Boxing talent plan big year
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
WHILE most sportsmen and women get the chance to take it easy over the Christmas/New Year period, Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club fighters have been sweating it out in the gym.
Club coach Mick Daly is working his charges hard in preparation for the Boxing Queensland state titles in March and is excited about the depth of talent he has to work with this year.
"I'll have about 20 boxers going around this year,'' Daly said.
"We had the juniors really come through last year but not many senior fighters.
"This year we'll have a very good senior lineup.''
Daly said Australian representatives Daniel Beahan (91kg) and Ben McEachran (81kg) would head a senior men's team which would also consist of Shane "Pee Wee'' Byatt (60kg), Doug May (69kg), Steven Mylne (75kg) and possibly Bill Noonan (91kg-plus).
Daly was excited at the rumour that Noonan would return to the club at which he won a Queensland super-heavyweight title in 2000 before hanging up the gloves. However, he said he had not heard directly from his former pupil.
Byatt will also have to overcome a back injury sustained at work if he is to compete this year.
Leading the women's charge will be Sheila Daly (67kg) who has built up considerable strength during the off-season and possibly Emma Carruthers (under-64kg), provided work commitments allow.
Daly was also hopeful Kym Ellis (48kg) would also step into the ring this year after showing plen-ty of promise in training.
Daly said three of his charges ? McEachran, Beahan and Mylne ? were aiming for spots in the Australian team to contest next year's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
McEachran and Beahan will also be in action as early as January 28 when they lineup for a Queensland selection side to take on visiting New Zealand fighters in Maroochydore.
McEachran is nursing a broken finger but Daly said the former Australian champion had trained as well as ever and was confident he would be ready for the showdown with the Kiwis.