Ballarat’s Jake McCartney is the Victorian eight-ball champion again.
McCartney defended the title at Bundoora on Sunday.
He defeated Mark Robertson 5-2 in a best of nine frames final.
Ballarat filled three of the top four placings in the championship, with Jamie Stevens and Mark Curwood reaching semi-finals.
McCartney defeated Stevens in a semi-final 4-0, while Curwood lost 4-3 to Robertson.
McCartney, Stevens and Curwood all play in the Ballarat and District Pool League.
McCartney earns automatic selection in the Victorian team to contest the nationals in Darwin in October.
Stevens and Curwood remain in contention for state selection.
They will make their next bid for the team in selection trials.
McCartney’s state title signals the start of a big year for Ballarat eight-ball players.
He will be one of four to contest the world championships in Blackpool, England, next month.
McCartney, who will contest the open event, will be joined by Kolbe Poole (women’s), Matt Curwood (juniors) and Don Colbert (masters).