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HOME TOWN HERO: Yamba?s Cameron Pilley is looking to make it a trifecta of titles when he competes in the Yamba Squash Open
HOME TOWN HERO: Yamba?s Cameron Pilley is looking to make it a trifecta of titles when he competes in the Yamba Squash Open

By TIM HOWARD

WORLD No.33 ranked squash player Cameron Pilley will be back in Yamba later this month looking to pick up some 'pocket money'.

The winner of the 2003 and 2004 Yamba Squash Open will return to defend his title in his home town at the tournament run by his parents, Steve and Sue Pilley at their Yamba Squash Centre.

It's a rare chance for mum and dad to catch up with their globe-trotting son, who is the tournament's No.1 seed.

"It's a tournament Cameron rates highly. He gets points (towards his international ranking) and he wins some money, which is a help," said Sue Pilley.

"And we get him home for a week after the tournament, which is lovely."

Cameron has returned to Australia after his latest overseas campaign and is training at the Australian Institute of Sport in Brisbane.

He returns with two major tournaments under his belt and his world ranking 20 places higher.

The Australian Institute of Sport is again supporting the tournament.

It will send down four men and women to compete in the open division of the tournament.

In addition to his world 33 ranking, Pilley is ranked No6 in Australia.

But he will not have it all his own way.

His main danger will be former world No.4 Stewart Boswell, making a return to top squash after a crippling back injury.

He has been making good progress, recently winning the Wavell Open in Brisbane.

The pair are also good mates, sharing a flat together and are regular training partners.

Fellow AIS players Aaron Frankcomb and Scott Arnold will be out to push the top seeds all the way.

Frankcomb is ranked 74 in the world rankings and No.11 in Australia.

Arnold, after an injury-enforced layoff has a world ranking of 220.

There are 16 players entered in the mens Open with most of the players being Brisbane-based.

Five local players have entered.

Cameron's brother Morgan Pilley will be flying the flag in the open division. Barry Serjeant is competing in B grade. Kash Robinson and Brett Serjeant have entered C grade and Paul Goyma is competing in D grade.

The women's Open will be very competitive this year.

Last year's winner, Robyn Cooper, is back to defend her title along with AIS player and 2004 runner-up Kasey Brown.