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Friday 21 July 2017

Family fortunes for the Fays

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The Fays continue to make the headlines for Bracken BC after John and Niamh became the first brother and sister in the club's history to win Dublin titles on the same evening.

With Niamh helping her dad Garry in John's corner and John doing his bit when Niamh went into the ring, Monday night last was a real family affair and first into the ring was young John who was up against Sean Brennan from the Glasnevin club in the Boy 2 48kg decider.

In round one Fay got his jab working from the start and ducked in and out in an attempt to stay out of trouble, although Brennan did have success with his back hand.

Round two saw both boys feinting and trying to draw each other in, but near the end Fay managed to land shots with the jab and back hand.

In the last round Brennan came out fast, looking for a stoppage, with his corner perhaps feeling they were playing catch-up, but Fay showed good defence, footwork and movement, and when Brennan began to tire the Bracken youngster took advantage to land some important scores in the final moments. It was a tough one to call, but the judges ruled 3-2 in favour of Fay as he secured his first-ever Dublin Championship success and booked a place in the upcoming All-Irelands.

Niamh Fay was facing into her fourth bout in 10 days, which perhaps handed an advantage to her opponent Eve Woods from the St Bernadettes club, and the fresh-legged Woods made the better start in round one. However, Fay started working the body and that approach knocked the wind out of Woods' sails.

The plucky St Bernadettes girl came forward again in round two with straight one-twos, but Fay's response was to move around the ring and conserve her energy before working the body again in the latter stages.

The cracks were beginning to show on Woods at that stage and in round three Fay kept her jab and back-hand going and went on to emerge as a comfortable winner - the fourth Dublin crown of her burgeoning career.

There is no time to rest, though, as the Ballyboughal girl is now training with the Irish squad every weekend in the hope of being selected for the upcoming European Championships.

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