Irishman Josh Boileau lost six frames to one to Oliver Lines from England in the 2014 European Under 21 Snooker Championship final here in Bucharest, Romania this morning. The Newbridge man lost three black ball frames in the match as his English opponent punished every little mistake.
The match swung in the first frame as Boileau was potting the pink to win the first frame only to get a kick and let in Lines to pot pink and black to steal the first. Josh won the third frame but he could not stop the English man lift the title. Oliver joins his dad Peter Lines on the main tour next season.
What can I say about Josh this week, as at the beginning he played through the pain barrier but as soon as the knock out started the Irish man went up through the gears to show his talent. In the Last 64, Last 32, Last 16, Last 8 and Semi Finals he showed everyone in Europe how good his break building, long potting and safety game was.
I am so proud of Josh and over the years we have had great moments together and Today was another great day. This is only the start of Josh Boileau as I am confident he can lift a major title and get on that Main Tour. He has the talent and dedication and he now has the belief and confidence to do it.
Josh becomes only the third ever Irish man to reach a European Junior Final and as National Coach I am so proud I was here this week to watch the beginning of Josh’s move towards the goals we have planned out. Thank you to everyone for their messages of support from back home for Josh and he was a great role model for players this week.
There is no time to rest as the European Team Championship will start here tomorrow with Michael Judge & Robert Murphy, Rodney Goggins & Jason Devaney, Mark Tuite & Anthony Bonnar, Tony Seymour & Tom O Driscoll and Stephen Walsh & Alen Matic and after the Under 21’s it will be a hard act to follow but I really believe we can win the event this year with the amount of talent in the event.
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