There was a medal win for an Irish Champion if not Team Ireland in Budva early this afternoon.
Reigning Irish Under-22 and Senior Champion Josefien Betist stepped onto the podium with an impressive display.
The emerging talent defeated Evin Erginoguz of Turkey to ensure at least a lightweight bronze.
However, while the medal will be added to the list of St Brigid’s Edenderry honours it won’t be added to the list of Irish European Under-22 medals.
The Dutch-born Offally-based fighter, who has been battling a kidney as well as European foes in Montenegro, doesn’t have Irish citizenship as of yet and thus can’t fly the Irish flag at the tournament.
The lightweight doesn’t represent Team Holland in Montenegro either and instead competed as a ‘neutral’.
Regardless it’s a massive medal for St Brigid’s, an Irish champion and an Irish-trained prospect.
Nicole Buckley and Chantelle Robinson also fought for medals in the early part of a busy day but lost to Turkish and Polish opposition respectively.
Evelyn Igharo, Bethany Doocey and Robyn Kelly will all fight for medals later today.
48kg Nicole Buckley, St Carthages BC
50kg Chantelle Robinson, Saviours Crystal BC
57kg Robin Kelly, Ballynacargy BC
70kg Evelyn Igharo, Clann Naofa BC
75kg Bethany Doocey, Castlebar BC
81kg Dearbhla Tinnelly, Clann Naofa BC
48kg Padraig Downey, St. John Bosco BC, Antrim
51kg Clepson dos Santos, Holy Trinity BC
57kg Donagh Keary, Rathfriland BC
60kg Rhys Owens, Erne BC
63.5kg James “Shamie” McDonagh, St Paul’s Waterford
67kg Gareth Dowling, Dublin Docklands
75kg Gavin Rafferty, Dublin Docklands
80kg James Whelan, Dublin Docklands
86kg Kian Hedderman, O.L.O.L BC
Team Manager, Sean Crowley
Coach: Jay Delaney
Coach: Lynne McEnery
Coach: Liam Cunningham
Coach: Aoife Hennigan
R&J: Stephen Kelly
Photo Credit Matthew Spalding – Theboxersphotographer