The final will be just a week ahead of the third All-Ireland series at Newtownhamilton, which has demanded most attention in the past week.
The Munster team is firming up, while the North American line-up was finalised in a weekend of action at East Durham, New York.
In the Munster Junior C Joe Madden and David Shannon meet at the Clubhouse in one semi-final, while Shane Lotty and Brendan O’Callaghan meet in the other at Waterfall.
Madden beat Liam Hurley in the last shot at Lyre. He gained a good lead after four and was a bowl clear at Crowley’s bend. Hurley cut the odds to 20m at McCarthy’s, but got no closer. Shannon had what seemed winning odds with three to go against Timmy Murphy at Timoleague, but misplayed his second last and lost the lead. He recovered with a big last shot, which Murphy missed by just three metres.
Shane Lotty got a good rub at Glasheen cross to break the deadlock in his win over Fergal Beamish at Macroom. Brendan O’Callaghan beat John Conneely in the last shot of a competitive quarter-final at Donoughmore.
Noel Dempsey secured his place in the Munster Novice I final when he beat Liam Young with a 300m last bowl at Kildee. They were deadlocked till Young took a 100m lead with a great bowl after Ballygurteen cross, which he held to the last shot. Michael O’Callaghan beat Sean Twomey in the last shot of an exceptional quarter-final at Donoughmore. The pace was unrelenting from the off, with O’Callaghan snatching it at the death.
Martin O’Connor beat Waterford veteran Vinny O’Rourke in the last shot of a tremendous Novice II quarter-final at Donoughmore. He plays either Joseph Hennessy or Pat Walsh in the semi-final. Hennessy beat Willie Murphy in the last shot at the Mons in the first round. Dan O’Donovan, who beat Noel O’Regan, will contest the other semi-final against the winner of Chris Faulkner or John O’Regan.
In North America, Florrie O’Mahony beat Roger O’Riordan in the last shot of the Novice I final. West Virginia native Stephen Wallington beat Kevin McGrath in the Novice II final. Junior C champion Adrian Lappin completes the North American team.
Edmund Sexton edged closer to the King of the Roads with his second successive last-shot win in the Mick Barry Cup at Ballincurrig, this time at the expense of James Buckley. They were level after six each to the no-play line. They made O’Riordan’s in two more with Sexton 20m fore. He increased his lead by beating Buckley’s great bowl to the top of the long straight and gained a bigger advantage with his next past Leahy’s.
They both took two more to open the big corner and Sexton’s lead was now just 10 metres. Buckley won the shots to the top of the short straight and he was still well fore at the elbow. Sexton levelled with a great second last to light and then beat the line. Buckley then misdirected and missed the line.
Michael Bohane finished strongly to beat John Shorten and David Hubbard in the Johnny Holland Cup final at Bauravilla.
Hubbard got a brilliant opening bowl to give him an early advantage, while Bohane got a poor opener and was almost a bowl behind. Bohane levelled with Hubbard, but Shorten led both by a bowl at the rock. Bohane levelled with Shorten at the bridge and took the decisive lead with a great bowl from the novice line.
Vincent Kiely and Aidan Hurley meet in the Tim White Cup final at Rosscarbery. Kiely beat Jerry Gibbons in his semi-final and Hurley beat John O’Rourke.
Thomas Mackle beat Christy Mullins in the last shot in the Mother Hegarty Cup at Lyre. He led the first six shots to the hump. Mullins took his first lead with a great seventh past Crowley’s wall. They made Crowley’s bend in two more with Mullins 60m fore. Mackle edged the next two to McCarthy’s and increased his lead to the end of the wall. He won each of the last four past the line.
Donal O’Riordan and William O’Driscoll scored good wins in the Jim O’Driscoll Cup. O’Riordan was in top form in his win over Andrew O’Leary, while O’Driscoll had two wins in quick succession; he beat Wayne Callanan on Tuesday and PJ Cooney on Sunday.