First Bristol – Cork exchange match a success for SGS boxers
On Saturday 21st January, a Bristol Sporting Club team comprising of three SGS AASE boxers Elizabeth Bools, Ewan Jenkins and Daryl Dunne, travelled to Co. Cork, Ireland to take on the County team.
A wonderful reception was given where the boxers attended City Hall to meet the Deputy Mayor Joe Kavanagh, who presented them with a Cork County Crest.
This was followed by a trip to the famous Blarney Castle, where the AASE apprentices took part in the tradition of kissing the blarney stone, which legend has it gives the power of extreme persuasion.
A warm up session in the grounds of the amazing castle followed, then onto the tournament which took place at the Cork Boxing Centre. A parade of the teams took place where the boxers exchanged tokens to the massive applause of the large audience in attendance.
First up was Elizabeth Bools from Trowbridge who took on Nicole Hayes of Togher. An all action affair saw Elizabeth use fast combinations against the tough and determined Cork boxer. The fast pace saw the AASE boxer take a unanimous decision.
Elizabeth was followed by AASE team mate Ewan Jenkins facing Cillian Spillane of Trojan.The aggressive Spillane made a fast start pushing the Bristolian onto the back foot. The second round saw some text book boxing from Ewan who made his opponent miss and countering accurately.
Round three saw a similar pattern with the Cork boxer’s determination and Ewan's boxing skill providing a fascinating contest which resulted in a close decision to the Cork boxer.
Daryl Dunne of Downend completed the trio. He met Ian Desmond of Midleton Boxing Club. A typical start from the AASE boxer saw a two handed assault which pushed Ian onto the ropes. Daryl followed with a mix of clever boxing and aggression however Ian had numerous successes scoring with some accurate straight punching.
The aggressive Dunne took a unanimous decision finishing the AASE account at 3 - 1 and the match at 5-7 to the Bristol Sporting Club.
Elizabeth said of the trip: “I am buzzing, we had such a great time and I really enjoyed seeing Cork. The people made me feel really important and I will never forget the experience.”
SGS Head of Boxing and AASE Coach Craig Turner said: “I was honored to be lead coach of the trip, the opportunity would not have been possible without the support of SGS College in its support of the sport in the region.
“It provided the opportunity for a unique sporting exchange and experience, which AASE is all about. Hopefully it will run for many years to come.”
The return event is planned to take place in Bristol in October.