Con­lon-Oates’ brave win

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT -

A fight­ing fit team of 16 fighters were se­lected to rep­re­sent the Col­looney Kick­box­ing Club at the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in City West, Dublin last week­end. Light con­tact and full con­tact fight­ing was on Satur­day. Jar­lath O’Con­nor was first up for the club with two ring fights on Satur­day, his fi­nal against Dublin was very close, un­for­tu­nately it didn’t go the Col­looney way. Brother duo PJ and Leo Scan­lon , Nathan and Ley­land Nooney were on the Tatamis next in -37kgs di­vi­sion, PJ reached the fi­nal and put on a great dis­play, show­ing some lovely move­ment and counter punch­ing af­ter. Luke Bre­hony and Evan Mc Guinn fought next, af­ter bat­tling it out on the mats both fighters made their way to the podium - Luke se­cur­ing sil­ver and Evan a bronze. Shane Keaney and Cathal Monds had a busy day, fight­ing in two dis­ci­plines kick light and light con­tin­u­ous, first rounds were ex­tremely tough as they met Euro­pean Champions how­ever, that did not de­ter them as they both took the win. Kyle Keaney, Lucy and Halle Con­lon-Oates fought next, Kyle and Lucy tak­ing sil­ver and Halle bronze. Rebecca Bal­lan­tyne fought next against a cur­rent World Cham­pion from Dublin, Rebecca se­cured sil­ver. Col­looney’s Euro­pean champi- on Ruth Con­lon-Oates was last to fight. This year sees a new, more chal­leng­ing fight­ing di­vi­sion for Ruth, fight­ing 3 two min­utes rounds at -65kgs. By the third round it was clear Ruth was a punch ahead of her op­po­nent tak­ing her into the fi­nal. The fi­nal was to be no easy task for Ruth as she faced one of Ire­land’s most ex­pe­ri­enced and tal­ented kick­box­ers - Karyna Niko­tyna, Dou­ble World & Euro­pean Cham­pion. This was an ex­tremely tir­ing and close fight as Ruth fought her heart out keep­ing her op­po­nent in close range, it all hap­pened in the last 20 sec­onds as Ruth landed a back hand to the head fol­low­ing through with a round­kick to the body gain­ing those last im­por­tant scores to take home GOLD for her club. This was such close fight, Ruth keep­ing her op­po­nent in close range, score board was close and it came to the last 20 sec­onds, Col­looney’s fighter land­ing back hand to head and a round kick to the body to take the Gold home. Sun­day saw more fight­ing for these 16 mak­ing it to the semi-fi­nals and the fi­nals. By the end of the week­end Col­looney Kick­box­ing Club took home 1 Gold, 11 Sil­ver and 11 Bronze medals leav­ing Chief In­struc­tor Des Leonard ex­tremely proud of his team. This week­end was only the be­gin­ning for these fighters as all those bring­ing home Gold and Sil­ver have se­cured them­selves a place on the Ir­ish Kick­box­ing Team and will rep­re­sent their coun­try at the World Cham­pi­onships in Italy in Septem­ber.

Col­looney’s kick­box­ers did fan­tas­ti­cally well at the Na­tion­als.

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