David O’Mahony the master in thrilling three-hand Ballinacurra final

David O’Mahony won a thrilling three-hand Ballinacurra Winter Tournament final over David Hubbard and Denis Wilmot on Saturday.
David O’Mahony the master in thrilling three-hand Ballinacurra final

Wilmot, however, has the consolation of reaching a global audience.

A video clip of him splashing through a rain-flooded road to play one of his bowls went viral on Facebook on Sunday and Monday.

Hubbard opened with a great bowl towards the bollards. Wilmot got a very short second that hopped the kerb and missed Hubbard’s tip.

Hubbard was just short of Brinny cross with his second, where he had a clear lead on O’Mahony and a bowl on Wilmot.

He lost ground when he blew his third bowl right and O’Mahony led with his fourth to Foley’s.

Hubbard his a pillar with his next, Wilmot’s bowl ended in the middle of an extensive flood and O’Mahony now had close to a bowl on both.

Hubbard lofted his next onto the bank at the centre of the flood. O’Mahony was now firmly in control, but he dropped his bowl and effectively lost a shot and the lead.

O’Mahony’s next was not great. Wilmot then played his famous water shot and reached Perrott’s crush to put him a bowl clear.

He increased his odds with his next to the end of Perrott’s. O’Mahony and Hubbard were just short of the GAA field with their next. Wilmot should have held his odds, but played his bowl right and conceded the bowl of odds.

Wilmot then missed the bridge. It was enough to restore his bowl on Hubbard, but O’Mahony cut the odds by reaching Innishannon cross.

Hubbard clipped Wilmot’s lead with his next and O’Mahony made the straight. Hubbard levelled with his bowl on to the straight.

O’Mahony came out well on top in the exchange to Cronin’s where he had a clear lead and a chance of beating the line in two more.

Hubbard and Wilmot raised the temperature with great penultimate shots towards the line.

O’Mahony then hit a sensational bowl that beat the line from what looked an impossible position, if only by a few centimetres.

Hubbard snatched second place with a massive last shot.

Martin Coppinger beat Aidan Murphy with a fantastic final shot at Macroom.

Murphy led with his first over the rise. Coppinger was lucky with his second, but it kept him level after three to Bantry’s cross.

Murphy led each of the next five to the gap. He increased his lead with his next.

Coppinger then got a massive bowl to ‘Poundy’s lane’ to cut the lead to 5m.

He followed with another huge bowl to Kelleher’s, which put him almost a bowl clear after two poor throws from Murphy. He kept the lead close to a bowl with another good shot towards Glasheen cross.

He played his next bowl into the right though and missed the cross, Murphy went out to level it.

Murphy seemed to have broken the deadlock with a great bowl to the top of the junior straight.

He followed with two more big bowls, the first to the last bend and the next to just 95m short of the line.

Coppinger produced a miracle reply that came within 5m of the line.

Murphy still had control, but he played his bowl right, it veered into a lane and crossed the road shy of the line. Coppinger closed with another big one and Murphy missed it by 60m.

Denis Murphy beat Thomas Boyle by two bowls at Béal na mBláth.

Boyle won the first two, but Murphy was in front after four to the water and led to the end. He had almost a bowl at Shorten’s cross and close to two at Long’s lane.

He increased his odds to the big corner where he was over two in front.

Drumacairn claimed the Dessie Fields Cup for the first time in three attempts against Drogheda when Shane Feighan and Christopher Fields beat Alan Long and Peter Clinton by two bowls at Drumcairn Feighan took the first tip by 5m from Long.

Fields held the lead with a good second to the ‘capped-bullet’.

Feighan extended their odds with his next, but a massive fifth from Long levelled it.

Feighan and Fields then produced five sensational bowls. They raised a bowl after the first two past the nursing home and were two clear before the finish.

Darren Duffy beat Don Stevenson in the last shot of Northern Builders (Grade 3) final at Knappagh.

Stevenson got the better start and was almost a bowl clear at the Planting Corner. Duffy fought back to lead at the plum trees.

Stevenson regained the lead and was unlucky to miss the line with his second last. His last throw was not great and Duffy beat it well.

Glanworth (Kevin Hannon, Pa Daly, Daniel Quirke, William Hannon) beat their north-east neighbours Carraig na bhFear (Michael Sheehan, Conor Murphy, Michael Murphy, Ted O’Donovan) by just 16.5m to win the Cork Local Sport Partnership final at Castletownkenneigh. Grange (Brendan O’Sullivan, Shane O’Driscoll, Eoin Healy, Dinny Healy) were 50m further back in third place.

The AGM of Ból-Chumann na nÓg is on next Tuesday, March 8, at the Munster Arms Hotel, Bandon.

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