Callanan leads from start to finish in Mother of all battles

WAYNE Callanan led all the way to a bowl of odds win over Trevor O’Meara in the Mother Hegarty Cup final at Lyre.

He opened with a good bowl to the soccer pitch, but lost ground with his second. He compensated for this with a good third shot to the forestry entrance. He held his lead by beating the hump in two more. He then played a massive bowl to the new farm entrance, which extended his lead to 70m and put him in a position to make the bend in two more.

O’Meara was too far back to reach the bend in two and when Callanan made it he was a bowl clear. He held that lead by making McCarthy’s bend in two more. He gave O’Meara no opening after that by pressing towards the line in three more to keep his lead at a bowl of odds.

David Hubbard secured the last place in the Jim O’Driscoll Cup at next month’s King and Queen of the Roads when he beat Billy McAuliffe by a bowl of odds at Ballincurrig.

He won the opening shots but McAuliffe got the better of the second exchange with a good bowl towards Moore’s gate. McAuliffe did not build on this though, and Hubbard regained the lead with a good fourth shot to the green.

They both made the no-play line in two more from there. Hubbard got the better shot from the lines but lost most of his gains with a poor shot to O’Riordan’s.

He just edged the shots up the long straight and was still in front at Leahy’s. McAuliffe got a great bowl from there to just short of light at the big corner. Hubbard did better though, and went out fully to go almost a bowl in front.

Most of Hubbard’s odds were wiped out when he missed light at the top of the short straight. McAuliffe made the sycamores from there and Hubbard had just two metres odds after his shot. It all changed dramatically when McAuliffe played his next bowl too low on the left and Hubbard blasted his bowl past the elbow. McAuliffe missed that tip to concede a bowl of odds and his chance of victory.

Denis Burke beat Denis Collins in the Munster Vintage (over-60) B final at Ballinacurra. He led by 20m after four shots through Brinny cross. He was a bowl in front after two more to the gas line. He increased his lead in the next two shots to Perrott’s and took three more throws to reach the GAA field, where Collins had the lead under a bowl.

He was too far left with his bowl to the bridge and Collins closed the gap to 40m. Collins’ next was unlucky and Burke countered with a big bowl to extend his lead to 70m. Collins rallied again to close the gap to 40m for the last shot but his last bowl was not enough to trouble Burke.

PJ Cooney and David O’Mahony had wins in the Jerry Desmond Cup.

Cooney beat Donncha O’Brien by a bowl of odds at Ballygurteen and O’Mahony had close to a bowl on Tim Young at Shannonvale.

O’Brien got a great opening shot at Ballygurteen to take the opening tips comfortably. He got a poor second shot though, and he lost the lead with his third shot to light. He got another poor shot from the bend and Cooney took a substantial lead. He raised a bowl at the women’s lane and increased his lead on the straight.

O’Brien hit back with a brilliant bowl to O’Donovan’s, which Cooney beat by just 50m in two. Cooney regained the initiative by making Burke’s in two more to regain his bowl of odds. He held that lead to the line.

David O’Mahony got the better of the early exchanges at Shannonvale and was a bowl clear at Desmond’s cross. Young reached Sam’s lane in two more from there to level the score. He challenged strongly over the next few shots but never hit the front.

O’Mahony gradually pushed clear towards the line and was almost a bowl in front for the last shot.

Tommy O’Donoghue won the Sally’s Cross final where he beat Tadhg Hunter by two bowls. This started out a very tight contest with Hunter winning the first exchange to the ESB gate. O’Donoghue took the second and stayed just in front to the cornfield bend. He increased his lead to 40m at the Creaghleen.

Hunter made a mistake with his bowl there and O’Donoghue capitalised with a good shot to the mart farm to raise a bowl. It all went wrong for Hunter when he got a very short next shot to fall a second bowl behind. O’Donoghue raised a third bowl at the priest’s house, but Hunter rallied to bring it back to two at the line.

Thomas Mackle beat Edmund Sexton in an international fund score at Shannonvale. On the Newtownhamilton road Martin Toal and Ethan Rafferty beat Conor McGuigan and Mick O’Neill in the last shot.

The first round of international trials for the Irish team for next year’s European championships had to be called off due to heavy rain on Sunday morning. They have been rescheduled for next Saturday at the Lee Fields.

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