Eight from eight for Sacred Heart
Tuesday, 17 December 2013
THE Sacred Heart Boxing Club performed brilliantly at the Louth Open Championships at the weekend. Indeed all eight Cuan Mhuire boxers who entered the championships that took place over two weekends, unbelievably won. Furthermore the club won the much-coveted Best Club Award.
Sacred Heart supremo Seamus McCormick told the Democrat: "Our boys are really excelled at these well-organised championships. We entered eight boxers to give some of the younger ones ring experience and returned with eight winners - five Open champs and three novice champs.
The coach continued: "We got a call late on Saturday evening to tell us we had won the Best Club in the Open Championship award and I have to say the Sacred Heart boys in the club, along with myself and Owen Murphy are delighted."
The first Cuan Mhuire winner was Alan White who defeated St John Bosco lad Darren McCabe in the quarter-finals and then in the semi-final White beat Dean Clarke of the Holy Family Club in Drogheda. Alan's opponent pulled out of the final, thus giving the Louth Championship title to the classy White.
Next up was Joe Murphy, having his first contest in the 57 kilo Novice class. First he defeated Omeath's Patrick Kieran and in the final against Dealgan's Tom Travers, Murphy delivered the goods in style. After a slow start Joe upped the pace and in the last two rounds he proved himself to be a true champion.
Meanwhile Cathal Jennings squared up to Michael Laurence of the Holy Family club, Drogheda in his semi-final. This contest was a humdinger with the talented Jennings emerging the winner. In the final his rival Ray Lavery pulled out leaving Jennings as the Louth champion.
Conor Wallace faced the much-hyped Jamie Dyas in his final. But the man from the Holy Family club in Drogheda couldn't live with the long jab of the Sacred Heart boxer. Indeed in the third round Wallace stepped up the tempo with wicked shots to his rival's body and head. Therefore the referee had no option but to intervene to save Dyas from further punishment. Another Louth title for the Cuan Mhuire club.
Jamie Gray was the youngest Sacred Heart boxer but he proved his tender years was no barrier to a great boxing style. The 10-year-old stole the show with a close fight against Taylor Murphy from the Dealgan Club. The two lads play football for the same team but box out of different clubs. Anyway the contest was all go for all three rounds but in the last 30 seconds of the fight Jamie stopped his opponent to claim his first Louth title.
Shane McClorey also was a super Sacred Heart winner. In the final against Derrylin's Anthony Malamaply, who had beaten the Cuan Mhuire boxer two years previously, Shane levelled matters when he was a confident winner. All three judges awarded him the contest.
There were also Louth Championship wins for Jordan Chambers and Dylan McNally who took their titles on walkovers. Meanwhile the Sacred Heart Club will be staging a Road To Glory tournament on Friday, January 3 at Bellini's. This will feature a Sacred Heart Select against an Irish Select.
More about this tournament in next week's paper.
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