Catriona O’Farrell holds off Emma Fitzpatrick to advance to Munster final

Catriona O’Farrell bowled impressively at Templemartin to secure her place in the Munster senior final with almost a bowl of odds on Emma Fitzpatrick.

Catriona O’Farrell holds off Emma Fitzpatrick to advance to Munster final

She beat Fitzpatrick’s opening bowl to the church cross. She got a great second to Desmond’s to go 60m clear. She raised a bowl between there and Slyne’s corner. Fitzpatrick knocked the bowl at O’Riordan’s, but O’Farrell pushed clear again to the schoolhouse cross.

Fitzpatrick fought back strongly to Buttimer’s and looked to be getting back into it after a great shot towards the monument. O’Farrell quenched that hope with a scintillating last bowl past the line. In the final she will play either Carmel Ryan or Louise Collins who meet in the other semi-final.

The Munster senior men’s quarter-final draw sees defending champion Aidan Murphy play James O’Donovan in a Bandon derby at Templemartin. Gary Daly plays Séamus Sexton at Carrigaline. David Murphy and Martin Coppinger won’t know their opponents till after the three-way play-off between Brian Wilmot, James Buckley and Éamon Bowen Jnr at Macroom on Thursday 18.

Buckley got a boost ahead of the Macroom playoff when he beat Séamus Sexton by a bowl at Berrings. Sexton got a poor opener, which Buckley missed. Buckley followed with three massive shots past the bridge to raise almost two bowls. He held that to the graveyard. Sexton cut it to a bowl with a great shot to the dump.

Buckley went two clear again after two good shots to the start of the straight. Sexton covered the straight in four to cut the lead to a bowl, but Buckley beat the line in two more.

Gary Daly beat Aidan Murphy by 70m at Grenagh. Murphy raised almost a bowl with his second to the end of the kerb. Daly fought back to lead after three great bowls to the half-way. He increased his lead to 80m facing Boula lane and when Murphy missed the lane there was almost a bowl between them.

He raised a bowl at the wall and held it to the no-play line. Murphy led again after Daly played two poor shots in succession and was 20m fore facing the line. Daly missed the line and Murphy’s reply broke off a wall and missed the line by ten metres. Daly got a great last shot to snatch it.

Paul O’Reilly’s coronation as Ulster intermediate champion was denied when Ruari O’Reilly pipped him at Newtownhamilton, with Donal Daly third. He still leads two to one in the race for three wins.

Eugene O’Sullivan beat Pat Kelleher by close to two bowls in the North Cork Junior B final at Donoughmore. Kelleher led the first, but made a mistake with his second. O’Sullivan punished him with a good third to raise a bowl and made the bounds in four to go almost two clear.

He had over two bowls after his fifth to Ring’s corner. He made the start of the straight in three more and after another three to the end of the straight it was over.

John O’Brien led all the way against Ritchie Harney in the Carbery Junior C final at Caheragh.

He won the first shot by 30m. Harnedy closed the gap in the next two to the lawn and was just a metre hind at Lisangle cross. O’Brien gained odds in the next two and then played a brilliant bowl over the bridge to go almost a bowl clear.

He had a full bowl after his next to the new house and held that to Reenroe cross. He held his lead to the tunnel and pushed well over a bowl in front with a big shot to Sheily’s. A big shot to the novice line tightened his grip. He closed it out with another good throw to the river gate where he was close to two in front.

Seán Twomey will contest the East Cork – Waterford Junior C final after a hard fought win over Niall Walsh at Clashmore. He looked to be getting the upper hand till Walsh got a massive bowl over the top of the Lios to level. He hit the front at Coolbagh cross, but didn’t push on with his next. Twomey hit back with three brilliant bowls to win by almost a bowl.

Michael Gould beat Éamon Bowen by a bowl in the Munster veteran championship at Ballincurrig. Bowen set the early pace with three bowls to the green. Gould levelled in the next three to the no-play line. He raised a bowl with two good shots past O’Riordan’s.

Bowen cut the odds with a massive bowl to Leahy’s, but Gould held the upper hand onto the short straight. He pushed almost a bowl clear at the sycamore and was just five metres shy of a bowl after two more to sight of the line. He closed with a massive bowl towards O’Connell’s.

Mickey Mallon knocked Pat Mallon out of the Ulster veteran championship. In the semi-final he plays Anthony O’Neill with Paul Grimley and Joe Shortt meeting in the other.

Noel Dempsey beat Michael Crowley in the Carbery Junior B at Caheragh. He was over a bowl in front at the bridge. Crowley aggravated a shoulder injury with his next and had to concede.

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