Oakleaf A.B.C. duo to discover opponents today

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OAKLEAF Amateur Boxing Club representatives, Brett McGinty and Francie Stokes will discover this morning who they meet in the preliminary rounds of the 2012 European Schoolboy Championships.

The local duo flew out to Russia with the rest of the Irish squad last Saturday ahead of the opening bell for the 10th edition of the Championships which get underway this week.

The European Boxing Federation and Boxing Federation of Russia hosted Championships is scheduled to begin at the Kubanskaya Niva venue in Anapa today (Tuesday) with the finals arranged for Sunday next.

The Irish squad recently completed a 10 day training camp at the National Stadium in Dublin ahead of the 10th anniversary of the Continental deciders.

That camp went according to plan, and Irish team manager, Paddy Gallagher is confident that the 18-strong panel will do their country proud at the Black Sea holiday resort.

“The squad shaped up very well in the training camp and they go a lot of work done over the 10 days at the National Stadium and they are all looking forward to the tournament,” said Gallagher.

Confident

“If they perform to the best of their abilities I would be confident that they will do well in Anapa.

“Some of our lads have competed at this level before and that experience will obviously stand to them and to the rest of the squad in what should be a very competitive tournament.”

The draw for the 2012 Championships will take place at 11 a.m. Boxing will commence after the draw followed by the opening ceremony.

Ireland’s boxers have won 40 medals at European Schoolboy level since the inaugural tournament in Rome in 2003.

Irish squad - 38.5kg: Nathan May (Crumlin, Dublin); 40kg: Francie Stokes (Oak Leaf); 41.5kg: Conor Quinn (Clonard, Antrim); 43kg: Aaron McKenna (Smithboro, Monaghan); 44.5kg: Sean Purcell (Marble City, Kilkenny); 46kg: Oliver McCarthy (Brian Dillons, Cork); 48kg: James McGivern (St George’s, Antrim); 50kg: John Sweeney (Inisfree, Sligo); 52kg: Michael Nevin (Portlaoise, Laois); 54kg: Matthew Davis (Ardagh/Cross, Mayo); 56kg: Kieran Molloy (Oughterard, Galway); 59kg: Brett McGinty (Oak Leaf); 62kg: Christopher O’Reilly (Bracken, Dublin); 65kg: Darragh Murray (South Meath, Meath); 68kg: Brian Kennedy (Daingean, Offaly); 72kg: Marcus Oteide (Olympic, Galway); 76kg: Nevan Fannon (Ballyhaunis, Mayo); 76+kg: James Clarke (Kilnamanagh, Dublin).

Meanwhile, the the Ulster 9 Counties Novice Boys & Girls Championships starts next Saturday, October 6th at the Toome clubrooms.