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Pilley falls at final hurdle

No. 1 seed Cameron Pilley plays in the semi-final of the Yamba Squash Open yesterday
No. 1 seed Cameron Pilley plays in the semi-final of the Yamba Squash Open yesterday

BY ADRIAN MILLER

THE Yamba Squash Open saw a shock result in the men's final on Sunday with number one seed and Yamba squash star Cameron Pilley losing to training partner and number two seed, Stewart Boswell.

In an enthralling, exciting final, former world number four Boswell took the match three games to two, 9-11 11-5 6-11 11-3 11-7.

The 75 minute final contained some huge rallies, with the crowd gasping at the level of squash.

Pilley put the loss down to unforced errors in the deciding set, which Boswell capitalised on.

"In the fifth game I went through a patch of going for shots that weren't on, and I paid the price," he said.

"He got a bit of a lead and held onto it."

Pilley said while it was disappointing to lose the match, he enjoyed coming back to play his home town tournament.

"Obviously I'm not too pleased I lost the match but I always love coming back to play in the Yamba Open," he said.

"I rate the Yamba courts pretty highly and I know a lot of the AIS guys really like them and it was a fun two days."

In the women's final, number one seed and world number 29 Amelia Pittock took the title, defeating number three seed Kasey Brown 9-4, 9-1, 9-4.

The final was played before a large, boisterous crowd who were treated to an intense, high class match.

Brown put in an excellent performance, but Pittock's experience showed at the end of the day.

Tournament organiser Sue Pilley said the event had been a huge success.

"It's been great. There's been some great matches and it's definitely been a good standard of squash," she said.

She said the tournament had received great support from sponsors and spectators and the tournament was starting to become a major event on the Australian squash calendar.