Wick­low box­ers shine for Le­in­ster

Bray People - - SPORT -

WICK­LOW girls were in fly­ing form last week­end as they helped Le­in­ster to a 8-6 vic­tory over Dublin in an all-fe­male boxing tour­na­ment held in Ark­low Boxing Club last Satur­day.

En­niskerry Boxing Club’s Daina Moore­house, Ark­low Boxing Club’s Ni­amh Mol­loy Ark­low, Kaci Rock of Four Kings and Alex Dick­en­son from Rath­new Boxing Club all had their hands held in vic­tory in a packed house with elec­tric at­mos­phere in Ark­low Boxing club.

The Le­in­ster girls squad con­sisted of girls from Wick­low, Wex­ford, Car­low, Kil­dare, West­meath and Laois.

Rath­new’s Alex Dick­en­son got pro­ceed­ings un­der­way with an im­pres­sive 3-0 win us­ing her reach to score well with two to three-punch com­bi­na­tions.

With the over­all score read­ing 2-2, Ni­amh Mol­loy, from Ark­low Boxing Club, was up next and was in con­trol of all three rounds against a good op­po­nent, but Ni­amh’s eye-catch­ing back­hand gave her a de­served win.

At the in­ter­val the score stood at Le­in­ster 3, Dublin 3. Le­in­ster won the next three bouts in good style, but Dublin fought back and won the fol­low­ing three to level mat­ters once again.

With just two bouts bouts left the pres­sure was on. Kaci Rock from Four Kings in Grey­stones was in­volved in an ac­tion packed three-rounder where both girls stood toe to toe through­out and the crowd got be­hind them in what was prob­a­bly the con­test of the day with Kaci get­ting the nod on a split de­ci­sion.

En­niskerry’s Daina Moore­house was the last bout of the af­ter­noon. The cur­rent Euro­pean cham­pion had a con­vinc­ing win over her op­po­nent. Daina’s speed, foot­work and three-punch at­tacks earned her a com­pre­hen­sive 3-0 vic­tory.

All credit must go the Le­in­ster of­fi­cials led by Ark­low Boxing Cclub coach Linda Mor­gan who is the di­rec­tor of boxing of Le­in­ster Ladies devel­op­ment team and who was re­spon­si­ble for match­ing the con­tests as well as all as­pects of host­ing such a pres­ti­gious event. Dublin were also very sport­ing in de­feat and look for­ward to the re­turn in the near fu­ture.

All roads lead again to Ark­low Boxing Club on Sun­day next, De­cem­ber 9, at 2pm where all the clubs in Co. Wick­low box in a test match tour­na­ment.

Clubs in­volved are Ark­low, Wick­low, Rath­new, En­niskerry, Four Kings, Lib­erty, Bray, St Teresa’s Bray. 37 con­tests are matched, and two rings will be in ac­tion. Ad­mis­sion is €5. Doors open at 1.15pm.

En­niskerry BC’s Daina Moore­house and Ark­low’s Ni­amh Mol­loy.

Daina Moore­house (green) in ac­tion in Ark­low Boxing Club last Satur­day.

Some of the crowd who turned up for the Le­in­ster v. Dublin clash.

Kaci Rock from Four Kings BC in Grey­stones.

Rath­new’s Alex Dick­en­son.

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