O’Mahony edges Hubbard in Grange cup final

DAVID O’MAHONY beat David Hubbard by a bowl of odds in the Champy Deasy Cup final at Grange on Sunday.

He opened with a sensational bowl to light past Barry’s, but Hubbard beat it. Hubbard increased his lead to 70m with an equally good second.

O’Mahony got a massive third to Hodnett’s house to cut the lead to a metre. Hubbard shaded the next exchange too, but O’Mahony took a 40m lead with a brilliant bowl to light past O’Sullivan’s.

He led the next two shots to the school cross, but Hubbard levelled again with two great bowls. He just beat the novice line with his next and O’Mahony eased clear again. They both just made the yellow wall in the next shots. Hubbard then missed light at the stud farm and O’Mahony made the point of the bend.

Hubbard kept up the pressure with a good bowl to light. O’Mahony brushed that aside with another miler to within two metres of the finish line. Hubbard missed that tip to fall a bowl behind.

Joe Tyner and Emma Fitzpatrick won the Ballygurteen mixed-doubles final when they beat Dinny Nyhan and Carmel Ryan by almost a bowl.

They had almost a bowl after a great opener from Tyner and raised it in full when Fitzpatrick made light with her second. They were almost two in front after a great third shot from the bend and they held that lead to the women’s lane.

Nyhan and Ryan then got two good bowls past the avenue to bring the lead under a bowl. They battled over that lead all to the end of the straight. Nyhan knocked the bowl for the last time with his shot to O’Donovan’s bend and they held the lead under a bowl in the last shots.

Fergal Beamish beat Denis Whooley by almost a bowl in a thrilling final at Fisher’s Cross. He won the opening shot well, but Whooley took over from there and was a bowl in front at Footman’s Cross. He lost odds over the next few shots, but was still well clear facing the pond. He missed light there though and Beamish made it to draw level.

Beamish turned the score with a great shot from there which helped him make light at the last bend and raise a bowl of odds. Whooley knocked the bowl with his second last, but Beamish denied him a second chance when he beat the line with a good last throw.

Mickey Donnelly won the Yellow Ford final on the Moy Road where he beat Cathal Toal and Philip McKeever. Toal had to give him a two-shot handicap, but Donnelly bowled so well he didn’t need the handicap.

James Cooney beat Raymond Ryan and John O’Donoghue in the Ballincurrig 27. He led the first shot well. Ryan levelled with his second and they held a slight edge on O’Donoghue to the creamery. O’Donoghue levelled with Ryan at the no-play line, but Cooney had a nice lead after a good bowl to Heaphy’s. He missed light with his next though and all three were back in the frame.

Ryan regained the lead with a super shot to the top of the long straight. O’Donoghue got two poor shots past Leahy’s to fall a bowl behind. Ryan and Cooney were dead level at the big bend. Cooney made light with his next and when Ryan missed his challenge ended. Cooney held most of a bowl to the end, with Ryan beating O’Donoghue by almost a bowl for second place.

Trevor O’Meara beat Andrew O’Leary by almost a bowl at Ballyclough. O’Meara got a great fifth to the top of the brow to gain a big lead. O’Leary battled back and was level at Ballyhass lakes. O’Meara played a poor shot from there and O’Leary took a big lead.

O’Meara closed the gap with a great shot before O’Leary then had a poor shot to the school and O’Meara was back in front. O’Leary levelled again in the shots to light at the double bend.

O’Meara then got a super bowl to lead by 130m facing the line. O’Leary beat the line with his last throw, but O’Meara easily beat that.

Thomas Boyle beat Derry Cooney by well over a bowl at Donoughmore.

Stephen McCann beat All-Ireland Junior B champion Seamus McKee in the last shot in the Northern Builders tournament on the Cathedral Road. McKee started well and was a bowl in front after five to Haughey’s.

However, McCann got an amazing last bowl down past Rowntree’s, which gave McKee no chance.

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