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2012 European Championships

Pesara, Italy

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Road Bowling

 With a gold medal haul that exceeded expectations, Irish bowlers celebrated a marvellous weekend at the 14th European Championships hosted in Pesaro, Italy. On Sunday last, the final day of the championships, David Murphy in senior men, Carmel Ryan, senior women, Cian Shorten, boys U18 and Meghan Collins girls U18 won their respective categories and the performances of their teammates ensured that the Irish finished top in the team awards as well. There were thrills aplenty throughout the day and it wasnt until the final shots were thrown in many events that the eventual winners were known.


The senior mens competition was an enthralling battle with each of the five competiting associations providing competitors of serious merit. The Irish had dominated in Cork in 2008 filling nine of the top ten places and they almost replicated that on this occasion when taking seven. Yet, for almost three hours, from the opening score, it was Dutchman, Arian Hassink, who led the way. Playing in Aidan Murphys group, Hassink totalled 1927.9 for his ten shots and it stood the test until score seven when Raymond Ryan finished in incredible style to beat his mark by forty. Prior to that, James ODonovan and Gary Daly had come desperately close but now an unprecedented clean sweep was within their grasp. Current champion, David Murphy, anchored the Irish team in the last score out and proceeded to show his class from the early shots. Having reached a point in five that had been unsurpassed all day, the Brinny man was soon in a position to retain his crown. This he did to the sustained applause of his contenental peers as he beat Ryans formidable mark by over a hundred metres. ODonovan, Daly, and Edmund Sexton followed Hassink on the leaderboard while Conor McGuigan and Christy Mullins were also in the top ten.


Carmel Ryan, thanks in the main to 300 metre plus ninth throw, carded a magnificent 1796 metres for her ten shots and easily won the senior womens gold. The Dutch champion, Silke Tulk was left trailing almost 200 behind while Dervla Toal-Mallon claimed the bronze. Catriona Kidney in fifth, Geraldine Daly, 8th, Kelly Mallon 9th and Louise Collins 19th were good enough to give Bol Chumann the gold in the team awards.

Boys Under 18

Cian Shorten was another to rise to the occasion. His 1918 in boys U18 was a magnificent performance and with Ethan Rafferty claiming silver, Brian OHalloran and Cian boyle also performing well, another team gold was also won.

Girls Under 18

Meghan Collins set the tone for the day. The Italian host association yearned for a medal and got it too with the diminutive Rosetti Roberta leading the way from the opening score in girls U18. In the final contest, the German FKV girl, Hannah JanBen, and Meghan Collins engaged in a tremenduos battle. The German just edged past the Italian but Collins pipped them both with a superb final throw that brought scenes of joy among her sizable Irish following. It would be the prelude to a marvellous day for the Irish.


All Ireland Junior C,  Novice 1, Novice 2 results from Mayo, September 10/11, 2011  


Congrats to Roger O'Riordan Junior C, and Declan O'Shea Novice 1, both of the Boston Club for making the finals of the All Irelands, and bringing two Runner Up trophies back to the North American Region.


Fixtures for All Irelands, County Mayo, Aughagower,  September 10/11, 2011

Road bowls in Ireland

‎12.30pm: Junior C semi-final 1: Kevin O'Riordan (North America) v Peter Clinton (Leinster):
2.30pm; Novice 1 semi-final 1: Declan O'Shea (North America) v Joe Sheridan (Connaught) v Alan Long (Leinster):
3.00pm; Novice 1 semi-final 2: James Nagle (Munster) v Patrick Nugent (London) v Shane O'Neill (Ulster):
  • Fixtures for junior C, novice 1 and 2 All-ireland series Westport Sept 10/11 2011
    The programme for Westport 2011 is as follows:
    Saturday September 10 at 10.00am; Novice 2 semi-final 1: Kenneth Murphy (Munster) v Gary Shevlin (Leinster) v Tom O'Sullivan (North America):
    10.30am; novice 2 semi-final 2: Tom Nugent (London) v Ger Kennedy (Connaught) v Ferghal McCreesh (Ulster):




July, 2011 Results

Account below is courtesy of Mr. Seamus O' Tauma, of Munster in Ireland.  

Mr. O'Tauma is a leading historian of Road Bowling and organizer of one of the leading events, the King & Queen of the Roads, in October.  King & Queen of the Roads is the leading road bowling classic which pits the top Irish bowlers (and some from Germany & the Netherlands) against each other every October at Ballincurrig near Midleton, Co. Cork.

Sept. 30-Oct. 2    21st King & Queen of the Roads, Ballincurrig, County CorkDavid Murphy and Christy Mullins will contest a novel Munster senior final on Sunday July 17.

in July 2011     Results from Munster semi finals


Both were impressive semi-final winners last weekend. Mullins beat Aidan Murphy by over a bowl at Rosscarbery on Sunday. The previous evening David Murphy easily accounted for Edmund Sexton at Macroom.

Christy Mullins v. Aidan Murphy at Rosscarbery

Mullins looked settled and confident from the off at Rosscarbery. Playing with the power and precision of a man with a mission.

He won the opening tip by 30 meters. Murphy took the next three, but neither player was at full tilt yet. That changed with Mullins’ brilliant fifth shot past the priest’s house, which put him into a 30m lead. Murphy played his next to the left and Mullins increased his lead to 60m.

Murphy got a setback when the end run of his seventh bowl was blocked. Mullins replied with a good bowl up the hill. Murphy was just short of Barry’s boreen with his next and Mullins passed it to hold a 40m lead. Murphy went to the right with his next and Mullins beat it by 80m with his bowl to the guesthouse.

Mullins then played three consummate bowls to just short of the Cahermore line to push his lead to a bowl on 11/12. Mullins was in equal control from the cross.

Murphy’s bowl hit the bend and Mullins increased his lead by 40m. He beat a huge 15th shot from Murphy by 15m. Murphy’s next was to the left and Mullins extended his lead to a bowl and 50m. Murphy then missed light and Mullins sailed out to secure his place in the final.

David Murphy v. Edmund Sexton at Macroom

At Macroom Edmund Sexton’s only lead was his first to the top of the hill. David Murphy played a scintillating second to the middle of the cross. Sexton just beat it in three to leave almost a bowl between them. Murphy raised the bowl with a great fourth up the hill and held it with his fifth past the waterfall.

Sexton knocked the bowl after two more to light facing the gap. Murphy then beat the gap and raised the bowl again. He held it with his next shot on the straight. Sexton knocked the bowl for the last time after two more to Kelleher’s.

Murphy delivered his next bowl at chest height and spun it to the novice line. Sexton missed that and then missed Glasheen cross. Murphy made Glasheen with his throw and raised a second bowl. They played for the odds from there, with Murphy beating the line in 18 to win by close to three bowls.

Magnificent "Dead-Heat" in Munster Senior Women's Final:

Carmel Ryan vs. Maria Noonan at Derrinasafa 

The John Lowney Munster senior women’s final ended in a dead-heat after a magnificent battle between defending champion Carmel Ryan and Maria Noonan at Derrinasafa on Friday.

Noonan won the opening shot, but Ryan led from the second tip. They made the end of the wall in four with Ryan seven metres fore. Noonan got a good fifth, but Ryan beat it by 10m. She increased her lead to almost a bowl by making light at Ross’ in two more. She followed with a brilliant bowl through Cotter’s cross to push her lead 50m over a bowl.

Noonan went halfway to the Darkwood turn with her next. Ryan made the turn with her reply—getting there in just four shots from the bridge. Noonan held off the bowl in the next exchange, but Ryan raised it with her following shot. Noonan played a good bowl from there, while Ryan took two to beat the novice line. Noonan then played a great second last, which Ryan beat by 15m, but missed the line by just five.

Noonan played a super last shot to Grady’s. It looked an all out winner, but Ryan faced up to it majestically with a great bowl to the opposite side of the road. At first it looked as if Ryan had retained her title, but when the referee examined the tips he declared them ‘level bowls’. After some discussion it was decided to refer the matter to the National Executive.

On Monday the executive endorsed the referee’s decision and directed that it must be decided, according to rule, by a single throw by each player. Those shots will be played this evening from the finishing line in the same direction as the score was played. The winner will then have to focus for Kelly Mallon in the All-Ireland final.

Ulster Representatives for All Irelands

Boys - Under 12 Odhran Raffety; Under 14 Ryan Gamble

Three other Ulster representatives were decided at the weekend. Ryan Gamble beat David Devlin by 30m in a thrilling Boys u14 final on the Markethill Road. In the u12 final Odhran Rafferty had a big win over Reece McGeown. His two brothers are also in Ulster finals Colm at u16 and Ethan at u18.

Girls - Under 18 Carly Grimley

Carly Grimley retained her u18 title by a bowl of odds from Catriona Collins. She will play Cathriona Murphy in the All-Ireland after illness forced Megan Collins out of Sunday’s Munster final.

Ulster Senior Final - Conor McGuigan v. Brian O'Reilly

Conor McGuigan is in the Ulster senior final after a dramatic win over Martin Toal at Knappagh. He had a bowl of odds at the coal sheds, but Toal got an incredible bowl past the line that ran to the bottom of Starr’s Hill. McGuigan just beat the line with his reply to save him facing an almost impossible tip. He plays Brian O’Reilly in the Ulster final.




July 30, 2005   Results of the Junior B Championship

Ted Hegarty Lyre, Clonakilty was defeated by Paul O'Reilly, Armagh by 80 Metres

Kelly Mallon, Armagh defeated Denise Murphy from Ballinagree by 30 metres in a very close and exciting score in the final of the Ladies Intermediate Championship

Results of today's finals

Thomas Buckley, Cork beat Stephen McCann, Armagh in the U-16 boys

Dan Joe Holland, Cork beat Gerald McKee, Armagh in the Veterans Final

Paul O'Reilly, Armagh beat Ted Hegarty, Cork in the Junior B Final

Kelly Mallon, Armagh beat Denise Murphy, Cork in the Ladies Intermediate Final

Tomorrow's (July 31) Scores

Aidan Murphy, Mid Cork v Paul O'Reilly Boys U-18
Emma Fitzpatrick, Rosscarbery V Kelly Mallon U-16 Girls
Philip O'Donovan, Churchtown South V Eddie Carr

Thanks to:

Susan Greene
Bol Chumann na hEireann
086 3821760

Results  July 11, 2005



2005 Here are results from the All Irelands Weekend in Cork.


Junior A


Brian O Reily from Armagh won his first All Ireland in a thrilling contest that looked over at the halfway stage with O Donavan over two bowls in front with 4 shots left, O'Reily threw three milers to beat ODonavan by thirty yards.


Women's Under 18


Kelly Mallon from Madden, Armagh won in a similar fashion with a late surge to oust her Cork opponent.  Kelly now competes in another two All Ireland Finals in the Armagh leg of the finals in August, the under 16 and the ladies intermediate.




Gerry Heragarty from Cork beat Harry Toal from Armagh on the last shot.  Toal had his chances and should have been a bowl in front going into the capped line but for a poor throw that eventually cost him the score.


Ladies Senior


Debhla Toal from Armagh had a great win over Gretta Cormican from Cork.


Under 14


Shaun Short from Keady/Tassagh Road in Armagh added to his All-Ireland under 14 title last year in a great performance and a great prospect for Armagh in the bowling future.

All the best, Fergal  - (Ed. Thanks to Fergal Carr for this report from across the sea in Ireland.)
Results of July 3, 2005 Ulster Senior Championships - Eddie Carr beat Paul "China" Rafferty by two bowls of odds. Eddie Carr now throws the winner of John Shorten vs. Philip O Donavan from Cork.  



Harry Toal won the Ulster Intermediate Championship by beating Mal Lappin and Martin Toal in the first to three scores.   


(Thanks to Fergal Carr for this update.)


Results of May 6 - 8, 2005 World Championships


World Road Bowling Championships

In Conjunction with CORK 2005

Marsh Road Skibbereen Co.Cork


The 4th World Road Bowling Championships over the weekend of 6th/ 8th May 2005 in Skibbereen were hailed as a major success by the visiting teams from the FKV and VSHB Associations from Germany, the NKB Association from Holland and the most recent additions to the world of Road Bowling,the ABIS Association from Italy as well as our counterparts from Northern Ireland. Despite the team and individual success by the bowlers of Bol Chumann na hEireann the overseas visitors thoroughly enjoyed the festival of bowling on the famous Marsh Road.  Brilliant sunshine greeted the crowds on the Saturday when the Girls Under 18 Scores got under way at 9.00am followed by the Boys u-18, Senior Ladies and the Senior Men's competition where Armagh's Michael Toal was defending the title he won in 1998.


 At the end of play Ireland's Denise Murphy from Ballinagree was in pole position in the Girls U-18 championship where her opponent would be Marjolein Kemperink from the NKB Association from Holland. John O'Rourke from Rylane qualified for the Boys final where his opponent, Ole Renken from the famed FKV Association in Germany held an advantage of 21.7 metres.


Some powerful bowling from Catriona O'Farrell of Carrigtwohill on Saturday almost ensured her of the title when she held an advantage 222.9 metres over Simone Davids from FKV with Chantal Oude Nijhuis NKB and Carmel Ryan also from the Carrigtwohill club qualifying for the final also.The eagerly awaited Senior Men's competition got under way at 1pm when 25 bowlers took to the roads with the goal of qualifying for Sunday's final and a chance to become World Champion. At end of play Michael Toal held pole position from his northern colleague Eddie Carr with strong competition from household European names such as Frido Walter, Eckerd Kerl and Jorg Gronewold from FKV, Rene Fox from the NKB as well as Anthony Gould and Pat O'Sullivan from Bol Chumann challenging for ultimate honours.At the end of the day the Irish team from Bol Chumann were crowned as World team champions at the presentation of prizes to the players.


The girls under 18 final on Sunday got proceedings under way on Sunday in a sea of colour from supporters from both sides airing their emotions with flag waving and cheering for every shot thrown by the players. Despite being narrowly beaten by her opponent on the day Denise Murphy had enough in hand to be crowned the inaugural Girls Under 18 Champion by a margin of 114.5 metres. As the crowds continued to swell at the venue

John O'Rourke overturned  the advantage that Ole Renken held to become the Boys U-18 Champion and Catriona O'Farrell held on to be crowned Senior Ladies World Champion with Carmel Ryanbowling superbly to take the runners up spot  to make it an Irish one/two.


When the MC Christy Santry called Pat O'Sullivan from Kealkil and Frido Walter FKV to the starting line at 1.30 for the first of the Senior Men's scores, the huge crowd that had gathered were eagerly awaiting the 4 contests that were ahead to see if Michael Toals advantage could be overturned. One by one they set off in an effort to cover as many metres as possible in their 10 throws, Anthony Gould from Fairhill in Cork City set off with Jorg Gronewold FKV & Rene Fox NKB played Eckerd Kerl FKV, but ultimately it came down to the 2 friends from Armagh to unveil the 4th World Road Bowling Champion. Toal started superbly and had increased his lead after 4 shots but slowly Eddie Carr started to eat into his lead and at the end of the day Carr had overturned the advantage held by Toal to become World Champion by a margin of 72.4 metres.


After 790 bowls had been thrown on the Marsh Road, Ireland had 4 new World Champions in the most social and enjoyable of sports.


At presentation of the prizes to the worthy winners each of the associations spoke in glowing terms of the organisation and the efficient manner in which the games had taken place, the friendliness of the people in West Cork and the welcome that they had recieved in Skibbereen. They looked forward to coming back in 2008 for the 13th European Bowling Championships in Cork.






Dominic Morgan sent us this March 25, 26 and 27 Bol-Fada report from Ireland - 


The first major bowling event on the Irish calender took place last weekend the 25th 26th 27th of March with the annual Bowl Fada competition.  The event took place some five miles south of Armagh city and featured a total of nine scores being played over the three days.  All scores played were Co. Armagh v. Co. Cork contests with Cork holding six wins to Armagh's three...

Bowl Fada results... Friday 25th March played over the Keady/Tassagh road course. Malachy Lappin and Cormac Garvey, Armagh. defeated Nicolas Carey and Seamus Sexton.Cork. Pat Mallon and Dervla Toal,Armagh defeated John Murphy and Carmel Ryan.Cork. Saturday the 26th played over the Ballymacnab road course Brian O Rielly.Armagh. defeated Tim Pat ODonovan.Cork...Gavin Twohig. Cork.defeated Paul Rafferty.Armagh....Nicolas and Tony Carey.Cork.defeated Harry Toal and Steven McCann.Armagh.....Aiden Murphy and Brian ODonovan.Cork.defeated Eamon ONeill and Shaun Shortt.Armagh....Sunday 27th Philip ODonovan.Cork defeated. Michael Toal.Armagh....Martin Coppinger and David Murphy.Cork.defeated Fergal Carr and Conor McGuigan.Armagh...And in the big contest of the event Kieran Gould.Cork.defeated Eddy Carr.Armagh. Next big date on the bowling calender the world championships at Skibbereen in May ...  yours in roadbowling Dominic Morgan ....Ireland





Novice 2 All Ireland champion G.Shelvin (Leinster) runner up T. Nugent (London)
Novice 1 All Ireland champion J. Nagle (munster) runner up D.O'Shea (North America)
Junior C All Ireland champ Wm O'Donnell (munster) runner up K. O'Riordan (North America) congratulations to all winners and a safe journey to all travelling home !