James O’Donovan keeps on rolling as he sees off Killian Kingston

The James O’Donovan juggernaut continued in the Co-Action benefit in Casteltownkenneigh where he beat Killian Kingston. Brothers Aidan and David Murphy beat Martin Coppinger and Séamus Sexton in the opening score there.

Declan O’Mahony added his name to the William Wolf Cup at Waterloo. Shane Shannon won the PJ Barry Cup at Durrus and James Lordan won the John Murray Cup at the Clubhouse.

James O’Donovan led from the off after a brilliant first shot against Killian Kingston. He pushed clear with two brilliant bowls up the rise from the Round Tower pub. He took his lead close to two bowls with another brilliant bowl from Pyne’s corner.

David and Aidan Murphy were in control for most of the road against Martin Coppinger and Séamus Sexton. Aidan Murphy gained big odds with a good second shot and they had close to a bowl of odds at the Round Tower pub. They held that lead to Pyne’s corner.

Sexton missed a chance to close the gap at Nyhan’s crush. The Murphys got two big shots to Copeen cross. Aidan played a magnificent bowl out the bend that ran to the cross and put the contest out of reach.

Their first-cousin John O’Rourke was impressive in his bowl-of-odds win over Davey Fitzgerald. He opened with two massive shots towards Nyhan’s crush. He extended his lead to over a bowl with a great throw past the Round Tower pub and won comfortably.

Fitzgerald redeemed his day by beating Séamus Sexton in the last shot in the final score. He was a bowl clear after two and gained almost two bowls with a big shot past the Round Tower. The big winners were Co-Action which benefited by €2,000 from the event.

In the William Wolf Cup final at Waterloo Declan O’Mahony denied Liam Scannell with a big last shot.

He looked set to pull clear till he played three poor shots in succession and lost the lead at Sonny Anne’s. He forged ahead again and had a big lead facing the no-play. He got a poor shot towards the line though and missed it by four metres to leave them dead level with two to go.

From the line Scannell got a great bowl to light, which O’Mahony just missed. O’Mahony got an exceptional last shot that ran well past the finish to the start line. Scannell played his last bowl well too, but it caught the verge short of the kerb and didn’t get the rub it needed.

In Saturday’s semi-final O’Mahony beat Johnny Byrnes and Gearóid Spillane while in the opening semi-final Liam Scannell beat two former winners, Tony Dunlea and John Donnellan.

Shane Shannon finished with three brilliant bowls to win the PJ Barry Cup final against Noel O’Regan at Durrus. He opened with a great bowl.

A brilliant bowl from Blair’s Cove brought O’Regan level and he led after two more. It remained in the balance to the wire. From there Shannon played three sensational bowls, which put him well over a bowl clear.

Tim Young was brilliant from the off in a Bill Barrett Cup tie at Caheragh were he easily beat Andrew O’Callaghan.

O’Callaghan opened with a great bowl to the lawn, but Young beat it. O’Callaghan just made the top of the hill with his next and Young went close to Lisangle cross. O’Callaghan beat that by just 30m with his third. Young then got a mammoth bowl to Sweetnam’s gate, which put him well over a bowl clear.

He held that lead to the soccer pitch. O’Callaghan made the bridge with his next and Young’s reply beat it by 60m. O’Callaghan misplayed his next and there was now almost two bowls between them.

Young took his lead well over two bowls with another great bowl to Reenroe cross. It was all over at the tunnel.

After a slow start James Lordan bowled brilliantly to win the John Murray Cup at the Clubhouse against Kevin O’Donovan. He found his form in the shots to the no-play line where he was two bowls clear. He raised another bowl to Murray’s. He increased his lead to the garage where O’Donovan conceded. Thomas and Cian Boyle completed a father-son double at Waterloo. Thomas beat Maurice Connolly and Cian led all the way against David Hubbard.

Munster senior champion Killian Kingston won Player of Year at the annual Ból-Chumann awards ceremony. European U18 champion Maria Nagle is female player of the year. Liam Power of Fenor club in east Waterford is personality of the year. Liam Daly joined the Hall of Fame.


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