Every orchestra needs a maestro and in Central West Rugby Union terms, that's the five-eighth.
This year's resurrection of The People's Choice Central West Rugby Union Team Of The Year continues with the play-makers, and the Central Western Daily experts' nominations directed traffic with aplomb this year.
There's a couple of premiership winners, a couple of beaten grand finalist and a player-of-the-year among this bunch, so good luck splitting this group.
Five does have to become one so have your say or enter your own nomination.
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1 SCOTT JOHNSTON (Bathurst Bulldogs)
Added this year's Blowes Clothing Cup premiership to those he'd won in 2005 and 2010, a real nod to his longevity and influence as a play-maker.
Didn't feature a lot in the top grade last year but the side looked better when he was in the No.10 jersey, and he continued that form this season, directing traffic with his typical composure and level-headed play.
Kicked superbly as he usually does and, put simply, Bulldogs probably don't win that premiership without him.
2 NIKKI D'AQUINO (Orange Emus)
If you're talking attacking threats, they didn't come much bigger than D'Aquino in 2019.
The Central West and NSW Country play-maker crossed for an incredible 26 tries this season in a magnificent combination with halves partner Em McDonald, steered the greens' ship in a thrill-a-minute fashion.
Proved how gutsy she really is too, by playing the grand final with a broken wrist, an injury she suffered just seven days earlier in Emus' preliminary final win over CSU Bathurst.
3 KEIRAN BRIEN (Wellington Redbacks)
No, we didn't forget about the Redbacks. How could you after they rolled to the Oilsplus Cup Northern Division premiership?
Unfortunately we've not been able to find room for any of them until now and a lot of that is due to how consistent they were as a side, rather than being reliant on any one star.
In saying that, there's no denying the role Brien played.
Like any other premiership side, the Redbacks probably wouldn't have been as successful as they were without him controlling proceedings from first five.
He's great to watch, and provides Wellington with a real spark as a run-first five-eighth.
4 BRIDIE GORDON (CSU Bathurst)
Think back a little while, remember when Claire Woolmington broke her ankle and everyone almost-unanimously said 'well, that's CSU's season done'?
We certainly do.
While the whole side was forced to lift without their speedy try-scoring machine, CSU Bathurst needed someone to step up and lead the side, particularly in terms of creating.
Gordon did just that.
A genuine director, Gordon's slick hands provided beautiful space and time for her outside backs and she was incredibly smart in choosing when she had a crack at the line, more often than not cutting through as a result.
5 NIKKI JORDAN (Temora Tuskers)
Another's who's somewhat difficult to place considering the competition's 10-a-side format, but she acted as Temora's general and was one of Central West's play-makers too, so she's slots in here.
Was inspirational as the Tuskers' skipper and played a massive role in the side reaching the semi-finals, although they probably didn't go as deep as they should have, Jordan admitting they didn't show up in being eliminated by Narromine.
Personally she was outstanding that day and throughout the year though, and that was proven by her taking out the Westfund Ferguson Cup's player-of-the-year award.
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