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Aussies prepare for Doubles in Chennai

Published: 22 Oct 2008 - 11:19 by rippa rit

Updated: 25 Oct 2008 - 06:42

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Squash Australia reports:

 Tasmania’s Aaron Frankcomb will lead a team of Australia’s rising stars in the men’s team for the World International Doubles Squash Championships in Chennai, India in December.

Frankcomb, the world No.43, will be joined in Chennai by New South Wales pair Ryan Cuskelly (world No.61) and Scott Arnold (68), and Queensland’s Steve Finitsis (94).

The championships are a major part of Australia’s preparation for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi as they will give a range of players exposure to conditions in India.

The men join the women’s team of Kasey Brown, Donna Urquhart, Amelia Pittock and Lisa Camilleri, which was announced before the recent World Open.

Australia’s top three men’s players – David Palmer, Stewart Boswell and Cameron Pilley – will be playing in a major tournament in Saudi Arabia at the same time and were unavailable for selection.

Australia has a magnificent record at the World International Doubles.

In the three previous tournaments, the Australians have won six of nine titles, including all three mixed events.

The team will be coached by Byron Davis, who will be assisted by Sarah Fitz-Gerald and Michelle Martin.


4th World International Doubles Squash Championships

Chennai India

December 15-20, 2008



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From rippa rit - 25 Oct 2008 - 06:42

These I guess are tactics, often used when representation has become an impossible dream.  I was not the one to think of the idea, it is an old one that has been used in sport over time.  Mind you there is a period of residency required before qualifying to represent a country.  The same has applied in States/Regions where competition is too fierce locally, and by shifting residency can give players a greater opportunity to represent at a higher level.

Don't worry not too many of the top players would come to Oz these days for competition as our prizemoney is "peanuts" compared to what is available overseas, and what's more our players have temporarily left home to chase the big dollars.

You get it?


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From Pirate - 24 Oct 2008 - 15:07

I don't understand your comment - are you suggesting someone from Egypt or England for example should switch nationalities and play for Australia?

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From rippa rit - 24 Oct 2008 - 07:43   -   Updated: 24 Oct 2008 - 07:43

Who would have thought when ranked around number 40 or 60  in the World Mens you could represent your country?   It would not be the first time that players have changed residency (state or country) because they could not make representative teams due to the fierce competition at home.   The negative outcome for Australia is the top pros are playing in Saudi at the time and are not available for the World Mens Doubles.  On the bright side, this is a great lift for the younger players, so let's hope they don't get flogged. 


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