Team Ireland impressed in today’s today’s 17 bout Junior international with England at the Grainger ABC in Newcastle.

Ireland won 10-7 over 17 bouts.

Dylan Eagleson got Ireland off to a solid start with victory over Frank Varey but Breda Quilligan was edged on a 3-2 split to Shelby Maria Lee, both in the pinweight class.

The afternoon continued in a similar see-saw vein with  Michael Donoghue, Chloe Gabriel, Donagh Keary, Aalyiah Butler, Patrick Donovan, Thomas King, Winnie McDonagh, Eoghan Lavin and Brittany Stokes recording wins for Ireland.


Team Ireland were using the bulk of the champions from last month’s Open Cadet Championships in Dublin.

Ireland and England, who finished in the top three in the medals table at the 2018 European Junior Championships, are preparing for next month’s European Juniors in Romania and IABA President Dom O’Rourke believes that today’s international was ideal in the build up to the tournament.

“Tremendous performances all round from the entire Irish squad against a very talented England team here today, he said.

“All of the bouts were very close and congratulations to all concerned in a very well matched meeting. This is a stepping stone toward for the Europeans, that’s what it is all about.”

Please scroll down below results and squad for more pictures from Newscastle.

(Images courtesy of Jenn O’Sullivan)

Ireland are due home via Belfast at 2pm tomorrow (April 21).

England versus Ireland Junior Male & Female International Newcastle April 20


46kg: Frank Varey (England) lost to Dylan Eagleson (Ireland) 2-3

46kg: Shelby-Marie Lee (England) beat Breda Quilligan (Ireland) 3-2

48kg: Blu Bowers (England) lost to Michael Donoghue (Ireland) 0-5

48kg: Alex Brown (England) beat Robyn Kelly (Ireland) 3-2

50kg: Mohammed Ali (England) beat Jason Nevin (Ireland) 3-2

50kg: Charan Dhesi (England) lost to Chloe Gabriel (Ireland) 0-5

52kg: Cameron Lavery (England) lost to Donagh Keary (Ireland) 2-3

54kg: Royston Barney-Smith (England) beat  Mustafa Edris (Ireland) 3-2

54kg: Mia Holland (England) lost to Aaliyah Butler (Ireland) 0-5

57kg: Ellis Price (England) beat Martin McCullough (Ireland) 3-2

57kg: Sacha Hickey (England) beat Nicole O’Sullivan (Ireland) 5-0

60kg: Jake Abrol (England) lost to Patrick Donovan (Ireland) 0-5

63kg: Jimmy Lee (England) lost to Thomas King (Ireland) 2-3

63kg Katie Grover (England) lost to  Winnie McDonagh (Ireland) 0-5

70kg: Prince Dubois (England) lost to  Eoghan Lavin (Ireland) 0-5

80kg: Leoni Dingwall (England) lost to  Brittany Stokes (Ireland) W/O

80+kg Aloys Youmbi (England) beat  Thomas McDonnell (Ireland) 5-0

(Ireland win 10-7)

Irish squad


46kg Dylan Eagleson (St Pauls Antrim)
48kg Michael Donoghue (St Michaels Athy)
50kg Jason Nevin (Olympic Mullingar)
52kg Donagh Keary (Rathfirland)
54kg Suffie Edris (Monkstown)
57kg Martin McCullough (Gleann)
60kg Patrick Donovan (Olympic BC)
63kg Thomas King (Ratoath)
70kg Eoghan Lavin (Ballyhauns)
80+kgThomas McDonnell (Dublin Docklands)


46kg Breda Quilligan (Rathkeale)
48kg Robyn Kelly (Ballynacargy)
50kg Chloe Gabriel (Mulhuddart)
54kg Aaliyah Butler (Monivea)
57kg Nicole O’Sullivan (Corinthians)
63kg Winnie McDonagh (Neilstown)
80kg Brittany Stokes (Callan)

IABA President: Dom O’Rourke

Coaches: Liam Cunningham, Eve Carr, Martin Donovan

Gerry O’Mahony, Jenn O’Sullivan

R&Js: Philip Hollowed,Dick Moody