AARON Hill is the back-to-back European U18 snooker champion after retaining his title in Albufeira in Portugal on Tuesday night.
The Leesider had revenge in mind when he faced Belgium’s Ben Mertens in the semi-final, having lost to him in the 2018 IBSF World final in St Petersburg.
After a 4-0 victory in their rematch, the Crucible club man saw off England’s Sean Maddocks by four frames to nil in the European decider. That was another sweet victory, after a defeat to Maddocks in Malta last January.
Hill is the talk of world snooker and has received an invite to the WPBSA Professional World Championships qualifiers in April in Sheffield. This follows on from his brilliant BetVictor shootout performance in Watford where he beat world number eight Kyren Wilson.
Hill was the number one seed and favourite going into the U18 European Championships but didn’t disappoint with a perfect group performance. He recorded the tournament's highest break prize with a 131 in a very important group match.
Hill started off the final with immaculate snooker leading the final 3-0 after just 45 minutes with a whirlwind start. That included a 73-break in the opener which he followed up with a 44-point win in the second frame and then a 92-0 success in the third frame.
Maddox pulled a frame back but it was only a matter of time before the ‘Breeze’ from the Crucible potted the crucial balls to seal the victory.
The whole Hill family were together at Aaron’s home on Cathedral Road watching and the celebrations will go on for some time.
Aaron’s father Stephen said: "We are full of emotion and so proud of Aaron and it is just such a phenomenal feeling watching our son do wonderful things in the world of snooker.
"What Aaron had just done in Portugal has to be really appreciated, he is a proud Cork man and a great player and again we are so proud of him."
Hill will now contest the EBSA European U21 championship where the winner gets the all-important two-year tour card.