THIS weekend was quite a busy one for Springhill Boxing Club with boxers appearing at two venues in the one day.
The 9 Counties Novice Championships for boys and girls aged 14,15 and 16 years was the first tournament. The club had two boys C McDonagh aged 14 and S Corcoran aged 16, were taking part. The Championships were held in Tyholland in Monaghan.
The weigh ins took place between 9am and 10.30am and the draw took place shortly afterwards. Both boys had entry directly into the semi finals. McDonagh faced McEvoy from Phoenix BC in Derry and Corcoran faced McGrath from Ederney in Fermanagh.
McDonagh endured three tough rounds and both boys had chances to grab a hold of the bout. After three rounds, the referee had the contest all square. A second count once again saw it level and it was left to the judges to determine the outcome. The judges narrowly gave it in the favour of McDonagh.
Corcoran was judged to have been the winner in his bout with McGrath. He won by a score of 5-4.
Both fighters are now through to the finals which take place on Saturday at the same venue.
Later on that evening, Springhill took three more boxers to a competitions held by the Scorpion club in Ballymoney. Darragh McVey, Ryan McNamee and Darren McGuigan were all in action.
First into the ring was McNamee as he faced Coyles from the host club. Ryan put up a great fight and narrowly lost by 8-6. Next up was Darragh McVey as he faced McAllister from the Ballymoney club. McAllister is the County Antrim Champion at his division and McVey was unlucky to lose by a narrow margin of 10-9.
The best bout of the evening was saved to the end as Darren McGuigan faced Donnelly from the host club. McGuigan in his first bout of the season was brilliant and boxed superbly utilising his left jab and won the contest by 17-8.
Next up for Springhill is the 9 Counties Novice Finals on Saturday.
Then on Sunday, heavyweight prospect Audrius Grakaiskis weighs in for the Ulster Open Intermediate Championships which will be held in Belfast over the next few weeks.
Training times are 7.30 for the Under 10s. Eleven years and up are Wednesday and Friday at 7.30pm.
Ladies Keep fit boxercise classes are held on our club premises every Tuesday and Thursday. These classes are open to all ladies. Everyone is welcome to attend. The session is taken by a qualified boxing coach. Classes are from 7.30pm to 8.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Admission is £3 or £5 for two sessions.