It was the red that was mostly feeling blue as seven of the winners from today’s Open Youth Competition finals were boxing out of the blue corner.
The Riverstown BC in Cork experienced mixed fortunes this morning and afternoon with David Roche capping a fine tournament with victory over Dylan Moran, but his club-mate Eugene Brady, who had to retire with a shoulder injury in the third, lost out to the impressive Kurt Walker.
The all-Dublin final went the way of John Joe McDonagh, who beat George Boylan 24-17 in a high-scoring light-heavyweight decider.
Chris Nevin, meanwhile, had five points to spare over Sean Higginson when the bell for the conclusion of their 56Kg final tolled.
Keith Flavin got today’s proceedings underway with a 17-12 victory over Adam Courtney, followed by Dylan Carr’s 26-11 decision over Hugh Nevin.
Noel Murphy claimed Cork’s second win of the day, a 10-6 verdict over Jason McDonagh completing the double for Leeside.Ryan Dervan and and Geoffrey Kavanagh were involved in the closest three-rounder of the session, Dervan having his hand raised in triumph 11-10 following a see-saw middleweight encounter.
Donegal’s Stephen Stokes and Callum Collins brought the curtain down on the competition, Stokes taking the honours in the heavyweight class.Open Youth Competition
Finals January 14th
49Kg: Keith Flavin (Paulstown) beat Adam Courtney (St Mary’s) 17-12
52Kg: Kurt Walker (Canal) beat Eugen Brady (Riverstown) RET3
56Kg: Chris Nevin (Holy Family) beat Sean Higginson (St Agnes) 12-7
60Kg: Dylan Carr (Ryston) beat Hugh Nevin (Cavan) 26-11
64Kg: David Roche (Riverstown) beat Dylan Moran (Dungarvan) 22-17
69Kg: Noel Murphy (Macroom) beat Jason McDonagh (St Annes) 10-6
75Kg: Ryan Dervan (Loughrea) beat Geoffrey Kavanagh (Corinthians) 11-10
81Kg: John Joe McDonagh (Crumlin) beat George Boylan (Drimnagh) 24-17
91Kg: Stephen Stokes (Twintowns beat ) Callum Collins (Lucan) 18-9
91Kg+: Thomas Conroy (Ballyhaunis) W/O