00:00 Saturday 22 November 2008  Written by Carbery Bowling

Masterful show by James ODriscoll

James O'Donovan's masterful performance at Caheragh won him the O'Sullivan/Keating Cup by a bowl of odds margin from local player Pat Joe O'Sullivan.

In a score of top class bowling, O'Donovan needed to be at his best to hold off the determined challenge posed by O'Sullivan who was very much the underdog at the outset. After O'Sullivan won an oustanding opening exchange, the Bandon man gained significant leeway with a ferocious second that almost made 'Lisangle Cross'. He had the making of a bowl of odds after three but O'Sullivn defiantly kept it under that beating a succession of lengthy shots as they played onto the tarmac.

O'Donovan's seventh to the tunnel was another massive effort that eventually rose the shot of odds and another miler to 'Shiely's' doubled his advantage. O'Sullivan fought it to the end with excellent twelfth and thirteenth throws bringing the odds well under the two at the score's end. James O'Donovan's reward was to become the second holder after Denis O'Driscoll of the magnificent O'Sullivan/Keating Cup presented to him by local businessman Tim O'Sullivan. A e1,000 cheque and a Waterford Crystal clock from the host club were also part of the winner's prize. Pat Joe O'Sullivan's runner-up spot earned him a e600 prize while beaten semi-finalists Kieran O'Neill and Tony O'Sullivan were also in the money from the e2,000 total fund.

Dan O'Halloran was in top form at the Marsh Road in outsting Mick Young from the junior A tournament there. A blistering opening half saw some excellent throwing from both players. O'Halloran had the edge though and nearly make the steps in seven. His eighth to sight gave him a bowl of odds and it was almost in ten to Ballyhilty. Young pulled it back with three great last shots, but O'Halloran had enough in hand.

Three scores went off in the Ballydehob novice 1 tournament. In the first of these the Kealkil man Conchuir O'Sullivan won by almost two from local Joe Brien. There was a double for the Kealkil man when Patsy O'Sullivan just edged David Cotter. This was a cracking score that could have gone either way before O'Sullivan's big throw to the bottom of the hill gave him vital leeway. In the afternoon Drimoleague's Colin Kingston had the advantage in speed against the Ballyvackey veteran Timmie Hennessy. It was close for most of the way until Kingston rose the bowl with three to go.

Niall Fitzgerald put in a storming finish at Rosscarbery to deny Pat Daly in the novice B tournament there. Daly held the bones of a bowl of odds following a series of five shots up around the bends to 'Barry's Cross' but Fitzgerald last three swung it his way.

Tim Cahalane is in the final of the Paddy O'Donovan Cup in Drinagh. The Carbery man beat a huge last shot of Sean O'Regan's to advance after a thrilling contest on the Shandrum Road on Sunday morning last. There was no luck though for Martin Coughlan who bowed out of the Fr. Crowley Cup at the same venue. The Ross man went under by two bowls to Martin O'Neill.

Pat Joe Connolly had another busy weekend. The Rossmore man had a double at Kilbrittain on Saturday' winning the tournament score and return pick up from Castletown's Dinny Nyhan but lost out to the strong play of Declan White at Lyre on Sunday evening. There were mixed fortunes for Carbery junior A's in the Jerry Desmond Cup. J.C. Desmond was defeated by a bowl by Jerry Gibbons at Lyre while John Cahalane, thanks to an amazing opening shot, won by two from Pat Callanan in Grange.

There was a re-arranged under-age trial session at Reenascreena on Sunday morning, facilitating those who were unable to make it on the appointed date earlier in the month. The morning's bowling saw fine performances from Niamh O'Callaghan, Sharon Shannon, Daniel Kingston, Jason Ryan and David Shannon.

Carbery's representatives in the novice team bowling finals, Richie and Donal Harnedy and Charlie O'Neill finished a creditable third at Carrigaline on Sunday morning last. Their final tally of 1,087 metres was just fifty behind outright winners Togher Cross from West Cork.

Bowling lost a good friend with the passing of Denis Crowley, Ardralla, early last week. Denis hailed from a family with long connections to the sport, his late brother Paddy being one of the great players of his day. Denis himself retained an abiding interest in the game and was a regular at scores throughout West Cork. His quiet demeanor and friendly disposition endeared him to all and his presence will be sadly missed among the bowling fraternity. May he rest in peace.

results

Caheragh: O'Sullivan/Keating Cup junior C tournament final: James O'Donovan defeated Pat Joe O'Sullivan one bowl. Return score Tony O'Sullivan defeated Connie Connolly one bowl for e2,200.

Marsh Road: Junior A tournament: Dan O'Halloran defeated Mick Young one bowl for e3,600.

Ballydehob: Novice 1 tournament: Conchuir O'Sullivan defeated Joe O'Brien two bowls for e800. Patsy O'Sullivan defeated David Cotter almost a bowl for e1,100. Colin Kingston defeated Timmie Hennessy one bowl for e400. Return double Colin Kingston/Der McCarthy defeated Jerry Crowley/Vincent O'Mahony last shot for e700.

Rosscarbery: Novice B tournament; Niall Fitzgerald defeated Pat Daly last shot for e520.

Pike: Novice C tournament; Michael Foley defeated Pat Coughlan one bowl for e900; Finbarr Coughlan defeated Curly Collins last shot for e1,280.

Fisher's Cross: Novice tournament; Sean Ó Riordan defeated Colman Murray one bowl.

Ballygurteen: Novice 1 tournament; Tommy O'Sullivan defeated Sidney Shannon two bowls; return score Billy Loomey defeated James O'Donovan last shot for e700.

Shannonvale: Sunday, 16 Novice 1 tournament; Mark O'Sullivan defeated Liam Young almost two bowls for e540.

Lyre: Sunday, 16, Jerry Desmond Cup; Jerry Gibbons defeated J.C. Desmond one bowl for e1,800; return score Declan White defeated Pat Joe Connolly one bowl for e4,200. Novice C tournament; Kevin O'Sullivan defeated Barry O'Donovan last shot for e1,200; Adrian O'Sullivan defeated Bertie Poole last shot for e540.

Drinagh: Sunday Benefit Score; Ger Fitzpatrick defeated Denis Wilmot almost two bowls for e940; return score Jerry Murphy (T) defeated Trevor Draper last shot. Sunday, 16, Paddy O'Donovan Cup semi-final; Tim Cahalane defeated Sean O'Regan last shot for e2,600. Fr. Crowley Cup semi-final: Martin O'Neill defeated Martin Coughlan two bowls for e920.

Kilbrittain: Saturday, 15, Novice 1 tournament; Pat Joe Connolly defeated Dinny Nyhan last shot for e1,800; Connolly also won the return from Nyhan last shot for e1,340.

Grange: Sunday Jerry Desmond Cup; John Cahalane defeated Pat Callanan one bowl for e2,200; tournament score; Denis Murphy defeated Johnny O'Driscoll almost a bowl for e4,000.

Durrus: Novice tournament; Peter Murray defeated Patrick Downey two bowls for e1,200; return score John Murphy (T) defeated Donie Hourihane last shot for e900.

Drimoleague: Novice tournament; John O'Leary defeated Tim Lehane last shot for e800; return score Dan O'Mahony defeated James O'Donovan (D) one bowl for e1,200.

Kilcrohane: Seamus O'Sullivan defeated Bernie Kelly one bowl for e1,000; Jimmy Hurley defeated William Daly one bowl for e900.

Derrinasafa, Dunmanway: Sunday, 16, junior B tournament quarter-final: Vincent Kelly defeated Teddy O'Driscoll last shot for e4,600; return score Patrick O'Neill defeated Jerry Vaughan last shot for e2,800.

Novice team finals at Carrigaline: 1 Togher Cross, West Cork; (Mark Harrington, Peter Murray, Jim Cronin) 2,047 metres; 2 Fisher's Cross, South West; (Jim Fitzpatrick, Brian Harrington, Declan White) 2,017 metres; 3 Abbey Team, Carbery; (Richie Harnedy, Donal Harnedy, Charlie O'Neill) 1,087 metres.

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