Last night we saw some great bouts in the 2014 IABA Men’s Elite Championships at the National Stadium so our attention tonight turns to the Women’s Elites with more great bouts in prospect.
For those of you in or near Dublin, tickets are still available from the IABA, so a great opportunity to see some of Ireland’s leading women boxers of today in action and some potential stars of tomorrow.
Seven women’s Elite finals will be decided tonight.
Lynn Harvey and Lynne McEnery-O’Shea get proceedings underway in the light-fly final at 7pm.
The Irish women’s boxing team are proudly sponsored by Quick Park of Dublin Airport.
2014 National Elite Women’s Championships National Stadium Dublin
Finals March 8th
48kg - Light-flyweight - Lynn Harvey (Crumlin BC, Dublin) v Lynn McEnery-O’Shea (St Pauls BC, Waterford)
McEnery will be targeting her fourth title versus Lynn Harvey in the 48kg final. The Waterford light-fly won two of her previous three belts on walkovers and beat Oliwia Samsanow in the 2012 final.
Dubliner Lynn Harvey received a bye into the finals and will be aiming for her first Elite belt.
54kg – Bantamweight – Dervla Duffy (Ryston BC, Kildare) v Michaela Walsh (Holy Family BC, Belfast)
Dervla Duffy will be aiming for a Ryston BC ‘double’ tonight following Chris Phelan’s win in the Men’s final last night.
Duffy is in against World Youth medallist Michael Walsh. Walsh beat Duffy by two points margins (12-10, 15-13) in the 2011 and 2012 finals at the National Stadium.
This promises to be one of the night’s highlights as Walsh is also looking for Gold in the 2014 Commonwealth Games later this Summer whilst Duffy has won many International club tournaments inc the famous Haringey Box Cup in London.
57kg – Featherweight – Joanna Lambe (Carrickmacross BC, Monaghan) v Lyndsey Doyle (Gorey BC, Wexford)
Lambe is back at the National Stadium for her second successive Elite final. Last year she was edged out by a single point (14-13) in the featherweight decider with Michaela Walsh, who has dropped back down to bantam.
Doyle claimed National Intermediate and Novice titles in 2012 at the National Stadium and has impressed internationally in 2013 and again earlier this year.
64kg – Light- welterweight – Kelly Harrington (Corinthians BC, Dublin) v Moira McElligott (Rathkeale BC, Limerick)
Harrington will be aiming for her third Elite belt on Saturday evening. The Dubliner beat Alanna Audley-Murphy in the 2011 final (5-3) and Sarah Close (13-10) in the 2013 decider.
Kerry-native McElligott,who boxes out of the Rathkeale BC in Limerick, beat Sarah Close on a unanimous decision in the semi-finals, while Harrington saw off the challenge of Debbie O’Reilly, also on a unanimous decision.
With her vast previous experience both in Ireland and overseas, one would expect Harrington to emerge victorious but the Asdee woman is an excellent all round sportswoman having excelled at Gaelic Football and Taekwondo as well as well as winning as an amateur jockey in Killarney and at Galway in 2013 and in various point-to-point meets. She is also a qualified veterinary surgeon.
More about McElligott in a special feature on SportsNewsIreland early next week. She was not expected to beat Sarah Close in the semi-final at the Stadium and will,like Fiona Nelson whom we featured yesterday, benefit greatly from tonight’s bout, win or lose.
69kg –Welterweight – Clare Grace (Callan BC, Kilkenny) v Laoise Traynor (Bray BC, Wicklow)
The Callan woman, now studying at DCU actually Grace beat Traynor 15-8 in the 2013 final and will be targeting three in-a-row at the National Stadium.
Traynor has had previous international experience and indeed took bronze in the European Union championships in Poland three years ago.
75kg – Middleweight – Claire Sweetman (Palmerstown BC, Dublin) v Sinead Kavanagh (Drimnagh BC, Dublin)
Kavanagh will be targeting five on-the-trot in her all Dublin derby with Claire Sweetman on Saturday evening. The Drimnagh middleweight claimed the belts on walkovers in 2010 and 2012 and beat Patricia Roddy (13-4) and Caroline Connelly (25-6) in the 2011 and 2013 finals.
Sweetman, who won an Intermediate belt in 2013, and Kavanagh, received byes into the finals.Again one would expect Kavanagh to emerge victorious here.
81+kg – Light-heavyweight – Diana Campbell (Garda BC) v Fiona Nelson (City of Belfast BC)
Nelson beat defending champion Lianne McAree-Murphy, a medallist at the 2013 EU Elite Championships, on a unanimous decision last weekend to book her ticket into the finals.
McAree-Murphy had beaten Nelson in the Ulster Elite Championships earlier this year. Campbell beat McAree-Murphy in the Celtic Box Cup in Waterford last year.
The lightweight 60kg title goes to Katie Taylor on a ‘walkover’ since sadly Alanna Audley-Murphy has had to withdraw following a very recent family bereavement.
Cavan BC star, Ceire Smith at 51kg and Paulstown’s Aisling Byrne (81kg) will also claim Irish titles tonight by virtue of walk over wins.