That final brought the curtain down on a packed weekend in which five provincial titles were decided. Gavin Twohig won the Munster intermediate final and Colm Rafferty the Ulster one. Geraldine Daly won her third Munster senior crown with a brilliant display and Maria Nagle was equally impressive in winning the u18 final.
In the Junior A final the lead changed hands at virtually every tip for the first half. Peter just edged the opening shots. James put a great second bowl onto the white line and it wound to the bungalow. Peter’s was right and missed it by 20m, but he cut the odds to a metre with a good third into the wind.
He followed with a good fourth to the double gates. James’ bowl was right of his sop and it hopped right 30m hind. James regained the lead with a well-played fifth bowl on the crown that went well into the straight. Peter regained the lead with a smashing bowl into the straight. James was left of the sop and missed it by 60m. Peter was never headed again.
James played a good bowl towards the cul-de-sac, but Peter beat it by 70m. James applied more pressure with his next, but again Peter had its measure. James followed with another big bowl that wound perfectly with the road but just missed sight. Peter hit back with a great bowl, but it too fell left just shy of sight.
James just made sight with his next and Peter pushed clear with a good bowl towards the forestry. They both got good bowls to the forestry entrance with Peter holding a 20m lead.
James then made the middle of Connie’s corner with a good 12th shot. Peter replied with the best bowl of the score. He whipped it into the bend and it swung to sight. James now needed a good one to stay competitive. He was too tight right though, his bowl caught the bank and just beat Peter’s tip.
Peter tightened his grip with another good bowl to the wood gate. James’ reply was too far left and missed the tip to leave a bowl between them. His next was left too. Peter punished him with another big shot up the finishing straight. James’s reply slashed right and he was now almost two bowls down.
Gavin Twohig beat Paul Buckley in the last shot of an exciting Munster intermediate final at Rosscarbery on Friday. Buckley won the opening tip, but Twohig won the second and pushed into a big lead with his third. They made the priest’s house in four with Twohig 70m fore. Twohig followed with two good bowls to push his lead to almost a bowl.
He got a poor shot up Barry’s hill. Buckley hit back with a good bowl to Barry’s boreen, which Twohig beat by 60m.
Buckley continued to press with two more good bowls past the guesthouse. Twohig took a vital advantage though with two brilliant throws to reach the Cahermore no-play line in 11. That put a shot between them as Buckley missed it in 11.
From the line Twohig missed the Quaker’s cross and Buckley beat it to get a toehold in the score again. Buckley whittled the lead back with good bowls to the bull’s gate and on to the bungalow. His next clipped a wall and ran on in a concrete drain. Twohig missed that by five metres and lost the lead.
Twohig’s last past the line reached Regan’s gate. Buckley’s reply was a too tight right and drifted into a gateway 25m behind.
Colm Rafferty had a last shot win over Paul Rafferty in the Ulster final. He opened with a poor shot, but levelled after three.
Paul pushed clear again with a great fifth to the bus shelter and led to the school. He increased his odds to the chapel, but Colm fought back to lead at McIlvenna’s.
When Paul missed sight at the last bend the contest looked over. Colm got a poor shot from the bend though. Paul exploited this with a good bowl up the rise, but Colm beat it by 40m. Paul closed with a great bowl, which Colm beat well.
Geraldine Daly gave a top-class performance against Megan Collins at Kildee. She was a bowl clear after two great shots to the layby. She then made sight with a super third. Collins’ reply hit a cat’s eye and now there was two between them. Collins fought on well, but could never bridge that gap.
Maria Nagle, a sister of Junior A finalist James, had an impressive win over Katie Sexton in the u18 final also at Kildee. They were level after five each to the bend. Nagle drove a bowl clear with three great throws from there. She grew in strength in every shot and raised a second bowl with a rocket to the layby.
Darragh Kiely beat Conor Creedon by three bowls at Crookstown to reach tonight’s u18 final against David Horgan at Templemartin.
Nicholas Carey beat Kieran Murphy in the Jim O’Driscoll Cup at Ballincurrig. At Grenagh, Martin Coppinger bowled brilliantly to beat Edmond Sexton by two bowls.