McGarry hits big at St Bronagh's
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
ROSTREVOR'S Michael McGarry won the fight of the night after a count-back at St Bronagh's Youth Club Annual Boxing Tournament on Friday.
McGarry's contest was the last of 16 fights on the night and he went toe-to-toe against Dublin's John Stokes in a thrilling contest going over five rounds.
The duo had the large crowd at the Balmoral Hotel on their feet as they matched each other blow by blow, and after the final bell and a count-back through the scoring, McGarry emerged the winner by a single point.
It was a fitting end to what was an excellent night with St Bronagh's coach Gavin Duggan commending the talent on display.
“The fights were evenly matched and it is great that every contest went the distance and every decision was close," said Duggan.
“The talent of boxing in Newry is extremely high and that's why we try to involve as many of the local boxing clubs as possible."
Indeed, recently formed club Silverbridge, Camlough ABC and St Malachy's Camlough and Newry teams Sacred Heart, St Brigid's and St Patrick's, along with Banbridge and Gilford, provided fighters on the night.
St Bronagh's also enjoyed a little bit of history for their club when their first lady boxer Paula McGarry fought against Camlough's Holly Murphy in an exhibition fight, while eight-year-olds Liam Tumilty and Joseph Rice made their debuts for the Rostrevor boxing club.
Colm Rice won the Most Improved Boxer award and he received his award from former St Bronagh's boxer, now professional fighter Declan Trainor, while Oran Keddle won the Padraig Greer Shield, which is awarded to the best local boxer.
All-Ireland champions Eugene McKeever of St Malachy's Camlough and Conor Vint from Gilford added a bit of spark to the competition and unsurprisingly they won their fights.
Newry and Mourne Sports Awards Hall of Fame winner Paddy Devlin along with his team of referee Ian McShane, computer operator Francis Rafferty and medical registrar Jonathon Downey ensured the event ran smoothly, while Marty Mulholland, Martin McCusker, Tony Hughes, Owen Murphy, Martin Holland, Seamus McGuigan, Sean Duffy, Fergal McKenna and Gerry Hanna had the tough task of judging and did a superb job, while Cormac Campbell did a cracking job as MC on the night.
ST BRONAGH'S BOXING RESULTS
Emmett McClorey (St Bronagh's) beat Liam Finnegan (Silverbridge)
Colm Rice (St Bronagh's) beat Oisin Martin (Silverbridge)
Daniel Craig (Camlough) lost to Sean Casey (Banbridge)
Keiron Magee (St Bronagh's) beat Jack Doherty (St Brigid's)
Zac Mallon (Old School) lost to Michael Byrne (St Brigid's)
Matthew Murnion (St Bronagh's) beat Patrick Serridge (St Pat's)
Ronan Grant (All Blacks) beat Terry McEntee (Old School)
Shane McGarry (St Bronagh's) beat Dominic Doyle (Banbridge)
Eugene McKeever (St Malachy's) beat Tommy Stokes (St Seachnalls)
Jordan Chambers (Sacred Heart) beat Patrick Stokes (St Seachnalls)
Oran Keddle (St Bronagh's) beat Christopher Byrne (St Brigid's)
Conor Vint (Gilford) beat Davy Joyce (St Seachnalls)
Michael McGarry (St Bronagh's) beat John Stokes (St Seachnalls).
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