MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 05: Clayton Oliver of the Demons kicks the ballduring the round 20 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Gold Coast Suns at Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 5, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
The AFL is nearing a finalised and reformed Round 20 fixture following the Queensland Government's announcement of a snap three-day lockdown.
The lockdown placed an end to professional sport in South-East Queensland, meaning
three of the AFL's scheduled matches for the weekend would be postponed.
The hours after the announcement placed the league into a whirlwind, with clubs rushing to depart
Gold Coast and Brisbane.
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GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 11: Jordan Ridley of the Bombers kicks during the round 6 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Metricon Stadium on July 11, 2020 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
The Demons had made the trip up to the Sunshine State on Saturday morning, only to be told they will return to Victoria shortly after.
Giants, Swans and Bombers join the Suns and Lions in residing in Queensland in the past few weeks as part of the AFL's hubs, with those clubs now looking to make the switch south to Melbourne, while the Lions were permitted entry to Tasmania.
As reported by
Tom Morris, the AFL could move both of Saturday's cancelled matches to Sunday. Fox Footy's
The new fixture would see the Suns/Demons match played at Marvel Stadium to start the day, with
GWS/ Port Adelaide following in a double-header at Docklands.
Essendon's clash with Sydney would fall at 3:10pm at the MCG.
Revised Round 20 Sunday fixture (per Fox Footy):
12:10: Gold Coast v
Melbourne (Marvel Stadium)
2.10: Hawthorn v Brisbane (Launceston
3:10 Essendon v Sydney (MCG)
5.10: Fremantle v Richmond (Optus Stadium)
6:10 GWS v Port Adelaide (Marvel Stadium)