50 TOPIC •12 April, 2018 SPORT Olympic Boxing Club, Mullingar The Leinster Boxing Championships for the Boy 1 (11 year olds), Boy 2 (12 year olds) and Boy 3 (13 year olds) were held during the month of March at Ryston Boxing Club, in Newbridge, Co Kildare. Olympic Boxing Club Mullingar entered 14 boxers into the championships and finished up four weeks later with ten Leinster champions, three Leinster finalists and one beaten semi-finalist. Then on Sunday the 25th of March, after all the finals were completed, Olympic Boxing Club Mullingar were honoured when they were presented with the trophy for 'Best Club in Leinster’, having won ten titles. Olympic BC were followed in second place by St Michael's BC, Athy, Kildare with three titles and Rochfortbridge BC, Westmeath, in third place with three titles. This is a huge honour for Olympic BC Mullingar as the club was only formed less than four years ago, and have now won 'Best Club' in the Longford/ Westmeath Championship for their first three years - 2015, 2016 and 2017. Everyone at the club is extremely pleased that the club has taken the next step up and is now a force to be reckoned with at provincial and national level. THE BOUTS On Saturday evening, the 24th of March, Alfie Jordan was the first boxer to be crowned Leinster champion for Olympic BC, beating Christopher Mahony of Callan BC in the final of the Boy 1, 27kg final. Bernie Stokes of Olympic beat Joe Fisher from South Meath BC in the final of the Boy 1, 54kg category. The final boxer into the ring that evening for Olympic was David Geog - hegan, who beat Deivids Mejeris of Portlaois BC. David had a long route to the final, winning a Leinster quarter final and semifinal on route to the final. On Sunday the 25th, in the second day of the finals, Olympic BC Mullingar had two of its own boxers contesting the final of the Boy 1, 31kg category. Brian Daly came out victorious over Aragon Brasovernu in an excellent contest. In the final of the Boy 1 37kg, Ryan Jenkins of Olympic BC put on an exhibition of superb boxing to get the win over Martin Collins of Ratoath BC. Next up was Vladyslav Prokhorchul of Olympic BC, who was beaten by local boxer Darragh Duncan from Rochfortbridge BC in an excellent contest. On to the Boy 2 finals, Lee McNamee was desperately unlucky in the final of the Boy 2, 54kg category, where he was narrowly beaten by Jake Buckley of Rosslare BC. Patsy Joyce and Tadhg Sheridan won the Boy 2, 29kg and 31kg categories respectively by way of walkovers. Both boys are defending All-Ireland champions from 2017 for Olympic BC and both are expected to do well in the All-Ireland championships. In the finals of the Boy 3s, Jason Joyce, Michael Nugent and Jason Nevin all emerged victorious for Olympic BC Mullingar. Jason Joyce beat Naoise O’Leary in the final of the 33kg category, giving his opponent a standing count in the third round. Cadets All-Ireland champion from 2017, Michael Nugent boxed brilliantly for all three rounds to get the win over an excellent opponent, Adam Tyrrell from Ratoath BC. The final boxer into the ring for Olympic, was last year’s All-Ireland champion Jason Nevin, who was outstanding throughout his contest, winning by a unanimous decision against Reece Atkinson from Dealgan BC in Dundalk. Probably the most unfortunate boxer of the championship, was Olympic's Jack McNamee, who was beaten on a 3-2 split decision by Luke Corrigan of Members of the Olympic Boxing Club Mullingar receiving the trophy for ‘Best Club in Leinster’ in Newbridge. Kilcullen, Kildare, in an extremely close contest. Jack was in flying form coming into the semi-final, having won an excellent quarter final, but he just missed out on getting the decision in his Leinster semi-final. The above ten champions will go forward into the All- Ireland's, which were held earlier this week at the National Stadium in Dublin. On Friday 23 March, Adam Daly of Olympic BC Michael Nugent and Jason Nevin, both Leinster Champions for Olympic BC. Allie Nevin of Olympic BC after winning her Leinster final. Two Olympic boxers, Arrgon Boss (blue) and Brian Daly (red), after their Leinster Final. Daly, in red, won the fight.
TOPIC •12 April, 2018 SPORT 51 crowned 'Best Club in Leinster' Last year’s All-Ireland champions, Patsy Joyce and Tadhg Sheridan, receiving their Leinster medals, with coaches JJ Joyce and Derek Sheridan. was beaten on a 3-2 split decision by William O'Reilly of St Francis BC in Limerick, in the All-Ireland semi-final of the Boy 4, 44kg category, at the National Stadium. Adam boxed brilliantly throughout against the Munster champion, landing the stronger and cleaner shots in the bout, but unfortunately, while two judges thought he won the fight, three judges went with the Limerick boxer. JOYCE WINS ALL-IRELAND TITLE On Saturday last, Johnny Joyce of Olympic BC won his All-Ireland final against Lee Davidson of Lillies BC in Donegal, in the final of the Youth 1, 39kg category. Joyce controlled the fight from start to finish with a high work rate, with the second round been his best round, with excellent back hand combinations. GIRLS LEINSTER CHAMPIONSHIPS The Leinster Championship for the girls were held at St Brigid’s BC in Kildare last weekend. Olympic BC entered five female boxers. Last Saturday, Niamh Keogh got things on the way for Olympic winning her semifinal by a stoppage. Lilly Jordan of Olympic was unlucky in her semi-final contest, as she was beaten in a very close contest by Robyn Murray from St Brigid’s, Kildare. On Sunday last, Olympic BC had three girls in the finals, with mixed results. First up was Niamh Keogh, who arrived at the venue feeling somewhat under the weather and ended up being beaten in an excellent contest by local girl, Siofra O'Halloran from Ballynacargy Boxing Club. Next up was Jade McNamee who was involved in a very close contest and was desperately unlucky to loose on a 3-2 split decision to Hanna McCarthy from Kilkenny, after putting in a mature and determined performance throughout. The final girl into the ring was Allie Nevin, who finished off things on a high for Olympic, winning her final 5-0 against Hanna McCann, a very good opponent from St Brigid’s in Edenderry. This win means Allie is back in the All-Irelands again this year, after being beaten in an All-Ireland final last year. All-Ireland Champion Leah McNamee was crowned Leinster champion by way of walkover. Well done to all concerned in Olympic Boxing Club on these great achievements. Lee McNamee of Olympic (in blue) on left after receiving his silver medal after his Leinster final. David Geoghegan after he was crowned Leinster Champion. Johnny Joyce of Olympic BC after winning his All-Ireland final. Alfie Jordan after winning the Leinster Final for Olympic BC. Ryan Jenkins of Olympic BC is announced as the winner in the Leinster Final. Bernie Stokes, a new Leinster champion for Olympic BC. Jason Joyce in red, on right, after winning his Leinster final.