Middleweights Gabriel Dossen and Aoife O’Rourke have been named captains of the Irish team for the upcoming fourth edition of the European Under-22 Championships which begin in Vladikavkaz, Russia, tomorrow.
Both Connacht fighters claimed Irish Elite 75kg titles last month and also participated in the tournament last year in Romania – with O’Rourke winning silver and Dossen agonisingly missing out on a bronze.
Irish team manager Stephen Molloy confirmed last night that the Galway and Roscommon pair were named as the Irish male and female skippers respectively at the 34-nation tournament which starts tomorrow [March 8th] and runs until next Sunday [March 17th, St Patrick’s Day.
“It’s a proud moment for me to captain the Ireland male team. We have a strong squad here and we are quietly confident that we can do well,” said Olympic’s Dossen who has claimed World and European Youth bronze for Ireland and is tipped by many for Tokyo.
The middleweights will lead a ten-strong Irish team that features a further three Elite champs – Adam Hession, Amy Broadhurst, and Davey Oliver Joyce – alongside the Niamh Earley, Shaune O’Callaghan, Pierce O’Leary, and Paddy Donovan.
Ireland, courtesy of gold for Broadhurst and O’Rourke’s silver, finished in 10th spot in the medals table at the 2018 European Under-22s.
No medals were plundered in the 2017 edition but Jason Quigley and Hughie Myers claimed gold and silver respectively at the inaugural tournament.
I’ve been there done it , it’s very possible they know a fellow Irish man has gone and lifted gold there so why can’t they , I predict a few medals from this team and at least one gold , ☘️ #UpTheIrish https://t.co/GXq4djmAFH
— Jason Quigley (@jay_quigley) March 7, 2019
European U/22 Championships Vladikavkaz, Russia March 8-17
48kg No entrant
51kg Niamh Earley (Ryston)
52kg Adam Hession (Monivea)
54kg No entrant
56kg No entrant
57kg Mary Geraghty (St Anthony’s)
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan)
60kg Davey Oliver Joyce (Ballymun)
64kg Shauna O’Callaghan (Clann Naofa)
64kg Pierce O’Leary (Dublin Docklands)
69kg No entrant
69kg Patrick Donovan (OLOL)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea) C
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic) C
81kg No entrant
81kg No entrant
+81kg No entrant
91kg No entrant
+91kg No entrant
Team Manager: Stephen Molloy
Head Coach: Dmitry Dmitruk
Coaches: Anita Just, Philip Keogh
R&J: Stephen Kelly