2016 European Women’s Championships – DRAW
Ireland were handed a tough opening round draw today on Day 1 of the European Women’s Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The seven-woman team will have to take out a few big names if they are to bring home medals back to Ireland.
Light flyweight Lauren Hogan starts off against Russian Ekaterina Pinigina.
At bantamweight, Dervla Duffy will face Lacramioara Perijoc of Romania, who is stepping up from flyweight for this tournament.
Featherweight Moira McElliggot fights Croat Sara Beran in her first fight.
Tipperary lightweight Shauna O’Keefe will begin her campaign against Poland’s Aneta Rygielska
Dublin’s World Championships silver medlist Kelly Harrington will first face Russian Aleksandra Ordinav or Lina Skoghgen of Sweden in the 64kg class.
Offaly welter Gráinne Walsh will begin her campaign against Serbian Marija Petkovic
Cork middleweight Christina Desmond has received a bye and will fight for a medal in her first contest – but will have to get past Russian Oksana Trofimova
Tuesday November 15th
L16: Derla Duffy v Lacramioara Perijoc (Romania)
Wednesday November 16th
L16: Lauren Hogan v Ekaterina Pinigina (Russia)
L16: Grainne Walsh v Marija Petovic (Serbia)
Thursday November 17th
L16: Shauna O’Keeffe v Aneta Rygielska (Poland)
Friday November 18th
L16: Kelly Harrington v Aleksandra Ordina (Russia) or Lina Skoghgen (Sweden)
L16: Moira McElligott v Sara Beran (Croatia)
Sunday November 20th
QF: Christina Desmond v Oksana Trofimova (Russia)
48kg Lauren Hogan (St.Brigid’s Edenderry)
54kg Dervla Duffy (Mulhuddart)
57kg Moira McElliggot (St Michael’s Athy)
60kg Shauna O’Keeffe (Clonmel)
64kg Kellie Harrington (Glasnevin)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Sparticus)
75kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgans)
Team manager: Noreen Glendening
Physio: Caoimhe Gilmore
Coaches: Zaur Antia, Eddie Bolger, Dmitri Dimitruc
R&J: Sadie Duffy
Strength & Conditioning: John Cleary