By Michael O’Neill
The IABA has named a very strong team for Tuesday and Wednesday’s Women’s Youth and Junior internationals against England on the Hook and Jab Boxing & Fitness Centre promotion at the Eagle Sports Centre in Great Sankey, Warrington.
As a result of a recent Girls Youth & Junior tournament at Dublin’s National Stadium, some forty girls were invited to join the IABA Development programme in the High Performance Unit.
One of the first decisions taken by then ‘new’ IABA President Pat Ryan was to bring the Women’s Boxing teams under the High Performance Unit.
Despite the fact, (as we reported here on Sportswomen.ie at the time) that the IABA did not send a team to the European event in Ordu, Turkey, Ryan was determined that alternative internationals should be arranged.
His perseverance paid off in that Team Ireland had some outstanding successes in the Queen’s Cup in Stralsund, Germany where fifteen boxers took home medals among them being Mullingar’s Mary-Kate Nevin who won the “Best Boxer” award whilst Ireland was voted “Best Team”
This year’s European championships for Youth & Juniors is scheduled to begin May 31st albeit at the time of writing the EUBC had not confirmed a venue leaving many boxers, coaches and clubs throughout Europe wondering IF the event would take place.
Later this year there is also an AIBA Women’s World Youth championships set for India. In addition some members of the Irish Youth squad (those from Northern Ireland) may well be in contention for a place in the 2017 Commonwealth Games team for the Bahamas.
The Confederation and World events serve as qualifiers for the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina 2018, thus these events plus internationals against the likes of England are of great importance if indeed Team Ireland is to enjoy successful competitions in 2017 and especially in 2018 at the Youth Olympics.
Head Coach, Jimmy Payne and his team are building on the Queen’s Cup success with many exciting new prospects added to the programme. The IABA tells us that ‘ The Programme is part of a continuous assessment process to select a team to represent Ireland at the forthcoming championships’.
Payne said, “The potential in Girls Youth and Junior boxing in Ireland is growing and we are looking forward to seeing the girls performance in England. England is currently the benchmark in Europe so this will be a good test for the team. This competition is all about performance. This is part of our process to get the girls ready for European and World Championships later this year which are qualifiers for the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina 2018.”
This is a particularly strong English team with several Tri-Nations Champions ready to impress including the home club’s Elise Glynn(54kg) and Olivia Hussey (69kg).
England v Ireland – Warrington – 18-19 April 2017
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Irish Junior Squad:
Weight Name Club
48 Daina Moorehouse Enniskerry BC,Wicklow
50 Nicole Clyde Antrim ABC
52 Mary Kate Nevin Elite, Mullingar
54 Leah Richardson St Michael’s, New Ross
60 Aoibhe Ginty Geesala BC, Mayo
63 Katelynn Phelan St Brigid’s, Kildare
48 Caitlin Fryers Immaculata ABC, Belfast
51 Orinta Ringyte Riverstown BC,Cork
54 Mary Geraghty Baldoyle BC,Dublin
57 Labhaoise Clarke Carndonagh BC, Donegal
60 Marguerita Nevin St Brigid’s, Kildare
69 Shannon Reilly Bray BC,Wicklow
75 Lauren Kelly St Brigid’s, Edenderry,Offaly
Team Manager Bernie Harold
Head Coach Jimmy Payne
Assistant Coach Gerard McDaid
We will bring you news of how the teams fare in Warrington later this week and hopefully the EUBC will have found a venue for the Europeans.