Tredagh's hard hitters make a great fist of it
TREDAGH Boxing Club's fourstrong girls contingent were all victorious in last weekend's Drimnagh Tournament, while the highly promising Mason Moran represented Leinster with distinction against Munster in Mahon, Cork.
The action began on Saturday with Moran travelling to take on double Irish and Cadets champion James Keenan in the Boy 4 60kg class, but the greater experience of Keenan did not faze the up and coming Tredagh boy who many people thought came out best in one of the fights of the day.
Moran started round one by landing some nice left hooks and straight lefts, pushing Keenan back, but the Cork boy gained some momentum in the second round and caught the Drogheda lad with some snappy right hooks to the body.
It all came down to the last round and the fitter Moran seemed to be on top at this stage, with some lovely combinations hurting his opponent.
In the end the judges gave the decision to Keenan on a 2-1 scoreline, but nevertheless it was a super performance from the Tredagh youngster who will no doubt be looking to land some major honours in the season ahead.
On Sunday it was the turn of the Tredagh girls, and first up for them was Kenza Cherouat who easily out-punched Caroline McDonagh (Ballina BC) to win her Girl 1 36kg contest on a unanimous decision.
Next into the ring was Lauren Fitzgerald who boxed another Ballina youngster, Billie Stephens, in the Girl 1 52kg division, and the outcome was the same as Fitzgerald's strong left jab pushed back in the Mayo girl who was also caught with some solid right hands.
Reigning All-Ireland champion Zoe Kavanagh also had a good day at the office as she proved far too experienced for Ballina's Rachel Fury, easily outpointing her thanks to her fast hands in the 44kg contest.
Last but definitely not least was Georgia Ryan who faced the more experienced Katriona Nevin (Drimnagh) in a superb Girl 2 60kg fight which had the crowd on the edge of their seats for the entire three rounds.
The hard-hitting right hand of Ryan proved too much for the girl from the host club and she went on to win on a majority decision.
This superb showing by the Tredagh girls boosts their chances of landing Leinster titles in March, but in the meantime they move on to the Meath Championships which take place in Trim next Sunday.
New members are welcome to come along and join Tredagh Boxing Club, who meet from 7 to 9pm on Mondays to Thursdays and from 10am to noon on Sundays at their home in Scholes Lane.