Hubbard overcomes Buckley to take victory in Ballinacurra

David Hubbard scored the line in 15 great bowls at Ballinacurra where he beat Paul Buckley by almost a bowl.

Buckley opened with a big shot, but Hubbard beat the tip. He won the second exchange too and carried his lead to Brinny cross with his third. Buckley was well short of Foley’s with his next and Hubbard got a good bowl to peeping sight. Hubbard lofted a nice lead there. Buckley’s next was caught left at the nooks. Hubbard replied with a great bowl to Perrott’s to go almost a bowl in front.

Hubbard played his next into the hole at Perrott’s wall. Buckley hit back with a great bowl. That put him back in the frame until Hubbard got a massive bowl to Innishannon cross which put him almost a bowl clear again.

Buckley then beat two good shots from Hubbard to Cronin’s to keep the lead to just under a bowl. Hubbard’s next got caught left at Cronin’s lane and gave Buckley a small chance. He didn’t capitalise though and Hubbard brought the curtain down with a massive bowl past the line.

Séamus Sexton beat Killian Kingston by a bowl in the O’Flynn Cup in Timoleague. Kingston led after good second and third shots. Sexton won the fourth shot and led to the finish.

The MICC Dunmanway Junior Boys team stole the show at the Munster Colleges finals at Shannonvale, recording an incredible score of 2,018m. The team was powered by 2012 Munster U12 champion Michael Nyhan, 2013 Munster finalist Jason Connolly and Séamus O’Regan.

MICC Dunmanway also won the Charlo Daly Shield as the overall best College in Munster. Their Junior Girls team of Niamh Ahern, Deirdre Crowley and Kelly O’Sullivan were comfortable winners over Mount Mercy, Skibbereen. Their Senior Boys of Kevin Murphy, Gareth Crowley and Oisín O’Donovan were second and their Senior Girls were third overall.

Dylan Harrington, Gearóid McCarthy and Owen Holland won the Senior Boys final for Clonakilty Community College. They had a combined score of 1,836, which was almost 100m better than Dunmanway.

Mairéad O’Driscoll inspired Mount Mercy, Skibbereen to victory in the Senior Girls final.

Jerry Murphy beat John O’Donoghue in the last shot at Whitechurch. He won the early shots and was almost a bowl in front after four. O’Donoghue hit back with two huge bowls to take his first lead.

Murphy regained the lead with a great bowl around the farm and increased his odds to the Devil’s bend. It looked over until O’Donoghue got a great bowl to the white wall. He followed with a brilliant shot past the line. Murphy beat it well, but his bowl was called. He just beat it with his second attempt.

Trevor Deane led all the way to a last shot win over Séan Twomey in the Derrinasafa semi-final. Andrew O’Callaghan beat Pat O’Donovan by a bowl in the Grenagh final. At Lyre, Jimmy O’Donoghue beat Vincent Kiely by over a bowl.

Bowling followers have an exceptional menu to choose from over the Bank Holiday weekend.

One of the most attractive events is the Dingle Cliff and Coastal Rescue benefit on the Ballydavid Road near Dingle on Saturday. It features two top senior scores. The first is a meeting of James O’Donovan and John Creedon and the second is between Christy Mullins and Thomas Mackle.

There is also a senior women’s score between Emma Fitzpatrick and Claire O’Sullivan.

Timoleague hosts the annual Pat Kiely Shield on Saturday between London, Dunderrow and Timoleague.

The William Woulfe Memorial trophy will be played on Saturday and Sunday at Waterloo.

On Saturday, John Donnellan will defend the title he won last year in the first semi-final against Liam Scannell and Tony Dunlea. Last year’s beaten finalist Tom Browne is in the other semi-final. The final is on Sunday.

There are weekend festivals of bowling at the Clubhouse, Dunmanway and also at Ballinacurra, Upton. On Sunday the Marsh Road final at Skibbereen features local player David Shannon against Davey Fitzgerald.

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CourtsSports ColumnistsPlace: BallinacurraPlace: BrinnyPlace: CroninPlace: ShannonvalePlace: WhitechurchPlace: GrenaghPlace: LyrePlace: Dingle CliffPlace: Ballydavid RoadPlace: DinglePlace: LondonPlace: WaterlooPlace: ClubhousePlace: DunmanwayPlace: UptonPlace: Marsh RoadPlace: SkibbereenPerson: HubbardPerson: BuckleyPerson: David HubbardPerson: Paul BuckleyPerson: CrossPerson: FoleyPerson: PerrottPerson: Innishannon crossPerson: Séamus SextonPerson: SextonPerson: Michael NyhanPerson: Jason ConnollyPerson: Séamus O’ReganPerson: Niamh AhernPerson: Deirdre CrowleyPerson: Kelly O’SullivanPerson: SkibbereenPerson: Kevin MurphyPerson: Gareth CrowleyPerson: Óisín O’DonovanPerson: Dylan HarringtonPerson: Gearoid McCarthyPerson: Owen HollandPerson: Mairéad O’DriscollPerson: Jerry MurphyPerson: John O’DonoghuePerson: O’DonoghuePerson: MurphyPerson: Trevor DeanePerson: Sean TwomeyPerson: Andrew O’CallaghanPerson: Pat O’DonovanPerson: Jimmy O’DonoghuePerson: Vincent KielyPerson: James O’DonovanPerson: John CreedonPerson: Christy MullinsPerson: Thomas MacklePerson: Emma FitzpatrickPerson: Claire O’SullivanPerson: John DonnellanPerson: Liam ScannellPerson: Tony DunleaPerson: Tom BrownePerson: David ShannonPerson: Davey FitzgeraldEvent: Munster CollegesEvent: Bank HolidayOrganisation: CroninOrganisation: KingstonOrganisation: MICC Dunmanway Junior BoysOrganisation: MICC DunmanwayOrganisation: Mount MercyOrganisation: Clonakilty Community CollegeOrganisation: Coastal RescueOrganisation: Timoleague
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