Ireland recorded five victories in the semi-finals of the Tammer Elite multi-nations in Tampere, Finland this afternoon.

George Bates, Tony Browne, Michael Nevin, Kieran Molloy and Dean Gardiner upgraded their guaranteed bronze to at least silver after having their hands raised in victory at the 38th edition of the tournament.

The five will be back in action in Sunday’s finals at the 23-nation competition.

Ireland has recorded 12 wins from 15 bouts so far in Tampere.

Myles Casey and Wayne Kelly bowed out today. Kelly was edged on a 3-2 split after a fiery light-welter encounter with England’s Conor Loftus, while Kiril Asanasev was beaten on a 4-1 split by Croatia’s 2014 World Youth finalist Toni Filipi.

Tammer Multi-Nations Tampere, Finland

November 16th


69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Stephen Newns (Scotland) 5-0

November 17th

64kg Wayne Kelly (Ireland) beat William Edwards (Wales) 4-1
81kg Tony Browne (Ireland) beat Liridon Nuha (Sweden) 4-0
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) beat Artem Mikaelian (Russia) 5-0
60kg George Bates (Ireland) beat Shun Han Cheung (Korea) 5-0
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat John Doherty (Scotland) 3-2

91+kg Dean Gardiner (Ireland) beat Mourad Aliev (France) 5-0

November 18th


56kg Myles Casey (Ireland) lost to Jordan Rodirigues (France) 0-5
60kg George Bates (Ireland) beat Nathaniel Collins (Scotland) 5-0
64kg Wayne Kelly (Ireland) lost to Conor Loftus (England) 2-3
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Ilja Medvedev (Russia) 5-0
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Arthur Obanyan (Germany) 3-2
81kg Tony Browne (Ireland) beat Mamadou Diabra (France) 4-1
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) lost to Toni Filipi (Croatia) 1-4

91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) beat Michael Barton (Scotland) 5-0

November 19th


60kg George Bates (Ireland) v Michael McDonagh (Wales)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland)  v Cyrus Pattison (England)
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Mariusz Gnas (Sweden)
81kg Tony Browne (Ireland) v George Crotty (England)
91+kg Dean Gardiner (Ireland) v Petar Belberov (Bulgaria)

Irish squad

56kg Myles Casey (St Francis)
60kg George Bates (St Marys)
64kg Wayne Kelly (Ballinacarrow)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)
75kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise)
81kg Tony Browne (St Michaels)
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Smithfield)
91+kg Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)

Coaches: Zaur Antia & Dmitry Dimitruc