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Yamba Squash Club

Yamba squash player made good, Cameron Pilley, Australia No.1 and World No.14 is thrilled to be nominated for Squash Australia Sportsman of the year award. His competition comes from another North Coast player, Ryan Cuskelly of Evans Head.
Ironically at the World Squash Doubles to be held in Darwin next month Ryan will be his partner in the men’s double and in the mixed doubles Rachael Grinham will partner him. As both Cameron and Rachael are Commonwealth Gold medallists from the last games they will be as ranked No. 1 team.
Back at Yamba Squash Centre where it all started for Cameron, the competition still carries on. It was good to see Jamie Disson get a couple of wins next to her name, Jamie played two matches for two wins. Bob Aitken continued on his winning way beating good friend and main rival Roy Ellery in five. Dean Turner had to bring out the big serves to win his match in five over Sue Pilley and despite playing on a full stomach, Al Morrison had a win in four and kept his dinner down.
In the Wednesday night competition Tony McFarlane was nearly handicapped out of his match against Robert Hodson. Tony won the first game even playing on handouts but the next two games he had to play all shots past the servers line on the floor, very tricky. Robert got the second game and Tony was lucky to get the third 13-12.
Team ‘Sharks’ of Paul Smith and Jack Skippen both having wins while team ‘Manly’ had one win and one loss. It’s nice to see some of the Wednesday night players making an effort to get their rearranged matches played and thus getting their names crossed off the list.
Some local wild life have sort the warmth and comfort of the inside of the squash centre. A pee wee liked all the high spots in the centre and was in no hurry to leave and then a baby possum made its way inside twice during the week and had to be relocated to the trees nearby, he was very cute.
Susan Pilley

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