James Nagle easily beat Johnny O’Driscoll in his semi-final at Derrinasafa. He won the opening exchange, but O’Driscoll took the second towards the end of the wall. Nagle then got a brilliant third bowl, but O’Driscoll beat it by four metres. They followed with two more brilliant bowls each to peeping sight at Ross’ with Nagle just fore.
Nagle played two more good bowl to the start of the high hedge, while O’Driscoll was back at Cotter’s cross. O’Driscoll missed the Darkwood turn with his next and Nagle tightened the screws with a good bowl to sight. O’Driscoll missed this with his next to leave a bowl between them. Nagle increased his lead towards a second bowl with a good eighth to the end of the Darkwood turn.
Nagle raised the second bowl with his good ninth. He raised odds with every throw from there and had well over two bowls at the novice line, where O’Driscoll conceded.
Peter Nagle’s win over Noel Bowen at Bweeng was very different. Bowen dominated this score and Nagle snatched it with his only lead following an extraordinary rub with his last bowl.
Bowen played a great opener to sight to win the first tip by 50m. Nagle beat that by just 40m with his second. Bowen held that lead with a good second towards the lollipops. He then made the tinny house in three to push his lead to virtually a bowl. He raised a big bowl with his next to Buckley’s.
The lead didn’t change in the next three past the big lawn. Nagle cut the odds to just 60m after four more to the forestry road. Bowen was just 30m fore at the novice line. Nagle missed the finish line with his next. Bowen replied with a good bowl, but it missed the line by three metres.
Nagle’s last bowl was wayward, but it cannoned the left and got a perfect line. Bowen played his reply well, but it missed the tip by 70m.
Mark Toal will play the Munster winner in the All-Ireland final. He beat Seán O’Reilly by two bowls in the Ulster final at Madden.
The early shots were closely contested. Toal was getting the upper hand after five, but he played his sixth too tight left into Johnny’s corner and they were all square. Toal regained control when his bowl into the village got a perfect cush from a kerb to put him a shot clear. He was two clear at the back wall and he held that to the line.
Both the Ulster and Munster intermediate final will be played next weekend. On Friday Gavin Twohig plays Paul Buckley at Rosscarbery. On Sunday rising star Colm Rafferty plays the highly experience Paul Rafferty, no relation, in the Ulster final at Madden.
Kelly Mallon retained her Ulster senior title with a top class display against Dervla Toal-Mallon at Madden. She easily won the first shot and was a bowl up after her second to the cottage. She scorched to Johnny’s corner in two more to go almost two clear. She raised a third bowl in the village and Toal-Mallon conceded.
In the All-Ireland final she will play either Megan Collins or Geraldine Daly, who meet in the Munster final at Kildee next Saturday. Both had comfortable last shot semi-final wins. Daly bowled impressively to beat Carmel Ryan at Crookstown and Collins beat Denise Murphy at Derrinasafa Murphy was almost a bowl clear of Collins after three to the end of the wall at Derrinasafa. She held that to the bridge. Collins got two great shots from there to win the lead and increased her lead towards Ross’. Murphy levelled with a good bowl to sight, but she fell behind again when she missed the Darkwood turn.
Collins was almost a bowl clear after two great throws to Dwyer’s. Murphy got a brilliant bowl from there to cut the lead to 10m, but lost ground in the last two shots Geraldine Daly raised an early lead on Carmel Ryan at Crookstown. She lost ground through a poor shot at the long wall. She picked up the pace again and raised a bowl at the halfway point. Ryan knocked the bowl and closed the gap in the last quarter. Daly kept control though and her second last left her with a relatively easy last bowl to beat the line.
Cathal Toal and James O’Donovan advanced in the Mick Barry Cup.
Toal beat Bryan O’Reilly by a bowl at Knappagh. O’Reilly started well and led well at Knappagh angles. He lost momentum to Farley’s and fell a bowl behind. A poor shot to the plum trees put him in more trouble and Toal bowled well to hold his lead to the line.
O’Donovan started brilliantly against Gary Daly at Ballincurrig. He was almost a bowl up after three to the green.
He missed the no-play line in two more and Daly beat it six. Daly won his first lead at the top of the long straight. O’Donovan regained the lead immediately with a fine loft to Leahy’s.
He pushed clear to the top of the short straight and sealed it with a great bowl to the last bend.