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Michaela Walsh secures SILVER at EU Championships

Belfast bantamweight Michaela Walsh guaranteed Ireland’s first silver medal of the EU Championships today in Italy.

The Monkstown fighter defeated Sweden’s Helena Envall to move into Saturday’s final.

Here she will meet Germany’s Azize Nemani. The pair met in an International Round Robin in Wittenburg back in 2014, with Walsh emerging victorious.

There was disappointment however for Dervla Duffy who was defeated by Ornella Wahner of Germany, a silver medalist at the last tournament, in their featherweight quarter final.

Kelly Harrington and Grainne Walsh will be in lightweight and welterweight semi final action on Friday, tomorrow is a rest day, taking on Italy’s Irma Testa and Englishwoman Sandy Ryan respectively.

European Union Women’s Championships Cascia, Italy August 4th/13th
August 5th
Last 16
54kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Ebonie Jones (England) 5-0
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Kinga Szalachcic (Poland) 4-1

August 6th
Last 16
48kg Kristina O’Hara (Ireland) beat Saru Lehtonen (Finland) 5-0
51kg Carly McNaul (Ireland) lost to Wassila Lkhadiri (France) 2-3
57kg Dervla Duffy (Ireland) beat Kinga Mezovari (Hungary) 5-0

August 7th
54kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Julia Coroli (Moldova) 5-0
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Ditteajaaja Frostholm (Denmark) 5-0
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) beat Lauren Price (Wales) 3-2

August 8th
48kg Kristina O’Hara (Ireland) lost to Roberta Bonatte (Italy) 1-4
75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) lost to Nouchka Fontijn (Netherlands) 0-5

August 9th
57kg Dervla Duffy (Ireland) lost to Ornella Wahner (Germany)

54kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Helena Envall (Sweden)

August 11th
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) v Irma Testa (Italy)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) v Sandy Ryan (England)

August 12th
54kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) v Azize Nimani (Germany)

(Bout dates are subject to change)

Irish squad
48kg Kristina O’Hara (St John Bosco)
51kg Carly McNaul (Ormeau Road)
54kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown Antrim) (Silver, at least)
57kg Dervla Duffy (Mulhuddart)
60kg Kellie Harrington (St Marys) (Bronze, at least)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Sparticus) (Bronze, at least)
75kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s)

Team Manager/High Performance Director: Bernard Dunne
Coaches: Dmitry Dimitruc and Jimmy Payne
Physio: Maureen Harte
R&J: Jim Murrin

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