Ireland get off to perfect start at EU Championships


There were two wins from two today on the opening day of action at the EU Women’s Championships.

Michaela Walsh got Ireland off to a perfect start versus England’s Ebonie Jones in Cascia, Italy.

The Belfast bantam beat the Heart of Portsmouth BC orthodox, an ex European Junior champion, on a unanimous decision at the tournament to book her ticket into the quarter-finals versus Moldova.

Kelly Harrington then followed this up with a win over come-forward Pole Kinga Szalachicic. The Dublin lightweight counter-punched effectively to claim a split-decision win and move into medal contention

Tomorrow will see Kristina O’Hara, Carly McNaul, and Dervla Duffy all in action in Last 16 fights.

European Union Women’s Championships Cascia, Italy August 4th/13th
August 5th
Last 16
54kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Ebonie Jones (England) 5-0
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Kinga Szalachcic(Poland) 4-1

August 6th
Last 16
48kg Kristina O’Hara (Ireland) v Saru Lehtonen (Finland)
51kg Carly McNaul (Ireland) v Wassila Lkhadiri (France)
57kg Dervla Duffy (Ireland) v Kinga Mezovari (Hungary)

August 7th
Last 16
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) v Louise Price (Wales)

August 8th
Q/Finals
54kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) v Julia Coroli (Moldova)
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) v TBA
75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Nouchka Fontijn (Netherlands)

Irish squad
48kg Kristina O’Hara (St John Bosco)
51kg Carly McNaul (Ormeau Road)
54kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown Antrim)
57kg Dervla Duffy (Mulhuddart)
60kg Kellie Harrington (St Marys)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Sparticus)
75kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s)

Team Manager/High Performance Director: Bernard Dunne
Coaches: Dmitry Dimitruc and Jimmy Payne
Physio: Maureen Harte
R&J: Jim Murrin

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Joe O'Neill

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