He started poorly and played a very short second bowl. O’Rourke got a great second bowl to the lawn, which O’Driscoll missed with his third. O’Rourke had almost two bowls after his third to Lisangle cross. He raised it with his next to Sweetnam’s. O’Driscoll knocked the second bowl at the bridge, but O’Rourke had well over two again at Reenroe cross.
O’Driscoll knocked the second bowl with a big shot to the tunnel and had it back to a bare bowl after another big shot to the stone wall. He then played a sensational bowl to the novice line, which O’Rourke took two to beat. He got another good bowl past the junior line, which put him into a 30m lead. O’Rourke rallied with a great last shot which beat the line, but O’Driscoll held firm and beat it by 20m.
At Ballincurrig Mick Hurley had just two leads against Padraig Scanlon in the John Cronin Cup—the first and more importantly the last.
Scanlon had a nice lead after two and held it to Heaphy’s despite a big shot through the lines from Hurley. They were level at O’Riordan’s, but Scanlon went up in one to go almost a bowl clear. Hurley narrowly missed a chance to level with a big bowl towards the big corner.
Scanlon missed light at the top of the short straight but he held the lead to the start of the sycamores. He got two great bowls from there to full light at the last bend. Hurley needed a big bowl to the bend to stay in touch. He then played a good last bowl, which turned off the tarmac and went to the middle of the green. Scanlon took the left with his reply and missed the tip.
Noel O’Donovan bowled impressively at Ballinacurra on Saturday where he beat Aidan Hurley by over a bowl. He opened with three good bowls to Brinny cross which put him almost a bowl in front. He raised the bowl in full with a good fourth to Foley’s. He followed with four more good shots to the GAA field where he was two bowls clear.
He eased off from there and Hurley had the lead back to an even bowl on the last straight.
He was equally impressive at Béal na mBláth on Sunday, but was on the losing side with Aidan Murphy against Gary Daly and Cian Boyle.
Murphy and O’Donovan started well and were a bowl clear at the bend before Shorten’s cross. They held that lead to the cross. Daly then played a massive bowl to the start of Long’s lane, which Murphy and O’Donovan took two to beat. O’Donovan increased the lead in the shots through the bend and they stayed in front at the next two tips.
Daly produced another big bowl to the garage, which won the lead. O’Donovan got the better of Boyle in the next exchange to the big bend. Daly could do little with his next, but Murphy’s bowl hopped out of the track just 40m fore. Boyle regained the lead with a good bowl to the novice line. Daly then beat a good bowl from Murphy and they raised a bowl in the shots to the line.
John Creedon easily beat Eamon Bowen Snr at Donoughmore. Bowen won the opening tip, but he played a poor second shot. Creedon was a bowl clear after four to the bounds and he increased his lead to two bowls with a great shot to the long wall. Bowen bowled better from there, but there was still over a bowl between them facing line.
Tim Young started and finished well in his win over Denis Wilmot at the Pike. He got a brilliant first shot, but Wilmot stayed with it and the next two to the big tree. Young got a brilliant fourth shot to just short of White’s cross, but as Wilmot beat the no-play line in two they were level again. Wilmot went ahead from there, but Young regained the upper hand with his bowl over the bridge.
He had almost a bowl at Dreaper’s and raised it after two more. Wilmot cut the odds with his good bowl past the novice line. Young took control again though and had close to two bowls before the finish.
William O’Driscoll had a comfortable win over Killian Kingston at Shannonvale. He was almost a bowl clear after eight to Desmond’s cross. He got a good bowl from the line. He raised a bowl when Kingston got two poor shots to Sam’s lane. O’Driscoll was two in front at Tobin’s. Kingston cut the odds with a big bowl to Campbell’s lane. O’Driscoll pushed clear again with a great shot to the novice line and sealed the odds and victory with a great bowl towards the senior finish.
Martin Daly beat David O’Mahony by almost a bowl at Whitechurch. They both started well, making the Guard’s house in ten each. Daly made light at the top of the straight in four more and was almost a bowl in front at the farmhouse. O’Mahony rallied to the Devil’s bend and kept up the pressure with a good bowl towards the line. Daly had too much in hand though and beat the line.