Senior role for young Emilee

Toowoomba touch player Emilee Cherry will be Australia’s vice-captain at the trans-Tasman series in New South Wales this week.
Toowoomba touch player Emilee Cherry will be Australia’s vice-captain at the trans-Tasman series in New South Wales this week. Contributed

SHE might still be in her teens but Emilee Cherry will take on a leadership role in the Australian women's team at this week's trans-Tasman touch tournament in country New South Wales.

The 19-year-old national touch and rugby sevens representative has been named vice-captain of the Australian women's team for the three-match series against New Zealand in Mudgee, which starts today and also features open men's and open mixed teams.

Speaking just before the Australian squads attended Anzac Day services in Mudgee, the Rangeville talent said she was honoured and humbled to have been bestowed with such a position.

Taking on challenges at a young age is nothing new to Cherry as she became the first schoolgirl to represent an Australian open touch team back in 2010.

Cherry has faced New Zealand in previous trans-Tasman series and also ran in two touchdowns as Australia beat the Kiwis in the final of last year's World Cup in Scotland.

Australia may have the wood over our rivals from across the ditch but Cherry expects competition to be tough over the next three days.

"They're starting to adapt to the Aussie way of playing so they're improving and it will be close," she said.

Toowoomba twins Nikki and Gemma Etheridge will also take on New Zealand this week as they will play together in the Australian mixed team for the first time.

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