Liam Graham is the new U21 european snooker champion. The aged 18 Scottish claimed victory by 5 Frames to 2 facing Ukraine’s Iulian Boiko in the decisive match, payed this Sunday March 12th at the St. Paul’s Bay Dolmen hotel.
Liam Graham succeeds Belgium’s Ben Mertens as cathegory’s european king and makes it 2 out of 3 championships for Scotland in Malta, after fellow contryman Jack Borwick won the U16 championship and Hungary’s Bulcsú Révész the U18 championships already here in Malta.
In a big clash, Boiko had chances to make it 3-3 but Graham prevailed and got the 4-2. In Frame 7, the Ukraine’s talent also had some chances to glue 3-4 but it was Liam to claim frame and match, in front of a immense audience at the St. Paul’s Bay Dolmen Hotel venue.
«I dedicate it too my father, Raymond, and to my mother, Celine. It’s all my life’s dream. I don’t even know how to describe this feeling. I’m so happy I can barely believe it. Always aimed for this», told us the Scotland’s new 2023 EBSA European U21 Snooker Champion, with tears oh hapiness in his eyes.
Ukraine’s Iulian Boiko got his medal for runner-up from EBSA Chairman Maxime Cassis, EBSA Vice-President Ricardo Salgado and Malta Billiards and Snooker Association (MBSA) President Ivan Brincat.
Ryan Davies and Northern Ireland’s Robbie McGuigan got the bronze medals and the England’s star also the prize for the best break at the U21 championships, a superb 139.
Lithuanian Egidijus Dudenas was the referee and Poland’s Anna Hodun, the marker of the U21 championships final, and also got their prize for a night to remember.
Liam Graham gets the nomination from European Billiards & Snooker Association to World Snooker in order the Scottish might be invited to join the tour and became a professional in the next 2 seasons, every amateur competitor’s dream.