TASMANIA'S boxing prowess continues to grow with four of its finest junior talents winning gold medals at the Australian titles in Adelaide.
Launceston's Bailey Seabourne headed the list of fighters to win their weight division finals on Wednesday alongside Jordan Percey, Dylan Cochrane and newcomer Dakota Gareth.
Seabourne won his under-15 42-kilogram division final against Queensland's Mitchell Mackie, Percey took gold in the under-15 54kg division over Kyle Schnieder, of New South Wales, Cochrane won the under-15 36kg title from Dahrel Duggan, of Western Australia, while Gareth beat Queenslander Payton Aird-Cardiff in the women's under-15 52kg division.
Yesterday's afternoon session saw four Tasmanians in semi-final action: Marshall Kruse defeated Luke Webb, of Victoria, 20 points to 10, Jack Seabourne lost by just a point to Allan Nicolson, of Queensland, 15-14, Luke Adams beat Nelson Savage, of South Australia, 10 points to six, while Launceston's Jak Hadley lost his semi-final against Blake Travers, of NSW, 8-4.
Five other Tasmanians were in action last night:
Olympian Jackson Woods in the elite 56kg division against Queenslander Brent Rice.
Nick Cooney in the elite 60kg division against Ben Dencio, of ACT.
Commonwealth Games squad member Luke Woods in the elite 64kg division against West Australian Callum Cassidy.
Dylan Hardy in the elite 81kg division against Victorian Henry Torres.
Zac Faulkner in the elite 91kg and over against Willis Meehan, of NSW.
State coach Craig Woods said he was extremely pleased with how his team had performed so far.
Former Commonwealth Games squad member Luke Woods has been in scintillating form while his cousin, Olympian Jackson Woods, was also expected to win through to tomorrow's gold medal bout.
Jackson Woods faces Queenslander Brent Rice in his first fight of the competition, and Craig Woods said he expected his nephew to dominate. "Jack's fought him twice before and took him apart both times," he said.
Woods was confident that all his elite squad members could make finals, with the extra incentive of a kick-start towards selection in the team to go to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.