Daly makes winning start to senior career

GARY DALY made a winning start to his Munster senior championship career by beating Gavin Twohig in the last shot at Béal na mBláth on Saturday.

Pat Butler rolled back the years with a surprise last shot win over European champion David Murphy at Kilcorney, while James Buckley pushed Aidan Murphy to the last shot at Gortroe.

Daly won the opening shot at Béal na mBláth and led to Long’s lane. Twohig increased the intensity past the farmhouse and got a good bowl to light at the big bend. Daly played his rely to the right and missed the bend by 40m. He got a good bowl around the bend, but Twohig beat the tip by 60m.

Daly played a good shot from there to level the score. Another good shot towards Cronin’s cross put him back in front and he increased his lead with his next shot past the cross. Twohig beat the line with his last throw, but Daly beat the tip comfortably.

At Kilcorney David Murphy made Cooney’s in three throws. He reached Coleman’s bridge in two more where he was a bowl in front. Butler knocked the bowl with his next and closed the gap to Coleman’s road. He took the lead at the bungalow. He held off a late rally from Murphy beating good second last and last shots.

Aidan Murphy missed light with his first shot at Gortroe. James Buckley took advantage by making the piers in two to go 80m clear. He beat Murphy’s massive fourth and fifth shots to the end of the wood. Murphy led at the white wall, but Buckley regained the lead with his shot from the Well Bar and held it to light.

Buckley missed an easy tip to lose the lead but he regained it again at the junior line. Murphy looked in serious trouble when he made bare light with his second last. Buckley played a poor reply and missed the tip. He rallied with a good shot past the line, but Murphy beat that comfortably.

Seamus Sexton bowled brilliant at The Mons where he beat Brian O’Donovan by two bowls in the Munster Intermediate championship. Three brilliant opening shots had him almost a bowl in front. He raised it in full after two more to the farmhouse and was almost two in front at the cottage bend. He raised that second bowl after two more and cruised home.

Geraldine Daly beat Marie Noonan by just six metres in the Munster senior women’s championship at Killumney. She was almost a bowl in front before the cul-de-sac. Noonan led at the forestry gate and looked to have winning odds after a good shot to light at Connie’s corner. Daly won back the lead with a brilliant shot through the bend. Noonan just missed the line with her last shot and Daly beat it.

Brian Daly. Richard Murphy and William O’Driscoll had wins in the Cork City Junior A championship. Daly overcame Michael O’Driscoll’s early dominance at Whitechurch to win by well over a bowl. He was almost a bowl in front at Boula lane and held that lead to the farmhouse. A huge bowl from there to light at the Devil’s Bend sealed it.

Richard Murphy was a bowl in front of Stephen Desmond after six shots to the bridge at Curraheen. He was still almost a bowl in front at Richard’s lane and held that to the line in two more. At Carrigaline William O’Driscoll controlled his score with Tony Morris to the pump house. Morris rallied strongly with three great bowls on the straight, but O’Driscoll held on.

In the Carbery Junior A Declan O’Donovan has pole position after his bowl of odds win over John O’Brien at Caheragh. O’Brien was in trouble after a poor opener. O’Donovan raised a bowl with his third to Lisangle cross and they contested that till his big shot to the tunnel put the issue beyond doubt. John Cahalane was impressive at Rosscarbery where he beat Pat O’Donovan by a bowl after going close to the line in ten shots.

Brendan O’Neill and Trevor McCarthy secured places in the Mid-Cork Junior A semi-final. O’Neill beat Dan O’Halloran in the last shot of a thrilling score at Béal na mBláth. He played a great last bowl, from hind tip. O’Halloran’s looked good too, but it hit a pothole and hopped off the road.

McCarthy led all the early shots against David O’Mahony at Ballinacurra. He was close to a bowl in front at Brinny cross. O’Mahony hit the front at the Novice D line and led to the last shot. A break off the wall proved decisive for McCarthy in the last exchange.

Arthur McDonagh bowled strongly at Bottlehill where he beat Aidan Bowen by over a bowl in the North-East Junior A. Bowen led to Dan’s bend, but played poorly to the bridge. By then McDonagh was in control.

In Ulster Stephen McCann beat Shane Feighan in the last shot of the Northern Builders final on the Cathedral Road. Francie Duffy gets his name on the cup to honour his father Paddy Duffy after partnering Shea Mullin in an easy win over father and son combination - Jarlath and David Devlin.

Liam Hurley beat Kevin Coughlan in the O’Sullivan-Keating Cup final at Caheragh. Coughlan started brilliantly and led by a bowl to the lawn. Hurley turned the tide with a big shot towards the tunnel. Senior player James O’Donovan finished strongly to kill off the plucky challenge of Mark Burke in the Rylane final.

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