4 wins for Team Ireland on the opening day of the European Schools Championships.

4 Team Ireland boxers recorded wins on the opening day of the European Schools Championships.

In Ring A’s afternoon session, Bout 4, 40kg Rylee Finn (St Nicholas) opened Ireland’s account against Alexandr Konstantinoudis of Greece. Rylee put in a valiant performance, but it wasn’t to be on this occasion, with a 4-1 split in favour of his opponent. Judges scored the bout 27:28, 28:27, 26:29, 27:28, 26:29. In bout 13 of the same ring and session, 42kg Comghnall Guerrine (Sacred Heart D) met England’s Azaan Hassan – Comghnall was decisive from the off, with a 5-0 win. Judges scored the bout 30:25, 29:26
29:26, 30:25, 30:25. In the next bout, 44kg Kalib Walsh (Wexford CBS) contested against Azerbaijzan’s Bahlul Ahmadli – he was the victor on the same scoreline. The final scores: 29:28, 29:28, 30:27, 30:26
30:27. In bout 18, 52kg Kai Dynes Murphy (Immaculata) boxed Georgia’s Sandro Kapanadze – the result a UD in favour of the Georgian boxer. The judges scored the bout 28:29, 27:30, 27:30, 27:30, 28:29.

In Ring B, bout 6 51kg Ruth Dossen (Olympic Galway) opened her account against Poland’s Julia Jaskrawska, and gave a stylish performance for the UD win – judges scored the bout 27:30, 26:30, 27:30, 27:30, 27:30. In bout 9, 46kg Padraig Walsh (Immaculata) faced Azerbaijani opposition in Muhammad Mehraliyev and progresses to the next round following a 3-2 split – 29:28, 29:28, 27:29, 28:29
28:29. Four bouts later, 48kg Conan McSorley (Two Castles) boxed Italy’s Daniele Fabi and fell foul of a 4-1 split – 29:28, 28:29, 28:29, 28:29, 27:30. In bout 21, 70kg Senan Kennedy (Cabra) met Azerbaijan’s Ismayil Valiyev and came away on the wrong side of a 4-1 split. Judges scored the bout 30:26, 30:26, 29:28, 28:29

The tournament is being hosted by the Slovenian Boxing Federation in Maribor. In preparation, the Irish team took part in a camp with Poland with Squad Training and the National Stadium.

Team Ireland have received 7 byes, in total- 54kg Darren O’Toole (Enniskerry) has received a bye to the second round of preliminaries – he’ll face Croatia on Saturday. Likewise, co-flag bearer, 57kg James Rooney (St John Bosco ABC, Belfast) is in to the second round prelims, meeting Romania on Sunday. 90kg Jake Fitzgerald (Dungarvan) also has a bye, and opens his account against the IBA Germany team on Monday.

Co-flag bearer 36kg Louise Joyce (Olympic L), the lightest boxer on the team, is already a medalist – won’t step between the ropes until August 22nd – she’ll meet Ukraine at the semi-final stage and will come home with at least a bronze medal. 54kg Sophie Lawlor (Wexford CBS) has a bye to the quarter finals, and contests against IBA Czech Republic/Czechia on Monday. 64kg Cassie Henderson (Phoenix Antrim) is also a quarter finalist and makes her tournament debut against Poland on Tuesday. 70kg Ava Lannon (Dungarvan) is also a medalist, and begins her championships at semi-final stage, following a bye. She’ll meet the winner of Greece Vs. Ukraine on August 23rd

Day Two – Second Series Preliminaries

Boxing begins at 2pm, Irish time and 46kg Ella Archbold (Ballybrack) is in action in bout 2 in Ring A – against Greece’s Angeliki Botoni. In bout 12, 48kg Paige Nickles (Banbridge) opens her account against Spain’s Andrea Garcia Buelga. In bout 18 63kg Darragh Ryan( Drimnagh ) is in against Georgia’s Irakli Chakvetadze

In Ring B, bout 6, 57kg Kaysie Joyce (Clonmel) is between the ropes against Italy’s Rachele Perna. In Bout 22, 42kg Comghnall Guerrine ( Sacred Heart  D) is back in action again, against Ukraine’s Serhii Artemenko.

The tournament is being live-streamed by the EUBC.

Ring A:

Ring B


Central Council took the independent decision to field a team at this tournament at its meeting in July, following a review of all federations contesting previous underage European Championships this year. This review included the ongoing European Junior Championships, where competitor nations include Ukraine, England, Scotland and Wales.

Central Council is mindful of the fact that Irish athletes cannot contest against Russian or Belarussian athletes boxing under their own flag, and wanted to ensure there was as low a probability as possible of an Irish boxer being drawn against such an opponent.

Team Ireland European School Championship Squad

36kg Louise Joyce (Olympic L)

40kg Kayleigh Hodnett(St Josephs L)

42kg Carley O’Herron (Rochfordbridge )

44kg Aleigha Murphy (Crumlin)

46kg Ella Archbold (Ballybrack)

48kg Paige Nickles (Banbridge)

51kg Ruth Dossen (Olympic Galway)

54kg Sophie Lawlor (Wexford CBS)

57kg Kaysie Joyce (Clonmel)

60kg Isabelle Hawkins (St Nicholas)

64kg Cassie Henderson (Phoenix Antrim)

70kg Ava Lannon (Dungarvan)

40kg Rylee Finn (St Nicholas )

42kg Comghnall Guerrine ( Sacred Heart  D)

44kg Kalib Walsh ( Wexford CBS )

46kg Padraig Walsh ( Immaculata )

48kg Conan McSorley ( Two Castles )

50kg Jason Donoghue ( Olympic L )

52kg Kai Dynes Murphy (Immaculata)

54kg Darren O’Toole ( Enniskerry )

57kg James Rooney (St John Bosco ABC, Belfast)

63kg Darragh Ryan( Drimnagh )

66kg Peter McGee (St Conleths )

70kg Senan Kennedy ( Cabra )

75kg John Ward ( Monivea)

90kg Jake Fitzgerald (Dungarvan)

Team Manager: Bernadette Lannon

Team Manager: Francis Keeling

Coach: Lynne McEnery

Coach: Aoife Hennigan

Coach: Paul Simpson

Coach: Garry Kehoe

R&J: Martin O’Neill

Draws are available here

Session 1A results

Session 1B results