Amy Broadhurst and Aoife O’Rourke upgraded their guaranteed bronze medals to at least silver in emphatic style at the European U/22 Championships in Targu Jui, Romania.
Both women produced massive last-four performances to progress to Sunday’s finals.
The Dundalk and Roscommon lightweight and middleweight scored unanimous decisions – with a few 10-8 rounds apiece thrown into the bargain – versus France’s Belinda Limuka and Italy’s Carlotta Paoletti.
Today’s wins see Team Ireland match the performance, so far, of the 2012 Irish team which reached, courtesy of Jason Quigley and Hughie Myers, two European U/22 deciders in Russia.
IABA President Dominic O’Rourke and team managers Anna Moore and Paddy Osborne hailed both performances.
“Amy and Aoife were outstanding, absolutely. Brilliant performances from both girls and they did everything that was asked of them,” said Dimitry Dimitruk, Ireland’s head coach in Romania.
Earlier today, Gabriel Dossen lost out in his bid for at least bronze.
The Galway southpaw, in against Giorge Kharabadze for a place in the last-four, was on the wrong end of a 4-1 split decision after a close 75kg contest.
The final scores read 30-37,30-37,30-27, 29-28, 28-29 to the Georgian middleweight.
“It wasn’t Gabriel’s day in a very tough bout,” added Dimitruk who is working Ireland’s corner in Targu Jiu with Eoin Pluck, Thomas Murray and Valerie Hamilton
Friday is a rest day at the tournament.
Irish amateur boxing is proudly sponsored by Liffey Crane.
European U/22 Men’s and Women’s Championships Targu Jiu, Romania March 24/April 2
51kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) lost to Aikaterini Koutsogeorgo (Greece) 0-5
57kg Shauna Blaney (Ireland) lost to Nedkova Ivanova (Bulgaria) 1-4
52kg Conor Quinn (Ireland) lost to Maksim Stakheev (Russia) 1-4
91kg Kevin Sheehy (Ireland) lost to Felix Kuhne (Germany) 0-5
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Hambardum Hakobya (Armenia) 4-1
56kg Jordan Moore (Ireland) lost to Eusebi Jitaru (Romania) 0-5
48kg Shannon Sweeney (Ireland) lost to Mari-Emi Todorova (Bulgaria) 0-5
60kg Amy Boadhurst (Ireland) beat Esra Yildiz (Turkey) 5-0
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) lost to Giorge Kharabadze (Georgia) 1-4
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ieland) beat Belinda Limuka (France) 5-0
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) beat Carlotta Paoletti (Italy) 5-0
60kg Amy Boadhurst (Ireland) v Francesca Matuschiello (Italy)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) v Busenas Sermeneli (Turkey)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea) (Silver, at least)
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan) (Silver, at least)
57kg Shauna Blaney (Navan)
51kg Niamh Earley (Ryston)
48kg Shannon Sweeney (St Annes)
52kg Conor Quinn (Clonard)
56kg Jordan Moore (Glasnevin)
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic)
91kg Kevin Sheehy (St Francis)
IABA President: Dominic O’Rourke
Team manager: Anna Moore & Paddy Osborne
Head coach: Dmitry Dmitruk
Coaches: Eoin Pluck, Thomas Murray, Valerie Hamilton
R&J: Philip Rooney