Moorefield GAA played host to their eagerly awaited Fight Night Fundraiser last Saturday Night.
Johnny Peters was the MC for the event on what proved to be a hugely successful occasion at the home of the two time Leinster Champions.
The Moorefield squad who captured both the Aldridge and the Dowling Cups a week previous went through a rigorous ten weeks of training over in Ryston Boxing Club and it certainly did wonders.
The night started off with current goalkeeper Tom Kinsella getting the better of Brendan Reddy on Majority decision before Evan Kavanagh then impressively got over Sean Higgins when he got the vote from all the judges.
Sean's brother Robbie had a bit better luck in his bout with Cian Christie where both fighters threw everything at it before a draw was announced.
Things then went up a notch for the next three fights with Senior Panel members going head to head.
It started off with Eoin O'Connor confidently coming to the ring alongside fellow team mate Ryan Moore with a mock belt as he took on Eamonn Callaghan but the forward backed it up as he took the victory.
Anthony Durney and Eanna O'Connor have probably marked each other many times during training and they were exceptionally close to each other in their bout with Durney of Underdogs fame just doing enough to come out on top.
Adam Sweeney and Sean Healy then locked horns and once again it was exceptionally hard fought with the bigger reach of Sweeney helping him to victory.
The night's events weren't all about Moorefield participation though with two intriguing Exhibition bouts on show.
In a very rare occurrence two European Boxing Champions that hail from Kildare in the form of Lauren Dempsey (Suncroft) and Kelsey Leonard (Curragh) battled out a very entertaining draw.
The other Exhibition bout was all about Horse Racing with local jockeys Leigh Roche and Ronan Whelan facing off and the Racing link didn't end there with Trainer Adrian Keatley sitting ringside alongside Ian McDonnell who is not only a work rider with Dermot Weld but also a member of the Moorefield squad and he was on hand for the night. For what it's worth Roche took the victory over Group 1 winning Whelan who has previously played underage football for Monasterevin.
One of the more anticipated fights of the night was next up with powerhouses of the Senior Team Jason Phillips and Cian O'Connor meeting head on and after another hotly contested affair it was the big full forward Phillips who got the decision.
As good as that fight was, the roof nearly came off for the meeting of two of the younger generation in Dylan Cosgrave and Jordan McGrath. It was the fight of the night as two of Moorefield's newest stars went all out and it was the older McGrath who eventually got the nod at the end of the three rounds.
Moorefield are heavily associated with the Neesons Pub in Newbridge and the owner of the establishment Eric McDonnell took on Shane Naughton in Bout 11 with Naughton coming out victorious.
The penultimate contest saw Daire Dunne taking on Niall Hurley Lynch and while Hurley Lynch got a singing solo to greet him to the ring, that was as good as it got for the ace corner forward as Dunne took the spoils.
There was a ferocious end to proceedings just before Midnight with 2002 County Winning Captain Leslie Hogan meeting current star David Whyte and at one stage it looked like both would end up out of the ring but despite calls for an extra round it ended in a draw.
Attention will soon turn back to the playing fields for the club but for now they can look back on pride with the events of last weekend.
Photo Credits: Paul Dempsey (Moorefield Gaa)
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