O’Donoghue took the verdict in the last shot – in what was a clash of the 2009 and 2010 All-Ireland intermediate champions.
They got two good shots each to light, with O’Donovan winning both. Their next two were poor though. O’Donovan just made Kate’s corner in five, where O’Donoghue lofted his odds. O’Donovan levelled with his brilliant sixth to Dill’s wicket. They were still locked together after another good exchange to the first line.
O’Donoghue gained a slight edge in the next shots. O’Donovan then turned the score with a brilliant shot to clear light at the Barleyfield gate. O’Donoghue played his bowl to the right and missed light. He made the Bog gate with his next, but O’Donovan extended his lead with a great bowl to the cross-ditch. O’Donoghue missed that tip by ten metres to fall a bowl behind.
It was just under a bowl at O’Mahony’s. O’Donoghue got a good bowl to the double gates, but O’Donovan beat it by 70m. O’Donoghue followed with another good bowl to just short of the barn and now the lead was back to ten metres. He beat the line by 15m with his next shot; O’Donovan’s reply was too wide and missed the line.
Éamon Bowen Jnr got a vital first win in Pool 1 of the senior championship when he beat Gary Daly in the last shot at Ballyclough.
He opened with ten brilliant bowls. He made Ballygiblin gates in two and was on top of the hill in two more where he had 100m odds. He raised a bowl at Ballygiblin quarry and he had 30m over a bowl after ten to Ballyhass School. Daly got a good bowl from there, which Bowen followed with two very poor shots to lose the lead for the first time.
Daly turned that into a bowl of odds after a good shot to the junior line. Bowen turned the score again by playing his next bowl on the centre and reaching the second last bend. Daly elected for the right track and got a very short bowl, he beat Bowen’s tip by less than a metre with his following throw.
They both made the bridge from there, but Bowen’s bowl rubbed and gave him a ten metre lead. He just shaded the next shots, but then played a good bowl to push his lead to 60m. Daly made the last bend with his next, but Bowen beat it by 40m. Daly missed the line from there, while Bowen beat it comfortably.
Pat Butler was 100m past the junior line in Bauravilla in an astonishing 13 shots where he beat John Creedon by almost a bowl in the Mick Crowley Cup. This is being hailed as one of the best scores ever at the venue.
Creedon was just fore after two great shots to the cross. He won the next tip by 100m, but Butler cut it to 50m with his next shot to bare light. He played two amazing bowls from there to just short of the rock to win his first lead. He had 70m odds after his next and then easily beat Creedon’s good bowl past the farm gate. He kept control when his next bowl cannoned perfectly at the bridge.
He played a good bowl from the bridge, but it did not get over the brow. Creedon had a chance to level, but only beat the tip. Butler hit back with a big bowl to the end of the paling, but Creedon beat the tip. There was no denying Butler who was well past the junior line in two more and ever closer to a bowl in front.
John Shorten led from the off to beat Tim-Pat O’Donovan by over a bowl in the first round of the Premier Intermediate championship at Whitechurch. They were level after four to the middle of the hill. O’Donovan got a poor shot there and Shorten beat it well. He was a bowl in front after a great shot past Boula lane and was close to two clear at the top of the straight.
O’Donovan cut the odds with his bowl to the farmhouse and rallied well to the finish, but never got the lead under a bowl. In the next round Shorten faces Trevor O’Meara, who easily dispatched Michael Bohane in the Ballygurteen semi-final. He took control by making light in two to raise a bowl. He held that to the women’s lane and added a second at the avenue. He was just short of O’Donovan’s in nine where he had well over two bowls.
Brendan O’Neill finished strongly at Lyre where he beat Ian Callanan by a bowl in the Jerry Desmond Cup. Callanan missed light in two from Crowley’s and was almost a bowl down at McCarthy’s.
Mark Sheehan beat Tommy Butler by almost a bowl in the Béal na mBláth final. A slow start left Butler trailing by almost a bowl at the water. He closed the gap to Shorten’s cross, but fell a bowl behind in the shots to Long’s lane. Sheehan kept the upper hand, but Butler managed to save the bowl.
Pat Hughes just edged Malachy Lappin in the last shot of the Tony O’Reilly Cup final at the Rock Road. Also in Armagh Stephen McCann beat Philip Corrigan in the last shot in the Northern Builders tournament. Other winners were Shane Feighan and Kevin McQuaid Killian O’Sullivan beat David O’Mahony by a bowl at Ballinacurra. Raymond Ryan finished strongly to beat Richard Murphy by two bowls at Templemartin.
This week the West Virginia association announced a 15-event tour for 2011, covering the entire state.