OSBERSTOWN snooker sensation Josh Boileau was among the top 16 finishers at the recent Under 21 European Championships in Bulgaria recently, while he was also crowed Irish Under 19 champion on his return, writes Ruth Chambers.
The CYMS Newbridge player, sponsored by Joe Mallon Motors, was the last of the Irish team standing in Bulgaria when he lost his final game four frames to three.
In Douglas, Cork at the national Under 19 championship the talented Kildare teenager claimed his third championship of the year. Boileau beat Ryan Cronin 3-1 in the final and also won the highest break prize with a superb 123 break in his semi final win over David Cassidy.
The win qualified him for the World Under 21 championships in China later this month. However, Boileau will not travel to the Far East and will instead made the journey across the Irish Sea to Sheffield for the Qschool Championship, a new tournament held over a three week period. Each week four players are offered a professional card to go on the main tour. Boileau reached the final day of the third week and was just six frames away from taking a professional card.
Next on his agenda are the European Under 18 Championships in Gloucester and there after he will represent his country in the Home Internationals in Wales in September.
Left: Josh Boileau (left) with his final opponent Ryan Cronin after winning the National U19 Snooker Championship in Cork recently.