Sunday 19 November 2017

Tredagh proud as punch over win on beach


Tredagh Boxing Academy members entered the St Bernadettes Boxing Club 5km Adventure Race at Malahide beach recently and emerged as the overall winners.

Having lost their clubroom premises in Aston Village during the summer, the five lads trained for the event in 'The Fitness Room' gym in Dunleer under the auspices of Gym owner and Elite Senior boxer Patrick Lavery as well as club coach Padraig Mc Cullough.

The boys did their running training around the roads and track in Dunleer and strength and conditioning training at the 'Fitness Room'.

The race was opened to all boxing clubs in the Leinster region and was hotly contested, with 30 teams entered - including the defending champions and hosts St Bernadettes of Swords.

The stipulations for the race stated that there needed to be a pre-championship boxer and a Boy/Girl 3 age bracket competitor. The other three just needed to be members of the club, whether competitive boxers or trainers.

So Tredagh put forward a team comprising Callum 'Cobra' Carragher, Eoin 'Fearless' Finglas, Jordan 'Tiger' Carragher, Jack 'Fast Track' Mc Cullough and Patrick/Rico 'Right Hook' Lavery.

The 5km race heralded some interesting obstacles to navigate - including carrying tyres, balancing on beams, carrying a member of the team in a stretcher, dragging team members in tyres, building bridges while balancing and walking on beams, crawling under nets etc.

From the gun the Tredagh team worked hard as a unit and maximised their individual skills and strengths. Team work, communication and conditioning had to be spot-on if they were to do well.

Jack McCullough, who trains at the Tredagh club and helps out with the strength and conditioning of the club boxers, set a high tempo in the running parts of the race to spur his teammates on. He also played a vital role in the team strength areas when needed.

Rico Lavery showed great leadership as he continuously motivated the team, while he also showed why he is a top fitness trainer.

'Fearless' Finglas, the present Leinster Boy 3 boxing champion, displayed strength and running ability beyond his years as he stood 'toe to toe' with the older lads.

Then came the extremely talented, tough and hard-working Carragher brothers. Jordan, who is a member of the Leinster High Performance Team, showcased his immense versatility as he coasted through the various tests. His balance and technical knowhow was instrumental in the final bridge obstacle.

However, the performance of the day went to Jordan's younger sibling Callum, who will box at Boy 1 this season. He broke all imaginable barriers on the day as he rose to the occasion and stayed with the pace of the much older lads throughout.

In the push for home Jack McCullough and Rico Lavery hit the final net first as they crawled through to run back and hold the net up for the incoming finale.

'Fearless' Finglas and 'Tiger' Carragher chaperoned and motivated young Callum all the way - especially in the final moments when young Callum's legs began to wobble 20 metres from the net and big brother Jordan put him over his shoulder and carried him. They both navigated the net and finished together. Young Callum's will to win was unwavering as he finished the race and physically got sick. In his next breath he smiled and said 'that was great'!

After a tense wait it emerged that Tredagh Boxing Academy had won the overall event and the team members jumped for joy as they realised that all the hard work had paid off.

Tredagh Boxing Academy coaches present on the day - Padraig Mc Cullough, Harry Mc Garry, Tom Myers and Keith Carragher - were very excited by the performance and fitness levels of the team and they would like to give a special word of mention to Patrick Lavery from the 'Fitness Room' Gym who had the team in pristine condition.

Tredagh also had a great end to last season as Julia Remenyuk won the Girl 2 Leinster and All-Ireland title. while the end-of-season boxing tournament was a massive success as the Academy hosted West Warwick Boxing Club from England in Mc Hughs function room, Drogheda.

Jordan Carragher was awarded 'Best Boxer of the Night' as he beat an English ABA champion. Aisling Maguire was awarded 'Best Female Boxer', Brianna Mathews was awarded 'Best Young Boxer', Rachel O Connor was awarded 'Best Young Boxer of the Year' and Eoin Finglas was awarded 'Best Overall Boxer of the Year'. Tredagh Boxing academy would like to thank the local businessmen and businesses that sponsored fights on the night.

Jordan Carragher was also picked to represent Leinster at a prestigious tournament in Lithuania but incurred a slight injury which put him out of contention.

Tredagh Boxing Academy have now moved to a new location at An Grianan in Termonfeckin. There was a tremendous response from local tradespeople Ciaran 'Key's Mathews (carpenter) and Gary 'Giz' Clinton (plumbing) who worked voluntarily to get the club up and running for the new season along with numerous parents and club members.

The club would also like to thank the 'Des Smyth Foundation for Youth' who sponsored some new equipment for the club; local councillors Kenneth Flood (Sinn Fein) and Colm Markey (Fine Gael) for making donations; and Drogheda Lions Club who have made donations over the past two years.

Training takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 10am. For further details phone 087-9944799.

Drogheda Independent

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