Ireland make strong start at Queens Cup
By Bernard O’Neill – IABA Press Officer
Team Ireland recorded four wins from four on the opening day of the Queens Cup in Stralsund, Germany this afternoon.
Caitlyn Fryers, Shauna O’Callaghan, Joanne Richards and Mary Geraghty had their hands raised in victory against Germany, Poland and Finland following impressive displays.
Irish team manager Bernie Harlod hailed today’s performances.
“The German was relentless in attack but a technically strong response won the nod from the judges for the Irish bantamweight,” she said.
“The atmosphere in the Phoenix Sportsclub in Stralsund was electric with the Irish and German supporters trying to out sing each other to support their boxer. Mary Geraghty next meets Johanna Wonyou of France who outpointed her Finnish opponent today.”
“All of the girls performed very well today. They all followed the instructions of their coaches and it’s a great start to the tournament.”
Team Ireland will be back in action tomorrow in Stralsund, with eight fighters due in the ring.
Boxing resumes at 9.30am in the morning.
Niamh Fay and Kayleigh Woods, representing the Bracken and Kildare boxing clubs, lost out to Joulina Suhron of Germany and Denista Paveravan of the Czech Repubic this afternoon despite big performances.
Queens Cup Stralsund, Germany October 25th/30th
48kg Caitlyn Fryers beat Eliana Nebhi (Germany) 3-0
54kg Mary Geraghty beat Sophie Rabitz (Germany) 3-0
60kg Shauna O’Callaghan beat Amanda Falo (Finland) 3-0
69kg Joanne Richards beat Olga Mocela (Poland) 3-0
46kg Daina Moorehouse (Enniskerry)
48kg Caitlyn Fryers (Immaculata)
50kg Mary Kate Nevin (Mullingar Elite)
54kg Mary Geraghty (Baldoyle)
57kg Margurita Nevin (St Brigids Kildare)
60kg Shauna O’Callaghan (Clann Naoife)
63kg Roisin Gannon (Connemara)
63kg Evelyn Igharo (Clann Naofa)
48kg Shannon Sweeney (St Anne’s, Westport)
51kg Kelsey Leonard (Curragh)
57kg Kellie McLoughlin (Drimnagh)
60kg Orla Garvey (Dealgan)
64kg Shannon O’Reilly (Bray)
69kg Joanne Richards (St Michael’s NW)
75kg Aoife Burke (St Mary’s Dublin)
Team manager: Bernie Harold
Coaches: Jimmy Payne, Antoinette Faye, Noel Burke
Judge: Aideen Floyd