Girls on a mission
THIS morning, Toormina High's under 15 years soccer girls have the chance to break a dynasty.
The team will be playing against Brisbane's Cavendish Road Sports High in the quarter finals of the school competition, the Bill Turner Cup today at Toormina Oval from 9.45am.
The Brisbane school has won the trophy in the last two years.
The competition has had over 600 schools enter this year from all across New South Wales as well as south-eastern Queensland and northern Victoria.
Coach of the team Shar Valentine is ecstatic with the way the team has progressed through the knockout rounds to get to this late stage.
"This is the furthest we've got through with this sport," she explained.
"We had a rugby league team go further but soccer hasn't traditionally been a strong sport for the school although we always seem to have reasonable teams."
This team though has the advantage of being a closely knit group that has built up for a lot of them through playing together over the last three or four years in the Holiday Coast's junior teams.
To get to the quarter final stage, Toormina have had to overcome Orara, Dorrigo, Bishop Druitt, John Paul College and Duval High from Armidale.
If the girls are looking for any additional motivation aside from knocking off the tall poppy Cavendish Road, then the spoils of victory will be a trip to Newcastle for the semi-final at the start of September.
Valentine would love nothing more than than for her girls to win through at Toormina Oval this morning, but she did hint that she'd love a rest.
Also the coach of the Open team as well as softball, she'd love nothing more than to be taken off playground duties and lunch extended to an hour so she can fit in training sessions for all her teams.