He just shaded the first two tips to the forestry entrance. Mullins took his first lead by 60m with a super bowl from there. O’Donovan played his next bowl to the left and Mullins increased his odds. O’Donovan got a great fifth past the tunnel to cut the lead to 30m. Mullins made the running to the first bend with two good shots, which put him a bowl in front after O’Donovan’s bowl was accidently blocked short of sight.
O’Donovan turned the score with a great bowl between the bends. Mullins played his reply to the left and only beat that tip by a metre with his next. Mullins then made better sight at McCarthy’s bend. O’Donovan rallied again, though, with a great bowl past the long wall to go back in front. He closed with two more good throws to win comfortably.
In the Josie Crean Cup at Whitechurch, Denis Murphy beat Willie O’Donnell in the last shot. He opened with a very short bowl and was 100m hind after O’Donnell’s second. He got a great third shot to the pump, but O’Donnell beat it well. He followed with a super fourth bowl to the top of the hill to cut the lead to just 20m. He went almost a bowl in front with a good shot to the end of the wall, which O’Donnell took two to beat. He edged closer to a bowl with his next. O’Donnell levelled with two great bowls past Boula and up the rise. Murphy burst clear again and raised a bowl on the straight.
O’Donnell cut the odds with a super shot to sight at the top of the straight. He took advantage of Murphy’s poorest period to cut the lead to just a metre at the Devil’s bend. Murphy won the next exchange well. O’Donnell closed with a great bowl towards the line, but Murphy’s reply brushed the right and beat the line.
David O’Mahony finished with eight super shots to beat Cian Boyle by over a bowl in the Jim Barrow Cup at Gortroe.
Boyle got a super first shot to sight. O’Mahony missed sight and was only ten metres fore after his second. Boyle went past the piers with his second and O’Mahony fell well short of that to concede a bowl of odds. His next beat the tip by just 30m to leave him almost two bowls adrift. Boyle held that lead with his next and followed with a good fourth shot to the bridge.
O’Mahony resurrected his challenge with a great bowl past the bridge which cut the lead to a bowl. He knocked the bowl with his next past the end of the wood. Boyle beat that tip by just 40m with his following throw. O’Mahony levelled with his next to sight at the white pillars. He got another big bowl towards the Well Bar, but Boyle beat it to just stay in front.
O’Mahony got the better shot past the bar to win his first lead by two metres. He made clear sight with his next to extend his odds to 80m. Boyle beat that by just 30m with his next. O’Mahony edged closer to a bowl of odds with his following shot to the novice line. He went well over a bowl in front with his shot to the car park and that decided it.
Darren Oliver beat Noel Bowen with a huge last shot at Grenagh. Both players led in mixed bowling to the halfway. Bowen then went almost a bowl in front after a series of good throws. He lost most of his lead by missing sight at Boula lane and Oliver lofted his next to cut the odds to five metres. They made the last bend in two more with Bowen just fore. Oliver then got a massive bowl past the line and Bowen missed it well.
Donal Harnedy and John Sweetnam had wins in the opening round of the Marsh Road tournament.
Harnedy beat Tim Moloney by well over a bowl. He laid the foundations for his win with four great shots to sight at Hurley’s bridge. That put him over a bowl clear, as Moloney unluckily missed sight in five. Harnedy bowled confidently from there to keep the lead well over a bowl to the line.
Sweetnam beat DD Carroll in a very competitive return. He led from the off, but Carroll stayed in touch all the way. They were over the bridge in five, where Sweetnam had a big lead. Carroll fought on strongly, but Sweetnam always had his measure. In the last throws Carroll missed the line and Sweetnam beat it.
Noel O’Regan will play Davin Santry in the Pike Novice final following his emphatic win over Timmy O’Brien. He led from the off and gained a bowl of odds after O’Brien made a mistake with his third. He increased his lead to two bowls in the shots to White’s cross and held that lead to the line.