Cork footballers get ready to rumble in Macroom

FOUR members of the Cork senior football panel will be in action when Rylane Boxing Club stage their first open tournament of the season at the Riverside Park Hotel in Macroom tonight.

It will be a second outing for All Star, Michael Shields, and defender, Noel O’Leary, while Derek Kavanagh and captain, Graham Canty, will also be in action.

For the past six weeks, almost 30 members of the panel have been training in the Rylane club in preparation for a charity show at the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork at the end of the month – details of which will be announced at a press conference in the Rochestown Park Hotel on Tuesday night.

“This will be the show to beat all shows,” Rylane coach Dan Lane insisted yesterday. “Those lads have been training very hard for the past six weeks or more and it is all in aid of charity. It is going to be an all-ticket affair and if we are to judge by the reaction to our recent show – when we co-hosted the match between the gardaí and the New York Police Department when tickets sold out in five days – it would be wise to jump in and buy your ticket early.”

He said he was amazed at how quickly the team members adapted to boxing.

“I know it is probably every young lad’s ambition to box, because it is such a manly and disciplined sport, but unfortunately many of us never get the opportunity,” he said.

“Then when we got the opportunity we enjoyed it – not just the boxing because at the end of the day that’s the icing on the cake – but the training and comradeship and friendship that develops around it.

“We have had a number of members of the Cork football and hurling teams in the club for the past two or three years but this year I got a call from the spokesman for the footballers to know if they could join and prepare for the upcoming tournament.”

Shields will tonight touch gloves with Robert O’Sullivan (CIT), who was a finalist in the Irish Universities Championships which concluded last week. Kavanagh will meet another of those finalists, Owen Murphy (CIT) while Dan Lane hopes O’Leary will step in against his captain, Canty, in what should be an enthralling contest.

Noel O’Leary’s brother, Donal Óg, who was unlucky not to make the national intermediate championship finals (he was four points up entering the last round) returns to the ring against Shane Duggan (Dungarvan).

Also on the card:

Light Middleweight: K Twohig (Rylane) v C O’Sullivan (Macroom). Youth 2 60kg: D O’Gorman (Rylane) v D O’Kelly (Churchtown). Youth 2 64kg: O Dennehy (Rylane) v D O’Neill (Churchtown). Youth 2 67kg: P Fitzgibbon (Rylane) v R Walsh (Dungarvan). Youth 2 69kg: C Long (Rylane) v G Walsh (Leeside/Lough). Boy 1 36kg: S Lane (Rylane) v P Lee (Leeside/Lough). Boy 36kg: S Óg O’Connor (Rylane) v P McDonagh (Leeside/Lough). Boy 3 42kg: A O’Donoghue (Rylane) v F Phelan (Macroom). Boy 4 42kg: D O’Sullivan (Rylane) v P Matthews (Leeside/Lough). Youth 1 57kg: S O’Donoghue (Rylane) v AN Other.


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