O’Brien emerges victorious from Bauravilla battle

Donncha O’Brien finished strongly to advance at the expense of Denis O’Driscoll in the John-Joe Murphy Cup at Bauravilla.

O’Brien emerges victorious from Bauravilla battle

He won the first shot. O’Driscoll’s second bowl cannoned off the kerb at the school and ran to Robin’s cross. O’Brien missed the cross with his reply, which left him almost a bowl behind. He rallied with two good shots to the netting and he was level at Dekker’s.

O’Driscoll kept a vital edge though to the rock. O’Brien missed sight there, but he more than compensated with a super loft. O’Driscoll held an iron grip on things with a big shot to O’Sullivan’s which put him in a 100m lead. O’Brien then beat that tip by 50m to keep the lead well under a bowl.

O’Driscoll lost momentum with his shot to Deasy’s. O’Brien hit back with a good bowl to the bridge, but he didn’t make sight. O’Driscoll now had a chance to consolidate his lead, but he misplayed his bowl and actually missed O’Brien’s tip. He went for a rub off the parapet with his next, but it hopped the wall and went into a field.

O’Brien replied with another good loft to lead by 40m. O’Driscoll then made the grotto. O’Brien replied with a super shot that went past the grotto to the home stretch facing the line. That was enough to kill off O’Driscoll’s challenge.

John O’Rourke bowled well to beat Tim Young by almost a bowl in the Seán Scannell Cup at Donoughmore. Young got a brilliant first shot to sight and beat a great second from O’Rourke by 30m. O’Rourke led with a fine third shot. Young then played two poor shots to the bounds to fall a bowl behind.

O’Rourke held that lead to the start of the straight on nine and ten. He increased his odds with his next shot. Young then got a sensational bowl to the end of the straight, but O’Rourke beat it by 20m and made full light. Young brought the odds well under a bowl with a great shot through the nooks. He missed sight with his next though and O’Rourke finished strongly to push his lead to almost a bowl.

Denis Murphy reached the last four of the Flor Crowley Cup when he beat Andrew O’Leary by two bowls at Newcestown.

He won the first two tips. O’Leary got a super third to raise almost a bowl. He held the lead close to a bowl in his next three to Mac’s lane and in the next two towards Allen’s lane. He then played a very short bowl and missed Murphy’s tip. From there on it was Murphy’s score.

He was 50m fore at Fehilly’s and he held that lead to Desmond’s lane. O’Leary then got a big shot to the bottom of the hill, but Murphy held his odds. He raised a bowl in the shots to sight at Collins’ lane. He increased his odds with his next shot. O’Leary then missed O’Brien’s cross and Murphy went out to wrap it up.

Billy McAuliffe finished strongly to beat Mick Hurley by over a bowl at Clashmore. Hurley won the opening shot, but McAuliffe had a good lead after three to Hurton’s cross. They were at the top of the lios in seven with Hurley leading by 40m.

Hurley got a poor shot down the lios and McAuliffe went almost a bowl clear after a great bowl towards the layby. Hurley closed the gap past Mulcahy’s cross, but McAuliffe went clear again to the lag. He raised a bowl with a great shot onto the last straight.

Ger O’Driscoll beat Muiris Buttimer in the last shot of a tremendous Ballinacarriga Cup tie. They both made Dwyer’s cross in one and they reached the novice line in three. They were still locked together after five to Finn’s corner and onto the kerb in eight. They were still deadlocked after ten to Hehir’s.

O’Driscoll gained good odds with a big shot to Crowley’s avenue, but Buttimer was back in contention at the Ballinacarriga sign. O’Driscoll snatched it by beating the line in two more.

David O’Mahony led all way against Cian Boyle and Jim Coffey at Ballinacurra. He got a record opening shot to the zebra crossing which gave him 40m on Coffey and over a bowl on Boyle. Coffey won the second shot and stayed in contention to Foley’s. O’Mahony raised a bowl on Coffey and two on Boyle to the end of Perrott’s. He was always in control from there. Boyle finished strongly to edge Coffey for second.

At Whitechurch a strong start proved vital in Thomas Boyle’s two bowls of odds win over Terry Sexton. He had almost a bowl after three to Kelly’s and raised it in full with his shot to boula lane. He increased his odds to almost two at the farm. He had two full bowls at the end of the Devil’s bend. In a super return score Maurice Connolly beat Paul Butler in the last shot.

JC Desmond beat Olan Noonan in the last shot at the Marsh Road. He was a bowl up at the quarry and held it to the steps. He lost ground to Ballyhilty, where Noonan was level. They closed in four good shots, with Desmond taking the last one comprehensively.

All-Ireland U18 champion Darragh Kiely was honoured at the annual Mallow & District Sport and Leisure Council Awards. Ciara Buckley’s achievements were also recognised in the adult section.

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