LET'S HOLD FINAL HERE: Bulldogs in fight to host in Bundy
AUSSIE RULES: Brothers Bulldogs might be forced to play the grand final away from Bundaberg if results don't go their way this week in the QFA Wide Bay Sunshine Coast league.
The Bulldogs are the first side to qualify for the grand final after an 11-point win over Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast yesterday cemented them a place in their first decider since 2015.
Now, the NewsMail can reveal the Bulldogs might be forced to play in Hervey Bay or Gympie depending on the result of the preliminary final, to be played this weekend between the Roos and Hervey Bay.
No decision on the grand final venue had been made but if the Roos win, the decider will be played in Gympie while a Hervey Bay triumph will deliver the match to Wide Bay, with either Bundy or the Bay the venue.
AFL Queensland competition manager for Sunshine Coast Wide Bay, Dean Wicks, said a Bombers win could put the grand final in Bundaberg.
"Hervey Bay hosts the reserves and junior grand finals this year, so we'd rather it be there (if Bombers win)," he said.
"But it would be a home game for them, so if the Bulldogs don't approve of that then it would likely be held in Bundaberg."
The likely venue would be Frank Coulthard Oval to ensure a neutral venue for both sides.
Where the final is held is a decision Brothers Bulldogs coach Jason Baulch wants if the Bombers win.
"We should reward a team that finished higher with less travel," he said.
"The grand final should be closer to home for us than the Bombers, if they qualify."
Baulch said the Bulldogs would have no problem playing in Gympie if the Roos qualified as they finished higher in the regular season.
Bulldogs vice-captain Jack Sickerdick said the travel may not hurt the side.
"It doesn't bother us where it is held," he said.
A decision on the grand final will be made after the preliminary final.