Donal Riordan turns on the style to get better of Gavin Twohig

Donal Riordan bowled brilliantly at Curraheen to win a place in the Hughie Desmond Cup final at the expense of Gavin Twohig.
Donal Riordan turns on the style to get better of Gavin Twohig

He opened with a great bowl to the top of the hill to take the first tip by 20m.

Twohig got a great second to sight to win a slender lead. Riordan reached the end of the hall cross with his third to edge back in front. Twohig then made sight past Nelly Ryan’s, which Riordan beat by 60m.

Twohig followed with another good bowl to sight facing the bridge. Riordan beat that too, but missed a chance to extend his lead. Twohig then went to the bridge and Riordan’s reply came directly across the road off the bridge just 15m fore.

Twohig edged the next exchange.

Riordan followed with a brilliant bowl to just short of the riding school. Twohig missed that by just 30m, but cut the lead to 15m with his next past the bungalow. His next hopped left at the tarmac and hit a wall leaving him too far back to make sight at Richards’ lane.

Riordan beat that by 50m and increased his lead with a good bowl to just short of Richards’ lane. Twohig cut the lead to lead to 20m with his next. Riordan got the better of the next exchange with a good bowl to just short of Jimmy’s cross.

Twohig’s last was unlucky and beat the line by just 20m. Riordan closed with a brilliant 14th up the hill past the line.

On Saturday, Donncha O’Brien beat Jimmy O’Driscoll by almost a bowl at the Clubhouse in the West Cork benefit weekend.

O’Driscoll led by a bowl after four to the chips. O’Brien levelled after two great throws to Murray’s and increased his lead to 70m at the creamery. He tightened his grip with a good bowl to sight at the school and closed with a massive bowl past the line.

Johnny O’Driscoll beat John Shorten by a bowl. Shorten made a mistake at Dineen’s lane which gave O’Driscoll a big lead. Shorten closed the gap again, but he made another mistake with two to go.

On Sunday Jerry Gibbons beat Denis Wilmot by a bowl. They were level after four to the chips. Gibbons got three great bowls to Clonakilty cross to go almost a bowl clear. Wilmot levelled with two brilliant bowls to O’Riordan’s.

Gibbons pushed clear again with three good bowls to sight at the school and won by a bowl.

John Butler closed the weekend with an exceptional last shot to deny Colin O’Donovan. O’Donovan raised a bowl, but he made a mistake at O’Riordan’s and Butler levelled. They were deadlocked to the finish. Butler’s last was very tight on the left but it got an exceptional run towards the pub and gave O’Donovan virtually no chance.

Ciara Buckley beat Maria Nagle in the last shot in the Gretta Cormican Cup at Clondrohid. That pits her against Meghan Collins in Saturday’s final at Béal na Marbh. The winner gets a place in Queen of the Roads and the beaten finalist will represent Ireland in the John Shorten Prize.

Buckley opened with a great bowl at Clondrohid, but Nagle beat it and held the lead in the next three. Buckley took her first lead with a big fifth. Nagle was back in front after seven and there was noting in it to the Bell Inn. Nagle led by 20m after two more over Kelly’s hill.

Buckley pushed almost a bowl clear to the last bend. She raised it with her next. Nagle won the last three to save the bowl of odds. Nagle’s next challenge is the Proto-Mark Technologies Youth International Triple Crown in which she represents Ireland with Darragh Kiely at King and Queen of the Roads.

The last place in Queen of the Roads will be decided at Ballincurrig on Sunday morning in a European championship type format. The player who goes furthest in 10 shots wins. Four Dutch players will compete in this event.

Martin Coppinger was too strong for Éamon Bowen at Carraig na bhFear. Bowen was led the first four shots past the doctor’s. He made a mistake with his fifth to Daunt’s. Coppinger raised a bowl to the creamery. He lofted brilliantly and followed with three great shots to the novice line to go two bowls clear. He wrapped it up with a sensational bowl around the next bend that ran close to Crowley’s cross.

Terry Sexton beat John Young in the last shot in the Josie Crean Cup at Whitechurch. He raised a bowl with a huge fifth to the end of the wall, but fell a bowl behind to Boula lane. He levelled at Downey’s and gained good odds at the farmhouse. He looked safe when he made the wall with his second last, but Young gave him a good test with a big last shot.

Adrian Callanan led all the way against Thomas Boyle at Ballinacurra. He was just short of Brinny cross in two. He was past Foley’s in four and raised a bowl before Perrott’s. Boyle made a mistake at the GAA field and Callanan was two clear at the bridge.

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