Grace Conway and Niamh Keogh increased Ireland’s European Junior Championships medal count to three with impressive performances in Italy today.
The emerging talents won their respective quarter-finals to join Mary McDonagh on the prestigious continental podium.
The first of nine Irish fighters through the ropes in Montelsilvano today, Tredagh prospect Conway managed to get the medal ball rolling.
The 50kg secured European bronze thanks to a unanimous decision win over Ukraine’s Daria Makhrova. ‘Paceie’ won all three rounds on all five judges’ scorecards.
Keogh stepped onto the podium soon after as she overcame Lithuania’s Silvija Karavackaite to reach the semi-finals.
The Olympic fighter progressed via split decision after a tense and tight-fought battle.
Ireland will look to continue on the medal train with seven more fighters to compete across an action-packed day.
Team Ireland Squad
The team captains are Cherry Orchard’s Charlie Valabergs and Dublin Docklands’ Ava Henry.
1. 44-46kg Alfie Jordan (Olympic L)
2. 48kg Jamie Collins (Drimnagh)
3. 50kg Calvin Doyle (Olympic L)
4. 52kg Johnny Harty (Portlaoise)
5. 54kg James Kelly (Holy Trinity)
6. 57kg Callum Carrager (Tredagh)
7. 60kg Ryan Jenkins (Olympic L)
8. 63kg Cillian Reilly (Jobstown)
9. 66kg Tadhg O’Donnell (Four Kings)
10. 70kg Charlie Valbergs (Cherry Orchard). Team Captain,
11. 75kg Dylan McShane (St Pauls A)
12. 80kg Jack Teggart Weatherall (St Pauls A)
13. 80+kg Adam Olaniyan (Jobstown)
1. 44-46kg Sophie Curley Gray (Dealgan)
2. 50kg Grace Conway (Tredagh)
3. 52kg Carlagh Peake (Ballyhaunis)
4. 54kg Niamh Keogh (Olympic L)
5. 57kg Siofra Lawless (Liberty)
6. 60kg Ava Henry (Docklands) Team Captain,
7. 63kg Kayleigh Whelan (Avona)
8. 66kg Sarah Murphy (St Brigids L)
9. 70kg Jodie Byrne (St Teresa’s)
10. 75kg Mary McDonagh (Sliabh Luachra)
11. 80kg Shauna Crehan (Dunboyne)
1. Ralph McKay
2. Liam Cunningham
3. Paul O’Toole
4. Linda Morgan