CHERRY OUR PICK FOR GOLD

Roma lo­cal hop­ing to win gold

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - Joshua Macree Joshua.Macree@ west­ern­starnews.com

ROMA rugby player Emilee Cherry has reached a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in her ca­reer as she gears up to play in her first Com­mon­wealth Games.

The 25-year-old was se­lected to play in the Aus­tralian rugby sev­ens women’s team to go up against some of the best ath­letes around the world in her home state of Queens­land.

This is the first time rugby sev­ens will be played at the games.

RUGBY SEV­ENS: Emilee Cherry is gear­ing up for her first match at the Com­mon­wealth Games and the whole of the Mara­noa is cheering her on.

This year’s event at the Gold Coast has spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance for the sport and Cherry can’t wait to be a part of his­tory with an Aus­tralian team in red-hot form.

“This is the first time women’s rugby sev­ens will be at the Comm Games, so to be rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia on home turf is pretty ex­cit­ing,” she said.

Hav­ing grown up in Roma, Cherry is aware of the lo­cal fan­fare back home and hopes to return with a gold medal around her neck.

“I’m al­ways in con­tact with fam­ily and friends in Roma, so it’s awe­some to hear the sup­port I have back there and I love com­ing home ev­ery chance I get,” she said.

“Hope­fully af­ter a suc­cess­ful cam­paign on the Gold Coast, I’ll be able to come back home and see ev­ery­one there.”

Cherry said au­di­ences could ex­pect a thrilling brand of rugby that usu­ally went hand-in-hand with sev­ens tour­na­ments.

“Hope­fully we’ll see some re­ally ex­cit­ing and flow­ing rugby sev­ens ac­tion,” she said.

“It is very en­ter­tain­ing for the spec­ta­tors to come and watch, hope­fully the crowd re­ally gets be­hind us and comes down to the Robina Sta­dium to cheer us on.”

Aus­tralia’s first game will be against Wales this af­ter­noon.

PHOTO: BREN­DAN ES­POS­ITO

GOLD COAST BOUND: Aus­tralian rugby sev­ens women's team mem­bers Char­lotte Caslick, Demi Hayes, Emma Sykes and Emilee Cherry.

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