Kellie Harrington with Irish coaches Zaur Antia and Jimmy Payne in Romania today


Kellie Harrington and Joe Ward booked tickets into the semi-finals of the Nicolae Linca Memorial in Romania today.But Carly McNaul was unlucky not to advance after being shaded on a split by Hanna Ohata of the Ukraine in Iasi.

Harrington was rarely troubled en route to a unanimous decision over Ohata’s compatriot Kanna Okheri in the light division, and Ward stopped Moldova’s Evgheni Zaritschi in the first round of their light-heavy clash.

Jennifer O’Sullivan, Irish team manager, praised the performances of the Irish trio after today’s contests.

Both Cork middle Christina Desmond, who received a bye into the last-four, and Harrington meet Romanian opponents in the semi-finals tomorrow.

The opponents for Joe Ward and Kiril Afansev will be confirmed shortly. Head coach Zaur Antia and Jimmy Payne are working Ireland’s corner in Romania.

Nicolae Linca Golden Belt Memorial Iasi, Romania (May 10th/14th)

May 10th


51kg Carly McNaul (Ireland) lost to Hanna Ohata (Ukraine) 2-3
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Kanna Okheri (Ukraine) 5-0
81kg Joe Ward (Ireland) beat Evgheni Zaritschi (Moldova) TKO1

May 11th

60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) v Lacramiqara Perijoc (Romania)
75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Irina Stoic (Romania)


81kg Joe Ward (Ireland) v TBA
91kg Kiril Afansev (Ireland) v TBA

Irish Squad

52kg Carly McNaul (Ormeau Road)
60kg Kellie Harrington (St Marys)
75kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgans)
81kg Joe Ward (Moate)
91kg Kiril Afansev (Smithfield)

Team manager: Jennifer O’Sullivan (Sliabh Luchra)
Coaches: Zaur Antia & Jimmy Payne
R&J: Ben McGarrigle