Captain named for Irish Junior team ahead of European Championships

Brandon McCarthy has been named Irish captain for the European Junior Championships in Albena, Bulgaria.

Irish coach Billy McClean confirmed this morning that the St Michael’s Athy BC bantamweight will skipper the Irish side and Jake Tucker of the Holy Trinity BC in Belfast is Irish vice captain.

McCarthy featured in last year’s edition of the championships. The Kildare fighter has also claimed European Schoolboys silver in the past.

The squad finished up their training camp in Edenderry, Offaly yesterday ahead of the 21st edition of the European Juniors.

The team, who fly out to Albena on Saturday afternoon, are ready to roll, according to McClean.

“It will be a tough tournament given the amount of nations that have entered, as per usual, he said.

“The team are in tip top shape from the training camp and eagerly looking forward to that start of the competition. They’re ready to roll.”

The Irish unit are all current Senior Cadet champions. Boxing begins on Monday in Albena.

European Junior Championships Albena, Bulgaria September 18th/25th
Irish squad
46kg Jude Gallagher (Two Castles)
48kg Patrick McCarthy (Tralee)
50kg Myles Casey (Rathkeale)
52kg Dean Clancy (Ballinacarrow)
54kg Brandon McCarthy (St. Michaels Athy) Captain
57kg Mikey Stokes (Athlone)
60kg Callum Walsh (Riverstown)
63kg Peter Vrinceanu (Crumlin)
66kg William Hayden (Crumlin)
70kg Jake Tucker (Holy Trinity) V/Captain
75kg Gavin Rafferty (St. Cianans)
80kg Thomas Doherty (Baldoyle)
80+kg Cathel Crowley (Spartan)

Team Manager – Peter Brady
Coaches – Billy McClean & Dmitri Dmitruk
R&J – John Casey

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Joe O'Neill

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