New South Wales Rugby League personnel Evan Jones expects October's Western Women's Rugby League competition to feature sky-high numbers as there's set to be a 'genuine demand' for competitive sports in the wake of the virus-affected winter.
The six-team tournament is set to kick-off in October and if numbers weren't already on the increase, Jones expects them to be rising by the time spring rolls around.
"The fact that a lot of winter sports have had their seasons cancelled or curtailed will create a genuine demand for it," Jones said.
"Given where our competition sits, by the time it rolls around everyone will be really invested in it."
While the cancellation of Group 10 isn't ideal, Jones is grateful that women's rugby league will still have the opportunity to thrive in the later months of the year.
"We're pretty fortunate of where it lies in our calendar," he said. "The way the restrictions are easing right now, we should be relatively ill affected."
Crowds are crucial to a sport that's trying to break into the mainstream but Jones touts training as the number one priority for the girls and hopes there won't be any contact restrictions when they return to the paddock.
"A lot of the girls who are playing tackle footy have only been at it for a year or two," Jones said. "The ability to practice contact scenarios is very important in their development."
This is the fourth season of the Western women's competition and Jones says there's future plans to branch off into more age groups due to the sheer number of people expressing interest.
"It started with an under 15s and under 17s," he said.
"But, it's been naturally growing and there's plans to change the age groups to 14s, 16s, and 18s and then an opens competition as well." The Western Women's Rugby League competition is set to kick-off on the October 10-11 weekend.