Ulster do the double as Thomas Mackle and Kelly Mallon win

Ulster completed the double double, when Thomas Mackle retained the Hurley’s of Midleton King of the Roads and Kelly Mallon the Global Catering Queen of the Roads at Ballincurrig yesterday.

While Mackle created history as the first Ulster player to retain the title, Kelly Mallon will be remembered as the winner of the best ever Global Catering Queen of the Roads final. She beat Dutch star Silke Tulk by a few metres in a breathtaking final.

Mackle beat a polished Ralf Look of Germany in the last shot of King of the Roads. Look pushed clear with his brilliant second to Moore’s gate and dominated right to the final quarter. He had good odds after five past the creamery and then beat the no-play line with a great sixth to extend his lead. He beat a series to great shots from Mackle to raise a bowl with a brilliant ninth to the top of the long straight.

Mackle kept pressing and when Look missed up the short straight he made sight to level the contest. He didn’t lead till his 16th past the elbow. They both made sight in 17. Look’s last blew right and just beat the line, leaving Mackle with a very simple task.

In a weekend of top-class bowling the Queen of the Roads final stood out as an exceptional contest. Tulk took a big lead with a great bowl to the sycamores. She gained decent odds with her sixth and had almost a bowl of odds at Leahy’s. She hit the bend with her next and Mallon closed the gap. Tulk then played a massive bowl to O’Riordan’s and Mallon beat it with an even better one. They both got big shots to Hegarty’s with Tulk still leading well. Mallon won the lead with a sensational bowl to the creamery straight. She took a big lead with her next. Tulk hit back with the shot of the weekend onto the finishing straight. Mallon narrowly beat that with another huge bowl. They were both short of the line and Mallon just edged Tulk’s last bowl past Moore’s gate.

On Saturday Thomas Mackle beat David Murphy and Mark Muntel in his semi-final. Look beat Killian Kingston in a very competitive score, with Cathal Toal a bowl off the pace.

Colm Rafferty beat Paul Buckley in the last shot of a good Jim O’Driscoll Cup final. He led by almost a bowl after four to the green. Buckley levelled with a brilliant bowl to the top of the long straight, but lost his gains with a misplaced bowl past Leahy’s. Buckley fought back to lead at the sycamores, but Rafferty won well in the last shot.

The German team of Fabian Schiffmann and Chantel Bohlen bowled brilliantly to win the Proto-Mark Technologies Youth International Triple Crown. They beat Ireland represented by Darragh Kiely and Maria Nagle by two bowls with Jesse Wennink and Lisa Jonkers of the Netherlands third. Two huge shots to O’Riordan’s gave them an unassailable lead and they bowled well to the line.

On Saturday Mark Toal and Pádraig Nugent bowled well to beat Peter Nagle and Dean Sexton by a bowl in the Charlie McCarthy Cup. Adrian Callanan and Stephen Sewell led all the way to a bowl of odds win over Mark Kiernan and Ryan Fay in the East Cork Oil trophy.

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