Taylor & Kavanagh both win opening bouts

At this afternoon’s opening session in the 2011 European Women’s Championships at the Topsport Centrum in Rotterdam,there were, as we reported earlier wins for Katie Taylor and Drimnagh’s Sinead Kavanagh. Another Bray BC boxer, Laoise Traynor went under to the rising Welsh star,

17 yrs old Lauren Price,who like Taylor is a dual football/boxing international 21:2. Price is a member of the Cardiff City ladies and Welsh international football teams.

Taylor and Kavanagh had impressive wins – Taylor is seeking a ‘record breaking’ 5th European title in succession, overcame Germany’s Julia Irmen 15:7 and now meets Italy’s Romina Marenda in Tuesday’s last – 16 bout.

Kavanagh,won as convincingly as the 18-9 score suggests against Viktoria Kebikava of Belarus but next up faces the ‘silent assassin’, Hartlepool middleweight , Savannah Marshall; for the Drimnagh boxer this will be a tough fight especially bearing in mind that

Marshall took a silver medal at the 2010 World Senior Championships in Barbados.

Five other members of the Irish squad will also be involved in Tuesday’s last 16-bouts : Katie Rowland, Michaela Walsh, Ceire Smith, Lynne McEnery and Kelly Harrington.

Geesala BC’s 18 years old Katie Rowland will have the toughest task of all facing as she does England’s European Union Gold Medallist, Nikki Adams.The experience though will prove invaluable for the young Mayo woman.

Lynne McEnery from St Paul’s Waterford faces that doughty Welsh champion – Lynsey Holdaway who did so well last year in the World Championships whilst Michaela Walsh comes up against Sandra Kruk of Poland, whom Taylor defeated ‘en route’ to the 2009

European Union title in Liverpool.

Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny light-heavyweight Laura O’Neill was handed a bye into Wednesday’s 81Kg quarter-final where she too faces a huge task against Timea Nagy of Hungary. Nagy you may recall had an very comfortable win against O’Neill earlier

in the year in the European Union championships in Katowice.

The semi-finals take place on Friday and Saturday is finals day in Rotterdam.

European Women’s Championships (Topsportcentrum) Rotterdam, Holland

October 17th (Preliminaries)
60Kg: Katie Taylor (Bray) beat Julia Irmen (Germany) 15-7
69Kg: Laoise Traynor (Bray) lost to Lauren Price (Wales) 2-21
75Kg: Sinead Kavanagh (Drimnagh) beat Viktoria Kebikava (Belarus) 18-9

October 18th (Last 16)

48Kg: Lynne McEnery (St Pauls) v Lynsey Holdaway (Wales)
51Kg: Katie Rowland (Geesala) v Nicola Adams (England)
54Kg: Ceire Smith (Cavan) v Csilla Nemedi (Hungary)
57Kg: Michaela Walsh (Holy Family) v Sandra Kruk (Poland)
60Kg; Katie Taylor (Bray) v Romina Marenda (Italy)
64Kg: Kelly Harrington (Corinthians) v Martina Schmaranzova (Czech Republic)
75Kg: Sinead Kavanagh (Drimnagh) v (Savannah Marshal (England)


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