Irish Snooker

Boileau and Bulman Seeking European Glory

Ireland’s Josh Boileau has reached the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship in Poland.

Josh Boileau

Boileau lost 6-1 to Oliver Lines in the 2014 final – photo courtesy of PJ Nolan.

The former runner-up won all of his round-robin games to comfortably reach the last 32 and he has since prevailed in three knockout rounds to reach the last four.

Boileau’s best victory arguably came in his 4-3 success over Alexander Ursenbacher in the last 16, when he made an excellent clearance with two reds remaining in the decider to deny the young Swiss.

The 20 year-old subsequently overcame Andres Petrov to set up a semi-final clash with England’s Joe O’Connor.

Indeed, all of the other remaining competitors are English with Ashley Carty and Brandon Sargeant set to fight it out for the second final spot.

Boileau’s countryman Charlie Sweeney, just 17, had also reached the last 16 but was eventually downed by Frenchman Yannick Tarillon.

Kildare’s Boileau, also the runner-up in the World Under-21 Championship of 2014, is set to compete in the Men’s European Championship too which takes place next week in Wroclow.

Meanwhile, the Under-18 Championship also has Irish interest with 14 year-old Ross Bulman embarking on a run to the last four as well.

This time the other three contenders are made up of Welsh potters, rather than English, with Bulman set to face Tyler Rees for a place in the final.

The other semi-final encounter is an all-Welsh affair between Dylan Emery and Jackson Page.

Good luck to both Irish lads in their quest for international amateur honours.

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