Cherry on top of hamstring worry

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by Chris Ford

The prognosis is looking better for Emilee Cherry but she’s not in the clear just yet. 

The former World Player of the Year strained her hamstring on Tuesday and there were fears she wouldn’t line up for the women’s Gold medal tilt. 

The 23-year old trained lightly during the team session on Friday in Rio with the women kicking off in less than 24 hours.

“She’s a lot better today (Friday) so we’re seeing how she progresses whether we play her tomorrow or not,” women’s Head Coach Tim Walsh said.

“She’s taken a lot of steps forward last night and had some pretty intensive physio so her strength is coming back.

“There’s a good chance we’ll play her but we have a further test this afternoon (Friday).”

The women were presented their Olympic jerseys in front of family and friends at the Australian base in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.

Both shadow players, Dom du Toit and Brooke Walker are training with the team in case Cherry doesn’t improve in time.

“Emilee was presented her jersey,” Walsh said.

“The shadow situation for the Olympics is if a player gets injured during the tournament, you can replace that player with a shadow up until day two.”

The women’s campaign kicks off against Colombia at 2.30am AEST tomorrow. 

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