Just no stopping Michael as he continues fine form

IN the Munster intermediate championship, the quarter-final round draw is almost complete.


That winning feeling: Michael Desmond, Gaeltacht region, winner of the boys’ U16 final at Donoughmore on Saturday evening.
That winning feeling: Michael Desmond, Gaeltacht region, winner of the boys’ U16 final at Donoughmore on Saturday evening.
With Raymond Ryan, PJ Cooney and David Hubbard already through, scores at the weekend saw Trevor O’Meara, Johnny O’Driscoll and Donal O’Riordan  also progress.


At Rosscarbery on Sunday, Bantry man O’Riordan, lined two huge bowls on the straight from ‘DeBarra Lodge’ that raised winning odds in his defeat of Tim Pat O’Donovan.

O’Driscoll, All-Ireland junior winner in 2009, was almost a bowl down to Wayne Calnan at Enniskeane on Saturday but had the score more or less level with three big shots to the ‘white wall’. The Clon man led at ‘the bridge’ and, from there to ‘Kingston’s’ rose his winning odds. The stake at issue was €2,800.

At Kilumney on Friday, Brian O’Donovan carried an injury into his contest with Trevor O’Meara and, despite a brave bid, was forced to withdraw after six shots. O’Meara played four big opening shots and was a shot up then.

Last week, Andrew O’Leary defeated William O’Driscoll for the second time to ensure a last eight spot.

The quarter-final draw now reads: Trevor O’Meara v John Shorten or Michael Bohane; Johnny O’Driscoll v Andrew O’Leary; David Hubbard v Donal O’Riordan; Raymond ryan v P J Cooney.

In junior A, Brian Daly (City) was the surprise winner over Aidan Hurley (West Cork) at Ballinacurra. Their preliminary round score, a stakeless event, was played in very wet conditions and did rise to any great heights.

Daly did make a promising start hitting the ‘nooks’ in five after which Hurley did himself no favours with three poor throws to ‘Perrots’. A bowl down then, The West Cork man kept it to that following a big shot of Daly’s past Innishannon cross but lost further ground in the shots past ‘Cronins’.

Daly won by almost two and will play Carbery’s Liam O’Sullivan in the quarter-final at Lyre this week.

London Champion, Denis Cooney, had mixed fortunes. He bowled a marvellous contest in bad conditions to defeat South West’s Kieran O’Driscoll at the Marsh Road on Thursday (stake €2,480) but was surprisingly beaten in the county semi-final by Patrick O’Donoghue, the North East champion, in a stakeless semi-final at Carrigaline on Sunday.

Cooney held a bowl lead for a good portion of this contest but did not drive home his advantage and O’Donoghue hit seven big shots in the closing segment that booked his place in the county final.

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