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Ronan Toal claims Ulster U18 road bowls title

Ronan Toal (right) Ulster U18 Champion and runner-up Eugene McVeigh
Andy Watters

RONAN Toal saw off Eugene McVeigh clashed in this year’s U18 ulster final held over the Tullysaran course on Sunday.

Toal, son of legendary 10-time senior champion Michael, started favourite after his impressive win in the semi-final. McVeigh is certainly an up-and-coming talent who narrowly lost out in the All-Ireland final last year in Cork and a very worthy finalist.

In a fascinating encounter it took a terrific last shot from Toal to seal his first Ulster Title. Toal led by a bowl of odds at the Hall but unforced errors from here allowed McVeigh to pick up the lead before the final corner. Both throwers showed great skill round the bend to set up a grandstand finish and when McVeigh failed to reach the church. Toal made no mistake . He took the title and will contest in the All-Ireland final in two weeks’ time.

Meanwhile, Madden’s Geraldine Kiernan held her nerve at the finish to win the girls’ U18 title in a competitive final against Tierna McVeigh.

Elsewhere, two-time Ulster champion Cathal McGuire came up short against Madden clubmate Niall Stevenson in the boys’ U14 Ulster final also held over the Tullysaran Road on Sunday.

Fixtures

Friday, July 27

Paul Dobbin Trophy, Currans 7pm: Martin Toal v Rhys Daly (+1 shot)

Sunday, July 29

Currans 10.30am, Paul Dobbin Trophy: Philip Corrigan v Odhran Rafferty; McGrails 11.15am:

Challenge Score; Currans 12pm: Grade Two Final: Patrick Donnelly v Martin Donnelly

Tullysaran

Tuesday, July 24

Chapel, 8pm: Junior A: Sean Donnelly v Pete Carr (Ref: Patrick Conlon Mkr: Paddy O, John McKenna and Cormac Conlon); Wednesday, July 25: Chapel, 7pm: Intermediate final: Conor McGuigan v James Oliver (Ref and Mkrs: Madden, Keady & Tassagh)

Thursday, July 26: Chapel, 6.30pm: Ladies’ Senior: Kelly Mallon v Siobhan Mackle v Erin Connolly (Ref: Maurice Mkrs: JK, Anna, Frank Donnelly and Patrick Conlon)

Sunday, July 29

Chapel, 11am: Challenge Scores

Madden

Sunday, July 29

Shane Morgan Memorial Cup. 11.30am: John Grimley v Sean Hughes; 12.30pm low line: challenge score

KEADY Tassagh

Sunday, July 29

11am: Paul McClelland and Frank McParland v Patrick McGleenon and Brendan McGaughey; 12pm: Pat Kilroy and Jim McNally v Frankie McGleenon and Paddy McClelland

Rock Road

Sunday, July 29

11am: Minty Lyttle v Paddy Cullan; 11.45am: James Cullan v Darragh Gribben

Bowl Chumann Na Mierleach

Tuesday, July 24

7pm: Dinny Lappin and Paul Murphy v Conor Crilly and O McCready; 7.30pm Stephen Donnelly G3B Eamon Connolly v Shay Gamble

Thursday, July 26

7pm: Stephen Donnelly G1 Paul Murphy v Patrick Hughes, 7.30pm G3A Jake Cullen v Patrick Carr

Sunday, July 29

11am G2 Hugh McSorley v Martin Malone; 11.30am G3B Tony Hughes v Marty McArdle

July 28: Annual Inter club competition Bol Chumann Na Meirleach v Drogheda Saturday

Eglish

Thursday, July 26

Seamus Fox Cup, sponsored by McMullen & O'Donnell Windows, 7pm: Moy Point

Caomhin McGleenan v Marty Mullen (+standing shot) v PD Donnelly (+full shot)

7.30pm, Crewe Lane: Conor Powell v Barry Mallon v TBC

Saturday, July 28

4pm, Moy Point: David Devlin v Adrian O'Reilly v Ryan Gamble; 4.45pm, Horse Sign: Mickey Rafferty v Niall Mullen v Ruairi Hughes (+standing shot)

Sunday, July 29

11am, Moy Point: Siobhan Mackle v Denise Galvin (+standing shot) v Anthony McVeigh (+full shot); 11.40am, McKenna's Lane: Leah Grimley v Rebbecca Fields (+standing shot) v Gerard McCann (+standing shot); 1.30pm, Moy Point: Colm Rafferty v Conor McGuigan (+standing shot) v Darren Donnelly (+full shot); 2.15pm, speed sign: Ruaidhri O'Reilly v Philip Corrigan (+standing shot) v Shaun O'Reilly (+standing shot)

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