Twohig continues excellent vein of form

Gavin Twohig got the first win in the renewal of the Connie Killarney Cup at Skibbereen on Sunday when he beat Donal Riordan by over two bowls.

Riordan started well and was 70m in front after three shots past the industrial estate. He had a chance of making the quarry gate in two to increase his lead, but he lost that chance when he played his next bowl too wide. They were level at the top of the quarry hill.

Twohig then changed the score dramatically with brilliant bowls to the steps. After Riordan made a mistake with his shot down the quarry hill things unravelled as he took three more to make the steps. Any hope of a comeback were quickly quashed by Twohig who followed with two more brilliant bowls to Ballyhilty corner where he was almost three bowls in front.

The win confirms Twohig’s excellent vein of form and sets him up perfectly for his opening Munster intermediate championship score against Éamon Bowen Snr at Béal na mBláth on Sunday.

The first score in the 2013 Munster intermediate campaign is the three-hand meeting of Liam O’Sullivan, PJ Cooney and William O’Driscoll at Templemartin on Saturday. Seamus Sexton and Arthur McDonagh complete the first big championship weekend at Whitechurch on Sunday.

Mick Murphy won the Lyre Veteran final with a brilliant closing salvo of four great bowls that opened a bowl of odds margin on Ted Hegarty and almost two on Pat O’Sullivan.

Hegarty had a 70m lead after two great shots to the forestry. Murphy hit back with three great shots to the hump where he was just in front. After another four to Crowley’s bend he led both his opponents by 40m. He lost odds by missing sight at McCarthy’s, but bounced back with a good bowl to the tunnel where he was 50m clear again.

After another big bowl to the big tree he had almost a bowl on O’Sullivan and a big lead on Hegarty. After his next shot he had well over a bowl on O’Sullivan and almost a bowl on Hegarty. He closed with another big bowl to raise a bowl on Hegarty and almost two on O’Sullivan Aidan Murphy beat Raymond Ryan to secure a place in the Baile Mhuirne final against John Creedon.

Ryan won the early exchanges, but he lost some of his lead when his third bowl was blocked. Murphy took the lead with a big fourth and was still in front at the slippery rock. He increased his lead when his next bowl got a nice rub. He then quickly opened up a big gap with a succession of good shots to win by two bowls.

Conor McGuigan and Eddie Carr beat Thomas Mackle and Martin Toal by a bowl in the feature score of the Tullysarn fundraiser festival. It was finely balanced to the halfway stage, but McGuigan and Carr moved up several gears from there to win comfortably. Kelly Mallon beat Dervla Toal-Mallon by almost a bowl in a great contest on Saturday.

Sean Murphy beat Denis O’Driscoll by a bowl at Grange to advance to the Jerry Desmond Cup semi-final. He started well to go a bowl clear at the white wall. O’Driscoll then got a brilliant bowl past Hodnett’s to knock the bowl and he levelled the score to the school cross. They were locked together to the top of the hill. Murphy then prised it open with a huge bowl to Holland’s wall and he made the stud farm bend with his next.

His uncle Jerry Murphy beat Thomas Boyle by two bowls at Ballinacurra. He took his first lead after three through Brinny cross. Boyle was back in front at Foley’s, but Murphy took over again and had a nice lead at the GAA field. He then got three good bowls in succession past the Junior C line to go a bowl clear and he added a second before the line.

Vincent Kiely beat Noel Bowen by over a bowl at Gortroe. They were level at the end of the wood. Kiely was almost a bowl clear from at the Well Bar and raised it with his next. Bowen knocked the bowl again, but Kiely totally dominated the closing stages.

Brendan O’Neill raised a bowl in his opening shot against Denis Wilmot at Drinagh. He had almost two bowls after four exceptional shots to the waterfall. He made the black sticks in seven where he had well over two bowls. He comfortably held that lead to the line.

Anthony Gould beat Killian Kingston in the last shot at Pouladuff. He was in control till he made a mistake coming to Corcoran’s bridge. Kingston levelled in the shots to the finishing straight. They both got poor second last shots. Kingston rallied with a big last bowl, but Gould just beat it.

In the veteran championship Donal O’Donovan caused the first upset of 2013 when he beat Ger Fitzpatrick at Sam’s Cross. David Hubbard just edged Andrew O’Leary in the last shot at Whitechurch. At Ballinacurra a brilliant start saw Dave Fitzgerald beat Declan O’Donovan by three bowls.

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