Commonwealth Gold for Camo and Donna
Although cousins from the same home town of Yamba in New South Wales, the Australian pairing of Cameron Pilley and Donna Urquhart have only been doubles partners for eight months, but now they have claimed Commonwealth gold, winning the Mixed Doubles Squash final at Oxenford Studios on the Gold Coast and securing the event’s gold medal for Australia for the fourth time since 2006.
Their opponents, Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal Karthik of India, put up spirited opposition, but were not quite strong enough on the big points and could not prevent the home pair recording a 31 minute, 11-8, 11-10 victory.
After the match, Karakal's own Cameron Pilley, who became the first squash player to win three Commonwealth Games Doubles gold medals said, “It feels amazing. Every other gold I’ve won is so special. But to play in front of such a great Aussie crowd is something we never get the opportunity to do." Donna added “I can’t believe we did it. I can’t believe how relaxed we were. I can’t believe how relaxed I was! We remembered to enjoy it and that relaxed us. We were so hungry to win.”
A delighted Cameron continued "I’ve got about ten family from Denmark who’ve come over and we’ve both got a massive group from Yamba that came up. So, to do it in front of all your friends and family who never get to see you play – and we walk away with a gold medal – it makes it even better!”
Karakal has one more chance of a medal before the Squash events draw to a close as Greg Lobban and his partner Alan Clyne try to capture a medal for Scotland in the Mens Doubles Bronze medal play-off against Declan James and James Willstrop of England.