Coppinger finishes well to see off Murphy

MARTIN COPPINGER beat Aidan Murphy by almost a bowl in the Con Kelleher — Dan Hurley Cup at Drimoleague.

Murphy got a great opening shot to the top of the hill. Coppinger’s reply broke right and missed it by 70m. He made up for this with a great bowl towards Caheragh cross, which gave him a 60m lead. He followed with a good bowl around the cross, which pushed his lead to almost a bowl. He held that lead with his fourth shot to the bottom of the hill.

Murphy just held off the bowl of odds in the next three throws. Coppinger finally raised it with a good bowl past the lane. He increased his lead with his next and was almost two bowls clear at the end of the straight. He made a mistake with his next shot and Murphy closed the gap with a good bowl towards the wide road. He got another great shot from there to bring the lead under a bowl.

Coppinger kept the lead close to a bowl with his next shot to the farmhouse. Murphy kept up the pressure in the next three throws towards the line. Coppinger then sealed it with a brilliant bowl past the line that ran to the end of the straight.

James O’Donovan recorded the longest ever opening-shot to the second corner at Curraheen in his Jerry Blossom Cup semi-final win over Wayne Callanan. He built on it with four more good shots to the bridge where he had well over a bowl of odds. He made Richard’s lane in six more. Callanan did well to hold the lead to two bowls there and saved the second bowl in the last shot.

European champion David Murphy put down a marker for the 2012 European championships with a score of 1,666 m in Sunday’s Irish trials at the Halfway. He finished ahead of James O’Donovan and Killian Kingston who both recorded over 1,500 m. O’Donovan still leads on aggregate, with Murphy second and Raymond Ryan third.

Geraldine Daly carded 1,185 m in the senior women’s trials, over 170m ahead of Catriona Kidney, with Louise Collins third. That score puts her just ahead of Kidney in the overall ranking, but Carmel Ryan who still has the third best individual score did not play.

Cian Boyle won the youth trial with a score of 1,282m, beating Brian O’Halloran and Cian Shorten. Shorten leads on aggregate over the two days with Boyle second and O’Halloran third. Meghan Collins was best in the girl’s section with a score of 989 m, which put her ahead of Emma Hickey and Julianne Hayes on the day and into overall first place over the two trials.

On Saturday Gary Daly opened with three record bowls against Edmond Sexton at Whitechurch to go over a bowl in front at the top of the hill. He took six more to reach Boula lane, where Sexton had levelled. Sexton had most of a bowl after five more to the top of the straight. He raised a bowl in the shots to the farm and held it to the finish.

John O’Donoghue raised an early bowl on Dan O’Halloran in the Josie Crean Cup at the same venue on Sunday. He was almost two clear at Boula lane, but O’Halloran brought it back to a bare bowl with five good shots to the top of the straight. O’Halloran knocked the bowl at the farm and kept it under a bowl to the line.

Brothers Aidan and Noel Bowen won the Finbar Walsh Cup final against Gary Daly and Danny Flood at Carraig na bhFear. Aidan Bowen raised a bowl with his great opening bowl to light. Daly knocked the bowl with a good bowl towards ‘The Doctor’s’, but they made no further gains to the creamery.

Three massive bowls from Daly put the Fermoy pair in front for the first time at the last bend. Noel Bowen regained the lead with his next. Aidan Bowen held it for the last shot and Noel easily beat Danny Flood’s last throw.

Billy Dalton and Paddy Hurton beat Tony Carey and Carmel Ryan in the Cobh doubles final.

They were tied after Ryan missed McCarthy’s cross. Dalton and Hurton then took control till Dalton made a mistake at the bottom of Clash. Carey and Ryan gained a commanding lead to Foran’s. Dalton then played an unbelievable last bowl, which beat the line against all the odds. Carey, not surprisingly, missed the tip by 40m.

Denis Wilmot beat John Young by over a bowl in a dramatic end to their Jerry Desmond Cup score at Kildee. They were level after five to the first corner, but Young raised a bowl to Boreen-na-Parach. He held that to the second line only to see it all evaporate in four poor closing shots.

John Shorten beat Andrew O’Leary by close to a bowl at Ballinacurra. Shorten took advantage of two poor bowls for O’Leary after Perrott’s to go a bowl clear. He looked to be cruising till O’Leary cut the odds with three great bowls from the Junior C line.

At the Cathedral Road Paddy O’Neill beat Philip Corrigan in the last shot of a brilliant Northern Builders score. Shane O’Neill had an easy win over Kieran Morgan in the same tournament.

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