Several local products in action at Australian Squash Open
THE Clarence Valley will have a strong presence at the Australian Squash Open when the tournament gets under way in Melbourne today.
Yamba's Cameron Pilley is the number one seed in the men's draw and takes on Welshman Joel Makin in his first round match.
Donna Urquhart, also from Yamba, is eighth seed in the women's draw and takes on New Zealand's Danielle Fourie. Grafton's Moana Gray has a tough draw first up against Malaysian fourth seed Delia Arnold.
Last week Urquhart was knocked out of the Victorian Open in the quarter-finals by South Africa's Siyoli Waters, who incidentally was beaten in the semi-final by Denmark's Line Hansen, the partner of Cameron Pilley. Hansen lost the final to India's Joshana Chinappa, who earlier upset top seed Rachel Grinham in the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile Ryan Cuskelly from Evans Head won his first title on Australian soil since 2007 when he took out the men's Victorian Open. He plays Lance Beddoes today.