DOUBLE GOLD for Ireland at European Junior Championships

Ireland claimed double gold in the morning session of the European Junior Championships in Russia today.

Ellie Mai-Gartland and Lauren Dempsey were both in incredible form to claim 54kg and 57kg gold respectively in Anapa.

Tipp southpaw Mai-Gartland put on a powerful performance, dominating off the jab and pushing Romanian Maria Gheorghe opponent back throughout en-route to a 30-27 x4, 29-28 unanimous win.

In the bout immediately afterwards, Ryston’s Dempsey overcame a huge height disparity to get inside and outland rangy Russian home favourite Azalia Aminva to score a 3-2 split decision, the result of the tournament no doubt.

There was no joy however for Offaly’s Sinainn Glynn or Roscommon’s Lisa O’Rourke who were defeated by German Ilona Sarembo and Pole Zofia Stackhovyak in the 60kg and 75kg deciders respctively. Cloghan’s Glynn pushed the action against her bigger foe while O’Rourke boxed smoothly and finished well against an aggressive opponent but both will come home with silver.

Ireland’s final finalist, Sligo 80kg Patrick Myers, boxes in the afternoon session against Azerbaijani Murad Alliahverdiyv, a bronze medallist at 75kg last year.

In addition to today’s five finalists, Ireland’s 25-strong team claimed 8 bronze medals through Mickes Donoghue, Breda Quilligan, Jon McConnell, Barry O’Connor, Leanne Murphy, Leah Gallen, Kaitlyn Doyle, and Kori Goad.

European Junior Championships Anapa, Russia
October 16th
54kg Ellie Mai Gartland (Ireland) beat Maria Gheorghe (Romania) 5-0
57kg Lauren Dempsey (Ireland) beat Azalia Amineva (Russia) 3-2
60kg Sinainn Glynn (Ireland) lost to Iiona Sarembo (Germany) 0-5
70kg Lisa O’Rourke (Ireland) lost to Zofiya Stackhovyak (Poland) 0-5
80kg Patrick Myers (Ireland) v Murad Alliahverdiyev (Azerbaijan)

October 15th
46kg Breda Quilligan (Ireland) lost to Gamze Soguksu (Turkey) RSCI3
46kg Michael Donohoe (Ireland) lost to Mikhail Grigorian (Russia) 0-5
52kg Jon McConnell (Ireland) lost to Semiz Alicic (Serbia) 2-3
54kg Ellie Mai Gartland (Ireland) beat Sameenah Toussan (England) 5-0
57kg Barry O’Connor (Ireland) lost to Maksim Shumov (Russia) 0-5
57kg Lauren Dempsey (Ireland) beat Michaela Turacova (Slovakia) 5-0
60kg Sinainn Glynn (Ireland) beat Danielle Marshall (England) 5-0
63kg Leanne Murphy (Ireland) lost to Maria Berstenova (Russia) 0-5
66kg Leah Gallen (Ireland) lost to Miriam Tomasone (Italy) 2-3
70kg Lisa O’Rourke (Ireland) beat Annemarie Schierle (Germany) 4-1
75kg Kaitlyn Doyle (Ireland) lost to Margarita Zueva (Russia) RSC1
80kg Patrick Myers (Ireland) beat Loncarie Borna (Croatia) 5-0
80kg+ Kori Goad (Ireland) lost to Olowia Toborek (Poland) 0-5

October 13th
46kg Michael Donohoe (Ireland) beat Jack Dryden (England) 4-0
48kg Michael Maughan (Ireland) lost to Mihail Taranu (Moldova) 2-3
50kg Shane O’Brien (Ireland) lost to Michaelle Baldassi (Italy) 2-3
52kg Jon McConnell (Ireland) beat Billy Adams (England) 5-0
57kg Barry O’Connor (Ireland) beat Scott Jones (Wales) 3-2
70kg Eoghan Lavin (Ireland) lost to Alek Trofimouk (Lithuania) 2-3
75kg Jason Myers (Ireland) lost to Georgi Gustav (Georgia) 0-5
80kg Patrick Myers (Ireland) beat Matous Kasrviank (Czech Rep) RSC1

October 12th
57kg Lauren Dempsey (Ireland) beat Josefin Betist (Netherlands) 5-0
60kg Sinainn Glynn (Ireland) beat Alina Katemrova (Russia) 4-1
63kg Leanne Murphy (Ireland) beat Loretta Bostos (Hungary) 5-0
66kg Leah Gallen (Ireland) beat Finja Bree (Germany) 5-0
Last 16
70kg Eoghan Lavin (Ireland) beat Renato Kozak (Hungary) RSC3
75kg Jason Myers (Ireland) beat Angelo Sparaco (Italy) 5-0
80+kg Bonvie Ndefi (Ireland) lost to Levanta Kiss (Hungary) RSC2

October 11th
48kg Chloe Gabriel (Ireland) lost to Valeria Linkov (Russia) 1-4
52kg Niamh Fay (Ireland) lost to Marie Scott (England) 2-3
54kg Ellie Mai Gartland (Ireland) beat Eva Porumova (Bulgaria) 5-0
75kg Kaitlyn Doyle (Ireland) beat Georgina Andrei (Romania) 5-0
80kg Bethany Doocey (Ireland) lost to Georgiana Schnte (Romania) 2-3
Last 16
54kg Patrick Sweeney (Ireland) lost to Zsolt Ziro (Hungary) 0-5
57kg Barry O’Connor (Ireland) beat Anton Lovakovic (Croatia) 5-0

October 10th
Last 16
46kg Michael Donohoe (Ireland) beat Erik Yervandyan (Armenia) 5-0
48kg Michael Maughan (Ireland) beat Mark Rozsavolgyi (Hungary) 5-0
50kg Shane O’Brien (Ireland) beat Martin Balogh (Hungary) RSC2
52kg Jon McConnell (Ireland) beat Evegeni Zhorov (Russia) 3-2
Last 32
60kg Steve Cairns (Ireland) lost to Giorgi Gegetchkori (Georgia) 2-3
63kg Taylor Guiney (Ireland) lost to Dmitry Zakharov (Russia) 1-4

October 9th
Last 16
50kg Rachel Lawless (Ireland) lost to Elaine Ayari (Italy) 1-4
52kg Niamh Fay (Ireland) beat Nikolina Boke (Latvia) 4-1
63kg Leanne Murphy (Ireland) beat Andreea Marin (Romania) 5-0
Last 32
52kg Jon McConnell (Ireland) beat Matvejs Prokudins (Latvia) 3-2

Irish squad
46kg Michael Donohue (St Michaels Athy) (Bronze)
48kg Michael Maughan (Olympic)
50kg Shane O’Brien (Raging Bull)
52kg John McConnell (Holy Trinity) (Bronze)
54kg Patrick Sweeney (Olympic)
57kg Barry O’Connor (Sliabh Luachra) (Bronze)
60kg Steven Cairns (Legacy)
63kg Taylor Quiney (Drimnagh)
70kg Eoghan Lavin (Ballyhaunis)
75kg Jason Myers (Olympic)
80kg Patrick Myers (Sligo City) (Silver, at least)
80+kg Bonvie Ndefi (Olympic Mullingar)

46kg Breda Quilligan (Rathkeale) (Bronze)
48kg Chloe Gabriel (Mulhuddart)
50kg Rachel Lawless (Portlaoise)
52kg Niamh Fay (Swords)
54kg Ellie Mai Gartland (Clonmel) (GOLD)
57kg Lauren Dempsey (Ryston) (GOLD)
60kg Sinainn Glynn (Cloghan) (Silver)
63kg Leanne Murphy (Togher)
66kg Leah Gallen (Raphoe) (Bronze)
70kg Lisa O’Rourke (Castlerea) (Silver)
75kg Kaitlyn Doyle (St Brigids Kildare) (Bronze)
80kg Bethany Doocey (Castlebar)
80+kg Kori Goad (Cahen Vale) (Bronze)

Team Managers
Anna Moore (St Francis)
Joe Hennigan (Connacht Council)

Billy McClean (High Performance)
Eve Carr (Enniskerry)
Liam Cunningham (Saints)
James Doyle (Monkstown Dublin)
Brian Barry (Riverstown)
Martin Donovan (Our Lady of Lourdes)

Michael Gill (Ballymore/Hollywood)


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