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A busy night for St Anne’s Boxing Club

A busy night for St Anne’s as season swings into life

Austin Garvin

ST ANNE’S Boxing Club, Westport held their first tournament of the season in the Pete Callaghan Centre on Friday night, and it was very successful. There were 15 top-class bouts on the programme, and the show was very well-attended.
Boxers from Galway, Offaly, Arklow and Mayo took part in the tournament. Generally speaking the standard of boxing was high, and was greatly appreciated by a knowledgeable audience. Considering the boxing season is only beginning, the level of fitness on show was high. It certainly proved a night to remember for St Anne’s boxer Amy Sweeney, who was making her debut in the sport. She proved too strong for Castlebar girl Aaron Jennings, stopping her in the second round.
The boy 1 33kg contest between St Anne’s James McStravick and Willie Maughan (Knockmore) was a real crowd-pleaser between two evenly-matched boxers. McStravick was adjudged the winner on points.
Ryan Heraty (St Anne’s) was rather unlucky to lose against Matthew Levin (Ballyhaunis) in the Boy 2 46kg grade. The Ballyhaunis southpaw started off aggressively against an opponent who enjoyed a big reach advantage. Heraty was inclined to punch when out of reach, but often caught Levin on the counter. Levin’s more accurate punching probably tilted the decision in his favour.
The contest at 75kg between James Daly of the local club and Max Babiarczyk (Knockmore) was an all-action affair from start to finish. Both boxers were technically sound, with Daly’s body shots and combinations eventually proving too much for a game opponent.  After an even first round, the Knockmore man tired visibly as the bout progressed.
Daniel McDonagh of the local club won a deserved unanimous decision against Thomas Maughan (Knockmore). After an even first round, McDonagh used his accurate left jab to accumulate the points against an impressive opponent.
The Junior 1 50kg contest between Liam McStravick (St Anne’s) and Bernard Ward (Ballyhaunis) was one of the best of the evening. McStravick took a count in the second round, which probably tilted the contest in favour of Ward, who finished strongly in the last.
Francis McDonagh (St Anne’s) won a unanimous decision against Kevin North (St Carthage’s, Co Offaly). North won the first round by virtue of his aggressive boxing, but as the bout wore on, McDonagh caught the Offaly man repeatedly on the counter, with some quality two-fisted punching. He fully deserved the decision in his favour.
Jack Byrne (Claremorris) won a majority decision against Bratlomiei Zalewski (St Anne’s). Byrne’s left jab proved very effective as he caught his opponent continuously as he attacked. The majority decision in his favour was just about deserved.
Jason McDonagh (St Anne’s) looked very impressive when defeating Martin Conroy (Ballyhaunis). The Ballyhaunis southpaw possessed a big punch, but he failed to land any of his punches on a clever opponent. McDonagh boxed very well in eking out a unanimous decision. This was one of the best contests of the night and kept the crowd on tenterhooks to the end.
There was no luck for Eamon Walsh (St Anne’s) in the 81kg contest against Seán Allen (Arklow). After an even first round, Allen produced the better punches in the second round and also won the third, even though Walsh finished the third strongly. Overall, Walsh lacked the sharpness required to out-point a clever opponent, but will be much better for the experience.
Danny Coughlan (St Anne’s) produced a polished performance in defeating Kelvin Looman (St Carthage’s) in the 64kg. It took this bout some time to warm up, but Coughlan eventually wore down an opponent who has fought some of the best boxers in the country at this weight. Neither boxer was prepared to attack, but Coughlan eventually did enough to take the unanimous decision.

Jun 1 44kg: D Lally (Knockmore) beat J Brennan (St Anne’s); Boy 1 33kg: J McStravick (St Anne’s) bt W Maughan (Knockmore); Boy 2 60kg: O McDonagh (St Anne’s) bt P Ward (Champs Camp); Boy 2 46kg: M Levin (Ballyhaunis) bt J Daly (St Anne’s); Jun 2 75kg: J Daly (St Anne’s) bt M Babiarczyk (Knockmore); Girls Jun 1 60kg: A Sweeney (St Anne’s) beat A Jennings (Castlebar); Boy 1 48kg: D McDonagh (St Anne’s) bt T Maughan (Knockmore); Boy 4 50kg: M Collins (St Anne’s) bt J Ward (Champs Camp); Jun 1 50kg: B Ward (Ballyhaunis) bt L McStravick (St Anne’s); Jun 1 63kg: F McDonagh (St Anne’s) bt K North (St Carthage’s); Boy 3 70kg: J Byrne (Claremorris) bt B Zalewski (St Anne’s); Boy 2 75kg: O Maughan (Knockmore) bt P Donohue (Champs Camp); Youth 75kg: J McDonagh (St Anne’s) bt M Conroy (Ballyhaunis); 81kg: S Allen (Arklow) bt E Walsh (St Anne’s);          Sen 64kg D Coughlan (St Anne’s) bt K Looman (St Carthage’s).
Tournament Inspector: Fiona Hennigan; Ref/Judges: Billy Rice, Trevor Nash, Vincent Moran; Judges: Brian Roache, Noreen Quinn, Fergus Burns, James Butler; Order of Malta: Jenny Murray; Timekeeper: Joe Charles; MC: Brian Kennedy.

Two U-21 titles for Mayo
LYCIA Heneghan (Ballinrobe) clinched her selection for the Irish team by beating Karen O’Sullivan (St Colman’s) 9-6 in the National Women’s U-21 57kg final at the National Stadium on Saturday. Aoife Hennigan (Swinford) won the 69kg title on a walkover.
Ciara McGinty (Geesala) will also represent Ireland after beating Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan) following a count-back after their Youth 57kg final finished 12-12 on Friday. The other three Mayo boxers involved in box-offs were defeated, with Jamie Butler (Ballinrobe) going down 19-12 to Nikita Casey (St Francis) at 50kg, Gráinne Gavin (Castlebar) lost 13-9 to Caoilinn McCormack (Kilfenora) at 54kg, and Ciara Sheedy (Swinford) was beaten 12-4 by Austeja uciute (Finn Alley) at 64kg.

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