Shachar Ruberg is loving his amazing run in the 2019 European Amateur Championships in Eilat, Israel, as the 24-year-old reaches the semi-finals of the event.
Yesterday’s quarter-finals saw a mixture of youth and experience on show as England’s David Lilley, a player in form at moment and Irishman Greg Casey reached the last eight, along with 17-year-old Florian Nuble from Austria.
But it was the Irishman Casey and Lilley and Michael Wild flying the flags for the United Kingdom as Nuble’s lack of experience showed through against the 28-year-old Casey.
Lilley meets the Israeli in the semi-finals as the nation’s hopes of an Israeli qualifying for the World Snooker tour for 2019/2020 take one step closer to becoming a potential reality.
Already the tour is expanding globally, with two Iranians on the tour, and Hossein Vafaei reaching a World ranking event semi-final in recent weeks at the Welsh Open.
Harvey Chandler won the EBSA event last year, and it earnt him a place on the pro tour.
From this year’s event, there’s a new exciting chapter in the young life of Welsh teenager Jackson Page who secured a tour card for next season as he won the Under-21 event. Page comes highly rated by the World Champion Mark Williams, who he has practised with on occasions. See the full story on the World Snooker Federation website...
Mark Allen is the only player to have won the Under-21 event and gone on to become a Master’s triple crown winner as he won the Masters in 2018.
Poland will be hoping that 23-year-old Kacper Filipiak will be able to rekindle success he had in 2011 when he won the EBSA Under-21 event, and go and win the main event, as Germany’s Simon Lichtenberg last year became the second German to qualify for pro status. Lilley, 43, is the oldest man in the last four draws of the main event.
Here’s Shachar training three year’s ago…