Ireland’s lefties will battle it out for at least bronze with Russia in the quarter-finals of the European Women’s Elites in Madrid tomorrow.

Cork and Dundalk southpaws Christina Desmond and Amy Broadhurst meet Russian pair Anastasia Belokova and Darima Sandakova on Wednesday with podium finishes on the line in the welter and lightweight classes.

Desmond hammered out an emphatic unanimous decision over Dutch welter Leonie Anna Van Leeuwen this afternoon.

Broadhurst will be in the ring at approximately 3pm and Desmond at 4.30pm on Wednesday (Irish times apply).

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Rosscommon middleweight Aoife O’Rourke is in action in the 75kg semi-final on Friday against Russia’s Anastasia Shamonova.

O’Rourke is guaranteed at least bronze by virtue of reaching the last four.

Thursday is a rest day at the 31-national tournament.

(Above Image: Desmond has her hand raised in victory today).

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


August 28


60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Anastasia Belokova (Russia)

69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Darima Sandakova (Russia)

August 30


75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) v Anastasia Shamonova (Russia)


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)
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
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