James Nagle brings welcome county title to Carbery region
ROSSCARBERY'S James Nagle brought a welcome county title to the Carbery region when he won the novice 1 final at Newcestown on Saturday last.
His one bowl victory over North Cork's Colm Noonan climaxed a marvellous run that saw him improve with every score. The Ross man maintained a high level of performance through Saturday's contest in which he was also very much the favourite. Noonan pressed hard, particularly in the early stages, but Nagle's fifteen shot figure for the road delivered the championship.
He is the fourth from the Carbery division to win the novice 1 county. Micheál O'Sulivan, also from Rosscarbery and better known for his football prowess, won in 1996 after a great battle with City's John Twohig at Togher Cross. Bauravilla's Gerard Murray won in spectacular style in 2003 beating a 200 metre last shot of Trevor O'Sullivan's at Shannonvale and Patrick Hodnett from Ballydehob took the title west in 2006 after a fine performance at Sam's Cross against Gaeltacht's Michael O'Callaghan.
Not a lot went right for junior C champion Tony O'Sullivan, as he sought to make it a Carbery double at Jajoe's Mills on Sunday evening. Willie O'Donnell from the North-East region was the Caheragh man's opponent and made the better start too on the newly re-surfaced road. O'Sullivan's fifth shot kept him in touch but he lost ground on the straight to 'Lawton's'. O'Donnell got the better distance and won by two shots.Carbery's U12 and U14 girls completed their championships at Madore on Friday last. Marie Nagle, sister of county novice 1 winner James, retained her U12 title with a hard-earned win over Olivia Bowen. Schull girl, Bowen, made a great start winning the opening exchange and pressing her in-form rival in the subsequent shots. The current county champion in the grade rose to the challenge and played three huge shots from the half-way point. The championship stays in Rosscarbery and Maria Nagle will represent the region in the inter-regional rounds this week.
Isobel Shannon from Durrus won the U14 final. Alison O'Donovan, Castletownsend, was a worthy opponent and played a fine competitive score. However, the stronger play of the western girl ensured her the winners trophy and she too will compete in the county rounds this week.
In tournament action, James O'Donovan retained the Paddy Barry Cup with his Rosscarbery festival final win over Brian Wilmot on Thursday last. The all-Bandon clash was an interesting encounter that was level through Cahermore Cross. Hot favourite O'Donovan beat a good last tip to take the winners prize. At Reenascreena on Friday, Raymond Ryan won his quarter-final contest with Kieran Murphy. Ryan replicated his oustanding second round performance against Tony O'Sulivan when he passed the 'D' line in eight excellent shots.
The Carbery-South West series got underway at Rosscarbery on Monday last. Carbery got a winning start when the Skibb duo of Donie Harnedy and DD Carroll got the better of Ger Fitzpatrick and Jeremiah Fitzpatrick. Down the road, Brian O'Mahony survived a ferocious last shot challenge from Flor Crowley to win their contest by metres. The series cotninues through the week with scores at Reenascreena and Leap with the feature events going ahead at Bauravilla and the Marsh Road this weekend.
County championships, junior C final, Jajoe's Mills: Sunday 21st, Willie O'Donnell defeated Tony O'Sullivan (Carbery) by two bowls for €3,400; novice 1 final, Newcestown Saturday 20th, James Nagle (Carbery) defeated Colm Noonan (North Cork) one bowl for €1,500.
Vintage championships, Enniskeane: Tuesday, Denis Hickey defeated Denis Collins (BV) by one bowl.
Girls' U12 final, Madore: Friday 20th, Maria Nagle won from Olivia Bowen.
Girls' U14 final, Madore: Friday 20th, Isobel Shannon won from Alison O'Donovan.
Carbery - South/West series, Rosscarbery: Monday 22nd, Donie Harnedy/DD Carroll defeated Ger Fitzpatrick/Jeremiah Fitzpatrick one bowl for €2,000; Brian O'Mahony defeated Flor Crowley last shot for €2,000.
Rosscarbery: Thursday, Paddy Barry Cup final, James O'Donovan defeated Brian Wilmot last shot for €1,400.
Reenascreena: Friday 20th, tournament quarter-final, Raymond Ryan defeated Kieran Murphy two bowls for €1,340; return score, Flor Crowley defeated Chris Murphy last shot for €2,600.
The Clubhouse: Friday 20th, Aidan O'Sullivan defeated Declan Murphy last shot for €2,800.
Newcestown: D tournament, semi-final, Tuesday 16th, Bertie Poole defeated Michael Hickey one bowl for €1,200; Saturday, Dinny Nyhan defeated Jeremiah Fitzpatrick one bowl for €1,000.
Drimoleague: Tuesday, Joe Tyner defeated DD Carroll last shot for €1,200; Ethan De Burca defeated John Collins last shot for €600.
Bantry: Sunday, Co-Action fund scores, Aidan Murphy defeted Gary Daly one bowl for €3,800; David Murphy defeated Martin Coppinger one bowl for €4,000.
Kilbrittain: Wednesday, novice tournament semi-final, Michael Desmond defeated Donal Desmond last shot for €1,200; return score, Brian Harrington defeated Ethan De Burca last shot for €900.
The Pike: Sunday, Denis Murphy defeated Kevin O'Sullivan last shot for €900; return double, Denis Murphy/Donal O'Sullivan defeated Peter Kelly/Kevin O'Donovan last shot for €500; Harry Russell defeated Mike O'Regan one bowl for €2,700; Derrick Jajoe defeated Danny O'Brien last shot for €2,040.
Lyre: Hegarty Cup semi-final, Wayne Callanan defeated David Hubbard, one bowl for €2,300; return score, Ted Hegarty defeated his opponent last shot for €1,400.
Shannonvale: Sunday tournament, Conchuir O'Sullivan defeated Trevor Deane last shot for €500.
Drimoleague: Saturday, Flor Crowley defeated Owen Murphy last shot for €1,960; Jerry Crowley defeated Pat Daly one bowl for €2,200.
Marsh Road: Sunday, Aidan Hayes defeated Shane Fitzpatrick last shot for €400; Finbarr Nyhan defeated Liam Hurley one bowl for €1,200.
Durrus: Thursday, Festival score, Frank Arundel defeated Morgan Hickey and Patsy O'Sullivan all last shot for €600.
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