SEAMUS O'TUAMA: Riordan makes move in Munster intermediate championship

Donal Riordan bowled brilliantly at Bauravilla to advance at the expense of Donncha O’Brien in the Munster intermediate championship.

O’Brien led well after two good opening shots to Robin’s cross. They took two more to reach Coppinger’s, where O’Brien’s lead was back to just 50m. 

O’Riordan played three serious bowls from the there to the rock to raise a bowl of odds. He made the railing with his next to go two bowls clear. 

He was at the bridge in two more. He pushed over two bowls clear after three more past O’Donoghue’s.

Billy McAuliffe grabbed what looked an unlikely win when he trailed Christy Mullins by two bowls entering the final quarter of their intermediate tie at Castletownkenneigh. 

Mullins missed sight at Pyne’s corner in two and McAuliffe led with two to go. Mullins then missed the line, but McAuliffe missed his tip. McAuliffe played a good last shot, which Mullins missed by two metres when his reply fell left.

Cathal Toal opened his Ulster senior championship campaign with a good win over Martin Toal at Madden. Martin led well to the bus shelter. 

They were dead level after seven, but Martin followed with two great bowls to the chapel where he was almost a bowl clear. 

Cathal rallied with three brilliant bowls to the wall to level the contest. He played a smashing bowl to Albert’s. Martin erred with his reply, which effectively cost him the score. Cathal dominated up the hill to win by a bowl.

Carmel Ryan beat Catriona Murphy by two bowls in the Munster senior women’s championship at Ballinacurra. At Templemartin Emma Fitzpatrick defeated Aileen Murphy in the last shot.

Eoin O’Riordan is Gaeltacht Junior A champion having beaten Darren Oliver and Jim Coffey at Clondrohid.

He reached O’Leary’s in four where he had a bowl of odds on both his opponents. He held that to the Bell Inn. He made a mistake there and Oliver knocked the bowl. 

Oliver led after a great bowl to sight that ran down the hill. He beat a big shot from O’Riordan to hold his lead to Gough’s lane.

O’Riordan was back in front after the shots to sight at Kelleher’s. Oliver got a poor shot from there. O’Riordan punished him with a brilliant bowl that went down to clear sight. He secured his title with another good bowl towards the line. Coffey was three bowls off the pace.

John O’Rourke and David Hubbard meet in next Sunday’s North Cork final at Sally’s Cross. O’Rourke had a comfortable win over Andrew O’Callaghan, while Hubbard rescued what looked a lost cause in his semi-final against Vincent Kiely.

O’Rourke reached the ESB gate with a super first shot. O’Callaghan’s reply broke left and missed it by 40m. O’Rourke followed with another big bowl to increase his odds to almost a bowl. 

He raised the bowl with his third to Dennehy’s. His form dipped in the following shots, but O’Callaghan didn’t close the gap. O’Rourke gained a second bowl to the priest’s house.

Kiely won the first shot well, but didn’t push clear. They were level at the cornfield bend. Kiely raised the tempo again and had a bowl of odds at the mart farm, which he held to the priest’s house. Hubbard then got a big shot to light, but Kiely beat it by 30m. He increased his odds towards the green door.

Hubbard then played a sensational bowl to sight, it drifting right but came back onto the road. Kiely was too tight right with his and took a second effort to open the bend. 

Neither player got a good shot from there, but Kiely was still leading. Hubbard closed with a good bowl. Kiely’s was too far left and missed it by 40m.

Johnny O’Driscoll plays Ian Callanan in the South West final at Grange. At the same venue he scorched to de Barra’s in eight brilliant bowls to beat Jimmy O’Driscoll by three bowls. 

Jimmy’s first hit a concrete gully and broke off the road. Johnny went to Barry’s to lead by a bowl. He was at White’s wall with his second and reached Hodnett’s farm in four to go two bowls clear. He held that lead to the school cross and raised another bowl after two more rockets to de Barra’s.

Owen Healy beat Jordan O’Sullivan in the last shot of the South West U18 final at Shannnonvale while Michael Bohane beat Éamon Bowen by 20m in an exciting O’Connell-Dullea Cup tie at Ballygurteen.


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