Gavin Twohig secures place in Munster intermediate final

Gavin Twohig bowled well at the Marsh Road to secure his place in the 2016 Munster intermediate final at the expense of Donal Riordan.

Riordan set the early pace, but once Twohig got into his rhythm from the quarry hill, he quickly turned it around. Riordan got a massive first shot towards the mart to win the first tip by 70m. Twohig cut this to 30m after his third to the new factory. Riordan got a great fourth bowl to the Skibbereen sign to go 100m clear.

Twohig again cut that to just 30m with a brilliant fifth to the quarry gate. He sliced a few more metres off it with his next to the top of the quarry hill. Riordan held the lead in the next exchange down the hill. Twohig then got a super shot around the wind. Riordan missed that by 40m and left himself with a virtually impossible shot to make the steps. He missed with his next and Twohig went out to go almost a bowl in front. Twohig then got three super shots to sight at Ballyhilty, putting him two bowls clear as it took Riordan four shots.

Twohig put the issue beyond doubt with his next past the avenue.

Both Ulster intermediate semi-finals were played at Madden as Colm Rafferty beat Ruairí O’Reilly by three bowls. Although Rafferty started impressively, O’Reilly was back in contention at Barrett’s corner. He played poorly to the school though and Rafferty powered through.

Paul Rafferty beat Seán Donnelly by a bowl in the other semi-final. It was level to the halfway but Donnelly fell behind to Hughes and never recovered from there.

The Munster Junior A semi-final venues will be fixed by the National Executive tonight. James Nagle plays Johnny O’Driscoll in one and Noel Bowen and Peter Nagle contest the second.

Bowen left the race wide open by beating John Shorten by over a bowl at Kilcorney. Shorten won the first shot and Bowen took the second, raising a bowl to Cooney’s. It was under a bowl after two more to Coleman’s bridge and Bowen raised the bowl yet again at McKeering’s road and held it in a top class bowling to the novice line. He increased his odds on the straight.

Peter Nagle bowled well at Glanworth where he beat the line in 12 shots in his bowl of odds win over Vincent Kiely. Kiely won the first, but Nagle took the second and was still just fore after two more to the wall. He kept the lead in another four to Ahern’s. He pushed a bowl clear by opening Ballinamona bend.

James Nagle beat Denis Cooney by a bowl at the Clubhouse. They were level after five each to the chips. Nagle gained a good lead with a great bowl towards the picnic sign. He lost ground with a poor shot from Murray’s and when Cooney made sight it looked level. Nagle regained a commanding lead after two great bowls from O’Riordan’s. He raised a bowl at the school.

Bernadette Murphy beat Lisa Hegarty in an exciting Munster intermediate women’s final at Bauravilla. She was just ahead after three to Robin’s cross and raised a bowl at the netting. She held that to Dekker’s until Hegarty levelled to the rock. Murphy regained a good lead, but Hegarty was back on top after two good shots towards the bridge.

Murphy got a great break off the bridge and increased her lead to 30m with her next. Hegarty scored the line, but Murphy beat her shot well.

Conor Creedon beat James Hickey in the last shot of the Munster U16 final at Lyre. He reached the creamery in two, just 40m short of a bowl of odds. Hickey reached the school cross in one shot from there, against two for Creedon, to cut the lead to 30m.

They reached O’Donovan’s pillars in three more where Hickey took an unexpected lead.

They traded top spot until Hickey hit a pillar with his last throw. Creedon replied with a fast bowl tight on the right and beat the line well.

Hickey beat Wayne Parks by two bowls in the semi-final at Bauravilla. Parks was in contention to Dekker’s where two good shots in succession had the lead down to 40m. Hickey picked up the pace from there and won easily.

Danny O’Donovan and Darragh Dempsey will contest the Munster U12 final tonight at Lyre to claim the last spot in next weekend’s All-Ireland programme. In the semi-finals Dempsey beat Jamie Kelleher at Ballinacurra, having beaten Ben O’Herlihy in the previous round at Ballinacarriga. O’Donovan beat Anthony Crowley in the other semi-final.

Two of Ireland’s top youth internationals have been eliminated from the U18 championship. In Munster David Horgan beat Tom O’Donovan in the last shot at Timoleague. In Ulster Eoin Hughes beat his cousin David Devlin by two bowls at Madden.


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