Killian Kingston the star in St Stephen’s Day outing

Killian Kingston was the standout player at Grange on St Stephen’s Day as he teamed up with Gary Daly to beat James O’Donovan and Michael Bohane by almost a bowl.

O’Donovan and Daly were slightly left with their opening shots, with Daly taking the tip by 5m. Kingston pushed out the lead with a great second bowl to Whelton’s gate. O’Donovan steadied things with a good third to the stud farm. Daly pushed his bowl left and it missed sight past the stud.

Bohane then played a great bowl to the bend, but it got trapped in a pothole just short of sight. Kingston made clean sight with his. O’Donovan skinned the bend with his next and it raced to Holland’s. Daly’s reply was too far right and just beat that tip by 5m.

Bohane increased the intensity with a smashing bowl up the rise past Barry’s that might have made de Barra’s. Kingston was left of the white line with his and missed that tip by 40m. Daly followed with a great bowl to de Barra’s, levelling the score. Both Bohane and Kingston were left with their bowls down the hill, with Kingston beating the old school to regain a 20m lead. O’Donovan delivered a spectacular loft from the school gate that scaled the copse and landed within centimetres of the left dyke. Daly did well to come to that tip and leave the score dead level. Bohane and Kingston then opened O’Sullivan’s bend with the tips still level.

The score fizzled out when O’Donovan and Bohane got three short shots in succession. O’Donovan ran tight on the right, played his bowl left, and it lodged at O’Sullivan’s farm. Daly hit back with a brilliant bowl that shot up the rise towards Hodnett’s. Bohane had to run in a stream of water and forced his bowl right, missing Daly’s tip. O’Donovan went left with his next and now the lead was well over a bowl.

Kingston beat Hodnett’s farm and Daly followed up with a sweet bowl to Hodnett’s bungalow to put too much daylight between them. O’Donovan and Bohane rallied with two good bowls past White’s. O’Donovan followed up with another good bowl past Barry’s. Kingston hit back with a rocket that cannoned perfectly off the wall, sped past the pub, and beat the line.

Kingston’s good run ended on Monday when he lost to John Creedon in the last shot of the feature score in the RNLI fundraiser at Castletownbere.

Creedon opened with a great bowl, but Kingston beat it by 40m. He beat Creedon’s second by 100m and held most of that lead with his third. He lost momentum when his fifth bowl clipped a pothole and his lead was cut to 20m. Creedon raised the pressure with a big bowl to the filling station, but Kingston beat it by 40m. Kingston kept the lead for the next two. Creedon grabbed the lead in the shots down the hill. He gained in power in the shots towards the town and won comfortably in the last shot.

Earlier, Séamus Sexton beat Donal Riordan by a bowl. He opened with two super shots but got poor fourth and fifth throws and Riordan led. Riordan had 60m odds at the filling station, but he didn’t consolidate his position.

Sexton pounced with a huge bowl to Roadeen Cross to regain the lead. He stormed past the line in two to raise a bowl. In two other scores, Vincent Kiely beat Declan O’Donovan and Conor Creedon and Seán Kiely beat Flor O’Sullivan and Darren Whooley, both in the last shot.

David Hubbard, David O’Mahony, and Denis Wilmot will contest the Ballinacurra final. O’Mahony recovered from a poor start to beat John O’Rourke and Dan O’Halloran on St Stephen’s Day. From Foley’s, O’Mahony and O’Rourke got great bowls, while O’Halloran hit a pillar. O’Mahony took control to the GAA field. He finished strongly to beat O’Rourke by over a bowl and O’Halloran by two.

Denis Wilmot beat Jerry Gibbons and Thomas Boyle. He trailed till he played two good bowls to the last straight to cut the lead to 50m. He cut Boyle’s lead to 2m with his second last. He then beat the line and both Boyle and Gibbons missed. Gibbons pipped Boyle for second in the last shot.

Shane Shannon beat Brian Coughlan and Connie Connolly in the Mikie Hourihane Cup final at Bauravilla.

Coughlan had a big lead after two to sight. He got a great third shot to raise a bowl on Connolly and almost a bowl on Shannon. Shannon cut the odds with a great bowl to the netting. Coughlan just edged Shannon to the rock and increased his odds to the bridge. He made a mistake there and Shannon led in the next exchange. Shannon closed with two big bowls to beat Coughlan comfortably, with Connolly a bowl back in third.

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