SGS bring home Gold in Celtic Box Cup
Jacob Croot brought home gold at the end of last month after competing in the Celtic Box Cup in Dungarvan, Ireland.
The 18 year old from Stockwood took part in the Youth Class A 57k. He opened his account in a semifinal with fellow West of England boxer Ashley Wilkins of Devizes ABC.
Jacob said: “Ashley boxed really well on the back foot to frustrate my attacks, and made life difficult for me in my first bout since June.”
Croot took a point’s win to progress to the final. In the final he met Jack Kelly of the Cherry Orchard Club, Dublin.
Jacob commented: “I answered the first bell and walked straight into a shot, this seemed to wake me up and I put the tough Irish lad on the back foot through the contest. I’m thrilled to have taken a point’s win to gain my second Celtic gold medal.”
In the female Youth class B under 60k, Natalie Craig aged 17 made a straight final against Aisling Murray of the Muskerry club Co. Cork. Natalie boxed with composure, catching the shorter opponent with long shots prompting a standing count from the referee. A one two combination brought the towel in from the Irish corner bringing a TKO win in the first round.
Natalie said: “I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t box a semifinal, so made up for it in the final.”
AASE Coach Craig Turner added: “I am delighted with the team’s performance. They have been preparing since June for the event, and the hard work really paid off.
“I am especially happy with one performance and that was from Toby Hacker who took silver in last year’s competition but became injured and turned his focus to coaching.
“This tournament was very busy for coaches, taking place across 2 rings. Toby maintained composure in looking after a team of nine in warm up, organisation and in the corner, and I thank him for his superb efforts.”
Sports student, Toby commented: “I really enjoyed the tournament which, was my first on this scale as a coach.”