Central West Rugby Union chief Matt Tink is optimistic the new women's rugby sevens competition will be a huge part of reaching a 15-a-side competition in the next few years by attracting new players to the game.
The competition kicks off on Friday with 10 teams across two conferences of five playing over four weeks, with finals on December 1.
Tink said the timing was planned for when there was a down time for most women's sport to give them as good a chance at attracting as many players as possible.
"We had a look at women's sport across the zone, where we thought there was stuff on and saw nothing really on Friday nights," he said.
While he admitted chasing teams in the off-season for a new competition was often like herding cats and he expects "hiccups along the way", Tink anticipates clubs will jump on board, with the social aspect of rugby sevens a big draw card.
Each Friday night will have a carnival-like atmosphere with each team playing two games, with three sides watching on, giving them the chance to mingle and meet each other, which Tink said was one of the strong points of the women's competition.
"In the Westfund Ferguson Cup the girls did really well catching up after the game, taking photos, they were better than the men ... that's something we want to build on," Tink said.
"Some teams might need to borrow players ... but at the end of the day people will play sport when they feel comfortable and accepted.
"A lot of our rugby girls are bringing along players from touch football, from league tag, from all these other sports and that's great."
The five teams taking part in the southern conference are Orange Emus, Orange City, Bathurst Bulldogs, Cowra and Canowindra, while the sides lining up in the northern division are Narromine, Dubbo Rhinos, Dubbo Roos, Mudgee and Coolah.
It runs from 5.30pm every Friday night through November, each club rotating hosting duties during the month.