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Medal Haul – Conway, Keogh, Henry and Gary win Euro Junior Championships medals

Team Ireland celebrated four medal wins today.

Grace ConwayNiamh Keogh, Ava Henry and Sophie Gray claimed at the European Juniors Championship, following the first of two days of Quarter Finals.

The four young prospects secured bronze at the very least while securing semi-final berths in Italy.

50kg Grace Conway Dowling opened Ireland’s account in Bout 3 of Ring A’s afternoon session, against Ukraine’s Daria Makhrova and claims at least a bronze, following a 5-0 win; 27:30, 27:30, 27:30 27:30, 27:30.

54kg Niamh Keogh boxed her first bout of the competition in bout 7, against Lithuania’s Silvija Karavackaite. The Irish fighter won bronze, and a semi-final berth following a 4-1 split decision win – 29:28, 29:28, 28:29, 29:28, 29:28.

Team Co-Captain, lightweight Ava Rose Henry met Turkey’s Sena Zeynep Comart in bout 13. She is also assured of a medal, following a 5-0 win. Judges scored the bout 30:26, 30:27, 30:27, 30:27, 30:27.

57kg Siofra Lawless was the ropes against Viktorie Jilkova of the Czech Republic in bout 12 of Ring B’s afternoon session; the 5-0 decision went to her opponent, 29:28, 29:28, 29:28, 29:28, 29:28. 3 bouts later, 80kg Shauna Crehan made her tournament debut in bout 15 against Poland’s Kornelia Amelia Kostrzewa and suffered a similar 5-0 fate – 29:25, 29:24, 29:25, 29:27, 29:27.

Team Co-Captain, light middle Charlie Valbergs, opened proceedings in Ring A’s evening session against Hungary’s Krisztian Nileborg. The 5-0 decision went to the Hungarian boxer, 26:30, 27:30, 28:29, 27:30

44-46kg Sophie Curley Gray contested in bout 4, against Spain’s Claudia Aparici Alcaniz and has claimed at least a bronze medal after a 5-0 win. The scoreline: 27:30, 27:30, 27:30, 27:30, 26:30.

66kg Sarah Murphy was in action in bout 8, against home boxer Amina Golinelli, who won by way of RSC 3. While in bout 9 in Ring B, light middle, Jodie Byrne, met Turkey’s Gul Yonca Yilmaz, who progresses the the semi finals following a 4-1 split decision – 27:30, 27:30, 29:28, 27:30, 27:30

Mary McDonagh, has already secured bronze meaning Ireland have 5 medals banked and will fight for eight more tomorrow.

Team Ireland Squad

The team captains are Cherry Orchard’s Charlie Valabergs and Dublin Docklands’ Ava Henry.

Male Boxers:

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)

Female Boxers

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)

Team Manager

Martin Fennessy


1. Ralph McKay

2. Liam Cunningham

3. Paul O’Toole

4. Linda Morgan


Philip Hollowed

Jonny Stapleton contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: