Seán McDermott BC has enjoyed a fantastic rate of success when no less than three boxing titles were won by Alana Ward, Déarbhla Rooney and Kelsey Granaghan at the Connacht boxing championships.
The north Leitrim Club had one boy and three girls in action at the championships last weekend in Foxford. Last Wednesday night week Alannah Ward boxed the contest of her career to date to win her fifth Connacht title in Girl 14 54Kg final. Alannah was feeling a little under the weather and really dug deep to secure her victory over Aisling Joyce Ballinrobe BC by a 9-7 margin.
Déarbhla Rooney, Rebecca McLoughlin and Kelsey Granaghan got byes straight to finals last Sunday in Foxford.
First into the ring was Kelsey, who was competing in her first provincial championships. Kelsey was ahead on points throughout the three rounds and recorded a victory of 20-4 over her opponent from Ballinasloe.
Déarbhla was next into the ring against a Castlebar boxer who had a lot of support. Dearbhla got off to a solid start as she led 8-4 after two rounds. The third round was a real hum dinger with the Castlebar girl coming out of her corner like a girl with a mission and she threw everything she had at Déarbhla. The Manor fighter kept her cool, listened to her corner and used her lethal jab to win the contest 14-8. It was a great victory for Déarbhla and her second consecutive Connacht title.
The last Manor girl boxer into the ring was Rebecca McLoughlin. Rebecca, in her first ever competitive bout was up against a very strong Sligo fighter. Unfortunately Rebecca got caught with a couple of hard punches at the start of the first round and the referee stopped the contest.
Patrick Kelly boxed in the quarter finals and recorded an impressive win by way of a third round stoppage over his opponent. Unfortunately Patrick lost his semi-final bout on Sunday but should take great encouragement from his performances on both days.
Its Patrick’s first year competing at provincial level and it will be a great foundation on which he will no doubt build for the future. He is always a brave battler and has great approach at all times
Martin Feeney from Killargue was unlucky to lose a very close contest in Westport when he was defeated by Liam McStravick St. Anne’s BC in the Youth1 52Kg quarter final.
The Club says a huge well done to all the boxers who competed over the last two weeks. It is extremely proud of every single one of them who are brave enough to step into the loneliest place in the world of sport, the boxing ring.