Ireland finish third in Chemistry Cup

Ireland finished in third spot in the medals table at the 41st Chemistry Cup in Germany.
Joe Ward, David Oliver Joyce and Stephen Donnelly claimed two gold and one bronze at the tournament which concluded yesterday in Halle.
Ireland, Germany and Russia were the only nations to secure two gold medals in Halle. Russia, Germany and Ireland, in that order, topped the medals table.
Kazakhstan, who topped the medals table at the 2013 AIBA World Elite Championships, looked poised to finish in pole position in Halle after advancing four boxers to Saturday’s Chemistry Cup finals.
But the Central Asian powerhouses didn’t factor David Oliver Joyce and Joe Ward – or Korea’s Jonghun Shin –  into the equation and won just one gold yesterday on a walkover.
Meanwhile, Joe Joyce, who edged out Ireland’s Dean Gardiner on a split decision, won England’s only gold on Saturday.
Germany’s Abass Baraou, who was involved in the bout of the tournament with Stephen Donnelly in the last-four, finished on top of the 69kg podium.
The Irish squad have been in training camp and competition in Germany for over two weeks.
Please see below attachment for Saturday’s finals.

41st Chemistry Cup Halle, Germany
May 28th
Last 16
64kg Dean Walsh (Ireland) lost to Sam Maxwell (England) -0-3
69kg Stephen Donnelly (Ireland) beat Simeon Chamov (Bulgaria) TKOI1
75kg Michael O’Reilly (Ireland) beat Amir Orfia (Switzerland) 3-0
May 29th Q/Finals
49kg Hugh Myers (Ireland) lost to Temirtas Zhussupov (Kazakhstan) 0-3
52kg Chris Phelan (Ireland) lost to Ronny Beblik (Germany) 0-3
56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) lost to Enrico la Cruz (Netherlands) 1-2
60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) beat Donato Cosenza (Italy) TKO2
69kg Stephen Donnelly (Ireland) beat Ekow Essumen (England) 2-1
75kg Michel O’Reilly (Ireland) lost to Anthony Fowler (England) 0-2
81kg Joe Ward (Ireland) beat Pavel Silyagin (Russia) 3-0
91kg Gary Sweeney (Ireland) lost to Ablon Pervizj (Germany) 0-3
91+kg Dean Gardiner (Ireland) lost to Joe Joyce (England) 1-2

May 30th S/Finals
60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) beat Elian Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 3-0
69kg Stephen Donnelly (Ireland) lost to Abass Baraou (Germany) 1-2
81kg Joe Ward (Ireland) beat Igor Teziev (Germany) 3-0
May 31st
60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) beat Berik Abdrakhmanov (Kazakhstan) 3-0
81kg Joe Ward (Ireland) beat Adilbek Niyazymbetov (Kazakhstan) 3-0

Irish Squad

49kg Hughie Myers (Ryson)
52kg Chris Phelan (Ryson)
56kg Kurt Walker (Canal)
60kg David Oliver Joyce (St Michaels Athy) (Gold)
64kg Dean Walsh (St Josephs/St Ibars)
69kg Stephen Donnelly (All Saints) (Bronze)
75kg Michael O’Reilly (Portlaoise)
81kg Joe Ward (Moate) (Gold)
91kg Gary Sweeney (Olympic)
91+kg Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)

Team manager: Jim Walsh
Coaches: Billy Walsh, Zuar Antia, Eddie Bolger
R&J: Sadie Duffy
Physio: Julianne Ryan

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