Boxing Round-up: Local clubs perform at Ulster Championships

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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Local Newry and Mourne Clubs performed extremely well at the Ulster Championships in Tyholland ABC at the weekend. St Malachy’s ABC, St. John Bosco, St Brigid’s, St Bronagh’s and St. Pats ABC all picked up medals at the championships. St Malachy’s had the most successful day gaining two winner’s medals through Declan Rafferty defeating Anthony Bogle (Convoy) 10-8, picking up his first ever Ulster Title. Current All Ireland Champion Eugene Mc Keever was also victorious for St Malachy’s defeating Michael Doherty (ILLies) 10-3. St John Bosco and St Brigids had mixed fortunes with a winner and runner up for each club. Ryan Lavery (Bosco) defeated Matthew McCole (Dungloe) on a score of 9-2, picking up his first ever Ulster title. Allan White won on a comprehensive margin of 16-4 versus Shane Coney (Loup). This was Allan’s third Ulster title in a row. He joins Lavery, McKeever and Rafferty next week in Dublin at the All Ireland Championships. There was heartbreak however for Jack O’Doherty (St Brigids) who lost out by a single point 6-5 to Ronan O’Donnell (Convoy) and Kane Tucker (Bosco) who lost 11-9 to John Sweeney (Buncrana). St Bronagh’s put in a great effort but lost on close scorelines. Shane McGarry, two time Ulster Champion, lost out on a scoreline of 4-2 to Ryan Harkin (Illies) on the last round with the scores tight the contest could have swung either way. And Matthew Muirnion lost 6-3 in a tight affair against Christopher Stokes (Raphoe). Paul Higgins (St Pats) lost on points also to James Devlin (St Brigids, Donegal). After impressing in the mid-ulster championships it was a surprise loss for young Higgins in his first year boxing.
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