Donnellan rules at Waterloo

John Donnellan beat Tom Browne by almost a bowl of odds in the William Wolfe Memorial trophy at the Waterloo revival festival on Sunday.

On Saturday he won the first of the three-hand semi-finals, in which he beat both Liam Scannell and Danny Flood by a bowl of odds. Tom Browne beat Johnny Byrnes and Gearóid Spillane in his semi-final.

Sunday’s final was a cliffhanger until Browne’s bowl to the no-play line hit a road sign and missed the line by a few centimetres. That virtually guarantied Donnellan victory.

Donnellan won the first three shots in the final, but Browne took the fourth. A great fifth past ‘Sunny Ann’s’ put Donnellan back in front for two tips. Browne led at Twomey’s farm. Donnellan regained the lead at Burke’s and increased his odds with a great bowl to the top of Mitchell’s hill. Browne hit back with an equally good one to level it again. Browne’s next missed the no-play line and when Donnellan beat it there was no way back.

In the semi-final, Liam Scannell won the first four shots, but Donnellan led with a great fifth and began to take control. At the pump he led Scannell by a bowl, with Danny Flood a further shot behind. Two poor shots in the closing quarter kept Scannell out of contention.

Gearóid Spillane opened with a brilliant bowl in the second semi-final, but failed to build on it. Johnny Byrnes led the next two to the pump and then pushed a bowl clear with a great shot from Twomey’s. He held that to the top of Mitchell’s hill. Browne hit back with a brilliant shot to the no-play line and when Byrnes failed to follow the score was level. A big second last to sight ensured Browne’s win.

First cousins Shane, Declan and Mark Shannon won the Munster Schools senior final for Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí at Shannonvale. They recorded a total of 1,913m to see off Maria Immaculata Community College, Dunmanway by 46.4m. A big last bowl from Mark Shannon proved decisive here despite a fine last shot from Dunmanway’s Dan O’Driscoll.

All-Ireland U16 champion Katie Sexton was strongly supported by Sinéad O’Donovan and Lisa Hegarty on the Sacred Heart Clonakilty team that won the girls senior final with 25.6 m to spare on Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí. Munster junior finalist Clare O’Sullivan led that team which also included Mairéad O’Leary and Elaine Collins.

The Clonakilty Community College team of John O Sullivan, Stephen O’Shea and Eoin Healy scored 1,690.4m to win the Munster junior cycle final. Maria Immaculata Community College, Dunmanway team of Niamh Ahern, Katlyn O’Donovan and Deirdre Crowley won the junior girls title.

Paul Harrington beat Ger O’Driscoll by a bowl in the Béal na mBláth final. O’Driscoll edged the first four shots to the water. Harrington won his first lead with a fine fifth and increased his advantage with his next to light before Shorten’s cross. He raised a bowl in the shots towards the cross and he held most of that lead in the next three to Long’s lane. He raised a full bowl again at Twohig’s farm and held that to the line.

Séamus Sexton finished with three brilliant bowls in the Ballinacurra quarter-final to beat Trevor O’Meara in the last shot.

O’Meara opened with a great bowl past the tarmac to take the first tip by 30m and led every tip but the last. O’Meara was still in control at Foley’s. He held a substantial lead in all the shots past the GAA. Sexton pressed strongly over the bridge and a big bowl to light past the novice line had him back in contention.

He then played the first of three great closing shots past Cronin’s lane to cut the lead to 30m. He had it back to ten metres after his next to sight facing the line. He closed with another big shot past the line. O’Meara’s last bowl broke right and missed that tip by 15m to concede the lead for the only time.

Sean Murphy beat John Young by almost two bowls in the Mickey Keating Cup at Drinagh.

Murphy took his first lead with a good fourth and got a lucky hop with his next to increase his odds to 70m. He beat a good fifth shot from Young. He then made sight at the Black Stick after Young missed to stretch his lead to almost a bowl. He held that to the Rectory and when Young got a poor shot there he extended his lead and won comfortably.

Catriona Murphy beat Gretta Cormican by a bowl in the Gretta Cormican Cup final at Kildee. Cormican won the opening tip, but Murphy took the next four to McCarthy’s. She missed a chance there to increase her lead and Cormican had the odds back to 30m at O’Sullivan’s. They both made Boreen-na-Parach in two more. Murphy went on to raise a bowl at the big turn and held it to the line.

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