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Saturday 20 September 2014

Rebecca packs a powerful punch for Clann Naofa BA

Published 19/03/2014 | 05:20

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Clann Naofa’s Rebecca Gorman representing Ireland.

LOCAL girl Rebecca Gorman has proven yet again that Clann Naofa BA still has that magic touch when it comes to producing and nurturing, talented diligent, and dexterous boxers

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Having already gained six Irish girl champions (Elisha O'Grady 54Kg; Evelyn Igharo 48KG; Shauna O'Callaghan 57KG; Naomi O'Callaghan 75Kg; Catherine O'Grady 48KG; Rebecca Gorman 54KG), Rebecca's success has further solidified Clann Naofa's steadfast position among the elite of Irish Boxing Clubs, with her impressive display in two International boxing tournaments, beating International champions on both occasions.

In her first International , Rebecca beat the Polish champion 3-0 in a lively contest which was held in Belfast four weeks ago.

This win laid the path for Rebecca's latest outing when she was selected to represent Ireland again, against an English select which was held in London recently.

Her opponent this time was 54kg ABA English champion Jade Toogood who is also the current Youth Champion.

Rebecca set upon her opponent in an aggressive manner from the opening bell. Toe to toe, Rebecca hurled body and head shots at her English opponent who instantaneously began retreating, boxing off the back foot as Rebecca relentlessly walked her down and increased the tempo with every passing minute of the round.

As each succeeding round only served to reverberate more mightily the pattern of the first, it was unequivocally evident that Clann Naofa's engaging style was " 'too much' for Toogood.

An easy decision, Rebecca overwhelmingly won the contest3-0, assisting Ireland in achieving a 4-3 win over England.

Despite Toogood being older and more experienced in the boxing arena, Rebecca's personal determination and dedication to her club saw her emerge as the victor.

Next up for the Clann Naofa champions is a very significant and historical event, as through their persistent domination and prowess in the Irish Boxing scene, Clann Naofa has been nominated to host one of the most prestigious Irish Boxing events on the calendar, the Leinster Girl Championships 1-2-3-4-5-6.

This will be held in their clubhouse in Muirhevnamor, commencing on the 12th and 13th April, with finals on the 19th. The club hope that their other Irish Girl Champions all retain their titles and make this a memorable occasion..

'This is another first for Clann Naofa,' stated head coach Jim O'Neill. 'It was hard work to get the championships here so let's hope our girl boxers help make this a big event for us by again winning their titles and proudly flying our flag amidst the top clubs in Ireland.'

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