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More Boxing Successes for Emyvale Club

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 successful trip.

 

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.

Oisin Treanor

Ben Sherry

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.

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Dylan Sherry

Kaylin Geary

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.