Yamba squash stars in Delhi
YAMBA’S squash sensations Donna Urquhart and Cameron Pilley appear all revved up to do Australia proud at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi – both played their first matches overnight.
The Australian squash team flew into Delhi late Friday after a three-day training camp in Dubai.
But Urquhart, according to her mum Karen, flew in a few days earlier so she could have a nagging gluteus injury seen to by Australian physios.
Pilley and Urquhart said there was no hint of the problems that plagued Delhi in the lead-up to the games.
Urquhart said the players were being well looked after.
“The atmosphere is great and everyone is friendly and helpful,” she said. “The accommodation is okay and same with the food, but the sheer size of the food hall is amazing.
“The squash stadium, though, is fantastic; especially the glass court arena (and I) can’t wait to play on it.”
Pilley also gave the squash venue, the Siri Fort Complex, the thumbs up.
“The venue here in Delhi is amazing,” the Australian number two said.
“It’s a state-of-the-art complex with 12 squash courts, and the purpose-built glass court has a great spectator stadium.
“Preparations are going well and I can’t wait to step on court on Monday wearing the Australian colours.”
Pilley’s mother Sue – also from Yamba – said her son played two matches yesterday but she had not yet heard the results.
She said her son had texted her yesterday morning to say he was leaving the opening ceremony early to return to the athletes’ village for some sleep.
“He was so excited to get there. He was always going to go, there was never a question,” she said.
“His training in the lead-up to the games was pretty good.
“He didn’t have any injury worries. Touch wood it stays that way.”
Mrs Pilley said her son was well-prepared for the games, but stood a better chance of bringing home a medal in the doubles.
“In the singles, it’ll be tough – he’s seeded number seven,” she said.
“But in the mixed and men’s doubles he’s got a good chance of medalling.”
Mrs Pilley said her family was “over the moon” about her son’s inclusion in the Australian team.
“He missed out last time; we were so disappointed (but) he’s done a lot of work and improved his ranking; we’re extremely proud of him,” she said.