One look into Lucy Dennis's genes, there certainly is no mistaking the Cavaliers midcourter's netball pedigree.
Dennis and twin Meg are both state representatives for much of the decade.
As were older twin cousins Krista and Claire Dennis.
So influential had Claire been that during the police officer's stint at the Launceston station, the former Cripps Waratah star was offered a coaching role from Cavaliers.
She is down in the annals as the first Tasmanian to ever coach the state to a national title for the ANL Magpies.
Then there is mum Estelle, playing for Scottsdale A-grade one stage to almost 50.
But there has been one missing piece that has alluded only Dennis in the family.
That was until running out to face Northern Hawks on Saturday at the Silverdome, the talented 26-year-old had never played in a grand final.
Not at any level.
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Not after two decades.
All of that hard work year after year had led to nothing.
Not even second prize.
"I felt maybe I just have been very unlucky," she said.
"I moved away for university studies in 2013, which was the last time the Cavaliers won the premiership and played the three seasons before and unfortunately we were in losing preliminary finals the whole time.
"So I started to think I was the bad luck charm."
That luck seemed to desert the physiotherapist two years ago before getting on court for her State League return.
The irony of suffering an Achilles injury during the preseason is not lost either.
"I spent all of 2017 on the sidelines and only made it back to State League last year and played in another losing preliminary final before finally making it through to the big one," she said.
"So I was pretty nervous this year when I fronted up for my fifth preliminary final last week and started to think am I ever going to play in a grand final, but then finally we made it through."
Dennis was standing in the centre court at the Silverdome in front of a partisan Cavaliers crowd, 20 years on from after starting on the cold asphalt of the North East.
Something in nearly a blink of an eye went awry.
A few anxious bad passes that was turned over into the Hawks goal circle and all of a sudden the Cavs were down eight goals without scoring.
Reaching grand finals she knew was tough enough, but winning one would surely take a Herculean effort.
"When you're eight zip down, you think this is nightmare material," Dennis said, "but it kind of turned out to be a fairytale in the end."
The panic that Dennis had suffered eventually subsided.
The Cavs midcourt slowly took control, the defence blunted the Hawks shooting influence and the goals just started to drop into the net.
The cheers from the crowd went from enthusiastic to all but deafening at the death, but it took Dennis a while for the moment to sink in.
"I really didn't think we were going to win until about one minute 30 to go. We had to stay in it for about 55 minutes before we got a sniff of what was victory," she said.
"It was a fantastic game for Northern netball and it was fantastic to be a part of it. But I still can't quite believe it."
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