Éamon Bowen in brilliant form as Gary Daly exits

Éamon Bowen eliminated hot favourite Gary Daly from the Mick Barry Cup at Ballincurrig and ended his interest in the Hurley’s of Midleton King of the Roads.

Bowen is back in Ballincurrig next Sunday facing the winner of the second semi-final between Aidan Murphy and Killian Kingston who meet on Saturday.

He opened with a brilliant bowl to light easily beating Daly’s good first throw. Daly reached Moore’s gate with his second. Bowen lodged his reply on the left verge well hind. He got a good third towards Geary’s, which Daly missed with a poor effort that he blew left. Daly then reached the middle of the green and Bowen again planted his reply into the verge on the left.

He recovered with a good bowl past the creamery, which Daly missed by a metre when his bowl hit O’Sullivan’s wall. They both beat the no-play line with brilliant bowls from there. Bowen was in trouble again after his bowl off the line hopped straight onto the bank. He went onto the long straight with his next, which Daly missed. Daly then drove his bowl into the right to fall almost a bowl behind.

Bowen raised a full bowl after two more towards the big corner. He had a chance to go two clear when Daly got a poor shot up the short straight, but he just beat that tip. Daly kept in touch to the elbow, but then missed sight at the last bend to give Bowen another chance to raise a second bowl. Bowen played a very short bowl and missed sight too. They were both past the line in two more with Daly just saving the bowl.

At Castletownkenneigh Carmel Ryan and Claire O’Sullivan advanced to the Gretta Cormican Cup final and secured the last two places in the Global Catering Queen of the Roads semi-final. Ryan beat Sharon O’Driscoll by two bowls and Claire O’Sullivan played a huge last shot to deny Catriona Murphy.

Those wins put them into the draw for next month’s Queen semi-finals along with All-Ireland champion Kelly Mallon. Munster champion Catriona O’Farrell-Kidney, Dutch champion and reigning Queen Silke Tulk and German champion Anke Klöpper.

David Murphy was best in the Dutch Moors and German Lofting trials for the Ireland team at Castletownkenneigh on Sunday. Tom O’Donovan took top spot in moors and lofting for the youth team. Geraldine Daly led the senior women’s moors trial, with Veronica O’Mahony best in the lofting. In the U18 trials Katie Sexton and Maria Nagle were top in both moors and lofting.

Jerry Gibbons opened his defence of the Marshall Clarke Cup with a last shot win over John Young at Derrinasafa.

Paddy O’Donoghue beat John Shorten in the last shot of a Flor Crowley Cup tie at Béal na mBláth. The lead changed hands in the early shots, but O’Donoghue had 20m odds at the bend before Shorten’s cross. He held to the big corner after 14 each. He then beat a big bowl from Shorten by 40m and was still 20m fore at Cronin’s cross. They took two more to beat the line with O’Donoghue easily taking the last one.

Alex O’Donovan beat Trevor Deane by almost two bowls in The Pike semi-final.

Mick Murphy finished strongly at Ballinacarriga to beat Donal O’Donovan by two bowls in the Munster Vintage (over-60) A semi-final. They were level to the creamery, but O’Donovan’s form dipped from there and Murphy was two bowls clear at the cross.

Brendan Hayes beat Bob O’Regan by two bowls too in the Vintage B at Drinagh. Danny Murphy beat Timmy Barry by almost a bowl in the Vintage C at Carraig na bhFear.

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