The Commonwealth Games Draw is in

Team NI open their Commonwealth Games account on Friday, July 29th, following this evening’s draw at the tournament site in Birmingham. 5 boxers are one win away from a medal.

The 12 strong team includes 2022 World Champion, Amy Broadhurst and 2022 European silver medallist, Dylan Eagleson, along with three 2018 Gold Coast Games silver medallists, in Carly McNaul and Aidan and Michaela Walsh, now Olympic bronze medallist and Olympian, respectively. Carly and Michaela are now both ranked 5th in the world in their respective weights, following their contesting of the Women’s World Championships

Star ABC’s JP Hale, contesting at 63.5kg, is first between the ropes. He meets Uganda in the Last 32 on Friday. 57kg Jude Gallagher, of Two Castles, is in action on Saturday, also in the last 32, against Swaziland, while Jake Tucker, at 75kg, begins his tournament on Sunday, against Guernsey. Ormeau Rd BC’s Carly McNaul takes on Australian opposition on the same day, in the 50kg last 16.

51kg Clepson Paiva, of Holy Trinity BC, is the only Team NI boxer between the ropes on Monday; he meets Ghana in the last 16. While on Tuesday, 67kg Eugene McKeever contests against Zambia, also in last 16 action. Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist, Aidan Walsh, will meet either Uganda or Lesotho on the same day.

A brace of Team NI boxers in in the ring on August 3rd; Antrim BC’s Nicole Clyde, at 48kg, meets India in her Quarter Final, while Immaculata BC’s Éireann Nugent will meet either England or Nigeria in her QF.

On August 4th, a trio of Team NI boxers begin their tournaments. Emerald BC’s Michaela Walsh, a Tokyo Olympian and World No. 5, takes on Botswana or Malawi in Quarter Final action. 63kg World Champion, St. Bronagh’s Amy Broadhurst, contesting the Games at 60kg, meets Zambia in her QF. 2022 European Silver medallist, Dylan Eagleson, boxes Mozambique in his Quarter Final.

It’s also been confirmed this evening that Michaela Walsh, will be Northern Ireland’s flag bearer at Thursday’s Opening Ceremony. This is Michaela’s 3rd Games and following outings in 2014 and in 2018.

Friday July 29
Round of 32
JP Hale vs Uganda

Saturday July 30
Round of 32
Jude Gallagher vs Swaziland

Sunday July 31
Round of 16
Carly McNaul vs Australia
Jake Tucker vs Guernsey

Monday August 1
Round of 16
Clepson Dos Santos vs Ghana

Tuesday August 2
Round of 16
Eugene Mc Keever vs Zambia
Aidan Walsh vs Uganda or Lesotho

Wednesday August 3
Quarter FInals
Nicole Clyde vs India
Eireann Nugent vs England or Nigeria

Thursday August 4
Quarter Finals
Amy Broadhurst vs Zambia
Michaela Walsh vs Botswana or Malawi
Dylan Eagelson vs Mozambique

N.I Commonwealth Team:

48kg Nicole Clyde, Antrim BC

50kg Carly McNaul, Ormeau Rd BC

51kg Clepson Paiva, Holy Trinity BC

54kg Dylan Eagleson, St. Paul’s BC

57kg Michaela Walsh, Emerald BC

57kg Jude Gallagher, Two Castles BC

60kg Amy Broadhurst, St. Bronagh’s BC

63.5kg JP Hale, Star ABC

67kg Eugene McKeever, Holy Family BC, Drogheda

70kg Eireann Nugent, Immaculata BC

71kg Aidan Walsh, Emerald BC

75kg Jake Tucker, Emerald BC

High Performance Director: John Conlan

Head Coach: Damian Kennedy

Coaches:

Liam Corr

Rory McShane

Jay Delaney

Support Team

Damian Martin

Lorcan McGee

Jonny Stapleton

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