VIDEO: North Coast on centre court at NSW CHS titles
NORTH Coast will attempt to put itself into the history books today when it contests the final of the NSW Combined High Schools Girls Tennis Championships in Grafton today.
The tournament hosts take on Sydney North in the decider at 10am at Grafton City Tennis Centre.
Remarkably, five of the nine girls in the side are from the hometown of Grafton, including four from the Grafton High School team which recently finished runners up in the NSW CHS Girls Tennis Knockout - the same competition the school won in 2015 and 2012.
But the state championship trophy is one that has remained elusive for North Coast for more than 20 years.
"North Coast has really performed well," team manager and Grafton High teacher Kelly Blanch said.
"The girls have been playing really good tennis and so far I couldn't ask any more from them."
On day one North Coast defeated North West 10 sets to two, South Coast 8-4 and Sydney East 9-3. On day two they slammed previously unbeaten Hunter 8-4 to top Pool B and then aced Pool A runners up Sydney South West 10-2 to breeze through the semi-final.
Incredibly, North Coast has done it without their usual number one ranked player Krystal Clarke, from Laurieton.
"We've got good depth, which is what makes a good team," Blanch said.
"If you've got a good number nine at the bottom it makes a big difference.
"We even had two more girls (Celina McGarvie, Erica Tillman) fill in for another team (Sydney West) who were short because of injury, so tennis has some really good depth here in Grafton."
NORTH COAST: Georgia Allen (Grafton), Ashley Allman (Melville), Bonnie Moon (Grafton), Lily Pade (Coffs Harbour), Rachel Fahey (Grafton), Megan Tillman (South Grafton), Alannah Harrison (Orara), Tianna McGarvie (Grafton), Hanna McDonald (Kingscliff). Manager: Kelly Blanch (Grafton).