Team Ireland’s European Schools medal haul mounts.

Team Ireland will now take home a minimum of 7 medals from the European Schools Championships in Slovenia.

Co-flag bearer 36kg Louise Joyce (Olympic L) and 70kg Ava Lannon (Dungarvan) were already guaranteed at least bronze medals following the draw – Action today means they are joined by Kayleigh Hodnett, Carley O’Herron, Aleigha Murphy, Ella Archibold and Peter McGee.

40kg Kayleigh Hodnett (St Josephs L) was down to face Petroula Angeliki Sdouga of Greece for a place in the quarter finals, and received a walk-over. 42kg Carley O’Herron (Rochfordbridge ) contested against Poland’s Wiktoria Jarguga and was the 4-1 winner – 29:28, 29:28, 27:30, 29:28, 30:25. 44kg Aleigha Murphy (Crumlin) boxed Selina Cukur of IBA Germany and has secured at least a bronze following a round one RSC. 46kg Ella Archbold (Ballybrack) will also finish on the podium – she won her bout against Turkey’s Naz Sude Efil by unanimous decision, 30:27, 30:27, 30:27, 30:27, 30:27. 66kg Peter McGee (St Conleths ) contested Croatia’s Luka Glucina and also recorded a 5-0 win. Judges scored the bout 30:27, 30:27, 30:27, 30:27, 30:27.

48kg Paige Nickles (Banbridge) met Ukrainian opposition in the form of Myroslava Yefremova. The 5-0 decision didn’t go Paige’s way, and the final scores were: 29:28, 29:28, 29:28, 29:28, 29:28. Also an unlukcy day for 57kg James Rooney (St John Bosco ABC, Belfast) against Romania’s Ulmeanu Florin-Nelu. The final score there was 4-0, in favour of the Romanian boxer. Judges scored the bout 29:27, 29:27, 29:27, 28:28

Day Five

That medal hall may well mount tomorrow, with 5 boxers contesting. 51kg Ruth Dossen (Olympic Galway) is back in action on Monday, against England’s Letitia McKee. They meet in Bout 4 in Ring A. 54kg Sophie Lawlor (Wexford CBS) takes on IBAC boxer, Bara Rosyvkova in Bout 7 in the same ring. In Ring B, 50kg Jason Donoghue (Olympic L) contests against Romania’s Lazar Adely-Petrisor in Bout 8. 75kg John Ward ( Monivea) makes his tournament debut in Bout 14 against Georgia’s Saba Nebadze. 90kg Jake Fitzgerald (Dungarvan) is also in action for the first time, contesting against IBAG boxer, Leon Prekopuca in Bout 22.

The tournament is being live-streamed by the EUBC on YouTube, and links will become available before the beginning of boxing at 2pm Irish time.

Day Five programme

A handful of Team Ireland boxers have yet to open their accounts at the tournament, by virtue of byes – Co-flag bearer 36kg Louise Joyce (Olympic L), the lightest boxer on the team, is already a medalist – won’t step between the ropes until August 22nd – she’ll meet Ukraine at the semi-final stage and will come home with at least a bronze medal. 54kg Sophie Lawlor (Wexford CBS) has a bye to the quarter finals, and contests against IBA Czech Republic/Czechia on Monday. 64kg Cassie Henderson (Phoenix Antrim) is also a quarter finalist and makes her tournament debut against Poland on Tuesday. 70kg Ava Lannon (Dungarvan) is also a medalist, and begins her championships at semi-final stage, following a bye. She’ll meet the winner of Greece Vs. Ukraine on August 23rd.

Central Council took the independent decision to field a team at this tournament at its meeting in July, following a review of all federations contesting previous underage European Championships this year. This review included the ongoing European Junior Championships, where competitor nations include Ukraine, England, Scotland and Wales.

Central Council is mindful of the fact that Irish athletes cannot contest against Russian or Belarussian athletes boxing under their own flag, and wanted to ensure there was as low a probability as possible of an Irish boxer being drawn against such an opponent.

Team Ireland European School Championship Squad

36kg Louise Joyce (Olympic L)

40kg Kayleigh Hodnett(St Josephs L)

42kg Carley O’Herron (Rochfordbridge )

44kg Aleigha Murphy (Crumlin)

46kg Ella Archbold (Ballybrack)

48kg Paige Nickles (Banbridge)

51kg Ruth Dossen (Olympic Galway)

54kg Sophie Lawlor (Wexford CBS)

57kg Kaysie Joyce (Clonmel)

60kg Isabelle Hawkins (St Nicholas)

64kg Cassie Henderson (Phoenix Antrim)

70kg Ava Lannon (Dungarvan)

40kg Rylee Finn (St Nicholas )

42kg Comghnall Guerrine ( Sacred Heart  D)

44kg Kalib Walsh ( Wexford CBS )

46kg Padraig Walsh ( Immaculata )

48kg Conan McSorley ( Two Castles )

50kg Jason Donoghue ( Olympic L )

52kg Kai Dynes Murphy (Immaculata)

54kg Darren O’Toole ( Enniskerry )

57kg James Rooney (St John Bosco ABC, Belfast)

63kg Darragh Ryan( Drimnagh )

66kg Peter McGee (St Conleths )

70kg Senan Kennedy ( Cabra )

75kg John Ward ( Monivea)

90kg Jake Fitzgerald (Dungarvan)

Team Manager: Bernadette Lannon

Team Manager: Francis Keeling

Coach: Aoife Hennigan

Coach: Paul Simpson

Coach: Garry Kehoe

R&J: Martin O’Neill

Draws are available here

Day One results are available here

Day Two results are available here

Day Three results are available here

Session 4A results

Session 4B results