Aidan Desmond is All-Ireland Junior C champion after completing a unique sporting triple, in two sports, over two days, culminating in an emphatic win over Conor O’Neill in Sunday’s final at Drogheda.
On Saturday he beat Alan Long by three bowls in the opening Junior C semi-final. He raced back to Cork to line out for Dripsey in the Cork county intermediate hurling semi-final against Aghada at Páirc Uí Rinn, scoring a point in their victory. The next morning he was back in Drogheda to win the All-Ireland final.
On top of this he is still in the frame for a place on the Ireland team to contest next year’s European championships in Holland. He was dominant from the off in Sunday’s final against the Ulster champion.
O’Neill got a poor opener and was a bowl down after Desmond’s second. O’Neill knocked the bowl with his sixth, but Desmond raised it again after two more. After another three he had close to two bowls and the contest was effectively over.
He was in total control too against Leinster champion Alan Long in Saturday’s semi-final, which he won by three bowls. O’Neill beat Connaught champion Joe Sheridan in his semi-final.
Leinster Novice I champion Gary Shevlin won his third All-Ireland title. He was Novice II champion in 2011and won Novice I in 2012.
He beat Ulster’s Shane Feighan by two bowls in Sunday’s final, which was played in driving rain. He opened with four massive bowls to go a bowl and 60m clear.
He was still over a bowl in front after six. He put the score out of reach by going almost two bowls clear of over the next five throws.
His semi-final win over Munster champion Daniel Murphy and West Virginian Steve Wallington was packed with drama.
This looked to be turning into a duel between Shevlin and Murphy as they opened a bowl of odds lead on Wallington. The American champion levelled with a huge bowl and they came out level on 13 each to the last bend.
Wallington’s last bowl fell left short of the line. Murphy then played a super bowl, but it was called. His second attempt was 30m shy of the first, but was still past the line. Shevlin’s bowl was left too, but it stayed in play and came back off the verge and beat Murphy’s tip by a few centimetres. Although he finished third, this was a big show for Wallington.
Shane Feighan beat London champion Pádraig Nugent and Connaught champion David Hughes in his semi-final.
Fergal McCreesh had a runaway win over Connaught’s Ger Kennedy in the Novice II final.
Kennedy never got going in this one. McCreesh was a bowl clear after three and had a second bowl after two more. He edged towards a third bowl after another three and added a fourth after two more.
McCreesh beat West Virginian Travis McClintic by a bowl and Munster champion Seán Nyhan by two bowls in his semi-final. Kennedy was in much sharper form in his semi-final. He beat London’s Danny O’Shea in the last shot and Leinster’s Peter Clinton by a bowl.
Killian Kingston will face Aidan Murphy in the Mick Barry Cup semi-final following his last shot win over Bryan O’Reilly at Ballincurrig.
He opened with four brilliant bowls past the creamery, which gave him a bowl when O’Reilly’s fifth hit a pillar. O’Reilly made Heaphy’s in two more to bring the lead well under a bowl, but he lost his gains by missing sight with his next. Kingston raised the bowl again with a fine effort onto the long straight and held it to Leahy’s.
O’Reilly played a great bowl towards the big corner and knocked the bowl again. He closed the gap with good bowl up the short straight, but Kingston took good odds to the sycamores. Kingston made the last bend in two more and O’Reilly missed. O’Reilly got a great bowl onto the last straight, but Kingston beat the line with his reply.
In the Gretta Cormican Cup Carmel Ryan beat Denise Murphy by a bowl at Dunderrow and Sharon Russell beat Louise Collins in the last shot at Drinagh. They go into the semi-final draw with Claire O’Sullivan and Catriona Murphy in the race for the Queen of the Roads.
Tony Murphy beat John McGrath by almost a bowl in the Christy Coleman Cup final at Conna. He opened with four great bowls to the school to take a good lead. He pushed his odds to almost a bowl at the forge bend. He was well over a bowl in front at the top of Ballybride and went almost two clear to the start of the straight. McGrath did better in the home run and saved the bowl of odds at the line.
Donncha O’Brien gave a five star performance at Ballinacurra where beat Denis Murphy. A massive bowl from Perrott’s to the bridge catapulted him two bowls clear and ended the contest.
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