WAIT and see.
The NSW Touch Association will monitor conditions in Port Macquarie this weekend on an almost hourly basis as the NSW State Cup rolls into town.
A number of measures have been - or will be - put in place to ensure the safety of players as bushfires continue to rage across the state.
With roads to the north and south of the region intermittently open and closed, NSWTA general manager Dean Russell said they could be faced with having to restructure the draw.
Clubs from Moruya in the southern part of the state as well as Ballina in the north could be effected by road closures.
"It will depend on the makeup of the pools; we might have a pool which has five teams in it so it might be something as simple as including a bye," he said.
"Or we might have to restructure the draw."
Affiliates have been told to have a reporting officer who will monitor the health of players and document any concerns.
"We'll have a Google document where we can see in real-time and if there are 50 cases, we'll see we might have a problem," Russell said.
NSWTA will keep a close eye on the Air Quality Index reader which has alternated between good, fair and low-level poor in Port Macquarie over the last week.
"The worst-case scenario is that we'll cancel the games, but hopefully it won't come to that," Russell said.
"It could come down to a change in structure of the games where instead of having a straight 30-minute game, we'll have two 12 minute halves or even three eight-minute thirds.
"Most players will understand that, although we know we'll have a few who will state their concerns that their matches were played under a different structure.
"We'll just have to wait and see."
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