in the Youth Team has wained a little plus there’s a real lack of good pulls coming in nowadays and there’s still a lot of things I really don’t like about the whole scouting system. The biggest part being that even if you tell your scout to go get a keeper they’ll do the opposite or they’ll give you no-bodies with max weak potential.

Fast forward a little bit and I got a message from Wozza (WozzaNoski) asking me to join the SEN Fed as he knew I was an old member of the forums. Through that I occasionally scour through the fed for thoughts and advice but sadly not as much as I’d like to.

Apart from the whole HT love was the social and sports conversations that would occur thanks to OWAAT.

Through the forums I was able to participate in various tipping competitions and the rather awesome Tennis Dreamteam thingy’s we do for the Grand Slams. As a big tennis fan and competitive player this was definitely one of the highlights. They also introduced me to Dreamteam and Supercoach for the AFL. Neither of which I’ve ever gotten fully into or understand overly well but both of which I still play, sorta like my HT Team.

When I was first approached with this idea of writing this down, I had so many ideas and probably should’ve written it down straight away so I’ll apologise for this complete mess of a blog with thoughts all over the place and poor grammar. Anyway getting past my poor writing I’d like to lastly thank Mark & Luke for pushing HT on air and influencing me to join up.

I’d like to again thank Vim for everything he helped me with. I’d also like to thank everyone at the old OWAAT forums (guys like Dave, Zam etc) who put up with my good self and everyone at the current fed for any advice that they’ve ever given. Lastly a big thank you to Woz for the opportunity to write this crazy mess of thoughts. And to tie everything together and show the nocturnalness (making up words) of my life, I’ve just finished writing this at 3:47am on a Sunday Morning.

Anyone who’d like to contact me can do so through my team Smitlick (76829). Any feedback is appreciated and any further questions are welcomed.

Cheers from smittyroos.

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dave3889’s walk down SEN memory lane!

Hello there, I am dave3889, manager of Oceanian Hattrick Pacific Premier League Team Hewish FC, and this is my story of how, why, when, and where I got into Hattrick all those years ago!

I first got into Hattrick when listening to Franka and Luke on SEN 1116 in early 2007. From memory I think I joined Hattrick first then heard them talking about the OWAAT website where they had threads regarding HT.

I didn’t even know about the HT forums for the first year or so of my HT career, so the OWAAT website (oneweekatatime.com.au) was where I asked all my questions and answered other peoples questions. There were a whole heap of us who started at the same time so the forums were pretty lively, with users discussing their training updates, players being a chance to represent their NT teams. GM-Kitto even signed up for a little while.

VimFuego was the main HT Guru on the forums, and to most of us was who inspired us, and at the time seemed way ahead of everyone else. He was very helpful and taught me a lot of the introductory stuff about the game. If he wasn’t around I may have given up HT, who knows. His team can be found here (420474) if you would like to ask him any questions.

A lot of the users on their are probably gone now. I do remember smitlick and zambora being users, but that’s about it. Oh and of course Franka.

The biggest part of the HT section of the website was the OWAAT Cup. It was designed for teams in Div V and VI as far as I can remember, or if you were in IV you had to play your B-team. This was because most of the teams at the time were new to HT and hadn’t started their climb up the divisions. VimFuego was the organiser of this Cup too. It was a pretty fierce tournament, with many teams playing there A-teams in it and sacrificing league results or stupidly training. I think I managed to make it to the semi-finals one season, but other than that I struggled.

The rest of the website was just all things sport. You name it, it was probably discussed in some way. They had SuperCoach and DreamTeam tournaments, and it was where I started my GrandSlam tennis dreamteam competitions too.

The OWAAT website, along with HT were probably the two sites I accessed straight away as soon as I came home from school/uni. I’m not sure exactly when, but one day Franka and Luke I think closed it for maintenance for a few days, and somehow a virus got into their website. It never really recovered from this, and slowly died. There were attempts for the website to come back, but it never really happened. I guess it could be said about the radio show too.

It’s more of a distant memory now, but was a huge reason of why I am where I am.

And that was my story and some fond memories that I have for the game of Hattrick, the SEN 1116 Fans Federation, + OWAAT.. so again I say a big thanks to those of you who got me started, of which has helped me get to where I and my Team are today!

Cheers,

dave3889