WAGGA City Council is confident winter and summer sports will work out a way to co-exist as the city braces for an October ground sharing juggling act.
But some grounds which traditionally host finals matches in football codes may be ruled off limits so turf wickets can be prepared for cricket season.
Most football competitions have expressed a desire to press on into October to make up for time lost due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Four of cricket's six grounds used for first grade are also used by football codes, but council's manager of parks and strategic operations Henry Pavitt is bullish a compromise will be reached where winter sports finals and cricket can be played simultaneously.
Council is effectively playing a waiting game until the NSW government's Office of Sport releases its Return To Play Framework, which will then allow individual sports to map out their plans.
"I think there'd be a way of making it work, there'd just have to be compromise from both parties," Pavitt said.
"Every year we have to do a juggle with pre season and the end of summer sport anyway, trying to make grounds available for teams.
"It's worked so far and it's not easy, it'd be nice to have more grounds but we can do what we can at the moment with what we've got.
"Until all the sports work out their plan of attack we can't formulate our plan until then. We'll work with all sports and clubs to accommodate their needs as best we can."
Football Wagga plays most of their Wagga-based matches at Rawlings Park, and have asked council to liaise with cricket on their behalf on finding a way to share the facility.
Robertson Oval was made unavailable to cricket after January due to the Richmond-Greater Western Sydney AFL pre-season and AFLW matches played there in March.
Pavitt is confident some middle ground can again be reached.
"If winter sports do need to press into October or later, it would be a case of working with the summer sports to try and schedule which grounds would be available for finals," he said.
"We'd need to take turf wicket preparation into consideration so some of the usual finals locations may be unavailable for winter sports, but there will be other options.
"It worked this year with the AFL pre-season game and juggling that with cricket. It worked quite well and a lot of that came down to sitting the sports at the table and working through it with them both.
"We're still maintaining them as per usual at per moment as if there was sport, because once it can come back we need them to be up to the standard they expect for a normal season.
"Nothing's changed with maintenance, they'll be ready to go as soon as the green light's given."