Classy Killian Kingston pulls off double

Killian Kingston was the standout performer at Whitechurch’s Mercy Cancer Appeal benefit weekend for Mercy University Hospital, Cork.

He completed an impressive double, beating both Éamon Bowen and Aidan Murphy by a bowl of odds.

Against Bowen he opened with a great bowl to just short of the concrete. Bowen got an even better one and beat the tip by three metres. Kingston almost reached the return finish with his second to take a lead of 100m. He increased his odds in the next two to the top of the hill. He clipped the corner with his next and Bowen reached the end of the wall with a good reply. Kingston’s next hit the wall and Bowen led.

Bowen won the next exchange too along the flat towards Boula lane. He increased his lead to 100mtr after Kingston played his next bowl into the right. Kingston turned the score with a massive bowl from there towards the guard’s house, which Bowen missed by a distance. He quickly increased his advantage to the top of the straight where he led by over a bowl. He closed the door on Bowen with his next towards the farm and ran out a bowl of odds winner.

He was on the front foot from the off against Aidan Murphy. He made the end of the wall in four great throws, with Murphy halfway down the hill in four. He opened the gap to a bowl with two more good shots to Boula lane. He had close to two at the top of the straight. A mistake there saw his lead back to a bowl at the farmhouse. Kingston secured the bowl of odds with a brilliant last shot.

Martin Coppinger ended a fallow period by beating Gary Daly by a bowl of odds. He won the opening shot by 30mtr and held the lead in the next three to the top of the hill. He increased his lead to Boula lane and began to push clear from Downey’s line. He had well over a bowl at the Devil’s bend.

Kelly Mallon confirmed her current status as the top senior woman with an emphatic win over Triona O’Farrell-Kidney. The latter got a very short first shot and Mallon got a massive bowl to the first bend to go a bowl clear. She had almost two bowls at the farmhouse and she dominated the rest of the score.

Three other scores completed the benefit. Paul Walsh was an impressive bowl of odds winner over Ger Connolly. Thomas Boyle beat Eugene Kiernan by almost a bowl in a tremendous tussle. Jim Coffey beat Seán Donnelly by almost a bowl.

Johnny Byrnes won the Liam Burke Cup final at the Bog Road, having led Tony Dunlea from the off.

He opened with a big shot, while Dunlea got two poor openers to fall almost a bowl behind. Byrnes followed with two more good throws to Danny’s Lane, where he had a full bowl of odds. He held that lead to the Majors.

Dunlea bowled well to the Bog gate to bring the lead under a bowl and gain a challenging position. He lost his gains with a poor second last and Byrnes punished him by beating the line.

A huge last shot catapulted Shane Shannon into the Mikie Hourihane Cup final at the expense of Clive Cahalane and Micheál O’Sullivan at Bauravilla.

Shannon had a nightmare start taking five throws to reach Robin’s cross, where he trailed Cahalane and O’Sullivan by close to two bowls. In the shots to the netting Shannon cut the lead to a bowl, but O’Sullivan’s form dipped and he fell over a bowl behind.

Shannon continued his fight back with three good throws to the rock, where he had lead back to 50mtr. O’Sullivan was still off the pace there. Cahalane held the lead to the bridge where he had 40mtr odds and was well placed for his next shot. O’Sullivan had the lead under a bowl too.

Shannon then made the top of O’Sullivan’s hill, with Cahalane beating this by just two metres. O’Sullivan had edged closer too, but was not enough to challenge in the closing stages. Cahalane was still 10mtr fore facing the line. Shannon missed the line with his throw; Cahalane missed it too, but held his lead.

Shannon then threw the shot of the day past the line and over a rough surface to give Cahalane virtually no chance. He made a good effort, but missed the tip by 50mtr.

Pat O’Sullivan (K) finished strongly to beat Sidney Shannon in the last shot of an O’Sullivan-Keating Cup tie at Caheragh. They were locked together to the final quarter.

O’Sullivan raised the tempo in the closing stages and had 50mtr odds for the last shot. Shannon missed the line and O’Sullivan beat it comfortably.

The Ulster Branch of Ból-Chumann will host the 2016 All-Ireland series at Madden in Co Armagh. The move from Port Mór-Blackwatertown is part of a new policy to rotate the venue after two years.

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