Pilley waits on Comm Games team selection


FORMER Yamba-based squash star Cameron Pilley is anxiously awaiting this week's announcement of the Australian squash team for the Commonwealth Games.

Pilley, world-ranked 28 in men's singles, is considered a contender for one of the team spots in the Australian squad.

Pilley and his partner, Victorian Amelia Pittock, finished runner-up in the world mixed doubles championships in Melbourne last Friday evening.

The pair were beaten 9-6, 9-1, 5-9, 9-4 by No.1 seeds, Rachael Grinham and Joseph Kneipp.

Earlier Pilley and his partner Cameron White were beaten in the semi-final of world men's double championships won by Anthony Ricketts and Stuart Boswell.

Pilley's father Steve said his son, who flew to America for three tournaments starting with Chicago today straight after the tournament, had a gruelling schedule at the world doubles championships.

"Cameron had a lot of long, tough matches," Steve Pilley said. "After being beaten by the Kiwi's in a five setter in the play off for third and fourth in the men's doubles they didn't come off court until nearly 2pm and the mixed doubles final was scheduled to start at 3pm.

"It wasn't the best of scheduling. He started to cramp up in the semis.

"Cameron was pretty exhausted at the end of it all."

The 2006 world doubles championships was Pilley's second tilt at the titles after first competing in India two years ago when he and his partner were beaten in the quarter finals.

"Cameron is a pretty laid back sort of character and doesn't go around beating his chest, he's a quiet achiever, but I guess he was disappointed he and Amelia didn't win the mixed doubles," Steve Pilley said.

"They kept the ball away from Cameron in the final.

"Considering they were seeded in the five to eight section they did really well to make the final against the number one seeds.

"They did extremely well. They didn't expect to get that far.

"At least Cameron has a silver medal from a world championships."

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