The Singleton Argus will draw close on the SDCA 2018/19 home and away season tomorrow morning when publishing its top ten first grade players list.
This comes one week after we commenced our official top ten lists by ranking the stars of New FM Northern League One on the eve of the 2019 season with assistance from the league's scribe James Ward.
However this process was one of thoroughness and attention to detail.
Firstly, players were required to have made four or more first grade appearances (regular or T20) this season.
This meant names such as Brendan Nichols, Tristan Muir, Isaac Barry (Valley), Billy Newman, Dan Tracey (Creeks) and recent T20 final winner Greg Dann (JPC) were ineligible for the final list.
Sports reporter Alex Tigani then collected the top ten lists from the five competing captains in Daniel Storey (Valley), Mark Unicomb (Creeks), Jackson Cox (Valley), Josh Harvey (JPC) and Anthony Bailey (Glendon).
Players from each list would receive 10 points if ranked 1st, nine points if ranked 2nd and the sequence would continue until they received only one point if ranked 10th.
Yet two players would top the list on 38 points each so further research was added to the process.
This led to detailed scanning of statistics (provided directly from the SDCA), expert opinions from league officials and an extra analysis of the initial submissions.
Though the Singleton Argus' top ten players list has now been set, SDCA boss Daniel Storey admits he was outraged to learn of the absence of one of his opposing captains.
"It is madness not picking Josh Harvey," Storey declared.
"He’s my first pick bowler every day of the week.
"I would rate him as Singletons best death bowler, he's won several games for JPC this year including the T20 final."
Storey, who is tipped to feature in the final ten, then playfully concluded; "But what would I know? I’m only the minor premiership winning captain."
Harvey was joined by fellow first grade skipper Anthony Bailey (Glendon) in tonight's honourable mentions.
"Harvey is one of this region's finest talents and the fact of the matter is that he'd be more disappointed about JPC's exit in the finals race than tomorrow's list," Singleton Argus sports reporter Alex Tigani stated.
"He's missed out, so have a few other handy names but it could also be an omen; last week Joseph Civello missed out on his league's final cut and he responded with a hat-rick for the Strikers in their 4-2 win."
Here are the honourable mentions (listed alphabetically) ahead of tomorrow's unveiling:
Darren Allum (Glendon)
Hamid Arain (Creeks)
Anthony Bailey (Glendon)
Lachlan Charnock (Creeks)
Jake Daniels (PCH)
Tate Edwards (Valley)
Josh Harvey (JPC)
Daniel Hayes (Valley)
Bayden Mulholland (Creeks)
Daniel Oldknow (PCH)
Nicholas Stokes (JPC)
Jack Turner (JPC)
Graham Unicomb (Creeks)