Lobban & Pilley Strike Double Gold As Hosts Australia Celebrate World Doubles Clean Sweep

Lobban & Pilley Strike Double Gold As Hosts Australia Celebrate World Doubles Clean Sweep

Gold Coast, June 21, 2019: Australian cousins Cameron Pilley and Donna Lobban struck double Doubles gold on the final day of action in the WSF World Doubles Squash Championships as hosts Australia claimed eight medals across the three events at the Carrara Squash Centre on the Gold Coast.

Pilley and Ryan Cuskelly defended their world title, again claiming gold in the men’s event with victory over fellow Australians Zac Alexander and Rex Hedrick.

Cuskelly and Pilley set the tone early racing to a lead in the first game and taking it convincingly 11-5. In the second, Alexander and Hedrick fought hard with Cuskelly taking issue with a number of refereeing decisions.

The experienced duo from New South Wales managed to prevail in the second to secure a second straight world championship title.

“That second game was very much 50-50 and could have been anyone’s but very happy that we pulled back that deficit at the end of the last one,” Pilley said after the medal ceremony (pictured below).

Pilley partnered Lobban to take gold in the mixed decider as well (Lobban Pilley Double Gold).

The combination, which victorious at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, again proved too strong against compatriots Ethan Eyles and Christine Nunn, winning 11-5, 11-8.

17-year-old Eyles, making his Australian senior debut, was impressive in the final against his more experienced opponents.

Nunn added to her silver medal in the mixed and Lobban to her gold, with the pair teaming to win gold in the women’s doubles event.

The experienced duo, who partnered for the first time in this tournament, pushed by fellow Australians Sarah Cardwell and Jessica Turnbull.

Lobban and Nunn claimed a tight first game 11-9 and were up 2-0 in the second game before a heavy collision between Nunn and Cardwell sent the latter to the floor.

Cardwell hit her head in the fall, but cleared by medical staff and able to resume the match.

Lobban and Nunn stayed composed despite the delay in play and went on to win the second 11-4.

“I’m really happy with how we played and stayed focus throughout the tournament,” Nunn (pictured below at the medal ceremony) said.

“It’s been a good week and we’ve been able to build on every match.”

Victorian pair Taylor Flavell and Selena Shaikh ensured an Australian clean sweep of the medals, defeating Colombian sisters Maria Tovar and Laura Tovar in the 3rd-place play-off in the Pool 11-6 11-8.

RESULTS: WSF World Doubles Squash Championships, Gold Coast, Australia

Men’s Final:
[1] Ryan Cuskelly & Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [2] Zac Alexander & Rex Hedrick (AUS) 11-5, 11-10 (29m)

Women’s Final:
[1] Donna Lobban & Christine Nunn (AUS) bt [2] Sarah Cardwell & Jessica Turnbull (AUS) 11-9, 11-4 (28m)

Pool third place play-off:
[4] Taylor Flavell & Selena Shaikh (AUS) bt [3] Laura Tovar & Maria Tovar (COL) 11-6, 11-8 (15m)

Mixed Final:
[1] Donna Lobban & Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [4] Christine Nunn & Ethan Eyles (AUS) 11-5, 11-8 (16m)

Medallists: Women’s Doubles

GOLD MEDAL: Christine Nunn/Donna Lobban (AUS)
SILVER MEDAL – Sarah Cardwell/Jessica Turnbull (AUS)
BRONZE MEDALS – Selena Shaikh/Taylor Flavell (AUS) & Maria Tovar/Laura Tovar (COL)

Men’s Doubles

GOLD MEDAL – Ryan Cuskelly/Cameron Pilley (AUS)
SILVER MEDAL – Zac Alexander/Rex Hedrick (AUS)
BRONZE MEDALS – Jean-Pierre Brits/Christo Potgieter (RSA) & Andrés Herrera/Juan Camilo Vargas (COL)

Mixed Doubles

GOLD MEDAL – Cameron Pilley/Donna Lobban (AUS)
SILVER MEDAL – Ethan Eyles/Christine Nunn (AUS)
BRONZE MEDALS – Zac Alexander/Alex Haydon (AUS) & Catalina Pelaez/Matias Knudsen (COL). —- WSF / Images Craig Stewart, Brisbane Sports Photography

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