Top young­sters box clever in Balls­grove

Mid Louth Independent - - SPORT -

HOLY Fam­ily Box­ing Club in Balls­grove played host to the Louth Open Cham­pi­onships the week­end be­fore last and staged an im­pres­sive 133 bouts over three days.

All the county’s clubs - Tredagh, Drogheda, Deal­gan, Ardee, O’Han­lon Park, Clann Naofa and of course Holy Fam­ily - had box­ers com­pet­ing and there were also en­tries from Dublin, Meath, West­meath, Ca­van, Mon­aghan, Ar­magh, Down and Fer­managh.

Boys and girls aged from 11 to 18 took part and there was a Novice sec­tion also for those aged 19 up­wards, with 26 gold medals be­ing won by Louth-af­fil­i­ated clubs.

Five of those went to Holy Fam­ily, three each to Tredagh and Ardee, two each to St Cianan’s (Duleek) and O’Han­lon Park and one to Drogheda, with the other nine all be­ing won by Deal­gan.

Jack McKenna from St Cianan’s boxed out of his skin in both his semi-fi­nal and fi­nal to be­come the first from his club to be ad­judged Male Boxer of the Tour­na­ment and the fe­male award went to So­phie Cur­ley of Deal­gan.

For St Cianan’s it was one of their most suc­cess­ful years ever in this com­pe­ti­tion. As well as golds for Jack and for Adam Con­nell, Dy­lan Lit­tle and Sean O’Brien both won sil­ver and Gavin Raf­ferty and Neil Rowe ben­e­fited from walkovers to win their di­vi­sions.

Pic­tures: Jimmy Wel­don

Jack McKenna (right) of St Cianan’s BC un­leashes a big right hand against Kieran McPhar­lin of Ra­toath on his way to win­ning ‘Best Male Boxer’ at the Louth Open in Holy Fam­ily BC.

For­mer Na­tional Se­nior cham­pi­ons (l to r) Martin Mc Quil­lan, Johnny Thorn­ton and Damien Mc Kenna.

Adam Mc Kenna (Holy Fam­ily BC), win­ner of the Boy 2 37kg ti­tle, with his proud dad Damien who is one of the club’s coaches.

Louth Open Cham­pi­onship ref­er­ees Hugh Mc Ma­hon, Paul Moore and Tony Con­roy strike a pose.

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