Amy Broadhurst and Aoife O’Rourke, pictured above, weighed-in this morning ahead of their European Elite semi-finals in Madrid.

The Dundalk lightweight and Roscommon middleweight meet Finland’s Mira Potkonen and Russia’s Anastasia Shamonova at approximately 2.30pm and 7pm today (Irish times) for places in Saturday’s finals.

Thursday was a rest day at the 31-nation tournament and the squad went to see some local matadors training after their training session in the Spanish capital yesterday.

“Amy and Aoife are ready to go and will be really up for today’s bouts,” said Irish team manager JP Kinsella this morning.

Click here and here for today’s schedule.

Both Irishwomen are guaranteed at least bronze in Madrid.


The Irish squad are due to arrive home via Dublin Airport this Sunday morning at 10.40am.

(Flight 1B3792; Departure Madrid: 09.10. Arrival Dublin: 10.40 (Terminal 1).


European Women’s Elite Championships Madrid, Spain August 22/31

August 30


60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Mira Potkonen (Finland)
60kg Maiva Homadouche (France) v Sema Caliskan (Turkey)

75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) v Anastasia Shamonova (Russia)
75kg Love Holgersson (Sweden) v Elziebta Wojcik (Poland)


August 28


60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Anastasia Belokova (Russia) 5-0

69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) lost to Darima Sandakova (Russia) 1-4

August 27

Last 16

69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) beat Leonie Anna Van Leeuwen (Netherlands) 5-0

August 26

Last 16

51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) lost to Naz Buse Cakiroglu (Turkey) 0-5

60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Dominika Ciklova (Czech Republic) 5-0


75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) beat Tetiana Petrovich (Ukraine) 5-0

August 25

Last 32

51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) beat Krisztina Beri (Hungary) RSC2

Irish squad

51kg: Ceire Smith (Cavan/Virginia)
60kg: Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan) (Bronze, at least)
69kg: Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s)
75kg: Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea) (Bronze, at least)

Team manager: JP Kinsella

Coaches: Zaur Antia and Damian Kennedy

Physio; David Cooke