Twenty of those hours would be spent on the bus, with the group planning to leave AAMI Park in Melbourne at 4am on Sunday and spending just four hours at ANZ Stadium at Homebush before travelling home.
In their application for the exemption, the group outlined that all supporters will test for COVID-19 within two days prior to the trip and will be subject to regular temperature checks.
The group is hoping to make one stop at Barnawartha on the Victorian side of the border, depending on whether they are able to get a clearance from the Dan Andrews’ government, before driving to ANZ Stadium, where they would be seated in an isolated bay.
Mr Tomlin says he has been in contact with NSW’s Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant and Health Minister Brad Hazzard’s office to find out whether the idea would be possible.
“I’m realistic that this is a huge feat and it’s very unlikely it will happen,” he said. “But at least I won’t be thinking I should have been there, there’s something I should have done, there’s something I could have done. There’s no questions left unanswered,” he said.
“I’ve got to the highest level of government in NSW to make an authoritative decision … therefore I can just sit back and enjoy the game.”
Mr Tomlin said he has also been in touch with the NRL and ANZ Stadium officials.
The NRL said they would “require time to consult with its various stakeholders” if the plan was approved by the government.
“We don’t want to be jeopardising anyone health,” Mr Tomlin said. “If we got approval – I would honestly cry.”
Mr Tomlin has a coach company on standby for the trip.
Mr Tomlin is an administrator of the Storm Active Supporters fan Facebook group and said he has received expressions of interest from almost 400 fans.
“There are so many people keen to go,” he said. “I love when someone says to me you won’t get this off the ground, this isn’t going to happen you’re wasting your time because it just drives me so much more.”
A spokesman for NSW Health said the border restrictions with Victoria were a “necessary measure” to protect the community.
“NSW Health does not comment on individual cases due to privacy. However, in relation to requests for exemptions from quarantine to attend the NRL grand final, no such exemptions have been provided.”
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Sarah is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.