5 Bronze medals guaranteed at Commonwealth Youth Games

By Bernard O’Neill – IABA Press Officer

The on-fire Northern Ireland squad are guaranteed at least five bronze medals after maintaining their 100% unbeaten start to the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa.

Stephen McKenna, James McGivern, Tiernan Bradley, Aidan Walsh and Brett McGinty all won their quarter-finals on the South Pacific island today.

The squad, who have won all nine of their bouts so far, will be in last-four action tomorrow. Click here for results and fixtures.

Coaches John Conlan and Damien Kennedy hailed the performance of the team ahead of Wednesday’s semi-finals at the 5th edition of the tournament.

Commonwealth Youth Games

September 7th
49kg Stephen McKenna beat Steven Pius (Tanzania) 2-1
56kg James McGivern beat Beupu Noki (Papua New Guinea) TKO3
60kg Tiernan Bradley beat Eric Ngema (South Africa) 3-0
64kg Aidan Walsh beat Edrian Volcker (Seychelles) 3-0

September 8th
49kg Stephen McKenna beat Kieran McDonald (England) 2-1
56kg James McGivern beat Kutiwano Ogaketse (Botswana) 3-0
60kg Tiernan Bradley beat Aliu Ibrahim Abayo (Nigeria) 3-0
64kg Aiden Walsh beat Tevili Steven (Kiribati) 3-0
69kg Brett McGinty beat Ryan Scaife (New Zealand) 3-0

September 9th S/Finals
49kg Stephen McKenna v Leichombam Singh (India)
56kg James McGivern v George Payne(Australia)
60kg Tiernan Bradley v Dalton Smith (England)
64kg Aidan Walsh v Prayag Chatham (India)
69kg Brett McGinty v Jack Gipp (Australia)

Squad
49kg Stephen McKenna (Old School)
56kg James McGivern (St Georges)
60kg Tiernan Bradley (Scared Heart Omagh)
64kg Aidan Walsh (Holy Family)
69kg Brett McGinty (Oakleaf)

Coaches
John Conlan (High Performance)
Damien Kennedy (Toome)

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: [email protected]