Mixed bag for squash players
THE Northern Rivers contingent representing Australia at the Commonwealth Games in squash has had mixed results as the business end of the competition looms.
Lismore-born men’s squash player Ryan Cuskelly, the 14th seed, swept through the opening rounds with two impressive victories.
The 23-year-old’s luck ran out in the third round, however, when he lost to the seventh seed, Yamba product Cameron Pilley, 11-6 11-7 11-8.
Cuskelly was blown away by Pilley, who is known in the sport as being one of the hardest hitters of the ball.
Pilley will now take on top seed from England, Nick Matthew, in the quarter-finals.
Ironically, Cuskelly and Pilley will team up next week in the men’s doubles.
Lismore-based netballer Cheryl Rita Renagi has had a slow start playing for Papua New Guinea at the Games in Delhi.
The 20-year-old former Lismore High School student been on the bench for the opening two games and received no time on court.
The wing attack has watched on as Papua New Guinea was thumped 102-21 by New Zealand, but improved against South Africa in going down 60-46.
Renagi will hope to see some action in remaining pool games against Barbados, the Cook Islands and England.
Gymnast Naazmi Johnston’s events get underway next week.
The former Lismore resident will have her first day on the mat at the Indira Ghandi Sports Complex from next Tuesday.