Martin Coppinger’s massive opener paves way for win over Sexton

Martin Coppinger opened the 2015 Munster senior championship with a bowl of odds win over Séamus Sexton at Clondrohid.

Martin Coppinger’s massive opener paves way for win over Sexton

He opened with a massive bowl that covered virtually the entire first straight and beat Sexton’s good first shot by 60m. Sexton cut the odds to 40m with his second and held the same gap with his third. He then got a great bowl, which Coppinger missed with a poorly directed bowl into the right. Coppinger’s next was poor too. Sexton now had a chance to turn the screw by reaching the Bell Inn in two. His form dipped for those critical shots and he missed his target and lost the lead. To compound things he got a poor shot from the pub. Coppinger replied with a brilliant bowl to push his lead to almost a bowl.

At the next bend Coppinger was shy of full light and Sexton was fully out. Coppinger got another massive bowl to the following bend, but it was called. His second attempt was much shorter. Sexton had a chance to close the gap again, but he also missed the bend. Coppinger controlled the rest of the score and secured the bowl of odds from hind tip with a brilliant last shot.

Donal Riordan beat Seán Murphy by two bowls in the Munster intermediate championship at Timoleague. He took the opening shot, but Murphy led the second to light. Murphy missed a chance to push clear after Riordan got a poor third, but he gained 60m odds with his next towards Bateman’s. Murphy lost most of his gains when his next bowl clipped the right.

Riordan hit back with three brilliant shots in succession. He regained the lead with his sixth past Bateman’s. He raised a bowl with his next up the hill and almost two clear with his eighth. He kept that lead after two more to O’Leary’s pillars. Murphy cut the odds to just over a bowl with a great shot past the novice line.

Riordan rebuffed that challenge with two good shots towards the junior line where he was almost two bowls clear again. He closed it out with three more big bowls past the line where he was two in front.

Earlier in the week Murphy blitzed his cousin Kieran in the same championship at Newcestown. He beat the line in 18 shots to win by two bowls.

Vincent Kiely will meet David Hubbard in the North Cork Junior A final after an impressive win over John O’Rourke at Bweeng. He opened with a great bowl to light, while it took O’Rourke two. He lost ground with his second and O’Rourke snatched a 50m lead with a super third shot.

Kiely was back in front after his fourth and he led to the end. He went 150m clear after a brilliant seventh on Buckley’s straight and raised a bowl with his next. He was two bowls clear at the novice line, where O’Rourke conceded.

David O’Mahony narrowly beat Denis Wilmot at Jagoes Mills in the Mid-Cork Junior A. They both reached sight at the first bend in three, with O’Mahony 20m fore. Wilmot was ahead after three more to the dump and increased his lead to 80m at the end of the straight. A mistake with his shot at Callanan’s left him just 10 metres fore.

They were locked together to the power-station, where O’Mahony led by 20m. He increased his odds to 60m at Ballinvard cross and pushed that to 80m for the last throw. Wilmot played a tremendous last bowl that was unlucky not to run further. O’Mahony beat it by 10 metres.

At Templemichael Noel Gould beat Bill Daly in the last shot in their Cork City junior A tie. Daly won the first two tips and Gould won the third. Daly regained the lead immediately and was still fore after five to the white wall. He got two brilliant shots across the straight to go a bowl clear, but his form dipped from there. Gould knocked the bowl at the green and opened the next bend in two more to draw level. He bowled with more precision to the finish, beating the line in five throws.

Tony O’Sullivan beat James Nagle by over two bowls at the Marsh Road in the Carbery Junior A. He exploited a poor start from Nagle to go a bowl clear at the quarry gate. He held that to the steps and it was just under a bowl at Thornhill cross. O’Sullivan got a brilliant bowl there to open Ballyhilty corner. When Nagle missed there was two between them. After O’Sullivan’s big shot it was closer to three.

Pádraig O’Callaghan beat Gearóid Spillane by almost a bowl in the Killumney final. He led from the off, but there was nothing between them till he got two big shots to the cul-de-sac to raise a bowl. Spillane knocked the bowl, but O’Callaghan’s big shot to Connie’s corner raised most of it again.

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