SEAMUS O'TUAMA: Vintage display secures Munster joy for Butler

Christy Butler is Munster Vintage (over-60) champion after a strong performance against Jerry Connolly and DD Carroll at Togher Cross on Sunday.

He won the opening shot. A great second throw gave Carroll the lead. Butler hit back with a big third bowl. Carroll missed it well and he only beat it by 30m with his fourth. Connolly’s fourth was poor and left him a full bowl behind Butler.

Butler pressed on with a brilliant fourth over the bridge. Carroll beat that to keep the lead under a bowl, but Connolly was almost two behind. Connolly and Carroll closed the gap with their next shots, but Connolly went right with his eighth to concede a second bowl. Carroll was unlucky to miss the cross with his seventh. Butler reached it comfortably to hold a lead of one shot on Carroll and two on Connolly.

Connolly and Butler then reached the lay-by. Carroll played his bowl to the left to concede a big bowl of odds. He was just shy of the bridge with his next. Butler made the bridge with his ninth to hold well over a bowl on Carroll and two clear bowls on Connolly. Carroll got a very short 11th bowl to also fall two behind. Carroll gained odds with a good 12th to Hurley’s wall. Connolly edged past Carroll with a great bowl over the bridge. Here Butler had two clear bowls on Carroll and almost two on Connolly. Carroll closed the gap to a bare bowl with a brilliant 13th, leaving Connolly well back in third place.

Butler dismissed Carroll’s challenge with a super shot to sight at the school. That pushed him almost two clear of Carroll and two full bowls on Connolly. At that point Butler was deemed the winner. Carroll had 50m odds on Connolly facing up towards the line. Connolly clipped that to ten metres for the last shot. and closed with a great bowl to edge Carroll for second place.

Denis Cronin snatched a last shot win over Andrew O’Callaghan in the Gaeltacht-North Cork festival at Béal na Marbh on Saturday. They made clear sight in two, Cronin misplayed his third to fall almost a bowl behind. He recovered with two big bowls to the top of the hill. O’Callaghan gained a full shot by beating the rock in two more. He held that to the start of the straight.

Cronin levelled with a good bowl to the end of the straight. They were still dead level for the last shot. Cronin closed with a good bowl, it looked within O’Callaghan’s compass, but he missed it by 15m.

In the same series at Clondrohid on Sunday Davey Fitzgerald bowled beat David Hubbard by a bowl. He played four super shots to Teerbeg cross to raise a bowl. He reached the Bell Inn in four more to gain a second bowl. Hubbard cut that to a bowl with two good shots to the house. He missed sight at the last bend and Fitzgerald went out to seal it.

Mick Hurley beat Jimmy O’Driscoll by three bowls in a cancer research benefit at Shannonvale. O’Driscoll easily won the first tip. Hurley turned the score and raised a bowl with two massive bowls towards the quarry. He had almost two bowls after his next to Buttimer’s gate. He then made Desmond’s to raise a second bowl. That turned into a third bowl when O’Driscoll lofted a dead bowl and conceded.

Denis Wilmot had a comfortable win over Alex O’Donovan in the Champy Deasy Cup at Grange. He won the first shot well, but O’Donovan closed the gap with a good second to White’s wall. Wilmot got a great rub with his next, which gave him almost a bowl at the bungalow He consolidated that lead to the school cross. He still had a bowl at de Barra’s and extended his lead past the novice line. A brilliant bowl to the stud farm bend put him two clear.

Michael Bohane beat Michael Harrington by ten metres at Lyre. Bohane gained 60m odds with a big shot towards the tunnel. Harrington levelled after a long shot to Crowley’s. Bohane raised a bowl with his shot to light at the bend and held it to the white wall.

Harrington cut the odds to just 20m with a brilliant second last. He closed with a good bowl too. Bohane’s reply clipped the verge, but had enough speed to win.

Gavin Twohig led all the way against Christy Mullins at Kildee. He raised almost a bowl by making sight at McCarthy’s in five. He was still almost a bowl in front after three more to boreen-na-parach. He reached the ‘stickeen’ in two more to go two clear. He raised almost three with a big shot towards the novice line.

The Fachtna O’Sullivan Cup at Leap includes players of varying experience and ability. Siblings Kieran and Nicola O’Sullivan won the cup honouring their grandfather, Fachtna. They beat Gavin Daly and Declan O’Sullivan. In the women’s section Helen Whyte bowled impressively with Rose Swanton to beat Susan McCarthy and Deirdre Walsh.

ScoreBowls, a new format of road bowling was launched by Minister Jim Daly at Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí. The game developed by James O’Driscoll is aimed at making the sport available to as wide a range of people as possible, including those with physical and intellectual disabilities.


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