Brilliant Paul Buckley masters Kieran Murphy

Paul Buckley bowled brilliantly at Newcestown to beat Kieran Murphy by over two bowls in the Munster intermediate championship quarter-final. 

He raised a bowl after three. Murphy knocked the bowl to Mac’s lane. Buckley got a great rub with his next past the lane and followed with a big shot up the hill to go a bowl clear. He was still a bowl clear facing Fehilly’s.

He got another smashing rub with his next towards Desmond’s lane that pushed his lead to almost two bowls. Murphy steadfastly held off the second bowl in his next three, beating a huge bowl from Buckley into the dip. Buckley finally raised the second bowl at Collins’ lane.

They reached O’Brien’s cross in two each. Buckley got another huge bowl past the water to clear sight. Murphy missed down to leave well over two bowls between them. Buckley followed with another massive bowl to sight at the last bend.

Gavin Twohig beat Willie O’Donovan in their quarter-final at Whitechurch. O’Donovan won the opening shot and followed with three good bowls to the top of the hill. He raised a bowl with a great fifth and held it to Boula lane. He lost ground with his next, but followed with three bowls to the top of the straight to lead by a bowl. Twohig got a good bowl to sight past the farm. O’Donovan missed, but came close to the novice line with his next. Twohig got a good bowl to the Devil’s bend. They were level when O’Donovan’s reply unluckily caught the left.

O’Donovan had 15m after the shots to the wall. Twohig then missed the line. O’Donovan had a chance to beat it, but was too tight right and missed Twohig’s tip. Twohig comfortably won the last exchange.

Hot on the heels of his European silver medal, James O’Donovan broke the road record at Grenagh against Killian Kingston. He made the s-bend in three to go a bowl clear. He played a phenomenal fourth and was at the end of the while wall in six to go almost two bowls clear. He was unlucky to miss Boula lane in nine. From there he scored the line by 60m in two more for a total of 12.

Martin Toal beat Conor McGuigan in the Ulster senior championship at Tullysaran. They were level to the chapel. Toal fell a bowl behind by taking two to reach the point road. He looked set to fall a second bowl down when he missed Mary Ann’s pub. McGuigan’s form dipped dramatically to the Orange hall and Toal edged in front.

McGuigan regained the lead at the farmyard. Toal put in the better finish though to win by a bowl.

Nicholas Carey beat Raymond Ryan by two bowls in the Jerry Desmond Cup at Timoleague. He raised a bowl with his third and had well over two bowls after five to Bateman’s pillars. Ryan clipped it to an even bowl with a great 12th to O’Leary’s bend. Carey picked up the pace again and raced two clear to Barry’s Hall.

His father, Tony, made it a memorable week by winning the East Cork-Waterford Veteran (Junior) final at Clashmore against Michael O’Leary and Paul Butler.

Billy Dalton is the East Cork-Waterford Junior B champion after his last shot win over Michael Wall at Ballincurrig. Wall led by two bowls after six brilliant shots to the no-play line. He was still a bowl clear at the big corner. Dalton led at the sycamores and held on to the line Brendan O’Callaghan beat Jim Coffey by almost two bowls in the Gaeltacht Veteran (Junior) final at Clondrohid. A big shot to sight at Moore’s gave him the edge and he romped home. He plays Eoin O’Riordan in the Junior B final

Colin O’Donovan is West Cork Junior B champion after a last shot win over Liam Hurley at Kealkill. He lost a big advantage when he lofted onto a wall before the castle. He regained control with a fine loft onto the bridge and powered home.

Andrew O’Callaghan won the North Cork title by two bowls over Derry Cooney at Sally’s Cross. A big bowl past Dennehy’s put him clear. He raised a bowl past the priest’s house and had two at the top of the straight. Vincent Cahalane beat brothers Séamus and Colin O’Sullivan to win the South West final at Ballygurteen. He made sight in two to go almost a bowl clear. The brothers both closed the gap to the women’s lane. Cahalane pushed clear to the avenue. Séamus knocked the bowl before Burke’s but got no closer.

Shane Lotty beat his first-cousin Padraig Scanlon in the North East final at Carraig na bhFear. Scanlon got two massive bowls to the doctors to lead by almost two bowls. Lotty took over from there and led by a bowl at the creamery cross. Scanlon closed the gap, but a big shot from the novice line put Lotty clear again.

Donal O’Donovan won the Dan Coomey Cup final against Donal Desmond at Grange. Desmond missed chances to push clear between the two Hodnett’s. They were level at the school cross, but Desmond gained big odds to de Barra’s. They both missed the line. O’Donovan then played a sensational bowl that brushed Holland’s wall and went close to the sight at the stud farm.


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