Cherry blossoms for 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 with any possible chance I love coming home,” 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 fun, flowing rugby sevens action,” she said.
"It is very entertaining for the spectators to come and watch so hopefully the crowd really gets behind us and comes down to Robina Stadium and cheer us on.”
Australia's first game will be against Wales this afternoon.