O’Donnell leads the Munster contingent

WILLIAM O’Donnell leads the Munster contingent in next month’s All-Ireland final series at Westport following a comprehensive win over Tony O’Sullivan in the Junior C final at Jagoes Mills.

James Nagle beat Colm Noonan by a bowl in the Munster Novice I final at Newcestown. Kenneth Murphy is the third member of the Munster team following his astonishing 12 shot performance against Shane Buttimer in the Novice II final at the Clubhouse.

O’Donnell led all the way in the Junior C final, beating O’Sullivan’s opening shot by 30m. He increased his lead with his second bowl past Kiely’s and gained a mark to make light with his third. O’Sullivan missed light in three and when O’Donnell went out he pushed his lead to almost a bowl. O’Sullivan kept the lead under a bowl in six and seven to O’Brien’s corner.

O’Donnell got a good bowl past the dump, but O’Sullivan beat it. There was still just under a bowl between them at Nyhan’s, but O’Donnell raised it in full with a brilliant bowl past Lawton’s. O’Sullivan hit back with a good bowl towards the railway, but O’Donnell had its measure. He edged closer to a second bowl in the shots to the novice line.

O’Sullivan made Ballinvard cross in four more to hold the lead under two bowls. He beat the line in another two throws to keep the lead just under two.

James Nagle and Colm Noonan started brilliantly in the Novice I final at Newcestown. They made Allen’s lane in two good throws each, with Nagle fore. He increased his lead to 40m with two more good shots to Fehilly’s and made Desmond’s lane in five. He continued to set the pace to Collins’ lane where he was almost a bowl in front.

He held that lead with a good bowl to the railing and made light at O’Brien’s cross in 11 to put a full shot between them. He missed light from the cross, but Noonan missed too. They were both facing the last bend after another shot. Nagle’s 14th got a nice run in the field, which guaranteed him victory. He beat the line well with his next shot to secure his win by a bowl of odds.

Kenneth Murphy performed like a junior bowler in the Novice II final in which he beat Shane Buttimer by three bowls. His opening shot was not his best, but Buttimer got two poor openers to leave almost a bowl between them. Murphy’s second to Young’s put well over a bowl between them. His third narrowly missed the pickup line by two metres and extended his lead to almost two bowls.

They both got good bowls from the cross, but Murphy pushed clear again in the shots to Clonakilty cross. He raised a second bowl at Murray’s piers and the result became inevitable when he raised a third bowl approaching the finish. He was only 40m short of the line in 12 shots.

James O’Donovan had a big week. He retained the Paddy Barry Cup with a good last shot win over Brian Wilmot at Rosscarbery and he beat Patrick O’Donoghue in the quarter-final of the Tim Foley Cup at Templemartin.

At Rosscarbery he was level with Wilmot after 12 each to Cahermore cross. Wilmot got a poor bowl from the cross and O’Donovan took a nice lead. He failed to build on this though playing his next three shots to the right. Still he held a 30m lead for the last shot. Wilmot played a good last bowl, but once O’Donovan’s reply settled on the middle it was a clear winner.

He gave a five star performance at Templemartin where he beat O’Donoghue by almost a bowl. A bit of luck with his second bowl kept him level and they were still level after four each to Slyne’s corner. O’Donoghue was in front at the nooks, but O’Donovan got a brilliant bowl past O’Riordan’s to take a commanding lead. He had almost a bowl at the schoolhouse cross. He raised it at Buttimer’s lane and held it to the pub cross. O’Donoghue got a huge bowl past the pub to knock the bowl, but O’Donovan beat the line to prevent any late drama.

Gary Daly’s week was not as complete. He reached the semi-final of the Mick Barry Cup when he beat Bill Daly by almost two bowls at Ballincurrig, but lost by over a bowl to Aidan Murphy in Bantry. David Murphy beat Martin Coppinger by over a bowl in the second score.

The Mother Hegarty Cup final will be an all-city affair after Wayne Calnan qualified to meet Trevor O’Meara by beating David Hubbard by two bowls at Lyre. Queen of the Roads specialist Catriona O’Farrell-Kidney took a step towards regaining the title when she beat Louise Collins by a bowl in the Gretta Cormican Cup at Donoughmore.

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