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Thomas Mackle King of the Road agaon as Kelly Mallon falls to incredible Tulk

Thomas Mackle bowling against David Murphy in the All-Ireland Senior Road Bowling Championship at Grenagh in July
Andy Watters

THOMAS Mackle became the first player to win four consecutive King of the Road titles in Ballincurrig, county Cork last weekend.

In 2017 Mackle surpassed the record set by his uncle Michael Toal and this year's win put him joint second in the all-time roll of honour.

His semi-final score on Saturday was against Cork's Killian Kingston and Harm Weinstock. Mackle was trailing at the halfway stage but battled on to book his final place on Sunday.

In the other qualifying heat Arthur McDonagh had a last shot victory over David Murphy and so met Mackle in the final.

Mackle went on to take the honours and recorded a last shot win over McDonagh to be crowned King of the road Champion for the fourth year on-the-trot.

Meanwhile, Kelly Mallon was bidding for a seventh Queen of the Roads Title last weekend.

She was strong favourite to beat German champion Anke Klöpper and Claire O'Sullivan in the semi-finals. Mallon came from behind with two brilliant last shots to reach the final on Sunday against Silk Tulk from Holland. Mallon couldn't find her form in the decider and Tulk took the title.

All-Ireland Junior B champion Malachy Lappin beat East Cork champion Michael O'Leary in the East Cork Oil trophy. Sean Donnolly and Aidan O Reilly also took the Honours in the Charlie McCarthy Cup when they defeated Denis Cooney and Michael O Sullivan.

In the team event, the Dutch took the honours with the Irish finishing a close second.

Elsewhere, Armagh Road Bowlers travel to Boston, USA for the All-Ireland finals next weekend.

The Armagh Branch will be represented by Patrick Mackle (Junior C), Niall Smith (Novice 1) and Barry O'Reilly (Novice 2) grades and the programme also includes eight-time All-Ireland champion Kelly Mallon who will take on Silke Tulk.

Boston will be led by 19-year-old Sean O'Mahoney, 2017 All Ireland Novice 1 Champion, with his father, five-time All-Ireland champion Florrie O'Mahoney ‘showing the road' as his coach.

This Weeks Fixture's

Tullysaran Fixture's

Tuesday, October 2

Chapel, 6.30pm: Karen Tierney v Vera McGee (Mkrs: Elaine and Anna)

Wednesday, October 3

Chapel, 6.30pm: Anna Rooney v Natasha Fullen (Mkrs: Vera and Teresa); Allen's, 7pm: Michelle Crowe v Nicola Fullen

Thursday October 4

Chapel, 6.15pm: Karen Grimley v Vera McGee

TeMac Cup Overall Final: date and time to be confirmed:

Claire McGee v Leanne Mackle v Michelle Crowe (Mkrs: Anna, Vera and Teresa)

Bol Chumann Na Meirleach

Saturday, October 6

1pm Novice 4 Don Stevenson v Marty Cullinane; 1.30pm Eoin Hughes v Bilko Quigley

Sunday, October 7

11am Stephen Donnelly G1 Darren Donnelly Donnelly v Joe Shortt; 11.30am Novice 4 Semi-Final Bubbles Martin McCready v Brian Conlon; 12pm Stephen Donnelly G3A Michael Hughes v Ciaran Hughes; 12.30pm Stephen Donnelly G3B Marty McArdle v Eamonn Connolly


Sunday, October 7

Low line 11am sharp grade 2: Aidy O'Reilly v Enda Mallon; Hughes 11:45am grade 3: Sean Rafferty v Colm Donnelly; Low line 12:30pm Grade 2: Danny Carragher v Ryan Gamble.

Rock Road

Sunday, October 7

11am: Declan Toal & James Cullan vs Sean Donnelly & John Henry; 11.45: Don Stevenson & Damian Gribben vs Jim Freeman & Seamus O'Neill


Seamus Fox Cup @ An Eaglais

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Sunday, October 7

Grade 3 Semi-finals, 1.30pm, Moy Point: Eddie Connolly v Jim Fay, 2.15pm, Crewe Lane: Mark Gallagher v Chris Fields

Port Mor

Sunday 7th Novice Three Ulster Championship

Village 10.30am: Nico Kelly v Neil McLoughlin; Village 12pm: Anthony O'Neill v Niall McKenna

Barney Lavery Partner Cup

McGrails 11.15am: Conor Powell and Ross Gribben v Bruce Donnelly and Conall Gribben; McGrails 12.30pm: Martin Toal and Karol Donnelly v Mark Toal and Jake Daly

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