Sport Year in Review 2019: February

By Hayden Moore

IT TALLAGHT badminton player Katie Frost scooped her first National Senior Ladies Singles title after she beat Rachel Darragh 21-16 21-12 in the women’s final.

BALLYFERMOT man Roy Baker was elected the new President of World Association of Kickboxing Organisations, receiving an overwhelming majority of the votes with 47 of the 51 countries eligible to vote choosing him.

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Springfield’s Shauna Bannon made the seamless transition to MMA from kickboxing with a TKO victory in Belfast

FIVE-time World Cham-pion kickboxer Shauna Bannon made a seamless transition to the world of MMA when she dished out a TKO win over her Belfast opponent Catherine McFadden.

TALLAGHT’S Jack Woolley made a big statement of intent at one of the year’s first World Taekwondo Ranking Events when he took gold in the Turkish Open, claiming The Echo Sports Star of the Month Award for February in the process.

SEAN McCaffrey was once again appointed Senior Hurling team manager in Lucan Sarsfields, five years after he last held the post.

KISHOGE Community College Under 16s Boys’ Basketball team followed up on their success in the Dublin League Finals at the end of 2018 by winning the National D League.

DONORE Harriers flooded the podium at the Dublin Juvenile Indoor Championships with Matei Ursachi, Sean Kinsella and Louis O’Loughlin among their gold medal winners.

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Templeogue beat St Patrick’s College of Cavan 55-51 to win the Under 16A Boys All-ireland Schools League final

ZAK RIDDELL of Ljays Elite Martial Arts was declared the ‘Athlete of the Tournament’ at the Mugendo Open when he took gold in the 15-17 years 52kg Kick Light and Light Contact finals.

BAWNOGUE Amateur Boxing Club announced its closure after four years of catering for young local competitors.

AT THE Irish Life National Senior Indoor Championships, DSD’s Siofra Cleirigh Buttner won the 800m in a time of 2.04.15 while Kate Doherty produced a PB in the 60m Hurdles on her way to her first national senior title.

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Jack Woolley took gold in the Turkish Open after storming to a 40-19 victory over World medallist Gashim Magomedov in the final

MEANWHILE, Tallaght AC’s Joseph Ojewumi surged to the 60m sprint title with a European Championship qualifying time of 6.78 as clubmate Rhasidat Adeleke, com-peting in her first Senior Championship, stormed to 200m glory with a season’s best time of 24.30.

TALLAGHT AC topped the podium in the Under 18 Girls 4x200m Relay, with Adeleke featuring, at the Dublin Juvenile Indoor Championships.

DONORE Harriers star John Travers was chosen for the 16-strong Ireland team to compete in Europe after he ran a superb tactical race to win the National Senior Indoor 3000m title.

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Drimnagh BC’s Patryk Adamus took a split-decision victory against Christian Cekiso of Portlaoise to win the National Elite 57kg title

TEMPLEOGUE College recorded of their biggest feats in schools basketball when they landed the Under 16A Boys All-Ireland League title following a thrilling 55-51 point victory over St Patrick’s College of Cavan, being named as The Echo Team of the Month for February in the process.

COLLIE Basquel and Warren Egan kicked Ballyboden St Enda’s Adult Football League campaign into gear with a 2-10 to 0-10 win over Ballymun Kickhams while Joe Fortune’s hurlers beat St Vincent’s 1-13 to 0-6 in the Adult Hurling League Division One opener.

THE DYNAMIC duo of Daniel Carberry and Karol Ogonowski led Temple-ogue Synge Street to a hugely memorable Under 16A Boys All-Ireland Schools League Final win with a 55-51 win over St Patrick’s College from Cavan, claiming The Echo Team of the Month for February for the efforts.

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Donore Harriers’ Louis O’Loughlin ran 1.54.04 in the Under 19 Boys 800m to claim gold at the Dublin Juvenile Indoor Championships

IN THE U16B Boys All-Ireland Schools decider, a clinical display by Adamstown Community College saw them crowned crowned champions following a 57-46 win against Coláiste Bhaile Chláir of Galway.

DRIMNAGH Boxing Club’s Patryk Adamus came through a slow start to eventually take a 3-2 split decision in the National Elite 57kg decider, while Crumlin Boxing Club’s Leona Houlihan won by the same margin in the National Elite 80kg final.

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