Team Ireland’s medal haul at the European U22 Championships in Budva, Montenegro, has now risen to three.
81kg Dearbhla Tinnelly, Clann Naofa BC was already assured of a bronze medal and now, so too are 54kg Robin Kelly, Ballynacargy BC and 70kg Evelyn Igharo, Clann Naofa BC
Thirty-four teams with 299 boxers (202 men and 97 women) are in Budva. The participating teams are Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, IBA-Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and IBA-Neutral.
The host city, Budva, has a special resonance for Team Ireland – it was the location of the 2022 Women’s European Championship, where the team came home with 3 gold, a silver and 2 bronze medals, topping the table in the process.
Team Ireland had a very successful campaign at the 2022 European U22 Championships in Porec, Croatia, in March of that year, returning with 3 gold medals, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals. The golds were claimed by heavyweight and now Paris 2024 Olympian, Jack Marley, Lisa O’Rourke who would claim a World gold just 2 months later, and 54kg Niamh Fay.
48kg Nicole Buckley, St Carthages BC was the first Team Ireland boxer in action today. She faced Turkey’s Nurselen Yagettekin. The 5-0 decision went to the Turkish boxer and judges scored the bout 30:26, 30:26, 30:26, 30: 26, 30: 26. In the same ring and session, Eveln Igharo also faced-off against a Turkish boxer in her Quarter Final, in the form of Yaren Duztas, and has claimed bronze. Judges scored the bout 26:30, 27:30, 27:30, 27:30, 27:30. This is Evelyn’s second European medal – she won silver in the 2018 Women’s European Youth Championship.
In Ring B’s Afternoon Session, 50kg Chantelle Robinson, Saviours Crystal BC boxed Poland’s Natalia Dominik Kuczewska and exits at the Quarter Final stage, following a 4-1 decision in favour of her opponent. Judges scored the bout 30:27; 30:26; 28:29; 29:28; 30:27. In Bout 11 75kg Bethany Doocey, Castlebar BC also met Polish opposition, in Oliwia Oborek. Bethany won the first round 5-0 – but the bout went to Oborek by the same score, a UD. The finals tallies – 27:29; 28:29; 28:29; 28:29; 28:29
In Ring B’s Evening Session, 54kg Robin Kelly, Ballynacargy BC contested against day to contest against Poland, in Wiktoria Beata Rognalinska. Robin claimed a decisive 4-0 victory: 28:28; 30:26; 30:26; 29:27; 30:26
Two Team Ireland boxers are in quarter final action on Thursday. 48kg Padraig Downey, St. John Bosco BC, Antrim makes his tournament debut against Azerbaijan’s Tural Sariyev in Bout Two of Ring A’s Afternoon Session, while 57kg Donagh Keary, Rathfriland BC returns for his second bout of the tournament, also against Azerbaijan. He meets in Azrak Babirov in Bout 2 in Ring B’s Evening Session.
Day Five programme:
48kg Nicole Buckley, St Carthages BC
50kg Chantelle Robinson, Saviours Crystal BC
54kg Robin Kelly, Ballynacargy BC
70kg Evelyn Igharo, Clann Naofa BC
75kg Bethany Doocey, Castlebar BC
81kg Dearbhla Tinnelly, Clann Naofa BC
48kg Padraig Downey, St. John Bosco BC, Antrim
51kg Clepson dos Santos, Holy Trinity BC
57kg Donagh Keary, Rathfriland BC
60kg Rhys Owens, Erne BC
63.5kg James “Shamie” McDonagh, St Paul’s Waterford
67kg Gareth Dowling, Dublin Docklands
75kg Gavin Rafferty, Dublin Docklands
80kg James Whelan, Dublin Docklands
86kg Kian Hedderman, O.L.O.L BC
Team Manager, Sean Crowley
Coach: Jay Delaney
Coach: Lynne McEnery
Coach: Liam Cunningham
Coach: Aoife Hennigan
R&J: Stephen Kelly
Draw sheets, team lists and previous results are available here
Session 3A results
Session 4B results
Session 5A results
Session 6B results