Cooney revealed in an article for the Herald Sun, that some players were so obsessed with the fantasy game, they would try to doctor their own scores during the a game.
“Some players I ran out with over the years couldn’t get enough of it,” Cooney revealed.
“At times I was also suspicious that some players who were heavily invested in SuperCoach let it creep on to the field of battle.
“Their classic trick was to handball to a teammate but give it just enough flight so the player has to stop their momentum receiving the ball, forcing them to dish it back to the original handballer. The Scott West SuperCoach special point builder I think they call that!”
Cooney said there were two players in particular during his days at the Bulldogs who were especially invested in SuperCoach.
“I won’t name any other culprits but guernsey numbers 25 and 36 at the Dogs spring to mind when it came to another little trick to boost their own points,” he said.
“On many occasions in junk time late in a quarter these two rogues would kick the ball back and forth to each other time and time again when it was completely unnecessary, only to gain extra points for their teams (they would select themselves regularly as captains of their own side).”