Irish squad


Team Ireland had to settle for three silver medals at the 16-nation Brandenburg Youth Cup finals in Germany.

Galway’s Adam Hession, Cork’s Owen McDonagh and Antrim’s John Paul Hale lost out in the light-fly, fly and bantam finals to Kazakhstan and England in Frankfurt/Oder.

Hession was edged on a split decision in a result which could have gone either way. The Monivea BC man consistently, particularly in the second round, found the target against Makhmud Sabyrkhan but the Kazakh got the nod from three of the five judges.

McDonagh (Leeside Lough BC) asked plenty of questions of England’s current European Youth champion Hope Price, the Rebel County man backing the Buckinghamshire southpaw up on a number of occasions in rounds one and three.

Irish finalists and staff

Hale (Star BC) and Kazakhstan’s Dibars Zhexen  were involved in a cagey encounter with both young men enjoying periods of dominance in the first two rounds. The computer suffered a technical TKO in the third and the last frame was scored manually by the judges with the Kazakh earning a 4-1 split and gold.

Irish team manager Gerry O’Mahony said the boys in green gave it everything.

“I thought Adam was unlucky. I though he did enough to win to tell the truth, great performance,” he said. “”I was just talking to (Hope) Price after final. Owen really put it up to him, he put the European champion under a lot of pressure. John is a great young lad, very tough.

”It was a tough week for our boys against quality opposition. The entire squad were very focused and worked very hard.The coaches had them very well prepared and focused.”

Phil Sutcliffe and Brian Friel were working Ireland’s corner in Germany.

Team Ireland are due to arrive home at 10pm tomorrow night, July 8, via Dublin Airport (Terminal 2).

Irish amateur boxing is proudly sponsored by Liffey Crane.


Brandenburg Youth Cup Frankfurt/Oder Germany

July 7


49kg Adam Hession (Ireland) lost to Makhmud Sabyrkhan (Kazakhstan) 2-3
52kg Owen McDonagh (Ireland) lost to Hope Price (England) 0-5
56kg John Paul Hale (Ireland) lost to Dibars Zhexen (Kazakhstan) 1-4

July 6


49kg Adam Hession (Ireland) beat Massimo Spada (Italy) 4-1
52kg Owen McDonagh (Ireland) beat Asker Tambiev (Russia K) 4-1
56kg John Paul Hale (Ireland) beat Ijya Varabyou (Belarus) 4-1

July 5


52kg Owen McDonagh (Ireland) beat Nikita Sevostyanov (Russia) 4-1
56kg John Paul Hale (Ireland) beat Rasual Hamad (Germany) 4-1
60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) lost to Rakhat Seitzhan (Kazakhstan) 0-5
64kg Pierce O’Leary (Ireland) lost to Talgen Shaiken (Kazakhstan) 0-5
75kg Sean Crowley (Ireland) lost to Vadim Andreyev (Belarus) 0-5
91kg Owen McDonagh (Ireland) lost to Hassan Hagag (Austria) 0-5

July 4

Last 16

60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) beat Mert Caliskan (Germany) 3-2
64kg Pierce O’Leary (Ireland) beat Aman Poorasghar (Germany) 5-0
69kg Christian Preston (Ireland) lost to Timur Nurushev (Russia) 0-5
81kg Jack Lawlor (Ireland) lost to Georgy Gubeladze (Germany) 1-4

Irish squad

49kg Adam Hession (Monivea) (Silver)
52kg Owen McDonagh (Leeside Lough) (Silver)
56kg John Paul Hale (Star) (Silver)
60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ballymun)
64kg Pearce O’Leary (Dublin Docklands)
69kg Christian Preston (Dublin Docklands)
75kg Sean Crowley (Arklow)
81kg Jack Lawlor (Thurles)
91kg Owen McDonagh (St Annes)

Team Manager: Gerry O’Mahony (Dungarvan)
Coaches: Phil Sutcliffe (Crumlin) & Stephen Friel (Illies GG)
R&J: P McEvoy (Avona)