Thursday 20 June 2019

Boost for McAleer ahead of Fins show

Louth Open champion - Jack McAleer from the Swords
Louth Open champion - Jack McAleer from the Swords club

Swords BC youngster Jack McAleer captured a Louth Open Championship title last Saturday afternoon after defeating Patrick O Heerin of Rochfordbridge in the decider at the Holy Family club in Drogheda.

First he had to negotiate a semi-final against Ryan Quinn of Silverbridge and in round one McAleer used jabs to the head to good effect and turn his opponents with backhand hooks, and he seemed to dominate round two also, keeping his distance while landing hooks and upper cuts to the body and head.

McAleer had no need to get into a brawl in the final round. Well aware that Quinn had to stop him to turn the fight in his favour, McAleer kept moving and turned Quinn with hook shots and in the end McAleer he won through to face Patrick O Heerin of Rochfordbridge in the decider.

In round one it was a case of fighter v boxer as Heerin attacked form the start with a four-punch combination, but McAleer kept his composure and went on to land a few shots of his own.

Round two was a close round, but McAleer's better mobility helped him land more shots.

Then in the final round McAleer switched approach from southpaw and confused Quinn, landing some body shots as a result.

It was certainly a close contest, but McAleer got the verdict and now looks forward to fighting in this Saturday's Swords show in the Fingallians GAA clubhouse.

The action begins on Saturday at 7,30pm and also featuring on the 16-contest bill will be Niamh Fay, John Fay, Cameron Bennett, Michael Avetisian and newcomers Killian Molloy, Rossa Lennon and Meabh Delaney. All are welcome to attend.

Fingal Independent