Micheal O’Reilly in Semi final action today

Portlaoise BC middleweight Michael O’Reilly will be in action in the Strandja Memorial semi-finals at approximately 2pm today (Irish time) in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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The current Irish Elite champion meets Kazakhstan’s Rustan Syoyev in the last-four in the Bulgarian capital in a repeat of the 2014 Feliks Stamm quarter-final which the Kazakh edged on a split decision in Warsaw, Poland.

O’Reilly will be taking home at least bronze from the tournament. The finals will be decided tomorrow.

66th Strandja Memorial Sofia, Bulgaria

February 24th Prelims

69kg: Adam Nolan (Ireland) lost to Madrimoy Israel (Uzbekistan) 0-3
52kg: Myles Casey (Ireland) lost to Jack Bateson (England) 0-3
56kg: Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Dave Cesar (Seychelles) 3-0
91+kg: Dean Gardiner (Ireland) beat Dan Toborsky (Czech Rep) 3-0

February 25th (last 16)
49kg: Brendan Irvine (Ireland) lost to Artur Ogamesyan (Armenia) 1-2
51kg: Ceire Smith (Ireland) beat Anakhamm Agayeva (Azerbaijan) 3-0
75kg: Laoise Traynor (Ireland) lost to Viktorya Kebikave (Belarus) 0-3
75kg: Michael O’Reilly (Ireland beat Badri Khardziani (Georgia) 3-0

February 26th Q/Final
56kg: Kurt Walker (Ireland) lost to Muradjan Akhamadlieve (Uzbekistan) 1-2
51kg: Ceire Smith (Ireland) lost to Petrova Stoyka (Bulgaria) 0-3
75kg: Michael O’Reilly (Ireland) beat Mariyan Momchev (Bulgaria) 3-0
91kg: Darren O’Neill (Ireland) lost to Rustan Tulaganov (Uzbekistan) 0-3
91kg+: Dean Gardiner (Ireland) lost to Kamshybek Kunkabayev (Kazakhstan) 1-2

February 27th S/Finals

75kg: Michael O’Reilly (Ireland) v Rustan Syoyev (Kazakhstan)
Irish Squad

49kg: Brendan Irvine (St Paul’s Antrim)
51kg: Ceire Smith (Cavan)
52kg: Myles Casey (St Francis)
56kg: Kurt Walker (Canal)
69kg: Adam Nolan (Bray)
75kg: Michael O’Reilly (Portlaoise) (Bronze, at least)
75kg: Louise Traynor (Bray)
91kg: Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)
91+kg: Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)

Team manager: Joe Hennigan

Coaches: Billy Walsh, Jimmy Halpin, Antoinette Faye


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