As I have said before, I would prefer 3 stand alone weekends for SOO.
Flesh out the weekends with:
NZ North v South Island
Junior boys & girls SOO (potentially u17 & u19)
City v Country (for NSW & Queensland)
Emerging states Cup
Could even have men’s & women’s for all of them.
Not necessarily consecutive weekends either. Could play each 3 weeks apart, so then we don’t have a month long hiatus from club games.
1st preference - scrap it completely.
2nd preference - a single game, standalone at the weekend or end of season.
Be nice to get rid of 3 byes a season; 1 is bad enough but unavoidable with an odd number of teams.