AARON Hill created a piece of European Snooker history at the Salgado Palace Hotel in Albufeira, Portugal this weekend.
The talented young Cork man won the EBSA European U21 snooker championship in defeating England’s Hayden Staniland with a comprehensive performance on the green baize.
Hill, who was crowned European back to back U18 champion, earlier this week has now become the first player to win both U18 and U21 titles at the same tournament.
The Crucible star is now going to be a fully-fledged professional player at the start of next season and will be mixing it up with the ‘big boys’ week in week out.
It’s astounding to think that Hill only picked up a cue a few years ago.
Following his first European title last year, Hill’s game has gone to a whole new level and his display in the final sent Staniland into ‘la-la land’, as all his opponent could do was sit and watch Hill at his very best.
Now Hill has added a double European success to his national, provincial and international titles the World Snooker Tour will welcome this gifted Cathedral Road cue-man to the ‘main tour’.
Nobody will want to meet the 18-year-old in the upcoming World Snooker Championship qualifiers in Sheffield in April, given his rich vein of form.
Speaking to Echo Sport Aaron’s father Stephen Hill said his family and the snooker community in Cork are extremely proud of him.
“We are so proud that he has achieved his dream of becoming a professional snooker player in just four years. He is so dedicated, he loves his snooker and he has done Cork and Ireland proud yet again."
He arrived home at Dublin Airport at 4.40pm yesterday and got one hell of a welcome.
"I can tell you that I am rarely speechless," said he father, "but for a good few minutes watching him win it didn’t really sink in.
"Now it has and we are going to celebrate this for a while to come.
"Every one of Aaron’s family and close friends can take great pride in what Aaron has achieved this week."