Balbriggan based Bracken Boxing Club recently took on a Scottish selection at an event that saw over 320 locals come to support the sporting heroes. “The place was overflowing” said a delighted coach Kieran O’Neill, and with a fantastic display of boxing a great night was had by everyone.”
The event, which took place on Friday January 30th in the Milestone Inn, was won overall by our home club, with a fairly close score of 8-6. And while there was plenty of celebration there was also a tinge of disappointment as one of our favourite local boxers, Gerard Whitehouse, was beaten on points by one of the Scottish Internationals.Not to be perturbed however the young fighter was straight back into the ring the following day in the Michael Andrews Leinster Tournament. Gerard was not letting another victory slip through his fingers and forced a stoppage in the first round. The following day, Sunday, he again stormed to victory, with a KO in the first round. “He had a great weekend” said Kieran, “he really didn’t let Friday night knock him and just got on with what he had to do.” The club also had two finalists beaten on the Sunday; Kevin Joyce and Pat McDonagh who despite losing on the day put up a great fight.
The Friday night’s event saw plenty of our local lads take to the ring including Brian Kavanagh, Kieran Tracey, Ronan Prenty and Conor Duffy. Two stars on the night were clearly Christy O’Reilly, who forced stoppage in the second round, and Oisín Smith who won on points. “Christy gave us a marvellous display of boxing” said Kieran, “he boxed well beyond his years. Both lads really stood out and are ones to watch out for in the future.”
One of the highlights of the night of course was Balbriggan local, Robert Gorman. The local favourite, who is moving into the Irish Senior Championships this Friday, forced stoppage in the second round…much to the delight of the crowds.
The club would like to extend a big thanks to Martin Tuite who was pivotal in establishing the club and was in attendance on the night. And to Niall McGuirk, Senior Sports Development Officer at the County Council. Bracken are set to host another International selection in May so watch this space!