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Touch guru Cameron to lead Aussies in NZ

GLADESVILLE’S touch football maestro Cameron Nicholls (pictured) has received the highest accolade of his decorated sporting career.

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Nicholls, who is vying for the 2015-16 TWT Club Six/Ryde Sports Foundation Sports Star of the Year Award, was appointed captain of the Australian Mixed Touch Football national squad for the upcoming Trans Tasman series against New Zealand to be staged in Auckland.

A skilful middle player, Nicholls was a key figure in Australia’s World Cup triumph over the Kiwis last season at Port Macquarie and takes over the reins from the accomplished Kylie Hilder.

He is one of three new leaders named by national selectors following the retirement of World Cup-winning skippers Hilder (Mixed), Steve Roberts (Mens) and Louise Winchester (Women).

Nicholas Good and Lizzie Campbell are the new Australian Mens and Womens skippers for the international series against the Kiwis, that commences across the Tasman on Friday April 29.

Other ‘test’ matches scheduled are on Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1.

Nicholls has been a familiar face in the Mixed Open team over the past cycle, debuting at the 2012 Trans Tasman Series in Mudgee, before playing in the 2013 and 2014 Trans Tasman Series, as well as the 2015 World Cup.

He said that while being named captain is a Ômassive honourÕ, there are various leadership roles in the team.

“Thinking when I started playing this game a long time ago as a youngster running around with my dad Doug, I would never have thought that I’d get to this level,” Nicholls said.

“It’s a massive honour for myself, but I don’t take on the leadership role wholly and solely. It’s something special but I look forward to doing it with some of my closest friends in leading this team to hopefully a victory on New Zealand soil.”

Cameron will be joined on tour by Eastwood’s 20 year old wing sensation Samantha Rodgers, who will spearhead the world champion Aussie Womens team against the Kiwis.