Co. Derry Board President hails successful year for amateur boxers

Illies Golden Gloves boxer Eamonn Sweeney reveiving his presentation from Eugene Duffy, Ulster Boxing Association at the Halfway House on Saturday night. 1211cg24
Illies Golden Gloves boxer Eamonn Sweeney reveiving his presentation from Eugene Duffy, Ulster Boxing Association at the Halfway House on Saturday night. 1211cg24

County Derry Amateur Boxing Board President, Eugene Duffy, used his annual address at the organisation’s A.G.M. to stress the importance of commitment and harmony as they strive to maintain high standards during the tough financial climate.

Mr. Duffy recalled the many successes of the past season and congratulated all the boxers, club coaches and officials involved while asking the board’s 15 clubs to persevere and, where possible, improve on last year’s terrific achievements.

Waterside based Rochester’s ABC, the latest club to join the board, received a warm welcome to the board with Mr Duffy stating it had been many years since amateur boxing had a club in that area.

Secretary, Kevin Duffy, echied those sentiments and outlined the major role boxing clubs play in local communities.

“Our success can only help in the growth and development of our young people,” stated Mr. Duffy,

“Membership of our clubs are growing. There is more female participation. Encouragement and participation is the key to everyone of all ages and backgrounds to receive the recognition and support our board deserves.”

The Secretary concluded that the Co. Derry Amateur Boxing Board had a secure base and asked for cohesion and transparency with a shared vision of greater success for our future.

Jim Knox, Vice President, commented on the work that has been put into organise a round robin tournament and hoped that this, plus a top class international show, would be staged in the City of Culture Programme for 2013.

The Election of Officers followed for 2013/14 season saw the following results: President – Eugene Duffy; Vice President – Jim Knox; Secretary – Kevin Duffy; Treasurer – Denis McCann; Registrar – Eugene O’Kane

The roll of honour for achievements over the past season was recalled at Local, Ulster, National and International levels. Highlights included the hosting of the Ulster Elite Championships at the Ebrington in January. This was the first time ever the Championships were staged outside of Belfast and a terrific night saw Conor Coyle (St. Joseph’s) crowned 75kg champion.

Oakleaf promoted a schoolboy and youth international at the Everglades in September with, Ryan Green, Francie Stokes, Brett McGinty, Tom Stokes and Liam Glennon helping Ireland defeat Scotland.

The Board’s national champions, Liam Glennon (St. Joseph’s), Tom Stokes, Brett McGinty, Ryan Green (Oakleaf) and Dominic Bradley (Errigal, Garvagh) all enjoyed outstanding success last season, Stokes and McGintry winning medals in the European Championships in Russia.

Tom Stokes and Dominic Bradley will also represent Ireland at the forthcoming Euro Schoolboys in Dublin in August while Ryan Green will be selected for world honours in Kazastan in September.

Closing the meeting, the President thanked all the delegates for their attendance and wished, on behalf of the board, every success to all clubs for the 2013/14 amateur boxing season.

He thanked the Board’s sponsors for thier assistance and the local press and media for publicity.

There was a special word of thanks to Dr. Paddy Doherty and the St. John’s medical team for all assistance; to the City of Culture company for a memorable night at the Elite Finals; to Pilots Row and everyone who helped the Board during the past season,