We in Stars Academy Ireland congratulate Josh Boileau on his fantastic win in Poland taking the under 21 title. Josh deserves this win and the opportunity to play against the Worlds top players such as O’Sullivan, Selby and Murphy just to name a few during his wild card two year spot as a professional.
I’m sure it’s a dream come true for Josh as he put so much effort, hours of practice and attended almost every event both on the RIBSA circuit and in Stars Academy Ireland.
Josh started playing snooker at a young age and with Brendan Fahey of Oldgrange Snooker Club in Monasterevin some 10 years ago. I remember the young Josh taking the U/12 Stars in Joey’s Dublin in 2007 beating Jamie Moore from Fr Allen’s Bru Snooker Club, Dublin in the Final. He was runner up to his stable mate Daniel Dempsey in the U/13 Stars that year.
2008 and we saw Josh back to take the U/13 title beating Mark Finglas in the final while he reached the U/14 final he was beaten by the in form Nathan Kerr.
This however did not stop Josh he continued his practice and with the help from Peter Troy he made great strides as he entered the U/14 in 2009 to win and beat Ross Doyle in the final and took the U/15 Stars title beating Dylan Scully in that final. Josh entered the U/16 & 17’s a month later and took the U/16’s beating again Ross Doyle in the final and beat Glen Doyle in the final of the U/17’s Stars.
Josh’s win of all the Stars events put’s him in the room with very few who managed all 6 titles since it’s inception by the late great Dermot Dalton in 1981, such as Ken Doherty, Fergal O’Brien, Dave Morris, Mick Judge, Rodney Goggins and Robert Redmond.
Having won all under age Stars events over those years it gave Josh the stepping stone needed to continue his career in snooker with RIBSA and this he did.
As the years went by Josh made his mark on the RIBSA scene and always looked at ways to improve and develop his game. PJ Nolan was on hand to help Josh with his game and over time we saw him go from strength to strength.
Even though from his early days back in Oldgrange with Brendan Fahy through our Stars of the Future events and into RIBSA, Josh’s most important supporter and the person who did the most for him is his mam Maryann who was instrumental in his progress and now finally we see the rewards of hard work, practice support of many people and clubs along with the grounded foundation of a mother who gave everything to the now 2016 European Under 21 Champion Josh Boileau the opportunity to take on the professional scene, a place so well deserved and we are proud to have been a small part in his journey towards success and we will continue to help young players on their path to success, here in Stars Academy Ireland.