WITH a full season not yet off the table for the Southern Inland Rugby Union competition, the Leeton Dianas are eagerly waiting to see how a possible fixture may unfold.
Prior to COVID-19 restrictions being put in place, the Dianas had been enjoying a solid pre-season, with the team taking shape thanks to their young guns, returning players and even some who had sat out from the sport for a couple of seasons all registering their intent to don the purple jumper in 2020.
Coach Stuart Stout said he had asked his players to try and keep their fitness up during the unscheduled break from training.
"You're obviously not going to be able to keep that intensity up, but hopefully they've been doing what they can to stay as fit as possible," he said.
"Hopefully then when we do get a start date, I dare say the turnaround will be pretty quick, we'll need to be as ready as possible.
"As long as they maintain a little bit of fitness, the plan when we do get the green light will be to have a bit of an intensive hit out at training to prepare for our games."
Southern Inland have a number of contingencies they are continuing to work through as they await more recommendations from Rugby Australia, but they are believed to still be looking at how a full season could go ahead.
"Hopefully we get a bit of an idea about the start of the season so people can start to increase their intensity of training at home," Stout said.
"Then we'll be able to give the girls a bit more advice about where they should be at and that sort of thing.
"We've got a messenger group so we're keeping in touch.
"Everyone is missing footy."
The 2020 season had been looking bright for the Dianas according to Stout.
"We had new players come on board and some of our past players returning as well," he said.
"Like everyone, it's all up in the air at the moment.
"Once we know what the competition will look like, we'll hopefully still have all of those people still interested in playing.
"That will be the key is still having everyone on board."
The Dianas, like most teams, will be hoping for at least two to three weeks of intense training before any games are played.