It was a record-breaking day for Team Ireland at the European Youth Championships in Sofia, Buglaria.
Going in to Day 6, 5 Irish boxers had qualified for their respective semi-finals and were guaranteed at least a bronze medal – Laura Moran, Georgia McGovern, Katie O’Keeffe, Cliona D’Arcy and Dearbhla Tinnelly. 6 Team Ireland boxers were in Quarter Final action today, and 3 will come home with podium finishes. The previous record medal haul by Team Ireland at a European Youth tournament was 7, although the path to history-making today was not a smooth one.
Controversy arose in Ring A’s bout 10, when Ireland’s Winne McDonagh boxed Yulha Filpova of Ukraine; she contested very strongly throughout her bout, but the decision was given to the Ukrainian, who was docked a point in the final round. The Team Ireland delegation appealed the award of the bout to Ukraine by three judges. . It’s been confirmed this evening by Team Manager, Anna Moore, that Ireland’s appeal was upheld by the review panel, and Winnie will claim at least bronze and will contest her semi final tomorrow.
48kg Patsy Joyce was dominant throughout his bout, Ukraine’s Vladislav Kondratuk of Ukraine and became the first Irish boxer of the day to win through to the semis. He’ll come home with at least a bronze medal.
Contesting at 67kg, Jim Donovan left it all in the ring in a battle with Kagan Kanlibilge of Turkey, and doesn’t progress by the narrowest of margins – a split decision. At 57kg, a similar fate befell John Donoghue in his contest against Marwan Mouflihi of France. John lost out on a 4-1 split decision.
At 66kg Gabrielle Monagan met a significantly taller opponent in her strongly contested quarter final in Maely Richols of France. The unanimous decision went to the French boxer
Team Co-Captain, Bobbi Flood, has also won through to his 71kg semi final, courtesy of a classy display in his contest against Mijan Cumac of Germany, which included a standing count in Round 2 for the German boxer
European Youth Semi-Finals
Ring A, Afternoon Session
Bout 2: 48kg Patsy Joyce V Kanan Babayev of Azerbaijan
Bout 8: 48kg Georgia Dunn McGovern V Filiz Isik of Turkey
Bout 12: 70kg Laura Moran V Oliwia Marta Czerwinska of Poland
Bout 14: 81kg Dearbhla Tinnelly V Sofia Stigen Sorensen
Ring B, Afternoon Session
Bout 11: 63kg Winnie McDonagh V Valentina Marra of Italy
Ring A, Evening Session
Bout 8: 50kg Katie O’Keeffe V Jessica Vollmann of Germany
Ring B, Evening Session
Bout 4: 71kg Bobbi Flood v Mirko Sarcevic, MNE
Bout 11: 81kg+ Cliona D’Arcy V Maja Weronika Bochen of Poland.
The EUBC is streaming the tournament on its YouTube channel – links, per ring and session, will be issued on Wednesday morning:
Team Ireland Squad:
48kg: Georgia McGovern, Setanta
48kg: Patsy Joyce, Olympic
50kg: Katie O’Keefe, Kanturk
51kg: Adam McKenna, Holy Family
52kg: Esther Lambe, Setanta
54kg: Shakira Donoghue, Templemore
54kg: Gavin Ryan, Ratoath
57kg: Yasmin Meredith, Corinthians: Team Captain
57kg: John Donoghue, St Michaels Athy
60kg: Jason Nevin, Olympic
63kg: Winnie McDonagh, Neilstown
63.5kg: Tom McDonnell, Docklands
66kg: Gabrielle Mongan, Whitechurch
67kg: Jim Donovan, Our Lady of Lourdes
70kg: Laura Moran, St Annes
71kg: Bobbi Flood, Cabra: Team Captain.
75kg: Emma Keating, Paulstown
75kg: Joshua Olaniyan, Jobstown
80kg: Ryan Murphy, Neilstown
81kg: Dearbhla Tinnelly, Clann Naofa
81+kg: Cliona Darcy, Tobar Pheadair
86kg: Nathan Ojo, Esker
92kg: David J McDonagh, Olympic
92+kg: Bernie Cawley, St David’s, Naas
R & J:
Draw sheets for all Team Ireland boxers are available here
Day One Session results are here
Day Two Session results are here
Day Three Session results are here
Day Four Session results are here
Session 21 results
Session 22 results
Session 23 results
Session 24 results