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Daniel just edged out in Irish Cadet final battle

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Daniel just edged out in Irish Cadet final battle thumbnailBeaten Irish finalist Daniel Waugh with some of his club mates, who travelled to Dublin to support him.

RATHFRILAND ABC boxer, Daniel Waugh was edged out in a thrilling Irish Cadet final on Friday night (23 June).

The 13-year-old from Hilltown, fought in the National Stadium, Dublin.

The Cadet Championship is different from a mainstream Irish Championship as the winners go onto represent Ireland at the European Championships, which are being held in Romania in mid-July.

Daniel's campaign began with a quarter final bout on Friday, 9 June also in Dublin against David Sweeney from Sligo Boxing Club.

This was a tough battle from start to finish where Daniel excelled boxing smart for all three rounds, clinching a 5-0 win putting him into the semifinal.

The semi-final saw Daniel pitted against one of his sparring partners, the tough and durable Ronan O'Reilly from St John Bosco, Newry.

This contest was boxed on Friday, 16 June with credit going to both young lads who left everything in the ring.

They produced a cracking last contest of the evening.

Daniel got the nod on four of the five judges scorecards, setting up a final with James Maughan from St Paul's, Waterford .

Maughan was a tall, rangey boxer who turned out to be tricky for Daniel to pin down to get his shots off.

During any of the toe-to-toe trading Daniel would have come out on top.

With Maughan realising this, he decided to box on the outside, picking his shots as Waugh advanced.

All-in-all it was a great championship for Daniel where he and the club's coaches gained more experience boxing at the top level in this age group.

On Friday, 16 June Shane McKinley boxed an Antrim Novice Senior final in the Dockers Club, where he fell to a split decision against the tall Saints boxer, Joe Quinn.

Coach Davie Mawhinny was pleased with Shane's performance on the night.

"It was a very close contest, boxed at a fast pace for 81kg.

"The more Shane is in competive contests, the more he will improve," he said.

Shane also boxed an exhibition bout against the Irish Army on Friday (23 June) in Ardee BC and will be out again this Friday (30 June) along with the club's other senior boxer Matthew Toner and Shay Lavery in a Lord Mayor's show in Carrickfergus.

As well as an Irish final on Friday night, the club had three boxers in Emerald Boxing Club end-of-season show in the Balmoral Hotel, Belf ast.

Coach George Lavery took his charges Bobby-Shea McNulty, Morgan McNulty and Darragh Connolly, who all produced good performances.

Bobby-Shea and Darragh picked up fine wins and Morgan was narrowly beaten 2-1.

On Saturday evening Kevin Sheppard and Bobby Lavery had four boxers on St Agnes' Club show in Belfast Trinity Lodge .

Bobby-Shea McNulty was up again along with Odhran Clancy, Aodhan Cunningham and Lorcan Sloan all boxing exhibition bouts.

The club's last trading session of the season was Monday night (26 June) with the club boxers and coaches taking a well-earned break after a super season of boxing.

The club will open again on Monday, 4 September for Juniors (8 to 10 years) from 7pm to 8.15pm and Seniors (11 years upwards) from 8pm to 9.15pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The club's AGM will be held in August with a date yet to be set, details to follow. We hope everyone enjoys the summer and we will see all the old and new faces in September

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