John Schenck has won the Bendigo Billiards Championship for the 27th time.
Schenck defeated Glenn Purdy 470-446 in one of the closest championships in decades.
Schenck led by over 100 early in the match before Purdy managed to take back the lead during the second half.
However, in the last five minutes of the match Schenck made a tense break of 53 to take the lead and went on to win by 24.
Schenck made breaks of 77, 53, 36, 35, 35, 31 and Purdy made 35, 35, 32.
In a sign of sportsmanship, Schenck said Purdy was the best player to have never won the championship.
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Schenck has now won 27 Bendigo Championships, taking out the last 15 in a row, on top of his 3 Victorian Championships.
There was also a C grade match where Mark Goudge defeated Martin Lemega 225-221, and a B grade between Adam Hargreaves who defeated his father Colin Hargreaves 190-175.
The Bendigo Billiards and Snooker Association’s team finals will be held in December.
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