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Champs Dhúlaigh land KO!

BOXING: Colaiste Dhulaigh's incredible record in the boxing arena keeps on reaching new highs as they captured their 33rd consecutive Crowley Cup Schools' title at last night's annual CDVEC Novice Boxing Championship in the National Stadium.

Dhúlaigh, with their trusted mentor Joe Vaughan in the corner, also celebrated Laurie Hamilton being crowned 'Boxer of the Tournament' after the Dhúlaigh student powered his way to a unanimous victory against Darragh O'Grady of St Kevin's College.

Students from Dhúlaigh, St Kevin's College, Kylemore College, Coláiste Eoin, Marino College and Plunket College fought in three one-minute rounds from 39kg to 86kg.

Before the evening proceedings began, Dhúlaigh held a slender three-point lead over St Kevin's College, who, on paper, looked like the biggest threat to dethroning the champions.

And so it proved with Kevin's Nikita Pidgammy, Michael McCoy and Jordan Donoghue defeating Dhúlaigh's Josh Tighe, Justin O'Rourke and Nathan Finn in their respective bouts either side of a commanding win from Kylemore College's Ian Carroll against Dhúlaigh's Shane Nolan in the Group A contests.


Group B threw up some interesting results as Kylemore's Ola Adienka, Victor Keenan of Eoin, Kevin's Garret Murphy and Jordan Murphy of Marino won titles at the expense of the holders.

Wins for Neil Burke, Leon Bonny and Craig Dixon kept Dhúlaigh's noses in front but Kevin's kept up the pressure with back-to-back wins from James Duff and Graham Fallon in Group C. However, the champions stepped up to the mark winning five consecutive fights in Group D; the pick of the wins coming from Darren Tyrell (46kg), Luke Boylan (60kg) and Paddy Ellis (70kg).

Dhúlaigh went into the final group of bouts with yet another schools' title firmly under their belt but there was still six more titles up for grabs. Beka Machurishvili of Marino won the 66kg clash with Dhúlaigh's Dean Carey, while Kevin's Mitchell Wade and Michael Donoghue gusty displays won the 80kg and 86kg titles. But it was Hamilton's flawless display inside the ring that stood out on the night.