Hit the Big Time Again
became the latest Irish Champion for Glengormley ABC, ending a drought
of some twenty years, when he lifted the All Ireland 60kg Lightweight
Senior Novice Crown at the National Stadium in Dublin last Saturday
night, 22nd January.
The 24 year old
ex BRA student and business graduate from UUJ had a cautious start to
his campaign with a 2-0 win over Jordan Lynch of Blessington ABC the
weekend before. The pressure was on as he had just watched his club mate
Jamie Lawrie go out of the competition earlier that day by the cruellest
of decisions with a 3-3 score and then the wrong side of a 5-6 countback.
Jamie was in action the night before winning an absorbing toe to toe
contest and may just have taken too much from the tank… Disappointment
for Jamie as he knows he should have done better against the southpaw
from the Mike Flaherty club but jubilation for Aaron as he was into the
semi-finals the following weekend.
Ably assisted by
ex Hillview cornerman Paul Kelly, Aaron locked horns with Dean Gilsenan
of Maynooth with a place in the finals at stake. 3-0 was the score and
West Belfast’s Clonard boxer Darragh Hall awaited Aaron in the final.
Both boxers had sparred previously with the Clonard man claiming the
bragging rights but Arron was to have the last laugh. Another emphatic
display of tight defence with solid counters and hooks claimed the
Clonard man’s scalp and Aaron has still to touch down…
Well done to
Aaron McKeith Irish Champion and strategist Paul Kelly assisted by Ryan
Justin. See next week’s report for the latest Antrim and Ulster
Champions to emerge from the Club under the expert guidance of head
coach Paul Norton.
The last Irish
Champion at Glengormley may have been Patrick McCrory Jnr now living in
France or was it Michael O’Kane who went on to claim an Ulster Elite
title? Possibly before that was it Jeff Speers ex Linfield captain or
even Danny McGrinder who of course claimed 6 Ulster titles in a row but
that’s too far back in time - a job for Liam Murphy no doubt…