He opened with a great bowl to the factory entrance. Riordan’s first only reached Glencurragh cross and he beat Kingston’s tip by 60m with his second. Kingston’s next two were poor and Riordan clipped the lead to 15m.
Riordan then got two poor throws to the end of the council yard and fell a bowl behind. He rallied with two good shots to the silvery gate to bring the lead well under a bowl. He continued to press with two more good shots to the Steps, but Kingston countered well to hold his lead there by 20m.
Kingston won the next shots too to the dump gap. Riordan just missed sight at Ballyhilty with his next. Although Kingston’s beat the tip he had no sight either. They were dead level after their shots into the field at Ballyhilty cross.
From there Riordan hit a paling post, while Kingston drove his to just short of the avenue.
Kingston increased the pressure with his next to just short of Crowley’s boreen. Riordan just beat that too to keep the lead under a bowl for the last shot. Kingston beat the line with a good last throw and Riordan beat it to save the bowl of odds.
Alex O’Donovan beat Shane Shannon by almost a bowl in the opening day of the festival at Rosscarbery. He had a big lead after four to the priest’s house, but Shannon stuck well to him up the hill and saved the bowl at the line.
Paul Buckley gave the display of the weekend in the Mid-Cork Festival at Ballinacurra where he beat John Shorten by three bowls.
Shorten was in trouble after his first bowl caught the left. Buckley countered with a brilliant bowl. Shorten just beat that to keep the lead under a bowl. Buckley was just shy of Brinny cross with his second and led by over a bowl after his third to the church. He was almost two bowls clear after two more great throws to the gas line.
He went past Perrot’s in six to take his lead well over two bowls. He was just short of the bridge in another, where he had the contest out of reach.
Tony Dunlea won the annual William Wolfe Memorial Trophy at Waterloo on Sunday when he beat Gearóid Spillane in the last shot of a great final.
He got a great start and was almost a bowl up after three to O’Sullivan’s. He lost most of his lead when he played the next one right. Spillane missed the rub when his next hit a pole, but he stayed in contention and was level after his seventh to Twomey’s.
Dunlea got the better of the shots past Burke’s by 60m. He increased that to a full bowl to the no-play line. He then missed sight at the last bend. Spillane had a great chance to level, but he didn’t make full sight either. His last bowl spun left and just beat the line. Dunlea had a comfortable target and easily beat the tip.
On Saturday, he ended John Donnellan’s dream of three-in-a-row in the semi-final with Liam Scannell third. He contested the lead with Scannell in the early shots. He then broke clear and had a bowl on Scannell and almost a bowl on Donnellan at Sonny Anne’s. Donnellan closed with three super shots, but Dunlea held on.
Gearóid Spillane beat Johnny Byrnes and Declan O’Mahony in his semi-final. O’Mahony opened with two great bowls past ‘boreen glas’ to lead by almost a bowl.
Spillane led at Twomey’s and Byrnes edged in front after two more. Spillane led up the hill, but Byrnes levelled with a great shot to the no-play line, with O’Mahony a bowl down. Byrnes won the shots from the line, but Spillane closed with a huge one to win his place in the final.
Maria Immaculata Secondary School Dunmanway won the Charlo Daly plaque at Shannonvale as Munster schools champions 2015. They also won the senior cycle boys and the junior cycle girls team prizes.
In the senior cycle boys Kieran Murphy, David Horgan and Garret Crowley got a score of 1,596.3m to beat Clonakilty Community College (Darren Santry, Dylan Harrington, Gearóid McCarthy) by 178.7 m. Their junior cycle girls (Marina Connolly, Niamh Ahern, Ciara Ahern) won with a score of 1,115.4m.
Mercy Heights, Skibbereen (Aisling Crowley, Triona Murphy, Michelle Crowley) won the senior cycle girls competition with a score of 1,391.4m. Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí (James Hickey, Micheal Cronin, Graham O’Sullivan) won the junior cycle boys Munster title with a score of 1,651m.
The Munster Vintage A (over-60) final between Christy Butler and Mick Murphy is at Ballinacurra next Saturday.
Drinagh hosts the Junior Ladies and girls u14 and u12 Munster finals also on Saturday.