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60 SPORT FRIDAY MAY 16 2014 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 CAFL TOP 25 PART ONE (13-25) Centralian Advocate sports journalist JordAn McArdle picks his top 25 Central Australian Football league players (Players must have played at least one game this season to qualify) AArOn ShArPe Western Aranda LUKe FArrOWS rovers 13. Aaron Sharpe (Western Aranda)There are few players in the CAFL more athletic than Western Arandas Aaron Sharpe. Sharpe is a livewire who can literally play any position on ground, from centre-half back to ruck-rover. He has one of the best left feet in the competition. 14. Paul Campbell (Pioneer)Campbell has been unable to break his way into the NT Thunder side this season, but Im sure Pioneer co-coaches Stephen Hayes and Willie Foster wont mind. The nuggetty winger has a deadly kick and is one of his sides highest possession getters. 15. Baydon ngalkin (Western Aranda)Nicknamed the Nailgun, Ngalkin is a star of the competition and one of the great stories in the CAFL. The Western Aranda-bred talent is in his second season at the Thunder after an impressive 2013. He combines with Bulldogs team mate Aaron Sharpe very well. 16. Murray Liddle (South)What a recruit the ex-Pioneer player has been for the Roos. Liddle always seems to be among the action and certainly knows where the goals are. Hes equally as damaging up forward and in the midfield. 17. Joe roberts (Federal)The former NT under-18s representative has been one of few shining lights in a tough start for the reigning CAFL champs. Is right at home in the forward line but can certainly play in the midfield if needed. 18. Desmond nandy (Ltyentye Apurte)Nandy has picked up the slack of the offseason exit Dylan Alice and injured player-coach Darren Young and started the season all guns blazing. The hard-running midfielder will go a long way to winning the Saints best and fairest. 19. ryan Mallard (Pioneer)Behind Federals Jayden Prior, Mallard would arguably be the most versatile big man in the competition. Hes got the ability to kick a handful of goals when playing forward, or can play a shutdown role at the other end if needed. 20. Farren James (Pioneer)The boy from Tennant Creek is a pleasure to watch across the half-back line. Hes got brilliant run and carry and loves taking a bounce or two. James has been in the Eagles best most weeks in 2014 and they will be hoping his hamstring injury doesnt keep him out for too long. 21. Matt Cunningham (West)Cunningham is Wests best player and performs week in, week out. He can play centre-half back, centre-half forward and is a more than capable ruckman. Win or lose, its a rare occurrence to not see Cunningham among the Bloods best players. 22. Bradley Turner (Federal)Turner has got super skills including one of the best kicks in the competition and is a smooth mover around the ground. Hes a match-winning component of the Demons midfield when at his best. 23. nathan Mutch (Federal)The bloke they call Nitro is an enigmatic midfielder turned forward who gets a lot of the ball. Can tear the opposition apart is hes kicking is on-song and is a former NT Thunder-listed player. Mutch had a good finals campaign in 2013 and was a big part in his sides premiership success. 24. Luke Farrows (rovers)The Rovers 2012 CAFL premiership skipper is a natural leader and somewhat of a ball magnet. He can also fit in nicely across the halfback line as a rebounding defender, with his pace and agility troublesome for opposition sides. 25. Jarwyn Cole-Manolis (Pioneer)The Pioneer skipper leads from the front and wears his heart on his sleeve each and every week. ColeManolis gathers plenty of the ball through the midfield and isnt afraid of a hard-ball get. Is a big game player who will be vital in the Eagles finals quest. PArT TWO OF JOrDAnS TOP 25 WILL Be In neXT WeeKS CenTrALIAn ADVOCATe
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