News 2014 - 2015

 

Olympic Trio in U18 Finals

       The Olympic success story rolls on as they have three boxers through to the finals of the U18 championships next weekend. All eyes in Galway were on the clash of the two stars James Cleary and Kieran Molloy Oughterard. In an enthralling contest Cleary got the vote of the three judges and now meets Adam Kelly Mullingar Elite in the final. Earlier in the day Martin Delaney had an unanimous decision over Michael Sweeney Drimnagh with Stephen McKenna Old School standing in his way to claim the 49Kg title. In the 56Kg semi Frankie Cleary made it easy on the judges claiming a second round TKO over Cori Madden Star, he now meets Jack Kelly Cherry Orchard in the final and will hopefully add to his personal tally of national titles, best of luck to the three lads.


Cleary v Molloy

    Two of Galway's brightest stars are set to do battle this weekend in the semi-finals of the National U18 championships at the National Stadium. James Cleary Olympic and Kieran Molloy Oughterard meet in the 64Kg division looking to reach the final, it is a mouthwatering prospect for all followers of boxing in Galway. Along with Frankie Cleary, they are the most decorated Galway boxers in recent history, having won multiple medals on the national and international stage, whoever comes out on top Galway will have a finalist in the Lt Welter division.


National Girls Championships

      Roisin Gannon Conamara boxing club won the Girl 4 63Kg All-Ireland championships when overcoming Jade Kennedy Donore on a split decision. Emer Hannon Corrib had a mixed weekend, she won the semi final on Friday against Elisse Carey Drogheda but lost out in the final of the Girl 4 50Kg to Amy Wall Bray. Amy Donovan Oughterard also lost out in the final of the Youth 2 75Kg to Megan Rudell Baldoyle.

Aaliyah Butler made history for Monivea boxing club last weekend by becoming the first boxer to win a National title in their first year of boxing at eleven years of age. Boxing at 39kg Aaliyah had a great Quarter Final contest against Saoirse O Roche (Sunnyside BC) winning on a 3-0 decision.In the Semi Finals AaIiyah beat Ava Fitzmaurice (Sliabh Luachra BC) also on a 3-0 decision. AaIiyah continued her winning streak in the Final beating Shelby Myers (Crumlin BC) on a 3-0 decision. Emer Hannon Corrib is still battling in these championships, she won her quarter-final and faces Elisse Carey (Drogheda) in the 50kg semi-final next Friday. Sophie Burke Tobar Pheadar claimed a National title on a W/O, other boxers from Galway at these championships were Nicole Butler and Aoibhinn Carr Monivea, Ciara Mellett, Georgina Folan, Ciara Hickey and Mary Bailey Conamara.

From Left: Peter Mahon, Gus Farrell, Aaliyah Butler and Danny Butler


National Boy 4 / Youth 1 / Youth 2

          Galway clubs took five All-Ireland titles at the finals of the Boy 4, Youth 1 and Youth 2 National championships. It was a great result considering only eight titles came west of the Shannon and the dominance of Mayo at the Connacht championships recently. Four of the titles came to Olympic who have been the dominant club in Galway for years and are now ranked at number 2 in Ireland after Ryston in Kildare. It could have been even better for Olympic with Owen McCarthy and Bernard McDonagh failing at the final hurdle. The five champions are:

Boy 4 54Kg Michael Delaney (Olympic)

Youth 1 50Kg Edward Barrett (Olympic)

Youth 2 50Kg Martin Delaney (Olympic)

Youth 2 60Kg Christopher O'Brien (Olympic)

Youth 2 66Kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)


Galway Sports Partnership

Galway  Sports Partnership
Community, Enterprise & Economic Development
Galway County Council
Prospect Hill
Galway

Tel: 091 509572 / 509577 / 536459
E Mail: galwayactive@galwaycoco.ie
Fax: 091 779082
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     A lot of information from the Galway Sports Partnership has been circulated to all sports clubs in the the last month, they are looking for all clubs to register with them so that they can be kept informed of what is happening.

Galway Sports Partnership correspondence


National B1 B2 B3 Championships

   Well done to all the Galway boxers who competed at the All-Ireland boys championsips in Dublin, Galway clubs had nine boxers in the finals with five having their hand raised in victory. Congratulations to the champions: B1 36Kg Patrick Sweeney Titans, B1 57Kg Charlie Ward Tuam, B2 63Kg Jason Myres Titans, B3 48Kg Brandon Mongan Olympic and B3 86Kg Edward McDonagh Lumpini. Hard luck on the four to lose out in the finals: James Delaney Olympic, Michael Sweeney Titans, Conor McDonagh Titans and Edward Ward Olympic.

Dervan and Mongan on International Duty

         Ryan Dervan Loughrea and Pat Mongan Olympic are part of a seven man Irish senior team who take on England on Friday night in Basingstoke, England, this is a first international for both lads and just rewards for the Intermediate titles won before Christmas.


Galway Championships 2015

Championships for Boy4, Y1 and Y2
Medical and weigh in Saturday 14th Feb between 9.00 – 9.30am in Westside gym,
draw immediately after weigh-in and medical.
Boxing commences at 10.15am with prelims and semi finals
Finals Sunday 15th Feb in the Westside starting at 10am. 

Galway Championships for Boy1, 2 and 3
Medical and weigh in Saturday 7th March at 9.00 – 9.45am in Westside gym,
draw immediately after weigh-in and medical.
Boxing commences at 10.15am with prelims and semi finals
Finals Sunday 8th March starting at 10am.

Girls1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, u18.
Medical for all girls and U18 on Saturday 14th February in Westside at 9.45am after completion of boy 4, Y1 and Y2 medical.
Weigh in Saturday 11th April at 10am in Westside gym
Draw, Semi finals and finals to follow weigh-in.

As per child protection policy all boxers only allowed once on the scales, no skipping / running to lose weight prior to weigh-in

First Elite Female Champion

         Debbie O'Reilly Olympic Boxing club created history at the Elite finals by becoming the first ever female elite champion from Galway. Debbie secured the vacant lightweight belt on a unanimous decision over Louise Donohue Geesala. She now holds the title held by Katie Taylor since female boxing became recognised by the I.A.B.A. Her coach Michael Mongan was delighted with the win adding it's a great day for the Olympic club. The win adds to the long list of All-Ireland and international medals won by boxers from the Olympic club.

 

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National Senior Championships

      Pat Mongan of the Olympic club is Galway's sole representative at the 2015 national elite championships with Gary Sweeney on WSB duties and the other Galway seniors not entering, he made a great start to his double dream when he won a great battle Benaldo Marime (Holy Trinity) on a split decision, after a sluggish first round he showed all the grit and determination that won him the intermediate title before Christmas, to outscore his opponent in the 2nd and 3rd, he now faces the reigning champ Dean Walsh from Wexford, one thing for sure Walsh will not have to go looking for Pat and if he can prevent Walsh from getting into his rhythm, it could be another great night for the Olympic club.


Rules Update

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Historic Night for Galway Boxing

          Galway clubs claimed a historic four All-Ireland titles at the National Intermediate Boxing Championships held in the National Stadium, Dublin. Orla McInerney Monivea, Noel McBride Corrib and Ryan Dervan Loughrea claimed a first ever title at this grade for their clubs while Pat Mongan Olympic added to the long list of champions at the powerhouse of Galway boxing.
          First bout of the night was the 57Kg final between Orla McInerney (Monivea) and Emma Gallagher (Corpus Christy BC Limerick). From the opening bell Orla took control of the contest and was always on top, in the third round she forced her opponent to take two standing counts giving the referee no choice but to stop the contest on a TKO. This is a remarkable rise to the senior ranks for the Kiltulla native, only boxing two years and adding to the Novice All-Ireland title she won last January. A great day for Gus Farrell and the coaching staff at Monivea, bringing their all-Ireland title count to twenty-five in their thirty-one year history. Monivea Boxing Club would like to thank Target Fitness Athenry for  the early morning sessions with Orla, and all the supporters that traveled and all the good wishes Orla received and a big thank you to the members and coaches that have worked hard to make this a great success.
          The fight of the night and possibly the championships was the light welter final between Pat Mongan (Olympic) and Colin Donovan (Togher, Cork). Both men came ready for the battle and stood toe to toe for the full three rounds in a nonstop action packed bout, bringing the crowd to their feet at the final bell. Mongan’s punch accuracy, guts and will to win saw his earn a well deserved first All-Ireland title on a unanimous decision, great credit goes to his coaches Mike and John Mongan and his dad Pat, who is his number one fan, bringing him training from his home in Ahascragh to Loughrea, Ballinasloe and Galway since the age of eleven, this is the highlight of his career so far with many more great days ahead.
          Donegal native Noel McBride boxing out of the Corrib club in Claregalway, contested the welter weight final against Sean Hunt (Palmerstown). Noel used his elusive southpaw style to completely outwit the hard hitting Hunt; the result was never in doubt from the opening bell with all the judges going for McBride. Club coaches Sean Cumiskey and Neville Moore worked in Noel’s corner; the tactics were spot on for Noel to bring a first title to this new club. A large crowd from Galway and Donegal witnessed a top class performance from one of the best movers and counter punchers at these championships.
          The middle weight final between Ryan Dervan (Loughrea) and Paul Kelly (Twintowns, Donegal) was probably the most skilful bout of the evening between two great tacticians. There was nothing to separate them after two rounds but Dervan gave a master class hitting and moving in the third with Kelly hardly laying a glove on him. Much to the delight of Ryan’s coach and dad Liam, this was his fourth national title and a first intermediate title for the Loughrea club in their 58 year history. After a brilliant semi-final and final performances Ryan was voted the best boxer of the championships by the two TG4 analysts.
          Galway came very close to claiming a fifth title with Ciaran O’Griofa Conamara losing out on a split decision to Jefferey Kavanagh (Corinthians), it was a great battle to the end with Kavanagh just finishing the stronger. Some pundits had Ciaran winning the first two rounds which would have brought the title back to Conamara, a busy night for his coach Colman Flaherty who had to juggle his time between commentator on TG4 and working the corner for Ciaran's contest. Great praise must be given to Sean Ban and the TG4 team for providing great coverage of amateur boxing in the last two years.
          Other Galway boxers to compete at these championships were Antoine O Griofa and Keith Flaherty from Conamara, Patrick J Ward Olympic, Jake McNally Loughrea, Sean Flynn Lumpini and Cathal Manning Corrib.
This is a very exciting time for Galway boxing, the four newly crowned champions have all the skills needed to compete at senior level and hopefully join Gary Sweeney (Olympic) as national senior champions some day.


National Intermediate Finals

       Boxers from five different Galway clubs have reached the finals of the National Intermediate championships after competing over the last three weekends at the National Stadium in Dublin.

First into the ring on Friday next will be the only female representative, Orla McInerney from the Monivea Club in the 54Kg division. Orla reached the final after an all action semi final win over Karen O'Sullivan from Riverstown in Cork, she faces Emma Gallagher (Corpus Christi) in the final and will hopefully get Galway on the road to five titles and will add to the Novice title she won last season.

Pat Mongan Olympic B.C. will be the second Galway boxer in the ring in the 64kg division. Pat has had to battle hard to keep alive his dream of being an All-Ireland champion, his 3-0 win in the semi over Gerard Matthews St Pauls Antrim was probably Pat's best performance this year and a repeat of this should be enough to overcome Colin Donovan (Togher) on Friday.

Corrib will have Noel McBride in the ring trying to claim the 67Kg title and a first Intermediate title for this new club and their head coach Sean Cumiskey. The elusive McBride scored a TKO1 win over Lee Boyd Convoy in the semi final, this sets up a final clash with Sean Hunt Palmerstown. McBride has all the skills and ringcraft to win this if he is on his game.

Ryan Dervan of the Loughrea boxing club will contest the 75Kg final against Paul Kelly Twintowns, another good performance from Ryan should be enough to overcome the tricky southpaw from Donegal. In the semi final Ryan gave a boxing lesson to the rugged Russian David Bicsevis from the St Saviours club in Dublin, winning on a unanimous decision.

The last Galway boxer in the ring will be Ciaran O Griofa Conamara in the final of the 85Kg division. Ciaran reached the final by defeating Christian Scuvie Crumlin in the semi and now faces the experienced Jeoffrey Kavanagh Corinthians. Ciaran is one of the most skillfull boxers in the finals on Friday, hopefully his elusive southpaw style will bring the title back west of the Corrib.

Other Galway boxers to compete at these championships were Antoine O Griofa and Keith Flaherty from Conamara, Patrick J Ward Olympic, Jake McNally Loughrea, Sean Flynn Lumpini and Cathal Manning Corrib.


Galway Selection V Limerick Selection

         The Galway selection V Limerick selection takes place on Sunday November 23rd at 2.30pm in the Tobar Pheadar boxing club in Gort, the new club is situated behind Honan's Antique shop which is on the left as you approach the town centre from Galway. If you have a problem with any of your boxers, ring county coach Sean Cumiskey.

Programme

     

Orla Mcinerney   (Monivea

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Valerie Hamilton

Ashleigh Ryan  (Corrib)

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Neil Fox

Emer Hannon (Corrib)

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Manny o reilly

Nicole  Butler (Monivea)

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Emma Burke

)Deirdre Hughes (Corrib)

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Erin Moore

Darragh Darcy (TobarPheadar)

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Cian O Shaughnessy

Cathal O Griofa(Connamara)

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Adam O Donnell

Dean McDonagh (Corrib)

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Jordan O Donnell

Paddy Donaghue  (Champscamp)

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Tom O Neill

Ewan McDonagh (Corrib)

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Luke Barrett

Patrick Ward (Monivea

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Martin Murray

Bim Conroy (TobarPheadair)

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Martin Faulkner

David Briggs (Monivea)

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Mike McNamara

Bernard Swenney (Monivea

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Mike McGowan

Roisin Gannon (Conamara)

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Claire Kiely

Gabriel Dossen (Champs Camp)

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Nathan Walsh


Kieran wins Bronze

Kieran Molloy won a bronze medal at the European Junior Championships in Anapa, Russia after losing on a controversial split decision to Artur Mamberger (Germany) in the semi-final of the 63Kg division. After an even first round, Kieran took control in the next two rounds, forcing the German to take a standing eight count in the third and in the eyes of most boxing pundits should have got the decision. That is now a European medal to add to the World bronze he got last year, the future is bright for the rising young star from Oughterard. What a great few weeks it has been for Galway boxing with the exploits of Frankie and James Cleary and the Olympic boxing club victory in Sweden.


Molloy in European Semis



      Kieran Molloy has guaranteed himself at least a bronze medal at the European Junior Championships in Anapa, Russia, he saw off the challenge of Remo Salvatia over three, two minute rounds, the Italian taking a standing count after being on the receiving end of a massive left in the third. Two judges gave Molloy 30-26 rounds, but a third marked it 29-28 in his favour. Molloy, a World Junior bronze medallist, meets Germany’s Artur Namberger in a repeat of the 2012 European Schoolboy Championships semi-final in Anapa, which Namberger won 13-9, but Molloy exacted revenge for that defeat when he beat the German in the Viking Cup in Denmark a few months later. The semi-final is on Friday at around 4pm Irish time, you can watch it live on YouTube, go to EUBC website at http://www.eubcboxing.org/ and follow link to YouTube on right side of page. Kieran is accompanied by his dad Stephen who is working the corner with him.

Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Catalin Bitca (Moldova) 3-0 (Last 16)

Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Remo Salvatia (Italy) 3-0 (1/4 finals)


<<<< Kieran defeats the Italian Remo Salvatia in 1/4 finals


National Intermediate Championships

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Galway Squad Training

          Galway squad training for girls takes place next Sunday 9th November in the Corrib Gym , Claregalway, this session starts at 9.30am sharp and is being run by Sean Cumiskey. All clubs attending please submit to Sean the names/age/weights of your boxers before Friday by email to cumiskey.sean@gmail.com or by text. Each boxer should bring their own gloves/skipping rope and €2 to cover costs.


Cleary Loses Controversially

James Cleary can consider himself very unfortunate to have been on the wrong end of a split decision to Russia’s Maxim Krivisov. The Olympic B.C. lightweight clearly won the final two rounds following a very close opening frame. Most of the second was also close, but Cleary turned his tough opponent back into the Irish corner near the end of the round and delivered some big shots off both hands to claim the stanza. The Olympic BC ace also found the target with five unanswered shots in the third, and when Krivisiov did eventually reply fired Cleary responded in kind. Cleary raised his hands in victory after the final bell – but the decision went to the surprised Russian lightweight.


James Cleary Advances

     James Cleary advances to the quarter finals of the European Youth Championships in Zagreb,Croatia after beating Marsel Tertejyan (Denmark) 3-0 in the last 16 stage. He now faces the Russian Maxim Krivisov (Russia) who stands between James and a bronze medal, his clubmate Frankie Cleary lost to the tough Rexhildo Zeneli (Albania).


Clearys Win in Croatia

    Frankie and James Cleary from the Olympic boxing club are part of the Irish team at the European Youth Championships in Zagreb,Croatia. Both the Clearys won their first round bouts and are now into the last 16. Congrats to both boys.

60kg James Cleary (Ireland) beat Asefi Soldimann (Germany) 3-0

56kg Francis Cleary (Ireland) beat Katin Arsenov (Bulgaria)


Second Galway Squad Training

          The second Galway squad training takes place next Sunday October 20th in the Corrib Gym , Claregalway, this session is for boxers aged between 11-16 and starts at 9.30am sharp. The session is being run by Sean Cumiskey, all boxers must be good enough to represent Galway in upcoming inter-counties, this is not a session for novice boxers. All clubs attending can bring no more than five boxers so that there is a good representation from all the clubs, please submit to Sean the names/age/weights of your boxers before Friday by email to cumiskey.sean@gmail.com or by text. Each boxer should bring their own gloves/skipping rope and €2 to cover costs.


Galway Squad Training

    Squad training for the 2014/2015 season starts this Sunday October 5th in the Corrib Boxing Club at 9.30 sharp. Sean Cumiskey has been appointed to take charge of all county sessions, the session this Sunday if adult boxers, all boxers must come equipped with their own gear and €2 per session. All clubs are requested to forward a list of boxers good enough to take part in upcoming inter-counties by email to Sean at cumiskey.sean@gmail.com In order for this to work all clubs must support and work with Sean.


Club Lists

    As discussed at last Tuesday's Galway Board meeting, boxers aged between 11-16 can no longer box against anyone when there is more than twelve months age difference and Youth boxers cannot box any adults. It is important that the date of birth of juvenile boxers is known when matching for tournaments, to help with clubs looking for matches I will publish on this web site details of every clubs boxers weight, date of birth and contests won/lost, please email me your full list of carded boxers who are ready for contests to loughreaboxing@eircom.net


Club Lists

    As discussed at last Tuesday's Galway Board meeting, boxers aged between 11-16 can no longer box against anyone when there is more than twelve months age difference and Youth boxers cannot box any adults. It is important that the date of birth of juvenile boxers is known when matching for tournaments, to help with clubs looking for matches I will publish on this web site details of every clubs boxers weight, date of birth and contests won/lost, please email me your full list of carded boxers who are ready for contests to loughreaboxing@eircom.net