Women hit Olympic hurdle

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by Chris Ford

The Aussie women have a hit an Olympic hurdle with former World Player of the Year Emilee Cherry suffering a hamstring strain.

Just over 48 hours away from their opening clash against Colombia, women’s coach Tim Walsh revealed to News Limited that Cherry may not take her place in the side.

“She is looking unlikely at the moment but we will give her a fitness test tomorrow,” Walsh said.

“There is still a fair bit of pain there. Her strength is down.”

The women have travelled with two non-playing reserves, with Brooke Walker and Dom du Toit in the squad as shadow players. Emilee Cherry is a key player in the Women's Gold medal tilt. Photo: Getty Images

Cherry’s absence would be a cruel blow though with the women chasing Gold after securing the World Series title this season.

“No-one likes to see it but it happens regularly,” Walsh said. 

“We have taught the girl, and they’ve embraced it, just to adapt.

“If someone can’t play, someone else will stick up the hand and do the job.

“They’re disappointed for her but fingers crossed she gets through.”

The ruthless demands of Sevens rugby have led Cherry to say she won’t play if she doesn’t feel 100%.

“I have no doubt that she will make the best decision for the team because that is the type of player she is,” co-captain Shannon Parry said.

“At this stage it is 50-50 whether she will make it through or not but we have the best support team and medical staff on deck here to help us though.”

“If she is ruled out we have plenty of players in the background ready to go.”

Australia Women’s Olympic campaign

Sunday 7 August (2.30am AEST) against Colombia

Sunday 7 August (7.30am AEST) against Fiji

Monday 8 August (2.30am AEST) against USA