Trukai PNG International 2004
15-18 July, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, $10k

18-Jul, Final:
   
[2] Azlan Iskander (Mas) bt [3] Cameron Pilley (Aus)
     15/11, 13/15, 15/6, 12/15, 15/5  (91m)

Azlan takes PNG title ...
Derek Hunter reports from PNG
 
The final of the 2004 Trukai PNG Squash International was played between #3 seed Cameron Pilley of Australia (ranked 45 in the world) and #2 seed Azlan Iskandar of Malaysia (ranked 27 in the world).

The match went all the way to five games and lasted 91 minutes with Iskandar ending up victorious after games were alternated between the two players, with the Malaysian proving the physically stronger.




 


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The Players are seen here wearing hats that are those worn by local people in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. They were presented to each player by local juniors kitted out in full traditional costume during the opening ceremony.

The Minister for Sport suggested they all wear them to the lunch at Parliament House.

Trukai PNG International 2004
15-18 July, Papua New Guinea, $10k
1st Round
Thu 15th
Quarters
Fri 16th
Semis
Sat 17th
Final
Sun 18th
[1] Dan Jenson (Aus)
15/7, 15/2, 15/6 (41m)
Derek Hunter (Png)
Dan Jenson
15/5, 15/5, 15/4 (32m)
Paul Davis
Dan Jenson

15/8, 17/16, 15/14 (74m)

Cameron Pilley
Cameron Pilley

15/11, 13/15, 15/6, 12/15, 15/5  (91m)

Azlan Iskandar

[8] Paul Davis (Aus)
15/9, 15/11, 15/12 (37m)
Mark Price (Aus)
[3] Cameron Pilley (Aus)
15/6, 15/4, 15/6 (33m)
James Stout (Ber)
Cameron Pilley
15/4, 15/6, 15/6 (47m)
Aaron Frankcomb
[7] Aaron Frankcomb (Aus)
15/12, 15/4, 15/3 (44m)
Timothy Arnold (Mas)
Bradley Hindle (Aus)
15/4, 13/15, 10/15, 15/5, 15/5 (58m)
[6] Timothy Manning (Aus)
Timothy Manning
15/9, 15/12, 15/5
Stephane Galifi
Stephane Galifi

16/17, 15/8, 15/11, 15/8 (49m)

Azlan Iskandar

Stephane Galifi (Fra)
15/7, 17/14, 15/8 (74m)
[4] Cameron White (Aus)
Tom Hoevenaars (Ned)
15/8, 15/3, 15/11 (43m)
[5] Raj Nanda (Aus)
Raj Nanda
15/17, 15/9, 10/15, 15/13, 15/6 (109m)
Azlan Iskandar
Kirby Sinclair (Aus)
15/4, 15/2, 15/3 (37m)
[2] Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
Reports

17-Jul, Semi-Finals:
[3] Cameron Pilley (Aus) bt [1] Dan Jenson (Aus)  15/8, 17/16, 15/14 (74m)
[2] Azlan Iskander (Mas) bt Stephane Galifi (Fra)   16/17, 15/8, 15/11, 15/8 (49m)

Pilley jettisons Jenson in PNG ...
Derek Hunter reports from PNG
 
The first semi final of the Trukai PNG Squash International produced a major upset with #1 seed Dan Jenson of Australia going down to fellow Aussie Cameron Pilley who was the number 3 seed. Despite the 3 - 0 scoreline the match was a lot closer than the score suggests. Pilley took the first game fairly comfortably despite some long rallies. As the match wore on Jenson was showing signs of fatigue while Pilley seemed to be quite strong. Pilley won both the second and third games after each game reached 14-14. In a last ditch effort Jenson called a short game in the third, however Pilley was equal to the challenge winning the rally, the game and the match.

The second semi-final was a complete contrast to the orthodox style of the previous semi-final. Both players went for their shots at every opportunity. Stephane Galifi of France got away to a quick lead in the first and then managed to hang on to take the first game 17-16. However the effort to do this had taken its toll and Malaysia's Moh'd Azlan Iskandar was able to take control of the match winning the next three games fairly comfortably. The run of the unseeded Frenchman was over.

Iskandar goes into the final as the favourite however Pilley will be looking to stage another upset and take out his first major title.

16-Jul, Quarter-Finals:
Galifi Gatecrashes PNG Semis
Derek Hunter reports from PNG

The quarter finals in the top half of the draw at the Trukai Squash International went as expected. No.1 seed Dan Jenson comfortably accounted for fellow Aussie Paul Davis in three games.

Fellow AIS team mates Cameron Pilley and Aaron Frankcomb played at a torrid pace in the heat of a balmy Port Moresby evening. The match lasted 47 minutes though Pilley was always in control.

In the bottom half of the draw there was plenty of excitement as the unseeded Frenchman Stephane Galifi who was affectionately nicknamed roc-roc (the name for frog in the local lingo) and was fast becoming a crowd favourite comfortably sailed past Tim Manning from Australia in three games, upsetting the seedings for the second day in a row.

The final match of the night was an absolute cracker with Raj Nanda, #73 in the world from Australia coming up against the young gun from Malaysia - Mohd Azlan Iskandar ranked #27 in the world. Nanda played well above his seeding to take the match to five sets before eventually succumbing to the to the #2 seed. Both players pleased the crowd with their great skills and speed around the court for in excess of 100 minutes of play.

15-Jun, First Round:
Galifi In Papua New Guinea Upset

France's unseeded Stephane Galifi stormed into the quarter-finals of the Trukai PNG Squash International in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, after upsetting fourth seed Cameron White in straight games.

The Trukai PNG International marks the first PSA Tour event ever to be staged in the small South Pacific country which is east of Indonesia. The $10,500 event in Papa New Guinea's capital has attracted a strong field, led by Australia's Dan Jenson, the world No22 from Adelaide.

Jenson despatched the Papua New Guinea No1, and Tournament Director, Derek Hunter 15-7 15-2 15-6 in 41 minutes to set up a quarter-final clash with compatriot Paul Davis, the eighth seed who survived an all-Australian encounter with Mark Price.

Stephane Galifi, the French No8 who is ranked 140 in the world, needed 74 minutes to quash Australian Cameron White 15-7 17-14 15-8. The 25-year-old will now meet another Australian, sixth seed Timothy Manning, who came from 1/2 down to overcome unseeded compatriot Bradley Hindle 15-4 13-15 10-15 15-5 15-5 in 58 minutes.