The National Youth Championships reach the final stage on Saturday at the National Stadium where Ireland’s young ‘stars of the future’ are in action.
Hannah Carthy produced a power-punching opening two rounds to book her ticket into the 2012 National Youth Championships light-flyweight final at the expense of Oliwia Samsanov on Friday night..
Carthy, finding the target with some big rights as opposed to Samsanov’s effective close range work, shaded an up-tempo opening frame 6-5 but ran away with the second to open up a 20-8 advantage en route to a 27-18 decision.
Carthy’s was the first of a double for the Paulstown BC in Kilkenny, as Keith Flavin saw off the challenge of TJ Waite. Flavin was 5-1 up by the end of the first and appeared to be on course for a comfortable victory.
However, Waite reduced that deficit to 6-4 by the end of the second. The battling Cairn Lodge ace piled on the pressure again in the third, but Flavin, once again boxing neatly on the counter, picked off enough shots to earn a 9-7 verdict.
“Hannah and Keith were in against two strong opponents and they came away with excellent wins. Saturday’s finals will be another test, but their confidence will be high after these victories, ” said Irish 2012 Olympian Darren O’Neill, who boxes out of the Paulstown BC.
Meanwhile, Adam Courtney found the target with some slick left counters in the final round of his duel with Martin Reilly to seal a 12-9 win, while Belfast’s Nicole Meli recorded an impressive 17-7 decision over Daria Lach.
Cork’s Eugene Brady and Belfast’s Kurt Walker will meet in Saturday’s flyweight decider after denying Kieran Kenny and Scot Hanway an all Dublin 51kg final. The 54kg female final will be disputed between European Junior silver medalist Christine Gargan and Lycia Heneghan.
Gargan recorded an inside the distance win over Michaela Jannick this evening and Heneghan had eight points to spare over Rebecca Cawley at the final bell. European Youth bronze medalist Joseph Fitzpatrick finally put some daylight between himself and John J Nevin by the end of the second round at 56kg.
Both boxers were tied at 2-2 at the end of the first, but Fitzgerald commanded a 6-5 lead going down the final stretch on his way to a 16-11 win. Fitzpatrick’s victory ensured that there won’t be an all Nevin 56kg showdown as Christopher Nevin beat Ian Byrne in the corresponding semi-final.
The impressive Kayleigh Murrihy also advanced this evening, an 11-5 decision over Louise O’Donoghue booking her ticket into lightweight decider where she’ll face Ennis BC stand out Antoinette Keane, who outpointed Niamh Ball.
O’Donoghue was left with a mountain to climb after falling five points adrift going into the final frame with Murrihy. The Geesala BC prospect pulled out all the stops in the last, but Murrihy held her composure and picked off her shots to add to her advantage from a fine contest.
The John Stokes versus Dylan Carr 60kg three-rounder went the way of the latter. Carr found his way through Stokes’ longer reach to land an excellent left straight down the middleweight in the first, although Stokes responded with a sweeping left of his own.
However, Carr, constantly moving and probing, was finding his way through and led 5-3 at the bell for the end of the second. Carr also held a two-point lead (9-7) at the end of the second, a deficit that left the Mulhuddart man with with no other option but go on the offensive in the third.
He did find the target with two solid rights to the head in the opening exchanges of the last stanza, but Carr was still working very well on the inside and picked up another nine point to seal victory. Elsewhere this evening, Hugh Nevin advanced after Craig Ronan retired in the first after picking up a leg injury.
Meantime, the Holy Trinity BC didn’t have to “waite” in vain to get a boxer through to Saturday’s finals as Thomas Waite saw off the challenge of Nicholas Gallagher. Waite and David Roche – the second athlete from the Riverstown BC in Cork to win this evening – will go toe-to-toe for the 64kg title.
Munster rivals Cork and Limerick were separated by one point in the first of the 69kg semi-finals, Shannonsider John Harty edging out Leesider Noel Murphy 8-7 to progress to meet Stephen Mullholland, who beat Robert McGreevey in a top class eliminator.
The first of the middleweight duels went the way of Patrick Ward, although the Gurteen BC prospect, who has a fairly potent looking left-hook, had to work hard against Tony Brown. The Crumlin man came back strong in the third, but Ward, who was 7-3 up at the beginning of the frame, never looked like surrendering a four-point advantage.
He’ll now face Anthony Coyle, who beat Michael Stokes 17-6 tonight, on Saturday. The light heavyweight final will be a Dunafanaghy BC v Drimnagh BC affair after John Joe McDonagh had to retire with a facial injury in the second versus Patrick McDonagh and George Boylan came from behind to record a countback win over Patrick Gaffey.
Gaffey was 10-9 ahead going into the final three minutes of this contest, but Boylan restored parity in the final round before claiming victory on accepted scores.
Thomas Carthy came from behind to beat David Joyce and set up Saturday’s heavyweight final with Stephen Stokes, who appeared on course for a clear cut victory after taking a 7-4 first frame lead, but who had to pull out all the stops to earn a 17-16 decision from an incident-packed final round with Bernard O’Reilly.
James Barrett had his hand raised in triumph from the first super heavyweight contest of the night at the expense of Darragh Keenan and Irish international homas Conroy denied the Paulstown BC a hat-trick after recording a 25-11 verdict over Nathan Cahill.
The weigh-in for Saturday’s finals will be held between 8.30am and 9.30am. Boxing begins at 11am.
National Youth Semi-finals Friday May 25th National Stadium Dublin (5pm)
48kg Hannah Carthy (Paulstown) beat Oliwia Samsanov (Smithboro) 27-18
49kg Adam Courtney (St Marys) beat Martin Reilly (Enniskillen) 12-9
49kg Keith Flavin (Paulstown) beat TJ Waite (Cairn Lodge) 9-7
51kg Nicole Meli (Immaculata) beat Daria Lach (Cavan) 17-7
52kg Eugene Brady (Riverstown) beat Kieran Kenny (Monkstown) 16-8
52kg Kurt Walker (Canal) beat Scot Hanway (St Saviours OBA) 23-12
54kg Christine Gargan (St Georges) beat Michaela Jannick (Cavan) RSC3
54kg Lycia Heneghan (Ballinrobe) beat Rebecca Cawley (Ardnaree) 11-3
56kg Joe Fitzpatrick (Immaculata) beat John J Nevin (Cavan) 16-11
56kg Christopher Nevin (Holy Family) beat Ian Byrne (Neilstown) 17-5
60kg Kayleigh Murrihy (Kilfernora) beat Louise O’Donoghue (Geesala) 11-3
60kg Antoinette Keane (Ennis) beat Niamh Ball (Trojan) 21-11
60kg Dylan Carr (Ryston) beat John Stokes (Mulhuddart) 18-13
60kg Hugh Nevin (Cavan) beat Craig Ronan (St Saviours OBA) RSCI(1)
64kg Nicholas Gallagher (Ardagh Cross) v Thomas Waite (Holy Trinity)
64kg Jack Scally (Dungloe) v David Roche (Riverstown) beat Jack Scally (Dungloe) 16-6
69kg John Harty (Rathkeale) beat Noel Murphy (Macroom) 8-7
69kg Stephen Mulholland (St Malachys) beat Robert McGreevey (Sacred Heart) 24-15
75kg Patrick Ward (Gurteen) beat Tony Brown (Crumlin) 11-4
75kg Anthony Coyle (Geesala) beat Michael Stokes (Glasnevin) 17-6
81kg Patrick McDonagh (Dunfanaghy) beat John Joe McDonagh (Crumlin) RSCI (2)
81kg George Boylan (Drimnagh) beat Patrick Gaffey (Clann Naofa) 14-14 c/b 47-45
91kg Thomas Carthy (Corinthians) beat David Joyce (Moate) 6-4
91kg Stephen Stokes (Twin Towns) beat Bernard O’Reilly (Portlaoise) 17-16
91+kg James Barrett (St Michaels Galway) beat Darragh Keenan (Arklow) 9-4
91+kg Thomas Conroy (Boyle) beat Nathan Cahill (Paulstown) 25-11