The titles just keep coming to members of the Emyvale Amateur Boxing Club and possibly
more to come. These successes are well deserved as the members put in a great effort
at training and have great determination to succeed at the sport. When I called in
during the week to hear the good news stories, the Training Room was a hive of activity
with all actively involved in an aspect of training under the watchful guidance of
trainers and coaches. I spoke to Mickey Treanor to hear who has been winning what
and it was all good news.
First of all there was his own son, Oisin, who has just become an Irish Champion
for the third time, by winning the All-Ireland final in the 42kg Boy 4 section of
the Irish Championships. Four weeks ago he started by winning the Ulster final against
a great opponent, Owen McGarrell, from Finn Valley Club, in Donegal, who won the
Ulster championship in 2014. The following week Oisin was up against James O'Connor
from Muskerrry, Co. Cork, in the preliminary All-Ireland and victory went to the
Emyvale man. One week later he faced Timmy Fitzsimons, from Loughlynn BC, Roscommon,
and again Oisin was victorious giving him a place in the All-Ireland final, which
was held in the National Stadium, Dublin, on Friday, April 29th. His opponent was
J.J. Byrne, Tolerton, Laois, and this was a very tough contest for Oisin. Byrne was
a very strong and hard hitter but Oisin counteracted this with his fast hit and move
action and this impressed the judges to give him the win in each of the three rounds
and therefore victory. This was a powerful victory over a formidable opponent and
Oisin deserves great praise for the manner in which he won this contest. Well done
Oisin and now he he is off to Germany on May 14th for 5 days as part on an Ulster
team taking part in a multinational tournament there and when he returns from that
he will be going to the Irish cadets where he will face the champion of a year older,
and that will be a tough assignment. After that Oisin will take a well earned break
for a couple of months before getting back to the training.
Ben Sherry, another club championship winner, will be part of an Ulster team heading
to Bristol on June 3rd to take part in a 2-day Tournament there and we wish him a
Ben's brother, Dylan, was also in the finals of the Irish Championships in the 31kg
Boy 1 section but was defeated in a very disappointing way in that the verdict went
against him while most would say he was a clear winner. It was a sad end to a good
effort to win the Championship and so much the harder to accept the defeat when the
decision unexpectedly went to the other side.
The images above show Kaylin Geary, Emyvale; Andrea Leer, Castleblayney, and Emma
Killoran, Bishop Kelly, Eskra, during a sparring session at training in Emyvale BC.
The Girls are also making a name for the club and they are taking the sport very
seriously. Kaylin Geary is through to the Irish Championship finals to be held in
Dublin on May 14th. with the weigh-in this weekend. It would be terrific if she was
successful and add to the titles for the club but to even get to the finals is a
marvellous achievement as the females are getting very strong mainly due to the success
of Katie Taylor. We wish Kaylin good luck and all the best on May 14th.