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Aaron Hill in Hunt for European Double

European Under-18 champion Aaron Hill will face Jackson Page in the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship in Israel on Friday.

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Aaron Hill is competing in Eilat. Photo credit: (PJ Nolan)

The 16 year-old Irishman could become the first player to secure a double triumph in the junior European amateur tournaments.

Hill prevailed in a tight showdown with Dylan Emery in the Under-18 event and will be attempting to match countryman’s Josh Boileau’s Under-21 success from 2016.

Ironically, Welshman Page came the closest to the double two years ago when he followed up his Under-18s success with a run to the final of the Under-21s.

Page, who reached the last 16 of the Paul Hunter Classic last year and has been widely tipped as a star of the future, was arguably the pre-tournament favourite for the under-21 title.

The 17 year-old emerged from the round-robin phase with a 100% record and he has won all three of his knockout round fixtures with comprehensive 4-0 scorelines.

Aaron Hill was taken the distance in his 4-3 defeat of Umut Dikme but other than that it has also been a straightforward passage through to the last four for the Corkman.



The other semi-final clash will similarly feature an Ireland versus Wales battle to see who can reach the final that will be played later on Friday.

Ross Bulman, another member of the rising stable of young competitors from Cork, and Emery meet in a repeat of their European Under-18 Championship battle at the same hurdle a few days ago.

On that occasion, Emery easily got the better of Bulman with a whitewash win before missing out on continental glory in a decider against Hill.

The European Under-21 champion will receive a two-year ticket onto the professional Main Tour.

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