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AFL Fantasy Dream Team prizes announced

In 2013 we have a new prize with NAB being the major sponsor. $50,000 cold hard cash… as well as a an exclusive AFL Grand Final experience for you and a friend. Unfortunately the other prizes haven’t improved like the major prize.


The prizes for AFL Fantasy Dream Team were announced today. We’re playing for $50,000 for 1st prize with a trip to the AFL Grand Final. The weekly prizes are no longer cash (once were $1000, then went to $500 last year), you will win tickets to the footy, a Sherrin and a $50 merch pack. Hmm – maybe we could throw in a stubby holder to make it worthwhile. The elminator prize is the same as a weekly prize (this once was $5000). Anyway, here are the details.

Major prize: $50,000 & double pass for the “Ultimate Grand Final Day” in 2013

Weekly prizes: Double pass to the game of the winner’s choice (excluding Anzac Day and Finals), an AFL “Fantasy” Sherrin football and a $50 Merchandise pack

Early league creation prize: meet with an AFL Player & Champion Data expert to assist with picking your ultimate Fantasy Team

Eliminator prize: Double pass to the game of the winner’s choice (excluding Anzac Day and Finals), an AFL “Fantasy” Sherrin football and a $50 Merchandise pack

Top weekly scorer season prize: Double pass for the “Ultimate Grand Final Day” in 2013

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    February 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I was hoping for cash prizes for the minor placings. Surely they could’ve just gone $35k/$10k/$5k?

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      February 11, 2013 at 2:18 am

      Pathetic isn’t it? Imagine finishing 2nd (something that never happens to me in the bedroom)
      What if came runner up by a point or two?

      Your whole seasons work = NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT!

      This is why i took up poker rewards the Top 10% of entrants with a sliding scale payment similar to what you suggest above.

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    February 8, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    They make a shovelful of changes with the intent of increasing traffic to their website thereby increasing revenue through advertising, and the people who generate that income – fantasy footy players – get rewarded with a REDUCTION in prize money??? Seriously, tickets to the footy for winning the eliminator??? Tickets to the footy for having the highest weekly score is pathetic as it is, let alone giving the same prize for eliminator. Incredibly woeful!

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      February 8, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Totally agree. They have made decisions to help increase revenue, then give us these pathetic prizes. What if people live overseas and can’t make it to the game? What if they’re disabled? What if your already a club member, you go to a rivals game? Or you could pay for your own accommodation and plane tickets… disgraceful. They have increased the grand prize which none of us will win, now there isn’t even a weekly incentive.

      Also doesn’t the eliminator finish in the last round, hence they won’t be able to go to a game(Since finals/grand finals aren’t an option???). They could have surely made that prize tickets to the GF… unbelievably poorly thought out.

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        February 9, 2013 at 10:13 am

        Don’t think u could get the prize when you were overseas before anyway. I played from OS for the last few years and remember that from somewhere.

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    February 8, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Suddenly I care a lot less about Eliminator.

    My first DT year was 2011. I started a week late so I could not catch the overall leader. Eliminator was exciting and $2000 was enough to be excited about and make that extra effort… Not anymore.

    Same goes for the weekly prizes. Winning $500 was significant enough to retain my interest and invest 30 hours a week reviewing and planning my teams upgrades, downgrades etc. Now I don’t care.

    The two trades was perfect for keeping casual players or people who had fallen behind interested ESPECIALLY as you could focus those trades on sideways trades in Eliminator. Now these causal gamers and people that get knocked out of Eliminator early or fall 1000 points behind early will lose interest anyway.

    Research showed that an annual performance bonus of $5000 awarded to teachers if their students met certain standards wasn’t enough incentive for teachers to invest more time and energy. By comparison – 2 tickets to the footy, a Sherrin and a $50 gift voucher is just depressing.

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      February 8, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      2014 weekly prize – Turkey slap in the face with your choice of Sports department doctor to administer a peptide enema.

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        Paul F

        February 8, 2013 at 7:57 pm

        It’s all already been said but I’ll say it again! Other than the main prize the prizes are pathetic. If the changes to trading were made to bring more traffic and keep people interested these changes have probably just negated any positive traffic flow and interest. I’m in the west and already a Dockers member. What 2 tickets are you gonna give me that I want?

        Last year I came in the 300’s overal and had a week where I was in the single figures for weekly rankings and a couple in the doubles so while I play for the enjoyment I don’t look at it as being beyond me to get near winning a prize, I look at it as an insult to be offered 2 football tickets to go watch 2 sides I don’t go for and a football that’s not even a real sherrin!

        Back about 15yrs ago when I was a wee little fella I played a game called SGIO topteam, very similar to DT and even back then they offered $1000 weekly prize!

        I think DTers value/revenue contribution to the AFL would be very hard to calculate because it’s not just through site hits and assistant coach sales, it would also pump up viewership of games a lot of people would probably not normally care about pumping up TV figures and increasing TV revenues.

        We are not a cash camal! Give Us Something!

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    February 8, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    You fellas must be speechless.For reward for effort, this is a pathetic reward, in any sense. It is an absolute insult to all that you give, shit I would be so pissed I would shut down this great site. For fucks sake, they are to lousy even to provide $500 to the winner of the round…it is a miracle worth a bit more than a couple of tickets to the footy! You guys must be so pissed with the destruction of this game. Enough for me. Gone, did well in SC last year, try again.

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    February 9, 2013 at 8:58 am

    The cash prize instead of rubbish car is nice, but wonder how many people who are only in it for the prizes will stop Dreamteam 2013 once they realise they probably have little chance of winning overall.

    I personally will…and with my ordinary DT skills that’ll probably only be a couple rounds in.

    Bad move by DT, sponsors or whoever made this dud decision.

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    insider out

    February 9, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Agree-I have an understanding of why the trading changes and everything else came along and could put up with them as they are probably best for the game but this makes no sense….. surely to keep interest alive you need a decent weekly prize?? hec I even remember a few years back SC gave away a car for highest score for the year.. Eliminater also a great game with a good prize at stages last year I had to decide weather to sacrafice my trading plan or league strategy to go for eliminater glory…. not any more who would serious give a rats about eliminater. DT numbers would also soar after week 1 as people entered teams purely for weekly wins. They missed round 1 so no chance overall but they picked the best rookies and could have a crack at weekly…

    I just think this sucks and will negate the new rules – this will see less people join and less people engage through out the year.. I will still play, i won’t win a prize anyway but it just doesnt seem fair.

    DT has bought thousands of new punters to the games to their web sites and increased their tv audience – it has a place and it is valuable. with all the comps there would be close to 1’000’000 involved in fantansy……and thats the best they can do??

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      February 9, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      ..that is a fantastic avatar insider.

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    February 9, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I would think embarrasment is a fair description of the prizes aside from first.

    Aside from the first 200 placed people after Round 12 i’d expect little interest despite the game changers. If they arent having that much fun doing it, whats the point spending any time doing dream team for them. DT Players whole lives do not centre around the thrill of DT. It will slip as a priority for me now to casual realms.

    Still fun, but no need to be a fanatic fan any more. Those married will understand what Im saying run ins of DT for two footy tickets and a pair of socks at best is not worth the hassle.

    Trust a bank to go scrooge. Quite sad, DT is only one run above playing Angry Birds for me now.

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    February 9, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I seem to be of the same opinon as everybody else. With over 250,000 people playing last year, and the amount of cash that generated, as well as the introduction of 2 new fantasy games this year, and rule changes centred around the casual DT’er, it would seem that Virtual Sports and the AFL have done everything they can to try and get more people hooked on DT. The Cash prize is nice, but where’s the incentive if you have a 1 in 300,000 odd chance of winning it. There needs to be a significant prize to recognize those who top the weekly scorers, they’ve had the perfect week, chosen the right captain, made the right bench calls, and should be rewarded accordingly. I agree with tooler, the prizes are embarrassing, and disrespectful of DT coaches who put in the hard work to make their team the best it can be.

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    February 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I’d play for a stubby holder

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    February 9, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Ahh i just saw that only Aussies can actually win anything this year. It may have been like that last year but at least i had a lot of friends playing then. Not this year.

    Oh well, that’s me done.

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    February 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Haven’t read the above comments, but apart from not being good enough I’m playing DT solely for fun and bragging rights. I don’t give a flying arse about prizes, a Sherrin is more than fine for me.

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    February 9, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Can someone explain to me or make sense of Demetrious comments responding to the ACC investigation about drugs and corruption in the sport.

    “We’ve done everything that we can but we can do more”

    Um… So if you can do more, then how could you have done everything that you can?

    Clearly the awful weekly prizes in DT are going to force some of us to gamble with illegal bookies and organised crime. Come on Andrew! For a guy who makes 5 million a year (pay rises given to himself as recognition for his part in negotiating the pay tv deals…. resulting in many of us having to purchase Foxtel subscriptions) you can do more to fix this prize dilemma! I bet you Wayne Jackson could.

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    February 10, 2013 at 3:32 am

    I think the DT Talk boys should send a collection of the above comments to the organisers of dreamteam and/or the employees of NAB involved in the sponsorship of dreamteam (if that’s possible) because they are doing themselves a major disservice if they can’t offer prizes that will keep interest up in dreamteam for a large amount of the season. With the prizes as they are I’d say about 6-10 weeks in there could be less than 10% of teams left playing. Those sorts of numbers would be very detrimental for their revenue, not to mention other things such as the aforementioned viewing of otherwise irrelevant matches. If they have good weekly prizes, and, honestly, a much, much better eliminator prize then it will keep people coming back to the site week in, week out because they still have hope of something amazing happening, they still have a reason to come back.

    I believe this is a real issue for both players and organisers of the game, and with over a month before the start of the home and away season, I believe there is still ample time to rectify this. It is just a suggestion to you DTT boys if you happen to see this post, but I think these changes will have an effect on your site also, so it may be in your best interest too.

    I myself play DT for fun, but I think this year with some knowledge I gained the hard way last season I should do much better and I may challenge some weeks for highest score, so I think it would be a shame to not really have all that much to play for week to week.

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      February 10, 2013 at 8:02 am

      “I think the DT Talk boys should send a collection of the above comments to the organisers of dreamteam”


      Or maybe get a petition of DTtalk members happening.

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    February 11, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Agree about the marriage comment…the wife says “what the hell are you wasting all this time for?”…..i say i’m investing in the chance to win a WHAT???

    If she finds out there is no cash for the weekly prize, she’ll probably divorce me!

    PATHETIC Virtual Sports, lift your game.

    This is why i play ca$h leagues with mates and have set up this group…..

    It pays weekly prizes, and rewards the winner and runner up of each league.

    Join the group if you’re interested.

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    February 11, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    I hereby offer my services to Virtual Sports doing promotional/marketing work. It’s quite obvious that either the person they’ve chosen to fill this position is not up to the job, or they haven’t filled this position at all and someone (probably from the IT development team) is doing this on the side.

    Either way, they don’t seem to have any sort of coherent plan or strategy for their product, and are becoming a bit of a joke because of it.

    I have experience and am willing to help out. Just message me through this site and I can send out a cv and get in touch to negotiate a contract.

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    February 12, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I was fortunate enough to win SC overall last year so don’t go counting yourself out of winning the major prize. You’d all do as much research as i did.
    No doubt everyone feels it’s a bit of a kick in the guts with these new weekly prizes, certainly makes it feel more like a game than a competition

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    February 12, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Why is the eliminator prize the exact same as the weekly prize? It’s ridiculous! It basically makes winning the eliminator challenge worthless! What if the merchandise pack is just full of gear that you would give to a 10 year old at a show? That’s just ridiculous! Heck I’d rather take a choice of a player’s jersey signed for winning the eliminator that at least has some value in it. I don’t even go to games that often, so if I win a weekly prize it will be unused or I’ll have to sell it to friends who want to go to get something out of it. :\

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