Squash champ squeezed out
FORMER Yamba squash player Cameron Pilley has narrowly missed selection in the Australian men's team for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
Pilley, ranked 28th in the world, stood a good chance of a call-up but his hopes were dashed when selectors announced the team yesterday.
The team is Anthony Ricketts, NSW (world ranking three); David Palmer, NSW (four); Joseph Kneipp, Qld (29); Stewart Boswell, ACT (17), Daniel Jenson, SA (35).
Cameron was unavailable for comment yesterday. He is competing in the Windy City Open in Chicago and is not due back in Austraia until early March.
Cameron, the son of Steve and Sue Pilley, of Yamba, has a long association with the seaside town.
He learnt the art of squash at his parents squash centre and was a regular winner on the North Coast Circuit before progressing to national and world competition.
The Daily Examiner squash columnist Greg Don yesterday expressed disappointment at Cameron's omission.
"I am very disappointed that Cameron has missed out on selection. It must have been so close and who would envy the job of a selector," he said.
"I think Cameron can consider himself fairly unlucky, given that two of the players selected are ranked below him in the current Professional Squash Association world rankings for January.
"The selectors seem to have taken account of reputations and past performances rather than the most recent form.
"Cameron has represented Australia at the World Junior Championships, and senior level representation would have been a great double.
"Let's hope he is still fit and competing so he can achieve this at the next Commonwealth Games in India in 2010.