Lauren Hogan loses out at European Championships

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Lauren Hogan lost out this afternoon in her opening bout at the European Women’s Championships in Sofia.

The St Brigid’s Edenderry light flyweight lost out to Russian star Katerina Pinigiana in Bulgaria.

Making her debut at Senior Elite Intternational level, Hogan was competitive throughout in a close fight, but was edged in the end by her more experienced opponent.

Pinigiana’s greater industry on the day took the verdict, but Hogan found the target with some big shots throughout the contest, particularly in rounds two and four, a frame she won.

Grainne Walsh is in action later today against Marija Petovic.

European Women’s Championships Sofia, Bulgaria
(Last 16 bouts unless stated)
November 15th
54kg Dervla Duffy (Ireland) lost to Lacramiora Perijoc (Romania) 0-3

November 16th
48kg Lauren Hogan (Ireland) lost to Katerina Pinigiana (Russia)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) v Marija Petovic (Serbia)

November 17th
60kg Shauna O’Keeffe (Ireland) v Aneta Rygielska (Poland)

November 18th
57kg Moira McElliggot (Ireland) v Sara Beram (Croatia)
64kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) v Aleksandra Ordina (Russia) or Lina Skoghgen (Sweden)

November 20th
75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Oksana Trofimova (Russia)

Irish Squad
48kg Lauren Hogan (St.Brigids 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

Joe O'Neill

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