Gargan bows out with pride after agonising loss

Christine Gargan, from the St George’s Club in Belfast was unlucky to lose out to England’s Sarah Rostron 9-8 on day three of the European Youth and Junior Championships in Wladyslawowo yesterday.

The vastly more experienced Rostron defeated Russian Daria Gavrikova 2-0 to take the junior title in Calais-Sangatte in 2010 having already disposed of Ireland’s Nicole Meli in the semi-final and a year later she claimed silver in the Youth
event when controversially going down – after a countback – to a host nation boxer in Orenburg, Russia. A Youth event in which Ireland incidentally was NOT represented, due to ‘ lack of funding’ .

Belfast bantamweight Gargan put up a great fight despite her loss yesterday and though understandably she was very disappointed afterwards, this performance against Rostron – who is tipped in many quarters to be the GB representative in Rio 2016
is one she is likely to take on board and benefit from – Rostron has had only one significant defeat in her career to that, interestingly against another Irish woman – Geesala’s Katie Rowland in Cambridge last year.

Here’s how the English management saw yesterday’s bout:

“A tight affair for the England team captain saw a cagey first round end 2:1 to the Irish champion. The second was a better round for both boxers as they got into their stride, trading sharp combinations to end the round level. Sarah picked up the pace in the third, with better movement and sharp three-punch combinations, edging ahead by a point. Retaining her composure in the final round Sarah secured a place in the semi-finals and a guaranteed bronze medal.”

Wednesday alas was not a good day for the Irish in Poland though it can be said that each and every one of our representatives gave of their very best against some of Europe’s finest boxers, many of whom we are likely to be in Rio four years hence.

It is imperative that young Irish women boxers have every opportunity of taking part in major international tournaments. It was a great opportunity missed when ‘due to lack of funding’ (according to the IABA at the time) a team was not sent to Orenburg in 2011
for the experience gained there would have stood Gargan, Samsonow and others in good stead this year. The IABA MUST have a proper contingency funding scheme in place that allows for sending teams to any major tournament which arises even ‘at short notice’.

There is no substitute for international experience. Sponsorship MUST be found. In 2011 for example British boxers gained valuable experience in major events as a result of significant sponsorship by Betfair.
Time perhaps for Paddy Power or others to provide sponsorship for young Irish stars abroad? Meantime back in Poland:

“Niamh Folan, who was boxing in the Junior semi-finals, will be taking home a bronze medal after losing out to Russia’s Matrena Viachkina in the last-four.

Kayleigh Murrihy was in against the current World Youth champion, Turkey’s Reyhan Cakir, and gave a fine account of herself against the World number one.
Oliwia Samsanow, Hannah Carthy and Caoilinn McCormack were also in quarter-final action yesterday with, Samsanow losing out to Julia Coroli by a three point margin in another close contest.

Carthy and McCormack also represented their country with pride in Wladyslawowo “.

Today, Irish hopes rest with Dundalk’s Amy Broadhurst and Sally Carrig from Ennis, who are both guaranteed at least bronze, and are now the only Irish boxers left in the tournament.
The Irish duo will be in semi-final action versus Turkey and Hungary.

SportsNewsIreland will bring you news of their contests in our next update .


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