DISASTER STRUCK for Bracken BC star Gerard Whitehouse last weekend when injury forced the Leinster champion to pull out of the All-Ireland Intermediate title race.
The multiple underage national champ had even weighed in even for his bout but a long-standing back injury forced him to withdraw.
Seeing two fighters he had previously dispatched without too fuss reach the semi-finals made matters even worse for Whitehouse, who would have been a hot favourite to reach the final in his first season in adult boxing. 'It was tough on him, but Gerard has many more years ahead of him in adult boxing,' insisted Bracken coach, Kieran O'Neill.
'It's not that bad an injury, but Gerard being Gerard trained through it and he just overdid a bit - but he'll be back.' With Christy O'Reilly still sidelined by an injury picked up at the Euorpean Championships in Russia, Bracked will be looking to some of its young guns to carry the flag this week.
On Wednesday 11-year-old Aaron Walsh will be hoping to continue his impressive form and reach the final of the Dublin League, while 15 year-old Ben Teeling will also be in action in the Dublin semi-finals having dispatched Patrick Stewart of St Mary's BC last week. And Chloe Grey's successes this year have inspired even more young Bracken girls. Niamh Fay from Ballyboughal has shown tremendous potential and along with Rachel Elliott from Balbriggan, the pair appear set for the big-time.