They say you don't know what you've got until it's gone, and Group 10 will certainly feel the loss of the Oberon Tigers come kick-off for the 2020 season.
A proud rugby league area, the club's eight-year stint back in Group 10 was hard work.
Drawing from a town with a population near the 2000 mark is as tough as it is playing on that sportsground up in the hills neighbouring a timbermill in July.
But that's what made the Tigers' run to the 2017 grand final so special.
"The town went nuts ... it's the most league-mad town I've ever seen in my life."
Those words from club secretary Neil O'Grady sum up what rugby league means to the area. And why footy won't be lost to Oberon, although the Tigers look all but lost to Group 10, for the time being. But what now for the players?
The Tigers didn't make the finals in 2019, but they were mighty close, losing three of their first four games - 24-18 versus Mudgee, 26-22 against CYMS and 14-12 when facing Hawks - by a converted try or less to chase their tails for virtually the whole season.
The town went nuts ... it's the most league-mad town I've ever seen in my life.Neil O'Grady on the success of the Tigers in 2017
They win those games and they make the top five.
They had quality players - lots of them - and a former NRL player as coach in the form of Josh Starling, but where will they all play next season?
Let's work it out.
Now, before we dive into it, these aren't predictions. Anyone who's seen a prediction or two in these pages knows they invariably don't land anywhere near the mark.
The following, however, is where At The End Of The Day thinks these Tigers would work best, and in turn add plenty of quality to the remaining eight sides in Group 10 come season's kick-off in April.
Farren Lamb | Bathurst St Pat's
It's no secret the blue and whites are on a bit of a rebuild. The Luke Branighan punt didn't pay off and with the former NRL gun now coaching Canowindra there's a void in the halves at Jack Arrow Oval.
Now Lamb isn't an out-and-out match-winner, but he's as cool as they come in the clutch - that's proven - so he'd be a decent player to pick up and partner alongside a senior half like Tim Holman.
He's a great goal-kicker too, and with Zac Merritt, another Forbes product, coaching St Pat's this year the connection is there.
Matt Ranse | Orange CYMS
Matt Ranse has a bit of mongrel in him. That's not a bad thing, quite the opposite in fact. And when CYMS sides have had a few mad blokes in their teams - think Garret Field in 2010, Terawhiti Cooper in 2011 and Chris Bamford in 2017 - they've invariably dominated.
Ranse is a different player to the trio named, though, but could be equally valuable if used correctly. He's an effort player, and won man of the match in the annual Group 10 versus Group 11 senior rep game because he's one of the fiercest competitors in the region.
Richie Peckham | Lithgow Workies
Lithgow already has one of the most imposing packs in Group 10 - Behan, Alderson, Willmott, Oloapu, Godden. The missing link? A player with a bit of guile to push their big men around the park.
Peckham was electric for the Tigers in the No.9 in 2019 and would add real spark for Workies in the same role.
Jackson Brien | Blayney Bears
The Bears are pushing hard on the recruitment front this off-season - landing Siosave Vave early in the piece signalling their intentions; Blayney means business next year.
But all the size in the world will mean nothing if there's not a touch of class out the back. Brien would add that class and then some.
He finished 2019 as the best fullback in the Group and would be a stunning addition for Ben McKenna's Bears.
Josh Starling | Bathurst Panthers
Set in stone. The best side in the competition picks up arguably the Group's best prop. Catch them if you can.
Abel Lefaoseu | Orange Hawks
Who doesn't love big Abel. Rhetorical. Everyone loves big Abel. And if you're a two blues fan, you'd just about pucker up if you knew Lefaoseu was lining up in the centres for the club in 2020.
If there was one area the club lacked a bit of punch in throughout 2019, it was out wide. Lefaoseu solves that problem.
Luke Christie-Johnston | Mudgee Dragons
Whispers continue to circle the 2019 runners-up will lose Nick Harvey to his Dubbo CYMS in Group 11 next year. If he goes, then Christie-Johnston would be a valuable get. Imagine LCJ and Chance Burgess rolling around in the middle of the field as one in 2020? Incredible.
Blake Fitzpatrick | Cowra Magpies
Arguably the most skillful of all the Tigers. Fitzpatrick's been a mainstay at the club since its return to Group 10 in 2012 and has played just about every position ... and that's why he'd be a decent pick up for the Magpies.
There's a bit of uncertainty surrounding the swoopers heading into 2020 after boss Marc McLeish indicated the club would reel in its spending.
Fitzy's versatility makes him a hugely valuable player. Skillful, tough and a good show of speed, wouldn't look out of play locking the scrum at Cowra.
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