The Tallaght men’s second team played their first home game of the season in a local derby against Clondalkin in the Metro League Division 9.
Tallaght started brightly with Colin Morrison and Sean Judd making strong carries. Both teams struggled to find their rhythm though and it took 20 minutes before the deadlock was broken when Clondalkin scored a try to take a 5-0 lead.
Tallaght hit back well though minutes later when good work from Kevin Quinn put Rob Hudson in for a try which he converted himself to make it 7-5 to Tallaght at half-time.
Clondalkin started to get on top in the second half and they scored a converted try and a penalty to take a 15-7 lead. Tallaght didn’t give up though and centre Ken Lynch, making his first start for the club, was impressive in both attack and defence.
Hudson kicked a penalty to make it 15-10 and Tallaght had a couple of good chances late in the game but couldn’t get over the line. Clondalkin hung on to win a typically spicy local derby and Tallaght had to settle for the losing bonus point. But it was a much improved outing from Tallaght’s second team and hopefully things will improve as the season goes on and more players return from injury.
Man of the match: Ken Lynch
1. Gary Kinsella 2. Mark Curley 3. Dave Kelly 4. Joe Ivers 5. Garreth Fitzpatrick 6. Kevin Quinn 7. Colin Morrison 8. Sean Judd 9. Pedro Silva 10. Rob Hudson 11. John Cowan 12. Ken Lynch 13. Michael Corrigan 14. Leon Tanfin 15. Wayne Stewart 16. Niall Mahon
Women’s Leinster League Division 5 Foulkstown 15/10/2021
The Tallaght women’s team played their first away league game of the game of the season in Division 5 with a trip to Kilkenny.
Tallaght suffered a big blow minutes after kick-off when centre Chloe Conroy went off injured. Kilkenny dominated the first quarter of the match and were camped in the Tallaght half. But Tallaght tackled bravely and ultimately survived with their line intact.
In the second quarter of the match, it was Tallaght’s turn to dominate. They set up stall in the Kilkenny half as the home team were forced to concede penalty after penalty. A try looked certain on a couple of occasions if the ball had gone wide but some poor decisions left Kilkenny off the hook. Ultimately Kilkenny survived and the first half ended scoreless.
Kilkenny came out stronger in the second half as they began to launch their dangerous backs. Tallaght were guilty of tackling too high on too many occasions and Kilkenny took advantage to breakaway and score tries in the 53rd and 59th minute to take a 10-0 lead.
Tallaght kept fighting to the end with Louise Leonard, Lisa Connors and Roisin Doyle making strong carries and Kim Letterfield and Sorcha Burns made some big tackles. Ultimately their attack was too narrow though and they never really launched their outside runners to really test the Kilkenny defence. They also weren’t helped by more injuries to Karen Corrigan, Vicky Cobbe and Aimee Travers. The game finished 10-0 to Kilkenny but Tallaght remain top of the league on points difference.
Skipper Martina Fitzpatrick was disappointed to lose but proud of her team’s effort. “We won last week and it was great, but today was tougher and we weren’t able to get over their line. A few things went against us, but at times we didn’t help each ourselves at times either. But we fought hard to the end and once we keep that spirit, and improve technically, the wins will come again.”
Tallaght have two weeks off now until their next game on the 31st of October when they’re at home to Monkstown.
The Tallaght women’s team play their first away league game of the season in the Women’s League Division 5. They are full of confidence after their first win of the season last week and they take on Kilkenny in Foulkstown on Friday night with a 8PM kick-off.
Then on Saturday, the Tallaght men’s seconds team take on Clondalkin in Metro League Division 9. Kick-off is on Saturday at 3PM at Tymon Park.
Please make your best effort to come out and support all our teams.
The Your Club, Your Country draw is back. Tickets are 10 euro each and every cent goes straight to the club. So please support Tallaght rugby and give your a chance to win some great prizes.
Friday, September 17 – Online platform will open for clubs to start selling tickets
Wednesday, December 1 – Online platform closes
Friday, December 3 – ‘Your Club, Your Country’ Grand Draw takes place
1. Follow the Ireland Team on their Summer Tour of New Zealand in July 2022 Return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for two persons (Compliments of Vodafone)
2. Win a €5,000 Holiday Holiday voucher worth up to €5,000 (Compliments of Energia)
3. France v Ireland 2022 Guinness Six Nations VIP Trip to Paris with the IRFU Patrons Club Return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for two persons (Compliments of Opel Ireland)
4. England v Ireland 2022 Guinness Six Nations VIP Trip to Twickenham, London Return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for two persons (Compliments of Canterbury)
5. Experience Business Class Service with Aer Lingus Transatlantic business class return flights to East Coast routes with Aer Lingus for two persons (Compliments of Aer Lingus)
6. 2022 Galway Races VIP Package Corporate hospitality at the Galway races and overnight hotel accommodation for two persons (Compliments of Guinness)
7. Aldi Shopping Voucher Voucher to the value of €2000 (Compliments of Aldi)
8. Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort Voucher Voucher to the value of €1500 (Compliments of Lucozade Sport Ireland)
9. Elverys Shopping Voucher Voucher to the value of €1000 (Compliments of Elverys)
10. VIP package to 2022 Guinness Six Nations matches in Aviva Stadium Tickets & hospitality package for two persons (Compliments of The Hospitality Partnership)
The Tallaght men’s first team’s tough start to the season continued as they went down to a heavy defeat to league leaders Portarlington.
The injury ravaged Tallaght team were 14-0 down after ten minutes. Though they improved after that and put together some decent phases Portarlington scored two more tries to lead 26-0 at half-time. The Laoismen scored two more converted tries to run out 40-0 winners even though Tallaght fought to the end to get on the scoreboard.
There was positives for Tallaght in the all action performances of back rows Aaron Hickey and Josh O’Brien and Rob Browner tackled bravely at full back. There was also first team debuts for props Gary Kinsella and Mark Curley who acquitted themselves well.
Tallaght coach Tom Leigh set things straight with his team. “Me and (backs coach) Gary Brennan are in coaching a lot of years. We’ve seen tough situations before and we know the only way to get through them is to work together. We have a four week break before our next game. We’re going to hopefully use that time to let some players heal and to work on the basics of our game which is what is letting us down. So effectively, this portion of the season is done and now we’re in pre-season for our next game on the 7th November v Clane. But it all depends on the work the lads put in over the next four weeks.”
Man of the match: Aaron Hickey
1. Alan Sower 2. Ken McGovern 3. Tony McManus 4. Al Moore 5. Patrik Toth 6. Kevin Quinn 7. Aaron Hickey 8. Adam Nolan (Captain) 9. Andy Rudd 10. Darryl Keogh 11. Ciaran Rudd 12. David Clarke 13. Jordan Corrigan 14. Rob Hudson 15. Rob Browner 16. Mark Curley 17. Gary Kinsella 18. Mick Corrigan 19. Josh O’Brien 20. Leon Tarfin 21. Colin Morrison
Women’s Leinster League Division 5 Tymon Park 10/10/2021
The Tallaght women’s team played their first league game of the game of the season in Division 5. They took on DeLaSalle Palmerston in front of a massive home crowd. There was also a little bit of club history made as a parent and their child played together for the first time in a competitive club game. Skipper Martina Fitzpatrick took the field with her daughter Abbie Keeley, a star of Tallaght youth rugby in recent years, who made her first senior rugby start at full back.
Tallaght began really well building their way through the phases off strong carries from Louise Leonard and Samantha Leddin, who was playing her first game for the club in five years. The ball was worked wide and centre Chloe Conroy made one of her trademark powerful bursts to get Tallaght into the DLSP twenty two. The pack followed up strongly and scrum-half Eileen Shanahan managed the next couple of phases well before putting flanker Lisa Connors over for her first try for the club. Grainne Flood converted to give Tallaght a 7-0 lead.
DLSP came back strongly with some good carries, but the Tallaght scrum was well on top with Karen Corrigan and Larissa Marinelli dominating their opposite numbers. They managed to win two scrums against the head and it was a shame that shortly after that a DLSP prop had to retire injured and the game went to uncontested scrums, removing the advantage for Tallaght. This didn’t upset Tallaght unduly though and they scored another fine try built off good phase play with the likes of Aimee Travers and Hilary Martin putting in big shifts with consistent carries. The ball went wide and winger Lisa O’Connell made great ground but looked to be swallowed up in the tackle. But she showed great strength to stand up in the tackle and offload to centre Chloe Conroy who went over for the try. Flood converted again and Tallaght led 14-0 after 18 minutes.
To DLSP’s credit they came back into the game in the second quarter. They had a couple of powerful ball carriers who made big ground although Tallaght didn’t help themselves by sometimes tackling too high. Tallaght defended bravely with the likes of Jelizaveta Maguire and Roisin Doyle making several fine tackles. But consistent pressure from DLSP finally got them over the line for a converted try to make the half-time score 14-7 to Tallaght.
Tallaght started the second half brightly and replacement back row Vicky Cobbe was back and making a number of customary strong carries. Lisa O’Connell again made a big play when she first made a tackle and then got on her feet quickly enough to win a turnover penalty. Tallaght skipper Martina Fitzpatrick took the resulting tap penalty and made some good ground and then the ball was worked out to Chloe Conroy who burst through the line yet again. Full back Abbie Keeley took a superb trailing line on Conroy and was there to take the offload and score her first senior try in the corner to make it 19-7 to Tallaght.
DLSP didn’t give up though and they kept coming hard and Tallaght replacements Amy Dalton and Sorcha Burns were required to make some big tackles in defence. Kim Letterfield came on for his first ever game of rugby and made a smashing tackle with her first involvement. But it was the final replacement Erica Keegan who settled the game with a super try (again her first for the club) in the corner to leave the final score at 24-7 to Tallaght.
Head coach Sean Bishop was thrilled for his team to get their first win of the season. “I just want to thank all the players for their hard work, not just the ones that took the field today but the whole squad. I also want to thank all the coaching staff, including Ciaran Rudd who came down here to coach before he had to go off and play for the men’s team.”
“I honestly couldn’t pick a woman of the match as literally everyone made a strong contribution so we awarded it to the whole squad. There are still areas we can and will improve on but I want the whole squad to really enjoy that win tonight because they deserve it. But this is only the start of things and we really want to have a crack at this league. On behalf of the whole squad I also really want to thank the huge crowd of supporters who came out to cheer the team on. I also want to thank our new sponsors Peachylean and Inivo Medical whose support is already making a massive difference. Our next game is on Friday away to Kilkenny and we’re looking forward to it already.”
There’s another double-header this weekend and it’s all on Sunday and mercifully we don’t need to pay any more bloody tolls to get there.
The Tallaght women’s team play their first home league game of the season in the Women’s League Division 5. They host DLSP on Sunday in Tymon Park with a 1PM kick-off.
The Tallaght men’s firsts then follow on as they take on table toppers Portarlington in the Leinster League Division 3. Kick-off is on Sunday at 3PM also at Tymon Park.
The Tallaght men’s seconds already played their fixture this week going down to a heavy defeat under lights at St. Marys on Wednesday. But that doesn’t tell the real story. The men’s teams are going through an injury crisis never before seen in our club’s short history. The 2nds had to concede their first game the previous Saturday and they were only able to even field a team because many lads put on the jersey for the first time in years,
So on behalf of the club, thank for for fronting up and allowing us to play!!
Please come out to support the boys and girls if you can on Sunday!
Tries: Rob Hudson, Andy Rudd Con: Adam Nolan Pen: Rob Hudson
Leinster League Division 3 Tymon Park 03/10/2021
The Tallaght men’s first team played their second Leinster League Division 3 game away to North Meath/Athboy, the two teams having amalgamated for this season.
Tallaght started quite well repelling some early North Meath attacks with Josh Sweeney leading the way with some crunching tackles. Then the returning Jack Russell mad a strong carry which led to a Tallaght penalty. Robbie Hudson kicked the penalty to give Tallaght a 3-0 lead after fifteen minutes.
Unfortunately North Meath were the next to score when they intercepted Andy Rudd’s pass off a scrum to run in a try to make it 5-3. Tallaght hit back well though with Rudd making several big tackles. This got them back in the North Meath half and after smashing away on the North Meath line for several phases, eventually Hudson barged his way over for a try to make it 8-5. Winger Leon Tarfin, making his debut for the firsts, make a big turnover just before half-time to protect the lead into the break.
Tallaght were confident they would kick on in the second half playing with the downward slope in their favour. However their second half performance was as baffling as it was disappointing. Having tackled reasonably well in the first half, Tallaght reverted to high, weak tackling which allowed the powerful North Meath ball carriers to make ground easily. This led to Tallaght being exposed out wide and North Meath took advantage to score four tries all virtual instant replays of each other. The converted just the one of them to take a 27-8 lead.
Tallaght hit back with a late try as Andy Rudd made a break to score a fine individual try. Adam Nolan made the drop-kick conversion and with seven minutes left Tallaght only trailed by 12 points at 27-15. However Tallaght’s remaining attacks broke down through handling errors and North Meath/Athboy were comfortable winners in the end.
The defeat leaves Tallaght bottom of the table and next week they host leaders Portarlington. Tallaght have a huge amount of injuries at the moment, especially in the backs, but that second half performance simply wasn’t good enough. To have any chance against Portarlington next week, they will need to find some form from somewhere.
Man of the match: Leon Tarfin
1. Alan Sower 2. Ken McGovern 3. Tony McManus 4. Al Moore 5. Joe Ivers 6. Jack Russell 7. Josh Sweeney 8. Adam Nolan (Captain) 9. Andy Rudd 10. Darryl Keogh 11. Mick Corrigan 12. David Clarke 13. Jordan Corrigan 14. Leon Tarfin 15. Rob Hudson 16. Andy Caswell 17. Patrik Toth 18. Andy Grace 19. Colin Morrison 20. Kevin Quinn 21. Gavin McKeon