MOYLE Park College’s boxing club took part in its first exhibition event last weekend as fighters took on opponents from four other clubs at St Matthew’s Boxing Club in Ballyfermot.
The club, based in the Clondalkin school, was formally founded in early September and has developed at pace. At the event, they came up against fighters from Cabra BC, N Seven boxing academy, Lucan BC and Whitechurch BC with 32 bouts taking place over the course of the day.
Out of 10 boxers from the club, all went home with medals with Jason Quinn returning with the overall best “away” boxer trophy.
Moyle Park teacher and core founder of the club Stephen Doyle said it was a hugely successful day for the new club as they seek to establish themselves.
He said: “The students represented us very well in terms of skill, sportsmanship and discipline.
“It was the people of Clondalkin and the students of Moyle Park who funded and helped build the club. If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be where we are.”
Clondalkin councillor and Olympic boxing champion Kenny Egan told The Gazette that he will be teaching in the boxing club early in the New Year.
He said: “I plan to go through the fundamentals of boxing with the students and also train the teachers of the school how to train.
“I went to Moyle Park as a student and, at the time, there was just Gaelic, and now it’s really great that they have boxing as an alternative sport to take part in,” said Cllr Egan.
The students involved during the event were: Adam Scappaticci, Jason Quinn, Shane McAnaspie, Eric O’Halloran, Montunrayo Adebisi, Brendan Ale, Mark Harris, Josh Ojelabi, Junior Emakhu and Daniel Kelly.
The event all served as St Matthew’s final event of the year in which they honoured some of their best performers over the course 2014.
Daniel Murphy was awarded most improved boxer of the year while Dane Robinson received a medal and certificate for getting through to the Dublin leagues. Darren McDonagh did likewise, making it as far as the semi-final stages of the county competition to show his potential.
St Matthew’s is the home club to a number of Clondalkin’s finest boxing graduates with former world champion Bernard Dunne and Irish cruiserweight title holder also honing his skills at the Drumfinn Road club.