Dealgan boxers keeping busy between the ropes
DEALGAN ABC has been very busy on the competition front of late, with some of their up-and-coming stars stepping between the ropes with great success.
At 60kgs, reigning Irish Champion Martin O'Donnacha, after defeating his Cork opponent within a single round in his quarter final, was just pipped in his attempt to gain back-to-back national titles for the Marian Park club when losing narrowly to Holy Family's Ben Bannon.
In only his second year boxing 13-year-old Lee Mackin impressed when going all the way in his Leinster championship campaign, picking off some very noteworthy scalps along the way. In his Nationals, Lee took the initial round against his Derry opponent but was unlucky to sustain a nose injury in the second putting paid to his attempt to be crowned national champion.
The Dealgan coaches were very impressed with the progress both boxers have made this year and are certain it won't be long before they are top of the podium once more.
Other Dealgan youngsters who made their mark on the championships this year and will taste more success in the years to come, include Leinster finalists, Conor Woods and Paul Costello, while there were some fine performances from Darren O'Donough, Jamie Williams, Caolan Travers and Sean O'Donough. Not to be outdone, Dealgan ABC's female boxers are in full preparation for their assault on their respective national titles next week in the National Stadium. After all four girls claimed their Leinster crowns last month, three will be entering the ring as defending Irish champions, most notably European champion Amy Broadhurst at 60kg.
At 50k, Nicole Agnew will be bidding for her fourth Irish crown in a row alongside Orla Garvey at 57k, who will be hoping to make it a hat-trick of titles.
One newcomer to the squad this year is the very talented Rachel Costelloe who in only her first season has taken the Louth, Meath and Leinster titles, and will no doubt give a good account of herself when making her national debut.
Last weekend the club travelled to Derby in England to participate in some combined training with English clubs whilst treating its squad to a great trip to Alton Towers in appreciation for a fine effort this season from its committee, coaches and boxers.