By Louise Starkey For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 03:38 BST, 4 September 2020 | Updated: 04:22 BST, 4 September 2020
A small Australian Rules club in a country town with zero COVID-19 cases could be forced to cancel their grand final because of a 'frustrating' coronavirus restriction.
The Gunnedah and District Bulldogs may have to move the September 26 event to another town - hours away - unless the club erects a six-foot-high, 500-metre long fence and enforce a 500-attendee limit for the day.
The not-for-profit organisation would be thousands of dollars out-of-pocket if they were forced to put the barrier up, despite the game being held at 'a park in the middle of town'.
The restrictions were part of the public health orders that applied to sporting events in New South Wales, and Gunnedah's predicament has been forwarded to the state Health Minister.
The Gunnedah and District Bulldogs Football Club in Gunnedah could be out-of-pocket up to $5,000 to put a fence in place for its September 26 game, despite an expected 30,000 people packing into Brisbane's Gabba (pictured) on October 24 for the AFL grand final
Bulldogs senior coach Doug Meagher (pictured) said the rules enforced for larger clubs in cities and COVID-19 hotspots should not apply to smaller, country organisations in areas with zero coronavirus cases
Bulldogs senior coach Doug Meagher said it was unfair that health orders should be imposed on a country club in an area with zero coronavirus cases.
Despite being unbeaten this season and destined to