Finals

Alexander Ursenbacher Edges Jackson Page for European Under-21 Title

Alexander Ursenbacher denied Jackson Page a second European title after beating the Welshman 6-4 in the final of the EBSA Under-21 Championship in Cyprus on Sunday.

Last week, 15 year-old Page claimed the Under-18 crown and looked set to make it a unique double after overcoming countryman Tyler Rees in the last four.

However, a close and scrappy final went the way of Ursenbacher, who made amends for his own defeat in the World Under-21 Championship last summer.

With the triumph, the Swiss 20 year-old regains his place on the Main Tour after a previously unsuccessful stint a couple of years ago.

High breaks were at a premium in the final, as they had been throughout the entire tournament in truth, with just five centuries compiled throughout.

But Ursenbacher held himself together to capture the biggest crown of his fledgling career so far.

It will be interesting to see if he can perform any better on the professional circuit this time around, with an added presence from the continent’s mainland certainly doing no damage to the sport’s ambitions of becoming more global.

Page, who as an wildcard amateur reached the last 32 of the Welsh Open last month, will be disappointed to have missed out on the opportunity but the teenager has another crack at glory when he competes alongside the seniors in the blue riband Men’s European Championship this week.

Ireland will be one of the nations hoping to feature prominently at the end of the week, with a five-man strong team of Brendan O’Donoghue, TJ Dowling, Michael Judge, Johnny Farrell, and Philip Browne in action for the men in green.

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