Five female titles were decided at the National Stadium on Saturday night as the Irish Daily Star sponsored, Irish Elite Championships reached the semi-final stages of the men’s event. We can now look forward to a third Joe Ward v Kenny Egan Final next Friday.
Kilkenny’s 17 years old emerging ‘star of the future’ Hannah Carthy was again in excellent form. Having defeated defending champion, Lynne (McEnery) O’Shea on Friday, the Paulstown youngster beat Sligo’s Maeve Clarke to claim her first Elite belt.
Clarke appeared to go down under a big right from Carthy in the first as the new champion took the opening round 4-1 before drawing the second and edging the third.
The Ballinacarrow woman threw everything into attack in the final frame, but there was no denying 17-year-old Carthy, who won an Intermediate title in December.
“This is my first Elite Championships and I’m delighted to have won, absolutely over the moon,” said the thrilled Paulstown BC stand out.
The penultimate weekend of the Irish Daily Star sponsored Elite National Championships yielded a third Joe Ward versus Ken Egan light-heavyweight final.
Egan, who was beaten by Ward in the 2011 and 2012 finals, beat Davey Joe Joyce to book his ticket into an unprecedented 13th final since 2001. Egan won all three rounds against Joyce to record his 25th Elite victory in 27 outings since 2001.
Meanwhile, the Cairn Lodge BC didn’t have to “waite” in vain for a semi-final victory, Thomas Waite seeing off the challenge of Stephen Treacy in the men’s light-fly class.
Waite’s victory also denied the Ryston BC a guaranteed Irish title as Treacy would have met his club mate Hugh Myers in the 49kg final if he had won.
Ceire Smith, dominated en route to an inside the distance victory over the brave Shelly Daly from Ballyhaunis, in the women’s flyweight final.
Shelly took a standing count in the second and another count on the bell to end the round and the bout was waved off in favour of Smith, who came within one win of qualifying for the 2012 Olympics at the AIBA World Women’s Championships in China last year.
Chris Phelan will meet defending champion and London Olympiad bronze medallist Michael Conlan in a repeat of the 2012 flyweight final after scoring five points in every round versus Hugh Joyce.
Phelan was joined in Friday’s deciders by Gary McKenna of the Old School BC in Monaghan. McKenna showed sufficient ring craft and offensive and defensive skills en route to victory over Cork’s Barry Walsh.
Walsh was finding the target with some solid punches to the body throughout this contest, but it was his opponent’s head and body shots that caught the eye of the judges as McKenna edged a step close to claiming the bantamweight title vacated by London 2012 silver medallist John Joe Nevin because of a hand injury.
Sinead Kavanagh cruised to a comprehensive verdict over Raphoe’s , Caroline Connolly to add another middleweight crown to her CV and George Bates surprised four-time Elite champion David Oliver Joyce in the lightweight class.
Bates took all three rounds of this duel and will now meet Belfast’s Sean McComb for the vacant 60 kg crown – 2012 champion Michael McDonagh did not enter.
DCU student, Clare Grace, who boxes out of the Callan BC, is once again the welterweight champion following her victory over Bray’s Laoise Traynor, and Donegal’s Willie McLaughlin will face defending men’s welterweight champion Adam Nolan on Friday following his hard-fought over Beijing 2008 John Joe Joyce.
“Fair dues to Johnny it was a helluva fight. I knew I was up against it, Johnny knew he was up against it. It was a 50-50 fight and all credit to Johnny, he gave as good as he got. It’s a pity it wasn’t the final,” said McLaughlin following the repeat of the 2010 final which he won.
Ex Elite champion Roy Sheahan helped the St Michael’s Athy club bounce back from their earlier reversals with a count back victory over Derry middleweight Conor Coyle. All three rounds were shared before Sheahan had his hand raised in victory on accepted scores.
Jimmy Sweeney and Niall Kennedy booked their tickets into the heavyweight and super-heavyweight finals with victories over Patrick Corcoran and Michael McKeever in the final two semi-finals of the 2013 Elite Championships.
2013 Elite National Championships
February 16th: Women’s Finals & Men’s Semi-finals
W48kg: Hannah Carthy (Paulstown) beat Maeve Clarke (Ballinacarrow) 18-12
49kg: TJ Waite (Cairn Lodge) beat Stephen Tracey (Ryston) 18-10
W51kg: Ceire Smith (Cavan) beat Shelly Daly (Ballyhaunis) RSC3
52kg: Chris Phelan (Ryston) beat Hugh Joyce (St Michaels Athy) 15-7
56kg:Gary McKenna (Old School) beat Barry Walsh (St Colmans) 14-7
75kg: Sinead Kavanagh (Drimnagh) beat Caroline Connolly (Raphoe) 23-6
60kg: George Bates (St Marys) beat David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) 17-12
W69kg: Clare Grace (Callan) beat Laoise Traynor (Bray) 15-8
69kg: Willie McLaughlin (Illies GG) beat John Joe Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) 16-14
75kg: Roy Sheahan (St Michael’s Athy) beat Conor Coyle (St Josephs) 10-10 c/b 33-27
81kg: Ken Egan (Neilstown) beat Davey Joe Joyce (Crumlin) 13-7
81kg+: Lianne Murphy (Carrickmacross) W/O
91kg: Jimmy Sweeney (Drimnagh) beat Patrick Corcoran (Olympic) 15-9
91Kg+: Niall Kennedy (Gorey) beat Michael McKeever (St Matthews) 14-5