A place on the Irish team to compete in the European schoolboy championships in Bulgaria was the major prize for Conor o’ Donovan when he claimed his first Irish title, winning the Junior cadet title at 44.5 kg in some style against Bernie Mc Donagh, Dunfanaghy, Donegal. Conor produced a masterclass in the final to take a 5 – 0 unamious decision. In the semi final he beat Nathan o’ Farrell, Cherry Orchard, Dublin on a 3 – 2 decision. 13 year old Conor has been training with the high performance team in Dublin over the last few weeks in preparation for the European schoolboy championships which begin in Albena, Bulgaria on May 21st.
3 Clonmel girls have been competing in the National girls championships over the last few weeks and they have produced some fantastic results to end up in the final in their respective weights. In her first year competing Leah o’ Gorman took a well earned 5 -0 decision against Sophia Shydenko, Ballybrack and she will face Siofra o’ Halloran, Ballinacargy in the final. Last years Irish champion Courtney Joyce will get the chance to defend her title when she faces Allie Nevin, Mullingar in the final of the 55kg division. Ellie Mai Gartland was in great form in her semi final bout against Molly Simmons, Carndonagh with the referee stopping the bout in the second round with Ellie progressing to the final. All 3 girls will compete in their finals this weekend.