For most NRL fans, the young Panthers making their way into the grand final is the underdog story for the year.
But for one Storm fan, a real David and Goliath premiership story is unfolding in Melbourne.
Diehard fan and tram driver Chris Tomlin, 35, is lobbying the NSW government to allow a "Storm fan bubble" across the border to visit ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Sunday night.
Diehard fan and Melbourne tram driver Chris Tomlin, 35, is lobbying the NSW government to allow a “Storm fan bubble” across the border to visit ANZ Stadium on October 25.Credit:Joe Armao
"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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