European Championship semi-finals

Greg Casey into European Championship Semi-Finals

Ireland’s Greg Casey has reached the EBSA European Championship semi-finals after a dramatic 4-3 victory over Florian Nüßle in Israel.

Casey led 2-0 before losing the next three frames against the Austrian to seemingly see his chances wither away.

But the Corkman dug deep and clinched a couple of nervy final frames to set up a clash with former European under-21 champion Kacper Filipiak.

It has been a remarkable European Championships in general for the Cork stable, which has steadily been producing excellent young players over the last decade or so.

Aaron Hill triumphed in the European Under-18 Championship last week before Ross Bulman embarked on a run to the final of the Under-21 Championship a few days later.

Hill and Bulman both reached the knockout phase of the Men’s event but senior player Casey is the last man flying the flag from the rebel county this year.

Casey has a wealth of international amateur experience and is one of the few players from Ireland who makes the trip over to England each year to participate in Q School.

Known as “Big Bang”, the 28 year-old had a successful junior career, winning three national titles at underage level.

Sniper Shot: Greg Casey

Against Poland’s Filipiak, Casey faces a formidable player who has experience of competing on the Main Tour.

A coveted two-year professional card is, of course, up for grabs for whoever lands the title on Saturday.

The other European Championship semi-finals clash sees David Lilley challenge home favourite Shachar Ruberg.

Ruberg has been inspired so far, beating the likes of Andrew Pagett and Michael Wild to reach the last four.

Lilley, who triumphed in this championship all the way back in 1995, will arguably represent the favourite, though.

The Englishman boasts the superior experience and reached the quarter-finals of the 2016 Indian Open as an amateur top-up.

Both European Championship semi-finals will take place on Friday in Eilat.

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