Adrian Callanan’s five-star display too much for Joe Shortt

Adrian Callanan (Cork) gave a five-star performance when winning the All-Ireland Junior C final against Joe Shortt (Armagh) at Fenor, Co Waterford on Sunday.

Former Armagh player Pádraig Nugent won the Novice I final for London, beating Cork’s Dean Sexton.

In the Novice II final, Armagh’s Colum Doran beat Louth champion Alan Long. West Virginian Travis Craig gave a top class performance in his last shot defeat in the Novice II semi-final.

In the Junior C final, Callanan won the first shot well. Shortt’s good second mad Ballygarron cottage. Callanan’s response was an incredible bowl that went to Hartley’s. Shortt missed that well and only beat it by 50m with his fourth.

Callanan followed with two more great throws to push his lead to over two bowls. Shortt played a good seventh that rubbed nicely and went well past Buck’s lane. Callanan missed that tip. He followed with a big shot to the pet farm, but Shortt beat it to keep the lead under two bowls.

Shortt held it under two with his next, but Callanan won the following exchange. Shortt got a super bowl down the hill to the Fenor sign and knocked the second bowl again. He closed the gap with his next to the bridge.

Callanan then played a great bowl to the school, but Shortt beat that too.

Callanan’s next hit a wall at the end of the school. Shortt’s was too tight left and also hit a wall short of the line.

Pádraig Nugent bowled impressively in his win over Dean Sexton in the Novice I final. Nugent shaded the first shot. Sexton played a good second to the end of the school which gave him his only lead. Nugent went on the offensive with a great bowl to the foot of Sonny’s hill. Sexton only made the bridge.

Sexton got a good bowl into the hill, but Nugent’s strong reply made the top of the hill. Sexton then went over the hill with another good bowl. Nugent kept him on the back foot with a good bowl to the bungalow, which he followed with a great shot past the pet farm to push his lead towards a bowl of odds.

They were facing the cross after the next exchange, with the lead still close to a bowl. Nugent raised the bowl with his next to sight. There was still a bowl between them after the next shots to Buck’s lane. Sexton then got a super bowl, but Nugent beat it.

Sexton followed with another brilliant bowl, which Nugent just missed. Nugent drove his next right and now there was only 50m between them with the line in sight.

Sexton continued to press with another good bowl.

Nugent quelled that late rally with a brilliant bowl that scorched to just short of the line. Sexton would have needed an extraordinary shot to have any chance, but his bowl drifted left.

In the Novice II final Colum Doran made the school with his first, which Alan Long missed in two. Long knocked the bowl with a great third towards Sonny’s hill and beat Doran’s next by 50m with another good drive to the middle of the hill. Doran got the better of the next two over the hill to regain his bowl of odds.

Long knocked the bowl with a great drive to the pet farm. Immediately Doran got a super bowl past Ballydermody cross to raise it again. This tug-of-war for the bowl of odds defined the rest of the score. Long knocked it at Buck’s lane. Doran raised it two shots later and tightened his hold towards the line. Long got a brilliant 14th to just short of the line, but Doran beat the line with his 13th.

Pádraig Nugent beat David Hughes (Mayo) and Graham Sexton (Louth) in his Novice I semi-final. Sexton led both his opponents well at the top of Sonny’s Hill. Nugent levelled with him. When Hughes got a great bowl to and another from the pet farm he levelled with Nugent. From there it was a duel between these two. Nugent clinched it with a brilliant last bowl that Hughes missed by 20m.

Dean Sexton got an unexpected lifeline in his semi-final when his last shot was called. He just beat the line with that throw leaving Ryan Fay (Tyrone) with the simplest of tasks.

His second was much better though and Fay missed it. It was a close contest throughout, but Brendan O’Donovan (Boston) had fallen behind for the last throw.

Colm Doran had a titanic battle with Travis Craig (West Virginia) in his Novice II semi-final. Stephen Sewell (Cork) played two short opening shots and never got back in touch. Doran and Craig were level at the first bend. Doran edged into a 50m lead at the pet farm and held that to the line.

Alan Long beat Danny O’Shea (London) and Ciarán Donnelly (Mayo) in his semi-final.

He led Donnelly at the school, with O’Shea a bowl down. O’Shea snatched the lead with a huge bowl and there was nothing in it to Buck’s lane.

Long got two massive shots from there which helped him beat O’Shea by a bowl and Donnelly by two.


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