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Calliope woman to play for Australia

SANDRA Bickery could not be happier.

Not only was the 35-year-old from Calliope selected to play for the open-27s Australian touch football team but she is the assistant coach as well.

Bickery, who plays mixed games at the Yaralla fields with Team Rockets, said she had never been selected for an Australian team or done a day's coaching in her life.

"I was pretty happy about it all," Bickery said.

Her friendly and positive attitude is what Bickery said thinks got her the selection.

Now she can't wait to play against New Zealand when the team heads to Tweed Heads for a transTasman series on October 26 and 27.

"It's great to be a part of the team. It's going to be unreal."

Bickery endured a 13-hour training session on the weekend with the Australian team but she said it was going to be nothing compared to facing off against her New Zealand rivals.

"We are going to have to be quick and on our toes."

She said she was glad to represent her country and would try to do everyone proud.

Diggers Arms is sponsoring Bickery and will hold a raffle night on Friday and Saturday from 6.30pm - for meat trays and a $100 cash board.

Funds raised will go towards travel and accommodation for Bickery to get to the series.

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