Members of the Monkstown Boxing Club who claimed honours and the Leinster Best Club title

MONKSTOWN Boxing Club enjoyed one of the biggest days in their 11-year history last weekend when they were named Best Club at the Leinster schoolboy, girls and youths championships.

They landed 13 gold medals along with four silvers while six other club members reached semi-finals of the provincial competition.

Club development coach James Doyle said these successes in the nine-county competition were not just the best in Monkstown’s history but were one of the best ever hauls by any club.

“We are absolutely thrilled,” he told GazetteSport. The event was run over six weekends for Under-11s right up to Under-17s so there was a couple of hundred boxers taking part.

“We’re going 11 years and have entered every year. This is by far the biggest we have done and probably one of the best any club has done results-wise.”

Among the winners were, at Under-12 level, John Connors (33kg), Oisin Treacy (36kg) and Suffie Edris (39kg); at Under-13 Matthew Tyndall (50kg), Jack Marley (60kg) and, at Under-15, Paul Harcourt (31kg), Sara Adris (48kg), Dylan Doyle (39kg), Brandon O’Brien (42kg), Eoin Larkin (44kg), Saoirse Kearns (44kg) while at Under-16s, Cameron Fox (48kg) and Kenneth Doyle (57kg) completed the winners list while Jake Rapple, Sean Mari, Nessan Fitzgerald and Adam Matthews all took silver.

It continues the superb work going on at the club that has seen it grow exponentially in recent years and they are now actively seeking ways of further expanding.

“The club is close to having a waiting list. We would never refuse anybody but there are over 130 members coming to Mounttown so we are looking to expand the premises if the council will allow us. Either that or if we could get more hours here.

“We have had some talks about that while a local businessman, Ronan Corrigan from Global Medics, is looking to help out more because he has seen the amount of kids in here who are kept off the streets. This is huge for our club.

“He has been brilliant, supplying gear for us to go on a training camp in London. He sees the impact it has for the club and the local area. We are self-funded and it is a struggle to get the rent and things like that so he will have an impact into making us one of the biggest clubs in the country.

“This is huge for a kid, for them to see what level they are at. A lot of them who win this would go on to be favourites to win an All-Ireland. It’s nearly double the pool to the Dublin championships and some weights would have over 25 kids so to be a champion there is a phenomenal achievement.”