Twelve scores were played over two days and raised €1,700. Other notable wins were Gary Daly’s bowl of odds win over All-Ireland champion Martin Coppinger. Edmund Sexton beat Patrick O’Donoghue with a brilliant display and Arthur McDonagh had a good win over Killian Kingston.
Mackle just edged Mullins’ brilliant opening shot. Mullins lifted his second and it fell left just short of the top of the hill. Mackle replied with a brilliant bowl over the hill to the bungalow. Mullins just beat that tip with his third throw. Little changed in the shots to Desmond’s where Mackle was still a shot in front after seven. He matched Mullins shot-for-shot to the line and won by a bowl.
Martin Coppinger made an impressive start against Gary Daly and was almost a bowl in front after four shots to the quarry corner. His bowling dipped dramatically from there to Desmond’s cross where Daly had his first lead. Daly quickly took control and went a bowl clear. Coppinger played a massive bowl on the straight and when Daly beat it the contest fizzled out.
Edmund Sexton was at his brilliant best against Patrick O’Donoghue on Saturday. He scorched to Desmond’s cross to go two bowls clear and never gave O’Donoghue a chance to get close. Killian Kingston started well to lead Arthur McDonagh towards the quarry corner. McDonagh got a good bowl to light there, Kingston took two to beat it and was just at Desmond’s in two more.
David Murphy gave a sublime exhibition of bowling at Bauravilla where he beat Raymond Ryan by a bowl and John Creedon by three bowls in the Mick Crowley Cup final.
He made the cross in two where he was just fore of Ryan with Creedon a bowl behind. After two more to the netting he was a bowl clear of Ryan and two in front of Creedon. He got a huge bowl past Dekker’s to take his lead to well over a bowl on Ryan and almost three on Creedon.
He was just short of the rock in six where he still led by a bowl on Ryan and three on Creedon. He narrowly missed the bridge in nine. After the bridge Ryan had the lead under a bowl and Creedon left the contest. They contested the bowl of odds to the line, with Ryan putting in a tremendous finish, but Murphy held his lead.
Murphy’s father, John, was close to his best too in a tremendous win over Mick O’Driscoll (M) in the Munster Vintage (over-60) A final at Bweeng. He won the first two shots, but O’Driscoll led with his third and extended his lead with a great fourth to the ‘Tinny House’. Murphy got a brilliant bowl in reply to level the score and they were locked together into the last quarter.
Murphy broke the deadlock with a great third last, which put him almost a bowl in front. His next was not as good, but he closed with a great bowl to the line for a comfortable win.
Liam O’Driscoll finished brilliantly to beat Donal O’Donovan in the Vintage B final at Ballinacarriga. He started well, but O’Donovan led at the creamery and forged ahead. He looked to have winning odds with two to go. O’Driscoll played a brilliant second last, but O’Donovan was unlucky to miss the line with his reply. O’Driscoll then got an incredible bowl that was virtually impossible to beat.
David Murphy and Carmel Ryan team up at Ballincurrig on Saturday to play Gary Daly and Triona Kidney for a Fáilte Ireland international media event to promote the tourist potential of Irish traditional sport. Journalists from five EU countries will attend.
The third All-Ireland series will be played in Drogheda at the weekend. Representatives of all four provinces, Britain and North America will contest the Junior C, Novice I and Novice II grades.
Maria Nagle beat Katie Sexton in the last shot of the Munster girl’s under-14 final at Drinagh. Sexton led by over a bowl at one point. Michelle Crowley won the girl’s under-12 final when she beat Hannah Sexton, Katie’s younger sister.
Raymond Ryan advanced to the semi-final of the Jim O’Driscoll Cup when he beat Killian Kingston in the last shot at Ballincurrig. Kingston had the better of things to the no-play line and was still fore at Leahy’s. They were level at the big corner. Kingston missed light with his next and Ryan took a big lead. Kingston levelled with an exceptional bowl to the sycamores. He kept in touch with a great second last, but his last was not enough to test Ryan.
Aidan Hurley will play Vincent Kiely in the Tim White Cup final at Rosscarbery following a good semi-final win over John O’Rourke. He was well over a bowl in front after four great bowls to the priest’s wall. O’Rourke rallied strongly though and led at Barry’s boreen. Hurley regained the lead with his ninth and finished with three great throws to win by almost a bowl.