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Treble comes up for club

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

RATHFRILAND ABC continues to make ground after picking up three champions in last weekend s invitational Louth championships held in the village of Omeath.

The contests were held over three days, Friday evening and Saturday with the finals on Sunday.

New to the growing list of champions in the club was Boy 1 44kg boxer Shay Lavery, son of club coach, George.

Shay boxed a smart fight picking off his Monkstown Dublin opponent in the first round with left and right counter punches as the young Dublin lad advanced.

The second round was an even closer affair with the Monkstown boxer a lot more aggressive, leaving Lavery having to work hard to stay ahead in the contest.

Shay produced a good third round to convince the judges to give him the nod and be crowned Louth Champion.

It was more of the same for Paul Travers as he was once again pitted against MJ Loughran of Silverbridge ABC in a repeat of the Armagh/Down Championship final.

Paul won all three rounds convincingly with coach Kevin Sheppard happy with his performance, stating he felt Paul s footwork had improved since the last meeting leaving him well in control the whole bout.

The club s third champion was Youth 1 boxer Tom Close by way of walkover as no-one was in his category.

The club knew this on Friday evening after the draw, so club coach Bobby Lavery took a match in Abbey ABC Bangor club show for Tom on Sunday, 4 December in the beautiful Marine Court Hotel.

Close was up against Cameron Irvine of Eastside ABC Belfast in what turned out to be the contest of the evening.

Both lads produced a scintillating three rounds of boxing, leaving the crowd flabbergasted as to how two 15-year-olds lads could put so much effort into a contest.

Referee Tom McGrahon called the bout a draw, but coach Bobby Lavery along with several others had thought Tom had done enough to win the fight. This was a super display by Tom who is settling well into the sport and improving every time he steps through the ropes.

Other boxers in the Abbey show were Jack Maginn, Georgia Lavery and senior boxer Jamie Curran who was pleased with his performance against seasoned campaigner, Adam Forde. These contests were no decisions, allowing everyone to get valuable experience.

The club would like to thank the Mourne View Bar staff for hosting its annual winter quiz on Saturday night past, which raised a fantastic 550. The money will be used to upgrade some of the punchbags in the club.

On Sunday, 18 December the club will be holding a 14 bout Christmas show in the clubrooms, with six juniors and eight seniors pitting their skills against visiting clubs.

There will also be a Christmas raffle which will be held on Wednesday, 21 December at training.

There will as always be 10 great prizes to be won, squares can be purchased off any boxer or coach from Friday, 9 December onwards. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

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