Diehard footy fans planning quarantine to make grand final
DIEHARD Victorian footy fans are plotting a two week quarantine in the North Territory in a bid to get to the Gabba for the AFL Grand Final.
Wyndham Vale mum Tammy Holt is gearing up to cross state lines to watch her beloved Pies if they secure a spot in the premiership decider.
NT Health confirmed yesterday that Victorians could head to the Territory to quarantine for a fortnight before they could then travel onto the Sunshine State.
Queensland has closed its borders to Victoria - a declared "COVID hotspot" - but not the NT.
However, Victorians would have to fork out $2500 to cover the cost of mandatory quarantine at Howard Springs in Darwin or the Todd Facility in Alice Springs.
"Once a person has completed their quarantine requirements they are free to arrange further travel plans," an NT Health spokesman said.
Ms Holt said her family had been "considering" the move but hoped Victorian case numbers dropped enough so she and 13-year-old daughter, Trinity, could head straight to Queensland to quarantine there ahead of the game.
"I have enough leave at work and we are cheer squad members," she said.
A Pies fan since she was 13 years old herself, Ms Holt has had two interstate footy trips cancelled this year but said she'd quarantine if it meant she could see the Pies play.
"Of course we'd be concerned about the cost of quarantine and what would have to be done not knowing if we make it, but I've been following (Collingwood) since I've known what footy is", she said.
Fellow Pies supporter John Speziale, 56, crunched the numbers on quarantining with his family in the Northern Territory before heading to Queensland but found the border restrictions too much to bare.
"I would love to go up and watch it with my whole family but the border restrictions stop me from even attempting it," he said.
Mr Speziale said he was a dedicated fan but the limited number of spectators allowed into the stadium also deterred him from jumping through border hoops.
"With only about 30,000 people allowed in, I don't know if I would even get it," he said.
AFL Fans Association president Gerry Eeman said most clubs had small but vocal supporter bases in Queensland.
But he said regardless of the crowd size, competing clubs should get at least the same proportion as when the game was played at the MCG - about 17,000 per club.
"Club members have shown incredible loyalty this year and need to be looked after," Mr Eeman said.
Originally published as Diehard VIC footy fans planning NT quarantine to make grand final