Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Sevens Honours a Role Model

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Sevens Honours a Role Model

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EACH weekend The Chronicle sport team looks at pressing issues on the Saturday Soapbox.

Q: Teams will play for the Emilee Cherry Cup in the inaugural season of the Downs Rugby women's sevens competition. Is that a fitting name for the trophy?

Ben Drewe: EMILEE Cherry is not only an Olympic gold medal winner from our region but was also a trailblazer of rugby sevens in Australia.

The sport is still young but she was one of the first touch football converts to get into the sport at the start of the decade.

Her example prompted plenty of other touch players from the Darling Downs to switch to the sport which has resulted in our region boasting an incredible representation in the Australian women's squad.

The naming of the Emilee Cherry Cup after the leading Australian player is certainly warranted after her contribution to the sport in our region.

Anton Rose: IF AN Olympic gold medal doesn't earn your some credit in the region, nothing will.

Cherry has been a leading example for younger girls on the Darling Downs and her name is synonymous with success at the highest level.

Hopefully competitions like this inspire the world beaters of tomorrow.

It's not as if there are many others who have done more in the sport than Cherry anyway.

Glen McCullough: Great choice. Surely there are no arguments on this naming.

Q: After the pay dispute between players and Cricket Australia, is Australia's first loss to Bangladesh a new low?

Glen McCullough: Had this happened to a team from the Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh or Ricky Ponting era it would have been seen as a devastating new low.

But a lot of water has since flowed under the bridge, and sadly this comes as no shock to a lot of us.

I think the Test loss tells us something about both teams.

Bangladesh is not the easy-beat mob it once was. …

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