Costello is National Lightweight champion
LAST weekend the Cashen Vale boxing club continued their winning streak with wins at both local and national level.
In the final of the National Intermediate Novice Boxing Championships last Saturday afternoon in Dublin, Hillary Costello beat Donna Owens from the Derrylin Boxing Club to win the Lightweight title.
Hillary (right) is a student at Tarbert Comprehensive School and her passion for boxing began about two years ago when her parents brought her along to the club. As there were no other girls her age or weight in the club, she had to adopt Katie Taylor's training regime, and spar with the boys.
The training was hard, but soon she began to impress in skill bouts and win at tournaments as part of her progression to championship boxing. She is the fourth girl from the club to win a national title in the past five years; previous winners were Niamh Ball, Naomi O'Brien and Tara McGinty.
Tomáisín's night club in Lisselton was the venue for Saturday night's International Club Tournament between Smallholdings ABC (select) from England and Cashen Vale ABC (select).This was amateur boxing as it should be, with some highly talented boxers from both sides of the Irish sea competing.
In all competitions there has to be a winner, and on this occasion it was the Cashen Vale squad that were the victors. A return show in London is been planned for later in the season and the club is looking forward to this challenge.
Another massive challenge for the club is the hosting of the Munster Boys and Youth Boxing Championships over three weekends next March. It's 12 years since this event was previously entrusted to the Cashen Vale club, and was then held in the Ballyloughran Youth Centre (now closed).
The Community Centre in Ballybunion will be the the venue on this occation.The club is confident that the business people of the seaside town can also embrace the challenge of accommodating the hundreds of visitors this event will bring to Ballybunion.