We were given clear instruction from our subject that his real name not be released and that this story was not published before season kick-off. In accordance with those requests we kept this story under wraps until after kick off between Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory.
‘Mooney’, as he demanded we call him has been a dominant figure in fantasy sports competitions across Australia for many years. As well as winning the FoxSports Fantasy A-League competition in 2010/11 he tells us he’s won a handful of other fantasy competitions in rugby league and wins whenever his workmates have the courage to take him on. Since taking the A-League Fantasy title in 2011 Mooney has finished in the top 100 most seasons since then.
Despite his many victories and the fortune he’s won in fantasy sports Mooney is still hurting. When he won the Fox Sports Fantasy competition, the organisers had bizarrely waited for the entire season before revealing exactly what the winning prize was. When he was announced winner he found that he was the proud owner of a Framed 2010 World Cup Socceroos Print. The prize was nothing in comparison to what was given the next year and in the ensuing years. Just one season later Fox Sports awarded a new car and tickets to the A-League Grand Final as first prize for their A-League Fantasy Champion.
Nevertheless, Mooney agreed to give up his time and share some of the secrets to his success.
The Fantasy legend starting by recommending Josh Brillante as his best bargain buy. Brillante is returning to the A-League after a tough stint in Italy. Mooney also backed Melbourne City’s Bruno Fornaroli as his best foreign signing. He recommended using the attacking 4-3-3 formation for those unsure of the best set up.
Later we pressed Mooney on some of the more in depth elements of the game such as conceding points penalties in order to bring new talent to your squad.
“I often take the penalty to try and advance my team,” he said.
He expressed disappointment at some of the rules that Fox Sports have incorporated into their Fantasy game over recent years.
“I’m not fond of the man of the match points, it’s too open to controversy,” he said. Mooney went on to tell us that he supported Central Coast Mariners, though we’re not sure anyone as successful as him would be associated with the Gosford club.
You can follow the legend’s progress by looking out for MooneyMob in the Fox Sports Fantasy A-League competition this year.