Leinster Development Squad Boxing Team Report, (Telsiu Bokso Tournament Lithuania)

The team of 2 Coaches, 5 Boxers,myself as OIC and 2 Parent Supporters,travelled out from Dublin on Thursday the 23rd November 2017 and returned on Sunday the 26th November 2017. Countries with clubs taking part, Lithuania,Latvia,Estonia,LDS Ireland.

Tournament took place in Telsiai Lithuania,over two days,the 24th/25th November 2017.

Team accommodation was the Viesbutis Hotel Telsiai Lithuania.

Team Captain, Jamie Duffy East Meath boxing club.

Team, Mick Darby OIC, Coaches, Edgaras Vitlipas Naas, Anthony White Na Fianna, Boxers, Jake McMahon Liberty, Kieran McPartlan Ratoate, Adam Sinnott Rathnew, Jamie Duffy East Meath, Fiachra Knox Callan, (Parents, Trevor McMahon and Dominic Duffy)

Day 1, Friday the 24th November 2017 we had four of our five boxers in action, Jake McMahon had got the bye into the final, first up at 52kg Kieran McPartlan against J Labinas Lithuania, Kieran gave an outstanding performance to win his bout 3-0,next we had at 54kg Adam Sinnott against D Kazenauskas Lithuania,Adam started very well and stopped his opponent at the end of round one,then we had at 57kg Jamie Duffy against B Svirnelis Lithuania, a close bout but Jamie lost out 3-0, last up at 60kg Fiachra Knox against D Grabys Lithuania, Fiachra boxed very well and took the bout 2-1.

Day 2, Saturday the 25th November 2017, we had four boxers in the finals and one boxer to box for the bronze medal, first up at 50kg, Jake McMahon against the local boxer D Akucka Lithuania, Jake boxed very well and was always on top,he won his final 2-1 and takes home a GOLD MEDAL, next we had at 52kg Kieran McPartlan against R Mazurenko Latvia,another great performance from Kieran who won his bout with the referee calling a halt to it at the very end of round 3, Rsc Rd 3,Kieran takes home a GOLD MEDAL, Then we had at 54kg Adam Sinnott against A Savcenko of the local club Lithuania, a good close contest but Adam lost out on a 3-0, and takes home a SILVER MEDAL, next we had at 57kg Jamie Duffy against L Zemeckis Lithuania,Jamie took about 15 seconds to finish this bout,he landed with two quick one-twos to the head followed by an uppercut,and the referee stopped the bout, Rsc 1,Jamie takes home a BRONZE MEDAL.

Last we had at 60kg Fiachra Knox against D Saulys another local boxer Lithuania,Fiachra boxed very well in a very close contest and won by 2-1,Fiachra takes home a GOLD MEDAL,Final result, 3 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze,great credit to team coaches EdgarasVitlipas and Anthony White, I would like to thank the Officers and members of the Leinster council for giving permission and helping out with finance for LDS boxers to travel,the tournament was very well organized, and we were very well looked after with accommodation and food, and depending on the finances of the Telsiu Bokso School we may be asked to return again next year.

I have been involved in boxing now for almost 62 years, as a referee/judge, Coach,Team manager with many International teams, Provincial,County Boards,club teams and LDS teams,and I have to say that this group of young boxers were the best I have ever travelled out of this country with,they as individuals and as a group had everything, discipline,dedication,commitment,respect,their behaviour as a group was the best I have ever seen,what a pleasure and honour for me to be involved with this group, they are a credit to their family’s, clubs and LDS, and great ambassadors for irish boxing.

Signed Mick Darby Manager LDS Date 27th November 2017