SEAMUS O'TUAMA: Mullins, O’Donovan take the features

Christy Mullins and James O’Donovan won the two feature scores at the Dingle Cliff and Coastal Rescue benefit on the Ballydavid Road near Dingle.

Mullins beat Thomas Mackle by over a bowl in the afternoon. Mackle started with two poor shots, leaving him almost a bowl behind. Mullins raised the bowl with his next but Mackle brought the lead under a bowl again with his fifth. A big sixth from Mullins pushed him a bowl clear. Mackle rallied with two good throws in succession to bring the lead under a bowl again.

Mullins got a brilliant 10th shot which restored his bowl of odds. He dominated the rest of the score, coming close to the line in four.

James O’Donovan and John Creedon met in the first score, which showed that although dead straight it had a testing surface and difficult camber. Creedon won the first two tips. O’Donovan won the next and increased his lead after a poor fourth from Creedon. He followed with two more big shots to go a bowl in front and added a second bowl with a brilliant seventh.

Creedon knocked the second bowl with a good 10th shot and cut the odds with his next. O’Donovan raised the second bowl again. Creedon hit back with a great 13th to bring the lead back to a bowl and he knocked the bowl two shots later. He didn’t sustain his challenge and O’Donovan regained control and finished a comfortable winner by well over a bowl John Donnellan retained the William Wolfe Memorial trophy at Waterloo where he beat Johnny Byrnes in the last shot.

He won the opening exchange. Byrnes followed with two brilliant bowls to O’Sullivan’s farm to raise a bowl. Donnellan brought the lead under a bowl at Twomey’s. Byrnes raised it again with his next and held it to the no-play line. The score looked virtually over as Byrnes looked certain to beat the end line in two more.

Donnellan got a good bowl from the play line to cut the lead. Byrnes was still expected to beat the line with his next shot, but he played his bowl to the left and missed it. Donnellan grabbed the unexpected reprieve with a brilliant last shot, which Byrnes missed by 15m.

In Saturday’s semi-final Donnellan beat Tony Dunlea and Liam Scannell by a bowl. Scannell never got going and it turned into a duel between Donnellan and Dunlea. Donnellan won all the early shots, but Dunlea fought back to lead at Burke’s. Donnellan was back in front at Twomey’s and held his lead to Sonny Anne’s. He finished strongly to win by well over a bowl.

Byrnes beat Gearóid Spillane by just two metres in his semi-final. Spillane won the first three shots. Byrnes took over and a raised a bowl before Twomey’s, but he lost that lead when he missed the no-play line. Spillane won the shots from the line by 20m. Byrnes then got a huge last shot, which Spillane narrowly missed.

David Shannon beat Davey Fitzgerald by two bowls in the Marsh Road final. Shannon led the early shots without hitting many high notes. He gradually pushed clear and seemed to have things under control after a big shot over the quarry hill. Fitzgerald cut the odds dramatically with a great bowl onto the straight. He levelled with his next and led for the only time with his following shot towards the steps.

Shannon edged the shots to the steps. Fitzgerald missed Ballyhilty corner in three more, while Shannon made it in three to go almost a bowl in front. Fitzgerald rallied briefly with a good bowl to the avenue, but made a mistake with his next to fall a bowl behind. Shannon raised a second bowl when he got a great shot to Crowley’s boreen, which sealed his win.

Brian Wilmot beat Killian Kingston by almost a bowl in the Mother Hegarty Cup at Lyre. Kingston led from the off and was 40m in front after four shots. He held his lead in the next three to Crowley’s farm. Wilmot levelled when his bowl rubbed off the left to sight at Crowley’s bend.

Wilmot led for the first time with his next shot. Kingston then missed sight at McCarthy’s bend, but Wilmot didn’t make full sight either. Kingston made the tunnel with his next and Wilmot beat it by just 40m. Wilmot dominated the last three shots.

The Pat Kiely Shield series at Timoleague was tied at six wins each for Dunderrow and the London/Timoleague combination. Dunderrow’s Luke Forde, who opened the series with a win over Richie Lawton, was the player of the series. James Hayes won the senior long shot, Sean Sexton the junior and Gavin Coleman the novice.

There were full programmes in the benefit festivals at Ballinacurra and the Clubhouse. At Ballinacurra Denis Murphy beat Jerry Murphy in the last shot of the feature. At the Clubhouse, player of the month Mairéad O’Driscoll combined with recent vintage winner DD Carroll to beat Patsy O’Sullivan and Lisa Hegarty.


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