Darren Santry finished strongly to win the Béal na Blá final in a three-way battle with Noel O’Regan and Tom O’Donovan. This is his second tournament final win of 2019, coming just a few weeks after his sensational last shot win at The Pike against Michéal O’Sullivan.
O’Regan won the opening shot and quickly built a good lead on Santry and O’Donovan. He had close to a bowl on Santry and a full bowl on O’Donovan at the water. O’Donovan displaced Santry in second place to Shorten’s cross and was challenging O’Regan to Long’s lane. Both O’Regan and O’Donovan struggled from there, while Santry raised his game.
A great second last shot had Santry 15m fore of O’Regan and 30m fore of O’Donovan for the last throw. O’Donovan missed the line by 10m, O’Regan missed it by five and Santry beat the line well. Martin Coppinger continued his success on the Baile na nGall (Ballydavid) Road when he beat David Murphy by a bowl in the feature score of the Dingle Cliff and Coastal Rescue benefit on Saturday.
Murphy opened with a brilliant bowl, tight right into the wind, to take the first tip by 70m. He held that lead in the next few throws, but his form dipped dramatically and he lost the lead after six. Coppinger took control from there. He played a huge bowl down the last straight to the narrow road to raise a bowl.
Murphy had a chance to close the gap with his second last, but he was too tight right and his bowl brushed across the road. James Nagle beat Denis Wilmot in an earlier score. He was a bowl up at the white wall at the end of the straight. Wilmot managed to knock the bowl, but Nagle pushed clear again and won by a bowl.
Kenneth Murphy bowled well to beat Shane Shannon by a bowl. A great start gave Jim Coffey a bowl of odds on Muiris Buttimer and Mark Sheehan and he held despite a strong finish from his opponents. Cathal Toal beat Bryan O’Reilly by over a bowl in the Joe McVeigh Cup qualifier at the Viaduct Road in Tassagh. He raced into a bowl of odds lead after five and extended that to two bowls at McCann’s.
His bowling lost intensity from there, but always looked destined for a semi-final clash with Thomas Mackle at Ból-Fada on the Easter weekend. Donncha O’Brien beat PJ Cooney by two bowls at Whitechurch. Cooney won the first two to Kelly’s.
O’Brien was too tight left with his third, but Cooney clipped the right and lost the lead. O’Brien increased his lead with his next, but Cooney levelled with a great bowl to the wall. O’Brien won the shots onto the flat by 50m and followed with a great bowl to Boula lane to raise a bowl.
O’Brien held that lead to the farm. Cooney made a mistake with his next and was now close to two behind. O’Brien raised the second bowl with a super shot past the wall towards the line. Denis Murphy reached the Josie Crean Cup semi-final at the expense of Thomas Boyle at Whitechurch.
He led all the way. A great third shot pushed his lead close to a bowl. He raised the bowl with his fifth to the wall and held it onto the flat. Boyle then got a sensational shot to Boula lane, but Murphy beat it to hold his odds. Boyle kept battling and eventually knocked the bowl at the farm.
Murphy restored it to the novice line, but Boyle knocked it again past the Devil’s bend. Boyle cut the odds to just 50m in the next exchange. That late rally was extinguished when Murphy got a super shot to just short of the line. Michael Murphy beat Craig Moynihan in the last shot of a brilliant tournament score at Pouladuff.
He won the first three tips. Moynihan won his first lead in the fourth to the three sticks and took the shots to the chamber gates by 20m. Murphy regained the lead with a super sixth to the gas line, but Murphy edged the next exchange to Tiger’s. They were locked together to Corcoran’s bridge where Murphy had three metres odds.
He was still just fore after three more to the flowery garden. Moynihan played a super shot from there that missed the line by just 30m. Murphy got an even better one, missing the line by only five metres. Murphy came out well on top in the last exchange.
Dan O’Halloran is the first winner in the 2019 Junior A championship following his win over Cian Shorten in a Mid-Cork first round tie. Shorten had almost a bowl of odds at Spillane’s. O’Halloran picked up the pace to the Round Tower Bar where he was level. He then played some great shots to Pyne’s corner where he had the lead well over a bowl. They only played a few more shots each and Shorten conceded.