Two club presidents would like to see the 2020 Group 11 season abandoned while another is pushing for a full regular season and finals series stretching into mid-November.
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Opinion around the structure of any potential Group 11 competition in 2020 is split among club bosses.
The Group 11 board met with club officials on Monday night to discuss how any season could work this year.
Everything from a full regular season finishing with a November 15 grand final through to a combined western league with Group 10 clubs, and the abandonment of all play this year were all options put on the table.
Group 11 Paul Loxley is keeping all option open and didn't even rule out a modified 2020 season going ahead with less clubs should any feel they are not positioned to compete this year.
Individual club committees will now discuss the options before another Group 11 meeting next Monday night.
But if early thoughts are anything to go by, it's going to be tricky to come up with a majority decision.
Six of the seven club bosses were available for comment on Tuesday, and the responses varied greatly.
Glen Neill and Archie Harding, the presidents at Nyngan and Narromine respectively, have stated their preference is for no play at all this year while the CYMS and Parkes clubs are keen on a western league, pending the outcome of a Group 10 meeting on Wednesday night.
Macquarie's Ross McDermott likes the idea of the full 14 rounds and five-team finals while Darren Ah See of Wellington had no favoured option at this stage as he had not yet met with the Cowboys committee.
Forbes president Matt Coleman was unable to be reached for comment.
"There's seven different clubs with seven different ideas," CYMS chairman Mick Fraser said.
"But we've got to do whatever is best for rugby league.
"We're leaning towards it [western league] if Group 10 wants to do something different but at the end of the day it's Group 11's call and they look to us for guidance."
The combined western competition idea was put forward by Forbes president Matt Coleman last week as something to invigorate the game.
Joe Spicer of Parkes was a fan of the idea but said if it wasn't possible a shortened Group 11 season where clubs play each other the once before finals would be the best bet.
"A lot of our volunteers are tied up in other sports other things in the community so the shortened comp would be better so we could have the full commitment," he said.
"We'd like to fit in with cricket and Matt's proposal would allow that.
"It would go for eight to 10 weeks and give everyone an opportunity for a run, it's something different so would get the interest up, and there's been talk about it the last couple of years so it would scratch that itch.
"It could stimulate some direction to continue or it could just shoot it down."
It's just a woeful situation but at the end of the day it's about player welfare ...- Nyngan president Glen Neill
Those against any play at all have their community in general in mind.
The idea of travelling within the western area is something which isn't too attractive for Neill, despite lockdown restrictions being slightly eased on Tuesday.
He and Harding were both taking the 'some things are bigger than football' approach.
"And community is one of those. That's the biggest thing for me," Neill said.
"It's just a woeful situation but at the end of the day it's about player welfare and as a community we might just be better off spending a few months quiet."
Like every other club, the Tigers rely licenced premises for sponsorship but with those venues currently closed there are plenty of question marks around club finances.
"A lot of smaller jumper sponsors too, it wouldn't be a fair go for them," Neill said of asking for sponsorship this year.
"They need the next few months to reestablish themselves and get going again."
"The finances are not really good for Narromine," Harding stated.
"A lot of sponsors are holding off because they're not sure if they're going to get the bang for their dollar.
"Our two major sponsors, we've got the USMC in first grade and the Narromine Hotel for the league tag and they're not open so it's hard for them to give us money when they haven't got any. Other small business have closed too."
The other issue at this time of year is motivation, with players in all grades having not taken part in any team training sessions for a number of months.
"A lot of players have lost interest," he said.
"No one has been training and we could start as a club from July 1 and then it would be three weeks to the first comp game. That's not much time.
The consensus of Narromine is we'd be happy to sit this year out and build for next year."
The financial and welfare aspects is also something Wellington is looking at closely.
While no favoured option was given at this stage, Ah See said there was plenty to discuss.
"Our decision will be based on a number of factors including timing of the restart, player welfare, and the financial impact on the club," he said.
"The other bigger issue is that the survival of the Cowboys club and that of the other Group 11 clubs and the competition itself needs to be considered as part of this process.
"Yes, we would love to see footy happen this year though not at the detriment of the long term viability of our club, other Group 11 clubs or the Group 11 competition itself."
McDermott may push for a regular season but he, and other club bosses, said they will look at the options put forward next Monday.
"You've got to have the options," Fraser added.
"It's preparing if we can keep moving forward.
"If the rate [of corornavirus cases] keeps dipping like it is we could play footy so you've got to be proactive.
"There's a lot of hurdles ... but it's good Group 11 is being positive and prepared."
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