Coppinger sets up clash with O’Meara

Martin Coppinger had a comfortable two bowls of odds win over James Buckley at Waterfall in the final pool score of the Munster senior championship on Sunday.

Coppinger sets up clash with O’Meara

Buckley opened with a tremendous bowl down past the Glasha and up the hill facing Lynch’s farm. Coppinger came to the point of the bend with a good reply, but it was 80m short of Buckley’s tip. He followed with an exceptional second bowl up the hill past Castlewhite cross, which Buckley missed by five metres.

Buckley won the next exchange past Lynch’s farm. Coppinger went in front with a good shot past the corner of the lawn and dominated the rest of the score. Buckley got two poor shots past Mehigan’s and Coppinger pushed clear. He had almost a bowl at the old senior finish and had a full bowl after two good shots to Dan Herlihy’s corner.

Buckley then got a good bowl up the hill past Herlihy’s. Coppinger hit back with another mammoth bowl to add another 70m to his lead. He edged further in front past Murphy’s farm. The contest came to an end a shot from the finish after Buckley played two poor shots and fell two bowls behind.

That win gave Coppinger and Brian Wilmot the two quarter-final slots from Pool A. Aidan Murphy and John Creedon play the first quarter-final at Lyre on Sunday, May 25. The other three are the following weekend. Coppinger and Trevor O’Meara meet at Killumney on Saturday, June 7. The following day Killian Kingston plays Gary Daly at Templemichael and Brian Wilmot plays Christy Mullins at the Marsh Road.

The semi-finals will be Coppinger or O’Meara against Murphy or Creedon and Kingston or Daly versus Mullins or Wilmot.

Thomas Mackle and Cathal Toal reached two wins in the Ulster senior championship at Knappagh.

Mackle started well against Brian O’Reilly to lead by 100m after three. His next three were poor though and O’Reilly led. Though neither player impressed it was level to the plum trees. Two shots later Mackle got a great bowl, which O’Reilly beat. Mackle then made light at the Condy corner. O’Reilly missed to fall almost a bowl behind and conceded the bowl in the last shot.

Cathal Toal looked set to rout Martin Toal when he led by almost two bowls at the plum trees. His form dipped dramatically from there though and it took a lucky rub with his second last to keep him in front.

In the Munster intermediate championship there were wins for Nicholas Carey, Andrew O’Leary and John Shorten. Last year’s Junior A champion Denis O’Driscoll withdrew from his meeting with Patrick O’Driscoll due to injury.

Carey easily beat William O’Driscoll at Carraig na bhFear. They took two shots each to open the first bend, with Carey winning both tips. He was still fore after his third. O’Driscoll took a good lead after a massive fourth bowl to light past the doctor’s. He increased his lead with a good fifth to Daunt’s and had almost a bowl after six to Fitzgerald’s.

He followed with two poor shots and Carey reached the creamery cross in two to level. Carey took complete control from there to go almost two clear at the novice line.

Andrew O’Leary beat PJ Cooney by a bowl at Carrigaline. Cooney started impressively winning the first two tips well. He missed a chance to increase his lead with his third past McCarthy’s avenue. O’Leary made Ashman’s in two more to take his first lead. Cooney regained the lead with his next, but O’Leary went back in front at the pump house.

Cooney then got two poor shots into the wind to fall well over a bowl behind. After his next past Drinan’s the lead was closer to two bowls. He fought back to cut the lead a bowl at the novice line and he knocked it at the junior line. He missed a chance to get closer in the next exchange, but had the lead back to 40m at Dunlieve.

It looked over when O’Leary played a big bowl towards the finish, but it literally stopped on the line. Cooney’s reply went right from the off and missed that tip.

John Shorten got the verdict at Grange after Donal Riordan pulled up injured. He won the opening shot but Riordan won the next three to the stud farm.. Shorten took his second fore bowl after three more to de Barra’s. Neither player made sight at the school.

Shorten’s next caught the grass at the no-play line. Riordan replied with a great loft to full sight, but it was his last act as he picked up an injury and had to concede.

Emma Fitzpatrick beat Megan Collins by two bowls in the final of the Munster Senior League also at Grange. She was just fore after five to Hodnett’s. She pushed over a bowl clear after three great throws to the school cross and increased her lead up the hill.

Gortroe hosts a contingent of Ulster bowlers next weekend. On Saturday the feature score is Martin Coppinger against Peadar Toal and on Sunday Edmond Sexton plays Brian O’Reilly.

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