EDENDERRY boxing club held their second tournament of the season recently. It was held in the club house and included three underage contests and eleven tournament contests.
The clubs that paticipated in this event were Paulstown from Kilkenny, Neilstown from Dublin, South Meath and St Mary’s, Daingean
Paulstown are currently the best club in Leinster at youth level. This was the first time that the club have participated in the tournament in Edenderry and the Edenderry boxing club hope it will not be the last.
Out of the five contests between Edenderry and Paulstown, Paulstown came out on top winning three of the contests compared to Edenderry’s two wins.
Also in attendance was Kenneth Egan ten times National Senior Champion. Kenneth made all of the presentations to each boxer after each contest.
The show got underway with three underage contests. In the first contest it was Eoghan Brereton of Edenderry who was against Leon Thompson of Neilstown. Both boys are ten years old and both performed extremely well during their contest.
Next up were Richie Kavanagh of St Marys and Luke Lawlor of South Meath. Both boys are also ten years of age and both gave a good account of themselves during the competition.
The last of the underage contests were between Aaron Mangan and Kyle Rafferty of Neilstown. Both boys are eleven years of age and this was a close and hard fought contest with a good skills from both boys.
The first of the scoring contests was between Joshua Browne, Edenderry and Jamie Kealy of Paulstown. Just four weeks ago Joshua competed in the Leinster Boy’s Championships but Joshua just lost out on a 2-3 points decision in that bout. It was felt by the clubs officials that he was hard done by at the time so now he had a second chance to put it right and this is what he did.
He took control from the bell and using his jab and his straight punches to the head he caused his opponent alot of promblems. Joshua won every round and at the end he won his contest on a unanimous decision.
The next winner was a young man who was making his first appearance in the boxing ring, Tristen O’Donovan who was against Curtis Fleming of Neilstown. This was very even contest with little or nothing between them, except for the never give up and never say die attitude of Tristen. This resulted in a unanimous decision. Both boys boxed their hearts out and made this without a doubt was the contest of the night.
The third winner of the night was also seeking a little bit of revenge. Attila Peto lost out on a 2-4 scoreline to Graham Kealyof Paulstown in the Leinster Boys Four Championship and now he had another chance to do better. It was a very even contest throughout.
Both boxers performed very well and at the end that was very little between them. In the end it was a very even contest that could have gone either way but Attila got the nod on a 3-2 decision.
All of the Edenderry boxers who lost gave a good account of themselves. Daragh Daly of Edenderry lost to Luke Dempsey of South Meath, Craig Mangan of Edenderry lost to Terence O’Reilly of Neilstown, Alex Melnicuikas of Edenderry lost to Nathan Cahill of Paulstown, Jamie Quinn of Edenderry lost to Daniel Murphy of Paulstown, David Carey of Edenderry lost to Daniel O’Neill of Paulstown, Ainara Lindermanis of Edenderry lost to John Egan the National Novice champion. Martin Ward of St Mary’s drew with Aaron Smith of South Meath and Dillan Hyland of St Mary’s lost to Lee Doran of Neilstown.
Overall this was a good tournament with some very good boxing. The club has now finished his training for this season and hope to start up again at the end of August 2011.
Anyone wishing to join the club for the next season should join up in the first two to three weeks after the club start back this is because a major tournament the Micheal Andrews starts in October and in order for the club to prepare for this people intending to compete in this tournament will have to start training as early as possible. This is as the first few weeks of training will be consentrated on fitness and boxing skills.