Ryan made the top of the hill with his first shot, but O’Meara beat it by 40m. Ryan made light with his second to take the tip by 20m. O’Meara replied with a great third to Ryan’s to gain a 50m lead. Ryan made the bridge in another three, but O’Meara was just short of it in two to increase his lead to almost a bowl.
He followed with another big bowl. Ryan took two to beat that tip and was now almost two bowls down. Ryan then beat a big shot from O’Meara to keep the lead 50m under two bowls. O’Meara made a mistake with his next and his lead was now just over a bowl. Ryan increased the pressure with a super shot, but O’Meara just edged that tip to hold his odds. He beat Ryan’s next bowl by 30m.
Ryan then missed Richard’s lane. O’Meara made it with a perfectly played reply to push his lead towards two bowls of odds again and Ryan conceded.
David Murphy was untested in his comfortable win over James O’Donovan and Martin Coppinger in an anti-climatic Mick Crowley Cup semi-final at Bauravilla.
Murphy raised his winning odds by making Robin’s cross in two. Both O’Donovan and Coppinger took an unimpressive three shots to make it. Murphy made the rock in six more. O’Donovan might have made it in the same number, but misplayed his eighth. Murphy reached the bridge in three more good shots to hold his bowl of odds.
He reached Madore Station in two more, where Coppinger was just under a bowl behind in second and O’Donovan a full bowl down in third. Murphy was past the line in three more shots. Coppinger looked set to be second when he opened a big lead on O’Donovan. He lost most of this with a poor second last and O’Donovan snatched second with a big last shot.
Thomas Mackle beat Christy Mullins and Eamon Bowen Jnr in the semi-final of the Kealkil Connie Killarney Cup.
The early exchanges were a battle between Mullins and Mackle. Mullins was fore after three to the creamery, with Bowen already a shot behind. Mackle got a brilliant fourth to take his first lead. He lost it immediately with a poor fifth, but was back in front after his next.
Mullins then got a great seventh bowl to the guesthouse to regain the lead. Bowen was now two bowls behind. Mackle played his next bowl into the left and got a very poor shot, but Mullins did the same and missed the tip by 20m. Mackle had a 15m lead after two more to the graveyard. Bowen was a third bowl behind at this stage and withdrew from the contest.
Mullins was right of the play with his next bowl and Mackle punished him with a well-played bowl which gave him 100m odds. Mullins missed that tip.
Paddy O’Donoghue beat James Buckley by almost a bowl at Templemichael. He opened brilliantly to make the end of Murphy’s wall in five where he was a bowl in front. He was two in front after 11 throws past the junior line. Buckley released two massive bowls to just short of the line, which brought the lead well under a bowl.
It was the perfect outing for O’Donoghue who takes on Eamon Bowen Snr in Pool C of the senior championship over the same road next Sunday. The first shots of the 2012 campaign are scheduled for Baile Mhuirne on Saturday when Aidan Murphy plays Martin Coppinger in a critical score in Pool A — the pool of death.
Michael Bohane ticked all the boxes in his three bowls of odds win over Brian Wilmot in the Marsh Road Connie Killarney Cup. He was a bowl up after two to the end of the footpath. He had 100m over a bowl after his next to the middle of the houses. He was two bowls clear after seven to the silvery gate and he held that in another two to the steps. He made Ballyhilty in two more to raise a third bowl.
Killian Kingston beat John Shorten by almost a bowl at Castletownkenneigh despite a sluggish start. Shorten got a reasonable first shot, which Kingston missed in two. He bounced back with two brilliant shots to the new bridge where he led. He was over a bowl in front at Forshin’s cross. Shorten did better in the run in and saved the bowl.
John O’Rourke beat Dan O’Halloran by almost two bowls at Ballinacurra. He had 100m odds after this first, but O’Halloran had it back to just 30m at the gas line. O’Rourke easily won the next exchange to Perrott’s. He raised a bowl with his next and increased his odds to the GAA. O’Halloran cut it to a bowl at the bridge, but O’Rourke dominated the rest of the score.
The North American Association has nominated the Henry Clay Road at Coopers Rock State Forest near Morgantown, West Virginia as the venue for the North American finals on August 3-5. West Virginia has become a hotbed for bowling over the past decade, but despite huge numbers it is still struggling to close the gap on New York and Massachusetts.