David Palmer & Joelle King Share Commonwealth Games Doubles Glory

It was fitting that the final match on the final day of 11 days of intense Commonwealth Games Squash competition produced a second Gold Medal for hosts Australia - when David Palmer & Zac Alexander held off English rivals Daryl Selby & Adrian Waller in a thrilling near-hour-long Men's Doubles climax which went the full distance. 

But it was New Zealander Joelle King who topped the individual medals table after striking Gold in the Women's Doubles, to add to her Singles Gold and Mixed Doubles Bronze.

It was almost certainly the farewell Games performance of veteran campaigner Palmer, the 41-year-old former World No.1 from New South Wales who has featured in the sport's six appearances in the Commonwealth Games since 1998 and has now extended his record medals haul to nine.

Palmer & Alexander, the fifth seeds, reached the final of the Men's Doubles after seeing off both the second and third seeds - and took the opening game of the final against the English No.7 seeds.

But the tables were turned in the second when Selby and Waller levelled the match, for the loss of just three points. The home favourites regrouped, changing their tactics early in the decider before delighting the loud and capacity crowd with 1 57-minute 11-9 3-11 11-6 victory.

"I said from day one, a year and a half ago, when I said I wanted to play, I wasn't just here to make the numbers up - I still felt, deep down, that if things went my way I had a chance," said Palmer.

"It's been great with Zac. We rode under the radar a little bit as fifth seeds. The draw went our way. We snuck through and stepped it up when we needed to - in the quarter-finals we beat New Zealand, and it was great as we took care of the Scottish team in the semi-finals.

"It maybe wasn't our best squash in the final - but they made it difficult for us, the way they played. But we found a way."

Joelle King partnered Amanda Landers-Murphy to an 11-9 11-8 win over Joshna Chinappa & Dipika Pallikal Karthik in the final of the Women's Doubles 

It was the climax of an arduous 11 days for 29-year-old King whose tally is now five medals over three Games since 2010.

"When you play such a big match, on such an occasion - against a quality team - and come out on top, it's unbelievable," said King. "I'm on cloud nine at the moment.

"Probably a year ago, three medals would have been beyond my wildest dreams - but the way this year has been going, I wanted three golds to be honest. But to come away with two Golds and a Bronze is pretty amazing.”

Cameron Pilley and Donna Urquhart, an Australian pairing that had only been together for eight months prior to the Commonwealth Games, won Gold after winning the Mixed Doubles final in straight games in front of a capacity and partisan crowd.

The fourth seeds made their breakthrough in the semi-finals when they despatched second-seeded English pair Alison Waters and Daryl Selby. Their opponents in the final also pulled off a semi-final upset - Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Saurav Ghosal, an Indian pairing celebrating their second successive partnership in the Commonwealth Games, surviving a dramatic third game tie-break against the event favourites.

But, buoyed by the crowd, Urquhart and Pilley, first cousins who hail from Yamba in New South Wales, defeated the Indian pairing 11-8 11-10 in 31 minutes to claim the first squash medal for the hosts on Gold Coast.

"It feels amazing," said Pilley, who became the first player to win three Commonwealth Games Doubles Gold Medals. "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. 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!"

Commonwealth Games Squash, Gold Coast, Australia
Men's Doubles Final:

[5] Zac Alexander & David Palmer (AUS) bt [7] Daryl Selby & Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-9, 3-11, 11-6
Men’s Doubles Bronze Medal Play-off:
[4] Declan James & James Willstrop (ENG) bt [2] Alan Clyne & Greg Lobban (SCO) 11-9, 11-9

Women's Doubles Final:
[1] Joelle King & Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt [3] Joshna Chinappa & Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) 11-9, 11-8
Women’s Doubles Bronze Medal Play-off:
[4] Rachael Grinham & Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt [7] Laura Massaro & Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 11-6, 11-8

Mixed Doubles Final:
[4] Donna Urquhart & Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [5] Dipika Pallikal Karthik & Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-8, 11-10

Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal Play-off:
[1] Joelle King & Paul Coll (NZL) bt [2] Alison Waters & Daryl Selby (ENG) 11-6, 11-6

"I said from day one, a year and a half ago, when I said I wanted to play, I wasn't just here to make the numbers up - I still felt, deep down, that if things went my way I had a chance"
David Palmer

"Probably a year ago, three medals would have been beyond my wildest dreams - but the way this year has been going, I wanted three golds to be honest. But to come away with two Golds and a Bronze is pretty amazing” said Joelle King.

"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. 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!"

Cameron Pilley of Australia became the first player to win three Commonwealth Games Doubles Gold Medals.