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Boy, this Birtley duo are so good; Starlets storm into national finals.

BIRTLEY bombers Luke McCormack and Calum French have stormed their way into the National Boys' Clubs Championship finals.

McCormack and French came up with tip-top victories at the Nissan Sports and Social Centre in Washington to clinch their final place on December 6. McCormack will take on Ben Isles of Money ABC in the Class B 54kgs final.

A weight up at 57kgs, French will be confronted by Archie Sharp (Bodyshots) - conquerer of both McCormack twins Luke and Pat.

McCormack so bamboozled his semi-final opponent Jack Wood of Wednesbury he was disqualified near the end of the third round.

Birtley's junior coach Graeme Rutherford said: "Luke's twin Pat boxed Wood in last years quarter-final of the Junior ABA'so we knew what to expect. Luke was literally boxing on his door step with a big crowd there to watch him and when he put on the pressure in the second Wood kept ducking low and was warned by the referee.

"In the third Wood had to throw caution to the wind but he was running out of ideas and received a further two warnings for a low head.

"Eventually, Wood was disqualified near the end of the third as three warnings in a bout for the same foul brings an automatic disqualification."

French outpointed Calum Blockley (Earl Shilton) in convincing style.

Rutherford added: "Blockley came with a good record of only five losses in 27 bouts and with it a southpaw stance.

"As Calum is a southpaw it was to be a more tactical battle of two thinking boxers.

"Calum, like Luke, initially seemed anxious boxing in front of a home crowd but he started to find joy with his backhand over Blockley's jab.

"In the second, French started to have great success raising the pace with good attacks which unsettled Blockley's patient game.

"French dominated the last round to seal a good performance with a win."

Pat McCormack is in Armenia where he is representing Great Britain in the World Youth Championships.

Although he is the youngest in the two-year group of 50 boxers Birtley are hoping he will receive a good draw.

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IN THE FINALS Calum French (left) and Luke McCormack
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 29, 2012
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