Michael Bohane bowled impressively to beat Paul O’Reilly by two bowls in the Jim O’Driscoll Cup final at the King and Queen of Roads festival at Ballincurrig on Sunday.
O’Reilly won the opening tip, but Bohane took the second and led to the finish. O’Reilly competed well until Bohane got a massive fifth past the creamery that just missed the no-play line and put him almost a bowl clear. He raised the bowl with his next to Heaphy’s and followed with a big one to O’Riordan’s.
He had almost two bowls after 11 to the big corner. He raised the second bowl with his next to sight at the top of the short straight.
O’Reilly played just two more and conceded.
The Proto-Mark Technologies Youth International was one of the highlights of the weekend in which Ireland’s U18s Alex O’Donovan and Veronica O’Mahony beat Dutch pair Mark Muntel and Lisa Jonkers in the last shot, with Germany’s Fabian Schiffmann and Feenja Bohlken third.
The Irish and Dutch were locked together from line to line. O’Mahony won the first tip. Jonkers put the Netherlands in the lead at the sycamores and the lead swung between them to the big corner where Ireland were five metres fore.
The Dutch drove clear onto the long straight, but Ireland came back and led to Hegarty’s.
Jonkers got a massive bowl to the creamery to put the Dutch back in front. Muntel then beat a big one from O’Donovan.
O’Mahony pushed Ireland clear by 40m with a super second last. Muntel closed with a massive bowl. O’Donovan’s reply touched the left, but beat the tip.
Munster u16 champion Tom O’Donovan bowled with class and maturity with Seán Twomey to win the East Cork Oil Trophy against Conor O’Neill and Ryan Gamble.
Cork pushed clear through Twomey’s third shot to the muddy gap. O’Donovan made the short straight with his next to raise a bowl. Gamble levelled it with a great bowl to the big corner, which Twomey missed. Twomey got a great bowl from the bend to take almost a bowl again. O’Donovan raised the bowl with his next.
The lead was well over a bowl at Hegarty’s and almost two at the pony’s gate. Cork had the second bowl at the creamery. Armagh closed strongly to save the second bowl.
Earlier Darren Donnelly and Shane Feighan won the Charlie McCarthy Cup for Armagh when they beat Maurice Connolly and Oliver Searls in the last shot.
Armagh had big odds after two, but Connolly got a brilliant third past the sycamores to take a clear lead. Cork had almost a bowl at the big corner. Armagh closed the gap, but a big shot from Searls to O’Riordan’s pushed Cork clear again. They looked set for victory till Donnelly got a massive bowl to the creamery to regain the lead. Donnelly secured victory with a massive last shot.
In the Hurley’s of Midleton King of the Roads semi-final Thomas Mackle had an excellent win over 2014 King, James Buckley, and Dutch champion Jos-Bert Aalbers He dominated the early stages as Buckley took two to the first bend and Aalbers hit a bad patch towards Geary’s. Buckley stormed back and led with a great bowl from the creamery and put down a marker over the next series. His massive bowl to Leahy’s put him almost a shot clear of Mackle and two on Aalbers.
Mackle then played a brilliant bowl to the big corner and followed with another to light at the top of the short straight to lead.
He stayed in front in the next two towards the elbow. He then threw a perfect bowl to light at the last bend. Another big shot past the line gave him a bowl on Buckley and two on Aalbers.
David Murphy beat Éamon Bowen and Ralf Look. Bowen got two poor opening shots, but rallied with a good third.
Look led after a brilliant fourth to the creamery. Murphy and Look were level after six to the no-play line, with Bowen just off the pace.
Bowen’s bowl from Heaphy’s broke right and left him a bowl behind. Murphy got an extraordinary bowl to the top of the straight. Bowen followed and Look came close too but lost the lead.
Bowen levelled with two brilliant bowls to the big corner.
He won his first lead at the top of the short straight and was still leading for the last shot. Look beat the line from poor sight.
Murphy played a sensational bowl to the end of the green. Bowen’s reply was too tight left.
Thomas Mackle has his first outing as King of the Roads in the Dingle Cliff and Coastal Rescue benefit against Edmond Sexton on the Gallarus Road from An Ghaeltacht CLG grounds on Saturday.
It is part of a five score series which includes Clare O’Sullivan who excelled in the Queen of the Roads against Emma Fitzpatrick and three junior scores.
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