Monday 18 December 2017

Sport in Brief: Boxing - Irish hit top form in Kiev

Paddy Barnes
Paddy Barnes

Sean Conroy is one win away from at least a bronze medal at the AIBA World Junior Championships in Kiev, Ukraine.

The Mayo middleweight beat Germany's Jonathan Fischbuch on a unanimous decision, while Galway's Kieran Molloy outclassed Hungary's Tamas Molnar.

Meanwhile, the Irish squad for the Elite World Championships will be recommended by head coach Billy Walsh following a training camp in Mayo which will run until September 20.

Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlan, John Joe Nevin and Jason Quigley have been selected in the team for next month's World Elite Championships in Kazakhstan.


THE 2013 European Tour Qualifying School series has begun in Scotland and Austria.

All the Irish entrants for this first qualifying stage (Section A) are competing at The Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course in Kelso, Scotland.

The pace after round one was set at four-under-par by England's Adam Wootton, which gave him a flying start to the 72-hole event.

The best of the Irish were Damian Mooney and Cork's Peter O'Keeffe, both on level-par 72. The top 17 and ties from 73 starters go forward to the next phase from The Roxburghe.

Ireland will take the course for the women's Home Internationals in Fife this morning, having last captured the title in 2010, WRITES CHRIS SMART.

Ireland face Scotland today and are boosted by the inclusion of the Maguire twins – Leona and Lisa – while teenage star Olivia Mehaffey and Irish champion Paula Grant are also in the line-up.

Tomorrow they meet Wales and conclude the round-robin series against England on Friday.

Ireland are managed by the country's most successful female golfer of all time Mary McKenna, the president of the Irish Ladies Golf Union.

IRELAND SQUAD – M Doyle (The Heath), M Dunne (Skerries), A Farrell (Moate), P Grant (Lisburn), Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell), Lisa Maguire (Slieve Russell), O Mehaffey (Royal County Down), E O'Driscoll (Ballybunion).

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