Ireland’s boxers went on a gold rush at the 2013 EU Women’s Championships finals in Hungary today.
The Irish EU squad are proudly sponsored by Quick Park of Dublin Airport.
Jacqui Lynch struck gold in Ireland’s first final at the EU Women’s Senior, Youth and Junior Championships in Keszthely, Hungary today.
The Golden Gloves BC ace beat Poland’s Sarah Domagala on a unanimous decision to finish on top of the light-flyweight Junior podium at the Tennis Hall venue at the Helikon Hotel.
Grainne Gavin and Amy Broadhurst, the current European Junior champion, followed that up with gold medal wins in the bantamweight and featherweight Junior finals.
Gavin came through a tough opening frame with Germany’s Mandy Berk to produce another heroic performance, particularly in the final frame, en route to a unanimous decision.
Broadhurst made it three in-a-row at 57kg versus France’s Elisa Bouchlaka, the Dundalk southpaw getting the nod from all three judges across the board.
Ciara Sheedy, battling all the way down to the final bell, had to settle for silver against France’s Belinda Belmuka in the 63kg final. Sheedy won the first round of this encounter, but Belmuka turned it around in the final two frames to seal victory.
The Irish Junior side will be taking home an impressive haul of three gold, one silver and two bronze medals from Keszthely.
Kristina O’Hara maintained the gold rush in the first of the Youth finals.
The Belfast light-flyweight clearly won the first two rounds of her 48kg decider with Turkey’s Ayse Cagirir this afternoon.
The Turk came back in the third, but O’Hara held firm to secure gold on a split decision.
Niamh Ball was in against current European champion Paulina Jakubcz of Poland and lost out on a unanimous decision.
“Niamh gave it absolutely everything she had and that’s all you can ask for. She boxed very well against a very experienced opponent,” said Liam Brereton from ringside in Keszthely.
The Irish Youth side will be taking home one gold, one silver and four bronze medals.
Later this afternoon, AIBA World No. 1 Katie Taylor claimed her 5th successive EU gold and Ireland’s fifth gold medal of the afternoon with a unanimous decision over French champion Estelle Mosselly.
Taylor has now won 15 major gold medals at the Olympics, World Championships, European Championships and EU Championships since 2005.
The Bray woman took the opening two rounds of today’s four-rounder against her elusive opponent. The third may have finished even and Taylor won the fourth.
“I’m very proud to have won gold, said Taylor after securing Ireland’s fifth gold of the day. “The squad have been magnificent out here this week. To won so many medals! The future of Irish women’s boxing is very bright with so much talent coming through.”
Monaghan’s Lianne Murphy, the only Irish female boxer to reach an EU final besides Taylor, lost out in her bid for gold despite an heroic performance in the 81kg+ final.
Murphy was adjudged to have lost on a unanimous decision to Turkey’s Emine Bozduman, a generous margin given Murphy’s display over four rounds.
Ireland will be taking home five gold, three silver and seven bronze medals from Turkey.
Pete Taylor, Zuar Antia, Gerry Storey, Paddy Hughes and Catherine Meli were working Ireland’s corner in Kezsthely.
EU Women’s Senior, Youth and Junior Championships Keszthely, Hungary
EU Junior Finals
48kg: Jacqui Lynch (Ireland) beat Sarah Domagala (Poland) 3-0
54kg: Grainne Gavin (Ireland) beat Mandy Berk (Germany) 3-0
57kg: Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Elisa Bouchlaka (France) 3-0
63kg: Ciara Sheedy (Ireland) lost to Belinda Limuka (France) 0-3
EU Youth Finals
48kg: Kristina O’Hara (Ireland) beat Ayse Cagirir (Turkey) 2-1
57kg: Niamh Ball (Ireland) lost to Paulina Jakubcz (Poland) 0-3
EU Senior Finals
60kg: Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Estelle Mosselly (France) 3-0
81kg+: Lianne Murphy (Ireland) lost to Emine Bozduman (Turkey) 0-3
Irish EU Medal Winners
60kg: Katie Taylor (Bray) (Gold)
69kg: Claire Grace (Callan) (Bronze)
81kg: Lianne Murphy (Carrickmacross) (Silver)
48kg: Kristina O’Hara (Emerald) (Gold)
54kg: Christine Gargan (St Georges) (Bronze)
57kg: Niamh Ball (Trojan) (Silver)
69kg: Christine Desmond (Macroom) (Bronze)
75kg: Cathy Higgins (Ardnaree) (Bronze)
81kg: Maeve McCarron (Carrigart) (Bronze)
48kg: Jacqui Lynch (Golden Gloves) (Gold)
54kg: Grainne Gavin (Castlebar) (Gold)
57kg: Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan) (Gold)
60kg: Ciara Ginty (Geesala) (Bronze)
63kg: Ciara Sheedy (Swinford) (Silver)
66kg: Leah Marie Doyle-Roche (St Brigids) (Bronze)