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Three Clonmel girl boxers take gold at national finals

Continuing family traditions

Gold at National Finals

Martin Fennessy, coach, Ellie Mae Gartland Irish Champions at 55kgs, Courtney Joyce 51kgs Irish Champion, Rachel Connolly 66kgs Irish Champion and coach Jamie Lonergan

It was a perfect three out of three for Clonmel Boxing Club's girls at last weekend's National Girls Championships in Dublin, where they returned home with three gold medals.

In her first competitive year in boxing, Courtney Joyce faced Hannah McCann, St. Bridget's, Offaly in the final in what was an exciting contest.

Courtney dominated the first two rounds, with the last round being close, and she received a well-deserved unanimous 5-0 decision to take the title.

Ellie Mae Gartland was up against Charlie Horgan, Ryston in her final but the Kildare girl proved to be no match for the Clonmel boxer, with Ellie taking a convincing unanimous 5-0 victory to claim her first Irish title.

Ellie beat Tigernach Maguire, Immaculata Boxing Club 5-0 in the semi final and Rebecca Touhy, Esker in the quarter-final by the same margin.

Rachel Connolly claimed her first national title with a split decision win against Shauna Brogan, Castlebar after three action-packed rounds.

Rachel produced the performance of a lifetime to take a well-deserved decision against her Mayo opponent.

In the semi final she beat Shantelle Ritchie, from the Gilford club on a split decision.

All three girls have boxing connections in the family. Courtney Joyce's uncle is David Joyce, who won numerous Irish titles as a schoolboy with the club.

Ellie Mae Gartland's twin brother is Jerome, who won an Irish cadet title last year and represented Ireland at the European schoolboys championships in Croatia, while Rachel Connolly's older brother is Dean Gardiner, the Irish Elite super heavyweight champion in 2015 and 2016.

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