West Ham hopefuls aiming to continue club’s proud record

PUBLISHED: 12:36 23 February 2012

Three of Hammers school hopes (left to right) Jake Spooner, Joe Temple and Charlie Kenny line up for the camera

Three of Hammers school hopes (left to right) Jake Spooner, Joe Temple and Charlie Kenny line up for the camera


Four West Ham BC hopefuls, Joe Temple, Jake Spooner, Charlie Kenny and Sidney Driscoll head for Mansfield, Notts on Saturday looking to boost the club’s proud record in the National Schools boxing finals.

The quartet came through the Southern Area semi-finals at Feltham at the weekend and now line up to face the Northern Area champions with national glory at stake.

Temple headed the club’s 3-2-1 countdown to success on Sunday winning by a third-round stoppage, Spooner winning in the second round and Kenny in the first.

Class Three 42kg title-chaser Temple showed his class as he proved too good for Sheerness rival Troy Kruger as he piled up the points with a sharp-hitting display.

Kruger’s efforts to turn the bout his way never succeeded and the referee decided he had seen enough in the third round and the stoppage came as the scoring showed Temple leading by a massive 42-5 margin.

Spooner’s Class Three 40kg oppinent Zac Ealey (Poole) came under early pressure as the Hammer took charge of the action, powering home effective attacks in the opening round,

He maintained the same assault in the second and looked well ahead when the referee moved in to halt the one-sided bout.

Charlie Kenny completed the Hammers’ Sunday countdown halting rival Jake Dystra (Eastgate) in the opening round of their Class Three 52kg clash.

The power punching that has brought the Hammer two previous national titles convinced the referee to call a halt as KO Kenny made it another quick win, despite his rival’s protests.

Sidney Driscoll launched Hammers’ success march on Saturday winning for the Plaistow-based club against St Mary’s rival Kallum Tindall in a Class Two 34kg duel.

Classy Driscoll dictated the action with effective long-range attacks subduing his Kent rival and his domination was reflected by the 14-4 scoreline in his favour at the end of the contest.

It was the end of the title trail for Hammer Henry Johnson who finished on the wrong end of a tight tussle for the Class Two 46kg final place when Trowbridge rival Patrick Ward was given a 21-17 points verdict by the judges.

Another Hammer making a semi-final exit was Adam Collinson, who was beaten 10-6 by Guildford’s Bill Mobey after a keenly fought Class One 36kg contest.

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