Captains and medal winners miss out on Singleton Argus' AFL Hunter Central Coast top ten list

WELL PLAYED: Singleton Rooster Alex Mitchell battled Cardiff captain Bryce Graetz on Saturday. Both were in contention for the Argus' top ten list.
WELL PLAYED: Singleton Rooster Alex Mitchell battled Cardiff captain Bryce Graetz on Saturday. Both were in contention for the Argus' top ten list.

The Singleton Argus will truly welcome in the footy season when publishing its top ten AFL Hunter Central Coast players list tomorrow evening.

Sure, we'll admit that the 18 per side game is primarily followed south of the Barrassi line (a fictional border dividing New South Wales and Queensland from the rest of the nation) however it will still lead to many discussions. 

For those who do support the code, there is plenty to look forward to this season.

Millions are expected to tune into the AFL's season opener between Richmond and Carlton tonight before Geelong go to battle with Collingwood tomorrow.

There's also excitement at local level with former AFL star Craig Bird (Nelson Bay) making his return to the AFL Hunter Central Coast competition against Singleton at Cook Park next week.

So how does this local list work?

Will it be based on team performance, will there be a range of positions and can anyone knock the returning AFL star from the number one spot?

After liaising with the media for our New FM Northern League One (see story) and the opposing captains for our SDCA first grade list (see story), on this occasion our sports writer Alex Tigani has opted for the non bias assistance of respected Singleton based umpire Ashley Borg.

2017 Elliott Davey medallist Tom Yensch (Cardiff) has departed the league for Ovens and Murray FL club Lavington Panthers.

Cardiff's Bryce Graetz was also unlucky to miss out on the final cut after his stellar 2018 season saw him take out the Hawks' club best and fairest leading to his elevation as captain this year.

However the most controversial omission was that of Killarney Vale's Tim Oosterhoff.

WINNER: Last year Tim Oosterhoff became Killarney Vale's first Davey medallist since Clinton Austerberry snared back-to-back medals in 2006.

WINNER: Last year Tim Oosterhoff became Killarney Vale's first Davey medallist since Clinton Austerberry snared back-to-back medals in 2006.

The 20-year-old took out last year's Davey medal (with 21 votes) ahead of Roosters Andrew Scott (20) and Sam Brasington (18).

Here are the honourable mentions (listed alphabetically) ahead of tomorrow's unveiling:

Chris Bishop (Terrigal Avoca)

Bryce Graetz (Cardiff)

Samuel Howard (Singleton)

Tim Oosterhoff (Killarney Vale)

Lachlan Price (Cardiff)

Luke Rawnsley (Newcastle City)

William McKellar (Terrigal Avoca)

Scott Moore (Singleton)

Reed van Huisstede (Newcastle City)

Cameron White (Singleton)