Light flyweight Elite National champion Paddy Barnes will not defend his title at the 2013 finals after he withdrew due to illness. Barnes’ loss could very well be Hughie Myers gain, writes Ruth Chambers.
Last year Ryston man Myers narrowly lost out to Barnes in the final and he is just one fight away from returning to the decider. Myers will take to the ring against Adam Courtney in the semi final on Friday night.
On Saturday in the same division debutant Stephen Treacy will meet TJ Waite from Cairn Lodge in his semi, meaning an all Ryston final is a distinct possibility.
His club mate Dervla Duffy will face Christine Gargan from the St George’s club in Belfast on Friday. Gargan won a European Junior silver medal last year and will no doubt really test Duffy at 54kg.
The final Ryston man in competition next weekend is flyweight Chris Phelan, who will take on Hughie Joyce from Athy in an All Kildare final, while defending light welterweight champion Ross Hickey is also in action.
Meanwhile, last weekend St Michael’s, Athy’s Christy Joyce, Roy Sheahan, David Oliver Joyce, Christy Joyce and Beijing Olympian John Joe Joyce were all in action during the opening sessions of the Elite National Championships at the National Stadium, while Eric Donovan and Hugh Joyce received walkovers at the quarter final stage.
On Friday night there was disappointment for Christy Joyce in the 91kg when he was beaten by Jimmy Sweeney. The Drimnagh man came out on top, 14-8, after a tough encounter with the Athy man. Joyce fared well in the first round but his opponent assumed the ascendancy in the second and third and progressed.
On Saturday night there was better news for John Joe Joyce and David Oliver Joyce as both progressed to the penultimate round of their respective weight categories. The latter had a comprehensive 20-7 victory over Jason Conroy at 60kg. The St Michael’s lightweight, working from the body to the head with three and four punch combinations throughout, was 14-5 ahead at the end of the second and there was no disputing Joyce’s superiority on the day.
2008 Olympian John Joe Joyce turned on the style in the final round to secure victory over Steven Donnelly, while Conrad Cummings beat Christy Joyce by seven points in the 75kg quarter final.
Former Elite champion Roy Sheahan recorded an inside the distance win over James McDonagh from Antrim to also book his place in the penultimate round.