When Group 10 president Linore Zamparini woke up on Monday morning, he was hoping he'd get a detailed directive from New South Wales Rugby League not long after he had breakfast.
As it turned out, NSWRL put its announcement on hold, telling the likes of Zamparini they'd need to wait until the end of the week for more information.
"The NSWRL is working towards final confirmation of a return to play of community football later this week," the announcement said.
"NSWRL had expected a confirmation from the NSW government today. We now expect confirmation on final guidelines and a framework to return to play is just days away."
Back when grass roots rugby league was put on ice in March, Zamparini circled June 1 as the date where he'd get some concrete information from the state government but now, the president and the eight anxiously waiting clubs will need to sit tight until the end of the week.
It's an announcement that's inconvenient for Group 10 as the proposed return date of July 18 is only six weeks away and club training hasn't been given the green light yet.
"In reality, if the comp's going to kick-off in July we really need to know pretty quick," Zamparini said.
"In the next two weeks would be ideal so we can get some training happening. We were hoping for something a bit more concrete. When they shut it down they said nothing would be discussed until May 29 ... well, it's June 1 today. We assumed we'd have an answer by now."
While Group 10 is continuing to shoot for a July kick-off date, whispers of other clubs succumbing to the pressure of the situation are circling and even though Zamparini is confident in the personnel at every club, he knows it will take a lot of hands on deck to see out the health requirements.
"The clubs run very thin with volunteers as it is," he said. "It's not easy and those volunteers are spread everywhere ... whether it be the gate, or the canteen, ground marshall or someone in the broadcast box.
"It's going to be hard to find another person to do this new job but I think they'd be able to find him or her."
The job Zamparini is referring to is the COVID marshall that will be required at every Group 10 game should the season get underway this winter.
Not only are there pressing questions regarding the status of team training sessions but the big issue - that's been heavily spoken about - is the presence of supporters at games and Zamparini's still not clear on who will be allowed to walk through the gates.
"We really need to know whether we've got a restricted crowd or not," he said.
"The clubs have asked us if everything is open and if we're 100 percent back on. I don't know how we do social distancing if we've got the full crowd. Clubs just want clarification and we were told we'd be getting that today.
"NSWRL really wants us to play but some of the other competitions have cancelled their seasons just because it is getting a bit late."
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