Greg wins Bill Ellis Snooker Open
THE large crowd that gathered at the Sawtell RSL Club on Sunday afternoon for the final of the Bill Ellis Snooker Open weren’t left disappointed.
It took Armidale’s Greg Schalk every one of the seven frames to overcome Dale Kennedy from North Sydney and the 66-41 scoreline in the final frame highlighted how close the combatants were.
“I’ve never seen that many people come to watch a snooker match in this tournament, it was standing room only,” club president Derek Buckley said.
“And the final deserved a big audience too because it was an absolute screamer.”
Schalk came into the tournament as one of the favourites having claimed the title in Macksville only seven days earlier.
His favouritism was confirmed when local player David Dern knocked out reigning champion John Hudson in the quarter finals.
Playing against such a high quality field other local players to shine were John Horvarth and Phill Sara.
But it was Schalk that walked away with the winner’s cheque of $1500 although Buckley said the monetary reward isn’t what attracts the crack players anymore.
“It isn’t the money that they go for, it’s the prestige of winning the title against quality players,” he said.
“Next year we’re confident that more quality players will enter into the tournament.”