Despite carrying a shoulder injury Osberstown native Josh Boileau went all the way to the final of the Under 21 European Snooker Championship in Romania, where he lost out to English rival Oliver Lines.
With over 100 competitors from 30 countries involved Boileau came through four group matches, winning three and losing the final one ensuring a second place finish in his group.
In the knockout stages the former Naas CBS student overcame Belgium’s Sybren Sokolowski 4-0 and the Austrian number one Andreas Ploner, which booked him a place in the quarter final against Lukas Kleckers from Germany.
Boileau began his quarter final clash superbly with a 90 and 70 to go 2-0 up, however his German opponent came back with a 70 of his own to make for a tense fourth frame. In the end the Kildare man came through 5-3 to book his place in the penultimate round.
In that semi final Boileau faced 2013 runner up Ashley Carthy from England, a game that was shown live on Romanian television.
In the first to five contest Boileau raced in to a 4-0 lead by the interval but after the break he faced a much sterner test from his English opponent. However, Boileau held off the challenge and prevailed 5-2 to book a final meeting with Lines, who beat fellow Irishman David Cassidy from Cork in the other semi final.
Boileau had already played Lines in the tournament and three times on previous occasions and last week they were all square after two sets. However, Lines recorded a century to take the next frame and an 80 clearance in the fourth to ensure a 3-1 lead.
After the interval Boileau went 4-1 down and eventually lost 6-1.
“I was so disappointed because I had chances and I just didn’t take them but I can’t complain as the better player won on the day. I’m good friends with Oli (Lines), he’s a top lad and I wish him every bit of luck on the main tour,” said Boileau.
Had Boileau won the tournament he would have automatically received his professional tour card, however he now must got to qualifying school (Q-School) in the Gloucester in the UK next month in search of the elusive pro card.
“After getting to the final I am disappointed not to have won but I’ve taken a lot of positives from it and I’m going to Q-School with great confidence. I know I have every chance to get on that professional tour,” insisted Boileau.