Kilkenny’s Darren O’Neill continued his rich vein of form when he landed gold in the Multi Nations boxing finals in Finland. The Paulstown fighter powered his way to victory, stopping two opponents inside the first round as he dominated the light-heavyweight class.
Captain of the 2012 Olympic boxing team and Golden Gloves champion, O’Neill wasted little time showing off his class. He took less than three minutes to win his first bout, stopping Norway’s Ahmed Abdelfatta in the first round on Thursday. Abdelfatta crashed to the canvas when hit by a powerful right hook. The fight was stopped when the Norweigan took another heavy blow seconds before the bell.
O’Neill took less time to book his place in the final when he KO’d Jake Bell inside 30 seconds of the semi. The Englishman was left seeing stars after O’Neill unleashed lefts to the head and body. His final fight went on a little longer, but O’Neill was the clear winner.
The Kilkennyman took things a little easier when he faced France’s Souliman Abdourachidoc in the final, but claimed his second Multi Nations title with a 3-0 decision. That gold helped ensure Ireland topped the medals table at the 14-nation event. The six-strong team finished with three golds, one silver and two bronze medals.
It proved to be a good weekend for Paulstown as three more of the club’s boxers celebrated glory.
Helen Carthy, Keith Flavin and Aisling Byrne won the in the featherweight, lightweight and light-heavy finals when competing in the National Intermediate Championships at the National Stadium in Dublin on Friday.
Both Carty and Byrne won their titles with time to spare, recording TKO wins over Cavan’s Jurtita Piacuate and Dungarvan’s Kiera Mulcahy in the second and first rounds respectively. Flavin was also a convincing winner, scoring a 3-0 verdict over Martin Noonan of Riverstown in the 60kg decider.
Horse World Cup
FOURTEEN year-old Kilkenny rider, Susan Fitzpatrick, has been invited to take part in the pony/horse relay section of the Geneva Rolex World Cup Show next month.
Susan, who was the individual European Pony Show jumping gold medallist at Arezzo in Italy earlier this year with Barbara O’Reilly Hyland’s Rock Dee Jay, and who was also on the bronze medal-winning Irish team, will be the only Irish pony participant amongst the 13 pairs competing at the Swiss show. Susan was invited to take part in Geneva as current European champion.
Last weekend she competed with other Irish riders in the international pony show at Neeroeteren in Belgium with Petrus Spartacus and Rock Dee Jay and she also rode in the junior classes with Isacorada.
This weekend she is due to ride at Enschede in the Netherlands, where she will add Ghost Rider as part of her preparations for Geneva.
A good year of progress was reviewed at the annual meeting of Conahy camogie club in the GAA clubhouse. Chairperson Claire Gunner was able to reflect on what had been a successful year.
From under-6 to adults level great progress was made and team managers were optimistic about the future. Pride of place went to the U-16 girls who won the Roinn B league and championship double. Hard to credit, but this was the first time the club entered a team in the U-16 grade
There was a panel of 17 who were terrifically dedicated, and the girls can be proud of their achievements. The chairperson paid tribute to mentors Paddy Delaney, Mairead Lalor, Hilda Butler, Aine Phelan and trainer Conor Brennan for the trojan work they put in with the squad.
One of the highlights of the year was the success of Danielle Morrissey in the All-Ireland Feile-na-nGaels skills competition in Limerick. Her magnificent score of 205 points was enough to secure her victorhy. It was a huge achievement for Danielle, her family and club.
Tributes were also paid to the schools camogie team, U-12 and minor teams who all reached county finals but came up short on the day. Claire also praised the players, team coaches, mentors and parents for the huge effort they put into promoting the game.
There was also praised Bord-na-nOg and the GAA club for their continued support of the camogie club. The club is in a healthy state and all are looking forward to the challenges the future will bring.
Officers elected - Claire Gunner (chairperson); Mary Mullen (vice-chairperson); Ellen Phelan (secretary); Sinead Corrigan (assistant secretary); Ann Cahill (treasurer).
The Dunnamaggin U-12 hurlers finished their year on a high by winning the Tullogher-Rosbercon Richie Young blitz. The team saved its best for last, giving two great displays on the day. They beat Glenmore in the semi-final and beat Mooncoin in the final.
The Richie Young Perpetual Trophy was presented by Walter Walsh to captain Dylan Crehan. Panel - Joe Fitzpatrick, Conor Denny, Derek Carroll, Darragh Walsh, Shaun O’ Keeffe, Dylan Carroll, Daniel O’ Neill, Kieran Buckley, Jimmy O’ Neill, Alex Moore, Ger Coffey, Harry Walsh, Andy Hickey, Denis Walsh, Conor Brett, Dillon Wall.
The girls from Graignamanagh tasted victory in the primary schools Roinn B final at Nowlan Park. Kilkenny Schools Project opened the scoring with a cracking goal from Cliodhna Donnelly. This was cancelled by an equally well-taken effort from Sophie Phelan. Aisling Prendergast pointed for Graig, but Abby Gilsenan hit the net for KSP to leave the city side 2-0 to 1-1 up at the break.
The sides were well matched in the second half with defenders doing trojan work. Graig had lots of possession, but the KSP backs held their two point lead.
With the final whistle approaching Graig won a free. A point looked likely, but the Barrowsiders played a short ball to Darcy Bolger, and the captain rattled the net to win by 2-1 to 2-0.
The Roinn D final between Presentation Convent, Castlecomer and Bunscoil McAuley Rice, Callan will be played tomorrow (Thursday) in Palmerstown (2.30pm). Both are chasing their first title.
A team from Kilkenny’s Evolution Martial Arts Academy rounded off a successful year when they competed in the final round of the Best of the Best in Dublin at the weekend.
The team competed in traditional Kata, musical forms, musical weapons and points sparring.
Their youngest competitor, Tommy O’Keeffe (7), kept his 100% record when he scored a first place in musical forms. This was the start of a very successful day for the club based in the Scout Den, Bennettsbridge Road. Tommy’s brother Jason won in his musical forms and was third in the weapons division. Aaron Varley won gold sparring in the boys’ intermediate division.
The Best of the Best runs four competitions and offers the coveted Grand Champion award to anybody who can secure gold in their division in three of the four competitions. Noel Stakelum became a Grand Champion when he won gold in the boys’ 12 -16 musical weapons.
Teri Kruger also became a Grand Champion when winning a third gold, this time in the senior black belt karate katas.
The team of Teri Kruger, Jason O’Keeffe, Mark Dollard, Noel Stakelum, Julie Stakelum, Aaron Varley, Steven O’Keeffe, Tom Quinlan and Tommy O’Keeffe won two grand championships, five gold, two silver and eight bronze medals. Evolution Martial Arts Academy offers classes to all ages and levels. Further information is available from 086-8414815.
The following is the draw for the Johnstown and Urlingford coursing meeting which will be run on Saturday and Sunday (11am start both days): Judge: Liam Kelly; Slipper: Brian Doyle.
All Age Bitch Stake - Kendys Gallery v Boynepark Maggie; Quarrymount Gaga v Youragallery; Bend Your Knee v Nickies Tip; Ardnalee Eva v Annabels Impact; Mariska v Moat Missy; Byerley Babe v Foulkscourt Echo; Robbies Beauty v Cloneen Ciara; Gowayoudat v Winter Mountain. Res - Ask Me Da, Hi There Annie.
Inchorourke Stake - Something Silver v Courageous Boy; Slaneyside Yank v Mister Big Boss; Big Ballyhoe v Billys Boy; Valley Duke v Fatherland; Clomantagh Minor v Foulkscourt Ace; Glenbrack Gap v Bayswell View; Moorlough Patsy v Sandys Cross; Hack Up Lady v Asgoodasme. Res p- Readtherulebook, Night Fury.
Oaks Trial Stake - Monroe Amber v Ardnalee Everest; Doonard Special v Marriage Wrecker; Feicfidh Tu v Cois Nahin; Kilara Quevega v Sole Agenda; Fortuna Delight v Rua Beag; Lisdaleen Dynamo v Valley Model; Rinnwood Belle v Foxhill Penny; Hey Mia v Moat Toodles; Coshair Laois v Crescent Ruth; Cloneen Magic v Five Lucky Stars; Crocodile Tears v Fawny Billa; Momentous v Kingsmill Buzz; Classic View v Work For One; Windgap Breeze v High Output; Coffee In Dinnys v Miss Wallace; Shanballa Dawn v Conway Hall. Res - Killahys Rose, Magical Evie, Fiery Diamond, Rattoo Tara.
Paddy Doyle Memorial Cup - Cracking Jet v Biddys Lad; Corriga Rebel v Fee Fontaine; Scartview Coss v Mayor Razor; Two Hot Brandys v Carricktobin Lad; Bobbys Cool v Skellig Wish; Legion Express v Cuine Sam; Kyle Dixie v Cullane Time; Shining Toby v Needham Coin. Res - Devon Meadows, Mungos Harry.
Reserve Derby Trial Stake - Junaldo v Beloran Beau; Newlands City v Coshair Bosco; Toms Razor v Moyvane Glory; Bobby On Thebank v Long Leader; Kilbunny Ferrari v Blame The Dynamo; Glatton Guinness v Hack Up Tennet; Mungos Gonzo v Inch Harp; My Boy Bubbles v Eastern Shore; Auroras Magic v Baba Yarn; Pumpkin Gang v Cois Fred; Kingsmill Vibe v Woodhaven Spyro; Handsome Cissi v Castlerea; Kevin The Cat v Westgate Romeo; Gangdog Style v Victory Hugo; Gortglas James v Grading Hill; Ringroe Lark v Ardera Mafi. Res - Scooby Go Faster, Tangmalangmaloo, Shining City, Teddys Razor.
Working Members Stake - Don Giovanni v Siegfried; Valley Miller v Jeffys Music; Different Grove v Man Persie; Frere Jacques v Mister Mac; Micks Finn v White City; Avon Moya v Flamingo Dot; Valley Penny v Inthevalleynow; Economy Lady v Candywebs. Res - Whats Your Name, Boozed Bubble.
Order of running: Saturday, twice through Reserve Derby TS and Oaks TS, once through All Age Bitch Stake and Paddy Doyle Memorial Cup; Sunday, start with Inchorourke Stake, Working Members Stake and complete card.