Ebonie bids for Euro semis

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EBONIE JONES is today bidding to secure her semi-final place in the European Championships.

The Heart of Portsmouth ace got off to a winning 
start at the event in Assisi in Italy.

And it was a demolition job from the 18-year-old as she cruised to a comprehensive points success over Ireland’s Caitlin Sweeney at 50kg.

The Charter Academy student gave four-time Irish champion Sweeney a standing count on the way to her victory.

That means she now has a quarter-final date with German champion Anika Scheurmann ahead of her this afternoon.

Scheurmann was a winner against Hungary’s Alexandra’s Viglasi in her opening bout.

But Heart of Portsmouth head coach Q Shillingford knows his charge is in strong form on England duty.

Shillingford said: ‘It was a great start from Ebonie.

‘To win on every judge’s scorecard against a four-time national champion is decent going.’