Early and Leonard join Richards in the World Championship semi finals

Niamh Earley and Kelsey Leonard joined Joanne Richards in the semi-finals of the AIBA World Youth and Junior Championships after recording impressive last-eight wins in Taipei, Taiwan this morning (Irish time).

The Junior trio are now guaranteed at least a bronze medal each in Asia.

Earley and Leonard showed their class to see off the challenges of Thailand’s Bunyat Machai and Mongolia’s Mungunsaran Balsan in the 52kg and 50kg weight categories.

Earley got Ireland off to a perfect start with 30-37,29-28,29-28 win over Machai, the Curragh BC ace dominating proceedings to set up Friday’s semi-final with China’s Jiawen Huang, while Leonard, boxing superbly off the front and back foot, outclassed Balsan over three, two minute rounds. Kateryna Rohova (Ukraine) awaits on Friday.

Shauna O’Callaghan lost to Russia’s Ekaterina Dynnik despite a gallant performance in the 60kg quarter-final. The Russian champion, who had won 55 of her 57 bouts going into today’s lightweight clash with the Clann Naofa prospect, earned a split decision.

Natasha Logan, Ciara Ginty and Aoife Burke are between the ropes in the Youth class this afternoon. Logan will be in the ring at exactly 12pm (Irish time) in the first bout of the session.

“All three boxers performed brilliantly this morning and they gave it everything, a brilliant gutsy group of girls. We have another three boxing later and hopefully we can get another few into the semi-finals,” said Irish team manager Fiona Hennigan.

Click here for today’s Youth program. Taipei is seven hours ahead of Ireland. Thursday is a rest day at the tournament. The semi-finals and finals will be held on Friday and Saturday.

2015 AIBA World Women’s Youth and Junior Championships Taipei, Taiwan– May 15th/24th.

Youth

May 16th

60kg Shannon Edge (Ireland) lost to Darlin Calderon (Dominican Rep) 0-3

May 17th

48kg Emma Flannery (Ireland) lost to Justine Metzdorf (Germany) 1-2
51kg Jacqui Lynch (Ireland) lost to Aidanan Baltabayeva (Kazakhstan) 0-2
57kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Aigerim Oshakbay (Kazakhstan) 2-1

May 18th

57kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) lost to Xingyan Gao (China) 1-2

May 19th

54kg Natasha Logan (Ireland) beat Aliya Valizada (Azerbaijan) 3-0
64kg Ciara Ginty (Ireland) beat Aida Abikeyeva (Kazakhstan) 3-0

May 20th

Q/Finals

54kg Natasha Logan (Ireland) v Dung Thuy Thi Vu (Vietnam)
64kg Ciara Ginty (Ireland) v Ariel Arismendez (USA)
75kg Aoife Burke (Ireland) v Chantelle Reid (England)

Junior

May 17th

50kg Kelsey Leonard beat Ching Shin Wang (Chinese Taipei) 3-0

May 18th

46kg Kayleigh Lynch (Ireland) lost to Karina Tuvakova (Russia) 1-2
48kg Shauna Blaney (Ireland) lost to Heaven Garcia (USA) 0-3
52kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) beat Anna Krasnoperova (Russia) 2-1
57kg Orla Garvey beat Havvanur En (Turkey) 2-0

May 19th

Q/Finals

57kg Orla Garvey (Ireland) lost to Zhane Crockett (USA) 0-3
66kg Joanne Richards (Ireland) beat Shruti Yadav (India) 3-0

May 20th

Q/Finals

50kg Kelsey Leonard (Ireland) beat Mungunsaran Balsan (Mongolia) 3-0
52kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) beat Bunyat Machai (Thailand) 3-0
60kg Shauna O’ Callaghan (Ireland) lost Ekaterina Dynnik (Russia) 1-2

May 22nd

S/Finals

50kg Kelsey Leonard (Ireland) v Kateryna Rohova (Ukraine)
52kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) v Jiawen Huang (China)
66kg Joanne Richards (Ireland) v Kylie Hall (USA)

Irish squad

Youths
48kg Emma Flannery (Baldoyle)
51kg Jacqui Lynch (Golden Gloves)
54kg Natasha Logan (St Brigids, Edenderry)
57kg Amy Boardhurst (Dealgan)
60kg Shannon Edge (St Brigids, Edenderry)
64kg Ciara Ginty (Geesala)
75kg Aoife Burke (St Mary’s)

Juniors
46kg Kayleigh Lynch (Golden Gloves)
48kg Shauna Blaney (Navan)
50kg Kelsey Leonard (Curragh) (Bronze, at least)
52kg Niamh Earley Niamh Earley and Kelsey Leonard joined Joanne Richards in the semi-finals of the AIBA World Youth and Junior Championships after recording impressive last-eight wins in Taipei, Taiwan this morning (Irish time).

The Junior trio are now guaranteed at least a bronze medal each in Asia.

Earley and Leonard showed their class to see off the challenges of Thailand’s Bunyat Machai and Mongolia’s Mungunsaran Balsan in the 52kg and 50kg weight categories.

Earley got Ireland off to a perfect start with 30-37,29-28,29-28 win over Machai, the Curragh BC ace dominating proceedings to set up Friday’s semi-final with China’s Jiawen Huang, while Leonard, boxing superbly off the front and back foot, outclassed Balsan over three, two minute rounds. Kateryna Rohova (Ukraine) awaits on Friday.

Shauna O’Callaghan lost to Russia’s Ekaterina Dynnik despite a gallant performance in the 60kg quarter-final. The Russian champion, who had won 55 of her 57 bouts going into today’s lightweight clash with the Clann Naofa prospect, earned a split decision.

Natasha Logan, Ciara Ginty and Aoife Burke are between the ropes in the Youth class this afternoon. Logan will be in the ring at exactly 12pm (Irish time) in the first bout of the session.

“All three boxers performed brilliantly this morning and they gave it everything, a brilliant gutsy group of girls. We have another three boxing later and hopefully we can get another few into the semi-finals,” said Irish team manager Fiona Hennigan.

Click here for today’s Youth program. Taipei is seven hours ahead of Ireland. Thursday is a rest day at the tournament. The semi-finals and finals will be held on Friday and Saturday.

2015 AIBA World Women’s Youth and Junior Championships Taipei, Taiwan– May 15th/24th.

Youth

May 16th

60kg Shannon Edge (Ireland) lost to Darlin Calderon (Dominican Rep) 0-3

May 17th

48kg Emma Flannery (Ireland) lost to Justine Metzdorf (Germany) 1-2
51kg Jacqui Lynch (Ireland) lost to Aidanan Baltabayeva (Kazakhstan) 0-2
57kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Aigerim Oshakbay (Kazakhstan) 2-1

May 18th

57kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) lost to Xingyan Gao (China) 1-2

May 19th

54kg Natasha Logan (Ireland) beat Aliya Valizada (Azerbaijan) 3-0
64kg Ciara Ginty (Ireland) beat Aida Abikeyeva (Kazakhstan) 3-0

May 20th

Q/Finals

54kg Natasha Logan (Ireland) v Dung Thuy Thi Vu (Vietnam)
64kg Ciara Ginty (Ireland) v Ariel Arismendez (USA)
75kg Aoife Burke (Ireland) v Chantelle Reid (England)

Junior

May 17th

50kg Kelsey Leonard beat Ching Shin Wang (Chinese Taipei) 3-0

May 18th

46kg Kayleigh Lynch (Ireland) lost to Karina Tuvakova (Russia) 1-2
48kg Shauna Blaney (Ireland) lost to Heaven Garcia (USA) 0-3
52kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) beat Anna Krasnoperova (Russia) 2-1
57kg Orla Garvey beat Havvanur En (Turkey) 2-0

May 19th

Q/Finals

57kg Orla Garvey (Ireland) lost to Zhane Crockett (USA) 0-3
66kg Joanne Richards (Ireland) beat Shruti Yadav (India) 3-0

May 20th

Q/Finals

50kg Kelsey Leonard (Ireland) beat Mungunsaran Balsan (Mongolia) 3-0
52kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) beat Bunyat Machai (Thailand) 3-0
60kg Shauna O’ Callaghan (Ireland) lost Ekaterina Dynnik (Russia) 1-2

May 22nd

S/Finals

50kg Kelsey Leonard (Ireland) v Kateryna Rohova (Ukraine)
52kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) v Jiawen Huang (China)
66kg Joanne Richards (Ireland) v Kylie Hall (USA)

Irish squad

Youths
48kg Emma Flannery (Baldoyle)
51kg Jacqui Lynch (Golden Gloves)
54kg Natasha Logan (St Brigids, Edenderry)
57kg Amy Boardhurst (Dealgan)
60kg Shannon Edge (St Brigids, Edenderry)
64kg Ciara Ginty (Geesala)
75kg Aoife Burke (St Mary’s)

Juniors
46kg Kayleigh Lynch (Golden Gloves)
48kg Shauna Blaney (Navan)
50kg Kelsey Leonard (Curragh) (Bronze, at least)
52kg Niamh Earley (Ryston) (Bronze, at least)
57kg Orla Garvey (Dealgan)
60kg Shauna O’ Callaghan (Clann Naofa)
66kg Joanne Richards (St Michael’s New Ross) (Bronze, at least)

Team manager: Fiona Hennigan

Coaches: Gerry Storey, Liam Brereton & Anita Just

R&J: Dermot McDermot(Ryston) (Bronze, at least)
57kg Orla Garvey (Dealgan)
60kg Shauna O’ Callaghan (Clann Naofa)
66kg Joanne Richards (St Michael’s New Ross) (Bronze, at least)

Team manager: Fiona Hennigan

Coaches: Gerry Storey, Liam Brereton & Anita Just

R&J: Dermot McDermot

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