In preperation for the European and World Junior Championships the IABA will send out a team to Baku to compete in the President Heydar Aliyev Cup. The 10 strong team will compete along with 14 other countries in the competition which runs from the 8th to 15th May. Ireland have brought home medals from each of the last two tournaments here and will be confident of more success over the next couple of days.
In 2009 Joe Ward (Moate) and Michael Reilly (Drimnagh) claimed gold medels with Chris Mulally (Ryston) taking a bronze. Then last year Anthony Coyle (Geesala) claimed a silver and Chris Nevin (Holy Family BC , Drogheda) a bronze . The Irish management are optomistic of further success this year building up to the Europeans in Hungary next month and the World Championships in Kazakhstan in July.
The ten man team is as follows;
46k Keith Flavin (Paulstown)
48k Hughie Joyce (St Michaels Athy)
50k Dylan Tang (Mulhuddart )
52k Hughie Nevin (Cavan )
54k John stokes ( Mullhuddart)
57k Stevan Reddy ( Dungarvan)
60k Dan Mc Inerney (Brosna)
63k Kevin Moore (Clonard)
70k David Kennedy (Gorey)
80k Davey Joyce (Moate)
The IABA will also send out a second a second team to Poland for a one match International. The party travels on Friday the 6th of May and returns on Sunday the 8th. The team consists of Declan Geraghty (Corinthians), George Bates (St Michaels, Dublin) Eric Donovan, John Joe Joyce and Davey Joe Joyce (St Michaels , Athy), Anthony Upton (Holy Family Belfast), Chris Blaney (Navan), Luke Keeler (Crumlin) and Tommy McCarthy (Oliver Plunketts ).