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Ed Griffin reports
Well folks what a fantastic weekend of boxing at this year’s Esker All Female BoxCup 2019. Nearly 200 bouts/exhibitions from Underage to Elite level took place with less than 10 inside the distance decisions. 18 countries from across 3 continents took part and over 122 clubs. Of the 430 registered boxers we had about 330 weigh in and actually box, a record for the tournament. A lot of work and preparation goes on throughout the year leading up to the weekend and preparation has already started for 2020’s edition.
There are so many people to thank so if we forget you we’ll edit the post as names come back. First of all thanks to all of the boxers and coaches who made it such a memorable weekend of female boxing. A huge thanks to all of the tournament sponsors including Accura Diamond Tools, South Dublin County Council, Dublin City Sports and Wellbeing Partnership, Ronan Cullen, City Drain, Cllr Shane Moynihan, Cllr Alan Hayes, Kenny’s of Lucan, Danny O’Brien plus many more..
A huge thanks to Ray Stears and Resus Medical for providing such a professional service throughout the weekend, cheers Ray.
As always a huge thanks to Tricia Monaghan who always foes fantastic behind the scenes work for the Club and this tournament, thanks Tricia..!!
A huge thanks to Dave and Matt from The National Stadium for providing the rings. Also to the IABA for continually supporting this tournament over the past 7 years.
A huge thanks to all of our Club members who showed up and helped out over the weekend. A very special thanks has to go to Lynsey Manning who along with Aisling McEvoy and Audrey Davison ran the shop with a great team of young people helping them out. Thanks a million guys, absolute legends..!
A huge thanks also to Caroline Kelly who manned the door all weekend, thanks a million Caroline..!
Thanks to Paudie Byrne for going above and beyond helping us out, cheers pal..!
A big thanks to Kevin Byrne and David O’ Toole for taking photos over the weekend and we’ll have them up asap. Cheers lads..!!
A big thanks to SDCC Mayor Vicki Casserly for attending, cheers Vicki..!!
A massive shout out to Tony, Andy, Barry and Noel from Colaiste Phadraig for allowing us yet again to use their Sports Hall, absolute legends guys..
A huge thanks to all of the officials who gave up their weekend to help us run the tournament especially Marty O’Neill and Phil Rooney for supervising both rings and Paul McEvoy/Paul Williamson for manning the computers and officiating, cheers everyone..!!
A special thanks to our National Registrar Stephen Connolly for attending, we really appreciate it Stephen, thanks..
The biggest thanks of all has to go to Tara Mari who we basically couldn’t run the tournament without. She weighed in the boxers along with Kim who was also brilliant, matched up bouts and basically ran the tournament with grace and humour throughout..Thanks Tara..!!
Thanks to all of the supporters who helped create a cracking atmosphere over the weekend, you guys were amazing..!!
Finally a huge well done to our own boxers Caitlin Devitt and Charli McEvoy Byrne for winning their respective bouts and to Sophie Davison, Carla Gannon, Sophie Nugent and Aimee Nolan for doing brilliant in their skills bouts, on the up and up guy’s..!!
It was a great honour to have members of the Keogh and Carton families present to receive the belts named in honour of Olive Keogh and Sean Carton, a beautiful moment. Thanks to Eddie Hyland for being there to present The Paddy Hyland Best Team Cup, cheers Ed..!!
It was a great honour to present our two Hall of Fame Awards to The Keogh Family in recognition of Olive Keogh’s outstanding contribution to Irish amateur boxing and also to the one and only Liam Brereton for his outstanding contribution to Irish Female Boxing, well deserved awards to two great boxing people.
Well done to all of the Tournament Belt winners and also to Togher BC Cork who brought The Paddy Hyland Best Team Cup back to Ireland after 3 years in England, super stuff guy’s..!!
Best Juvenile Boxer- Esther Lambe Setanta BC Ireland
Best Youth Boxer- Jacey Birch Kent Gloves BC England
Best Irish Boxer- Cliona D’arcy Tobar Pheadair BC Ireland
Best Novice Boxer- Emma Hannon St Carthages BC Ireland
Best Elite Boxer- Jaismine India
Best Prospect Boxer- Josefien Betist RBV Crooswijk Netherlands
Best Overseas Boxer- Alexas Kubeki Poland
Best Overall Boxer- Georgia McGovern Drimnagh BC Ireland
Best Referee- Karl McLoughlin Drimnagh BC
The Paddy Hyland Best Team Cup
Togher Boxing Club, Cork
Esker All Female BoxCup Hall of Fame Award X 2
Now let’s get back to business for the rest of the season..!!
Ed Griffin (Esker BC)