The first round of the Munster League which was hosted by Cashel Boxing Club last Friday night was a huge success with a big crowd of supporters from all over Munster in attendance.
This was the first major tournament hosted by the newly established Cashel club. There were 15 bouts on the night, the first two Munster Intermediate finals. Both were keenly contested affairs and were won by boxers from St Francis BC and Rathkeale BC in County Limerick.
Following these finals, the eagerly awaited Munster League 2012 began with competitors from Clonmel, Tipperary Town, Tramore, Dungarvan, Rathkeale, St Cronans (Roscrea), St Nicholas (Carrick On Suir), Ballyduff (Co Kerry), St. Johns BC (Fermoy), Southside (Limerick), St Francis (Limerick), St Pauls (Nenagh), and Cashel.
Cashel had three young boxers competing on the night, two of whom were fighting for the first time. Cashel had two wins out of three, which was a brilliant start for the young club, only founded in 2011.
Representing Cashel Boxing Club for the first time was Tom O’Reilly in the Boy One, 36kg category. He was up against Luke Hurley, a very good opponent from Tramore, and despite Tom putting up a good fight, he lost this match. Tom is sure to learn from this experience and will undoubtedly progress as he gets more fights under his belt.
Next up for Cashel Boxing Club was Thomas Delaney in the Boy Two, 54kg category. This was Thomas’ second fight, having won on the previous occasion. Thomas was very determined and the hard work which he has put in over the last year certainly paid off. He won by 8 points to 6 in a very exciting bout against Danny Burke of Clonmel Boxing Club.
Linda O’Donoghue boxed in her first ever fight after only a few months training and impressed everyone who was there to watch. Linda was boxing against Kerry Whelan from Tramore Boxing Club in the Girl Two category. After the first round, Linda was only up by one point but she finished strong and won by a whopping 12 points margin (22-10).
Cashel Boxing Club would like to thank all the volunteers helping out on the day ensuring that everything ran smoothly. Thanks to Sarah Hill, Christine Fogarty and Carrie Crotchet, who sold tea, soup and sandwiches on the night, and to all the lads in the club working hard to set up the ring and the dressing rooms.
The club would also like to extend a thank you to the Munster Council for giving the club the opportunity to host the Munster League this year and for providing excellent officials for the event.
Finally, thanks to everyone who came to watch and support the boxers. The boys and girls boxing really appreciate having a good support and hopefully this will support will continue for the remaining Munster League events.
The next round of the league is taking place in Cashel Boxing Club is yet to be announced.
Cashel Boxing Club would also like to congratulate Linda O’Donoghue and Samantha Doyle who both competed in the Munster Girls Tournament on Sunday, November 18, in St. Francis Boxing Club in Limerick City. With just one day’s rest since her win in the Munster League, Linda won against Cat Casey of Corpus Christi (Limerick) on AB2 (abandon floor, 2nd round). Samantha was up against Georgia O’Sullivan of Rathkeale (a previous All Ireland finalist) and while they were even after the first round, Georgia won the subsequent two rounds by two points, with a final score of 19-17. As this was Samantha’s first ever boxing match, her coaches Petra Elftorp and Peter Whelan were very impressed with her boxing and are certain that she will have a bright future in boxing.