Tallaght 1sts 29 Seapoint 17

Rob Hudson

Tallaght 1sts: 29

Try: Rob Hudson 2, Denny McCarthy, Karl Segrave
Con: Rob Hudson 2, Denny McCarthy
Pen: Rob Hudson

Seapoint R.F.C. 17

Metro League Division 6
Tymon Park
12/10/2019

The Tallaght men’s first team began their Metro League Division 6 campaign with yet another game against their old rivals Seapoint. Tallaght had beaten Seapoint in last year’s Division 7 final and also in the John Madden Cup earlier this season so were looking to make it a hat-trick of wins. They started the game very positively and dominated the first quarter despite losing prop James Carr to injury early on. They created three great chances for tries and flanker Niall Mahon got the ball over the line but the referee ruled the pass forward. The other chances were squandered through a mixture of poor handling and decision-making.

Tallaght did eventually take the lead after twenty minutes when Rob Hudson kicked a penalty but Seapoint equalised straight from the kick-off with a penalty of their own to make it 3-3. Seapoint then had a period of dominance and had a chance to take the lead with another penalty but it went wide. Tallaght were working hard in defence with scrum-half Andy Rudd making several fine tackles. Seapoint’s dangerous centre broke through a number of tackles and looked set to score a try but Tallaght full back Simon Collie smashed him into touch with a tackle to save the day. 

Eventually Tallaght got back into the Seapoint half off some strong carrying from Ken McGovern and Niall Mahon and were camped on the Seapoint line. The ball went loose but Rob Hudson scooped the ball up and went over for the try which he converted himself to make the half-time score 10-3 to Tallaght.

Ten minutes into the second half Hudson was on the score-sheet again. It was another excellent back-line move with Dave Clarke and Simon Collie involved heavily. Centre Padraig Jones was put clear near the line and he cleverly kick-passed to Hudson who raced away for a second try to make it 15-3 to Tallaght. 

However some poor discipline from Tallaght gave Seapoint a chance and their number eight raced away for a superb individual try. But Tallaght hit back with a superb individual try of their own as Denny McCarthy broke two tackles and then showed a clean pair of heels to the Seapoint defence to score a try under the posts. Hudson converted again to make it 22-10.

Tallaght then rounded the game off with an excellent try as Adam Nolan, Tony McManus and Daryl Keogh passed sharply to put winger Karl Segrave over in the corner. Denny McCarthy then showed his place-kicking skills by knocking over a splendid touchline conversion. Seapoint scored a converted try towards the end to make the final score 29-17 to Tallaght. 

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was pleased with his side’s performance. “We were a bit rushed in the first half and left a few scores behind us. But we addressed the issues at half-time and we were much improved in the second half and won well with the whole squad making a strong contribution especially the lads who come off the bench. Seapoint are a fine team who’ll take plenty of points off teams in this league. We’ve still got plenty to work on but we’re happy to kick off our league season with a fine home win.”

The whole of Tallaght Rugby Club wish to send our warmest congratulations to our player Alan Moore and his wife Clare on the recent birth of their son Finn. 

Man of the match: Niall Mahon

Tallaght RFC

  1. James Carr
  2. Ken McGovern
  3. Andy Grace
  4. Alan Sower
  5. Kevin Quinn
  6. Jack Russell
  7. Niall Mahon
  8. Adam Nolan (Captain)
  9. Andrew Rudd
  10. David Clarke
  11. Ciaran Rudd
  12. Denny McCarthy
  13. Padraig Jones
  14. Rob Hudson
  15. Simon Collie
  16. Tony McManus
  17. Andy Caswell
  18. Alan Moore
  19. Joe Ivers
  20. Daryl Keogh
  21. Marc Keatinge
  22. Kark Segrave

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photo: Anne Kavanagh

Weekend fixtures 12th-13th October

There is just the one senior fixture this weekend.

The men’s first team take on Seapoint in their first match in Metro League Division 6 in a fixture that was originally scheduled for last weekend. Kick-off on Saturday is 3PM in Tymon Park.

The Under 8’s are playing DLSP in Churchtown at 10am on Sunday. All the rest of the youths have training at their normal times.

Please make your best effort to get out and support all our teams.

Weekend fixtures 5th-6th October

There is an action-packed weekend of rugby if the weather allows it.

On Saturday there’s a double header with both men’s team at home in Tymon Park. First up is the 2nds team who take on Clondalkin in Metro League Division 11 with a 1PM kick-off. Then the men’s first team take on Seapoint in their first match in Metro League Division 6 with a 3PM kick-off.

UPDATE: Both men’s fixtures have been postponed due to an unplayable pitch.

Then on Sunday the Tallaght women’s team make a trip to the north side to take on Suttonians in Division 4. Kick-off is at 1.00 PM in the JJ McDowell Grounds.

In the youths the under 18s Bisto girls are playing Clontarf away on Saturday with kick-off at 10am. One the same day the under 14s Tallaght girls are playing Seapoint/DLSP away in Seapoint RFC with a 12 noon kick-off.

There is training for U18s and U16s Bisto girls in St Mary’s on Friday at 7:00 pm. Training for the U14 girls in Firhouse on Sunday from 10 to 11AM. The under 12’s play Barnhall on Sunday morning in Clondalkin weather permitting (Ko tbc). The minis, U7’s, U8’s, U9’s, U10’s, and U11’s have training on Sunday as normal on Pitch 100 starting at 10AM. The boys under-16s are training Sunday morning at 9.45.

Please make your best effort to get out and support all our teams.

Tallaght 17 CYM 27

Aisling Pyke

Tallaght R.F.C. 17

Tries: Megan Fogarty 2, Aisling Pyke
Con: Louise Lombard

CYM R.F.C. 27

Women’s League Division 4
Tymon Park
29/09/2019

The Tallaght women’s team kicked off their Division 4 campaign by hosting CYM in Tymon Park. They got off to a great start when full back Megan Fogarty broke away for a fine try to give Tallaght a 5-0 lead. Straight from the kick-off number eight Aisling Pyke broke a tackle and showed great pace to race away for a second try to make it 10-0. After a great start Tallaght’s performance started to decline. They began falling off tackles and when in possession they were too slow to get to the ball carrier which led to lots of turnovers. CYM hit back with two quick tries. Aisling Pyke managed to block the first conversion but the second one went over to give CYM a 12-10 lead. CYM added a third try to lead 17-10 at half-time.

The second half remained scoreless for nearly thirty minutes. Eventually though Megan Fogarty spotted a gap and raced away for a superb individual try. Louise Lombard kicked the conversion and the sides were level. Unfortunately Tallaght got turned over in their own twenty two and CYM got it wide to score a try in the corner to restore their lead. Tallaght desperately looked for a winning score but instead CYM got the final try of the match to win 27-17.

Tallaght’s coach Niall Mahon was disappointed with the result but were pleased with the effort of his players. “We worked hard throughout and scored some good tries. But our defence let us down and that is something we need to work on in training. Aisling Pyke had a fine game, as did Grainne Flood in her first game of rugby. But Megan Fogarty was our player of the match. She made several great hits and scored two fine tries.”

Woman of the match: Megan Fogarty

Tallaght

  1. Dara Silva Oliveira
  2. Martina Fitzpatrick (Captain)
  3. Karen Corrigan
  4. Ciara Corcoran
  5. Aimee Travers
  6. Lisa Connors
  7. Vicky Cobbe
  8. Aisling Pyke
  9. Eileen Shanahan
  10. Grainne Flood
  11. Angelika Gertz
  12. Louise Lombard
  13. Marta Hoppe
  14. Lisa O’Connell
  15. Megan Fogarty
  16. Ellen Crotty
  17. Seana Greenhalgh

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photo: Paul Cronin

Emerald Warriors 0 Tallaght 2nds 71

James Carr

Emerald Warriors 0

Tallaght 2nds 71

Tries: James Carr 2, Nick Ahearne, Joe Ivers, Jordan Corrigan 2, Wayne Stewart 2, Kevin Quinn, Cameron Byrne, Sean Judd
Conversions: Kevin Quinn 3

Metro League Division 11
Templeville Road
28/09/2019

The Tallaght men’s second team started their Metro League Division 11 campaign with a resounding win over the Emerald Warriors at Templeville Road. Tallaght settled down early in the game and scored their first try after two minutes through prop James Carr. Kevin Quinn converted but the score came at at a cost as out-half Leigh McDonald hurt his knee and had to be replaced by Ciaran Stewart. Tallaght kept motoring though with strong carries from Rob Carthy and Colin Morrison leading to a Warriors scrum near the Warriors line. The ball squirted out of the scrum and Tallaght scrum-half Nick Ahearne took advantage to score a try to give Tallaght a 12-0 lead.

It wasn’t long before Tallaght were on the scoresheet again and it also came from a Warriors set-piece. Second row Joe Ivers stole a Warriors lineout and took off on a twenty yard run to score in the corner to make it 17-0. The Tallaght outside backs then started coming into the match with inside centre Gavin McKeon creating space with several strong runs. His midfield partner Jordan Corrigan, playng his first game for the club, took advantage by scoring a fine try to make it 22-0. Jordan’s brother Mick went very close to following him onto the scoresheet when he very nearly got to a kick ahead from Ciaran Stewart but he just couldn’t get to the ball first. However it was only a brief respite for the Warriors as good handling from the backs put full back Wayne Stewart in for a try to make it 27-0. Jordan Corrigan then scored his second of the match just before the break to make the half-time score 32-0.

Tallaght kept up the intensity in the second half with Sean Hanlon and Dave Kelly carrying strongly and Padraig O’Ciadha putting in a massive shift in terms of workrate. Kevin Quinn scored the first try of the second half which was richly deserved for his overall performance. Replacement prop Cameron Byrne soon followed him over the line to make it 42-0. Daryl Keogh also came off the bench to score a fine try and after Kevin Quinn finally scored a second conversion of the match after a raft of misses to make it 49-0. Another replacement Sean Judd got over for a try after a big carry from Shane Mooney and Quinn converted again. That was followed by Wayne Stewart and Daryl Keogh both scoring their second tries of the match. James Carr, the scorer of the game’s first try, came back on to score the final try of the game to make it 71-0 on the final whistle.

Tallaght skipper Simon Gaskell was delighted with the team’s start. “In fairness to the Warriors they had a lot of inexperienced players out there but we paid them respect by playing hard for the eighty minutes. We played well in the first half but we said at half-time that we needed to work harder on the basics and I felt we got even stronger in the second half. There will certainly be much tougher tests to come but if we keep working as a group in training then we’re well able for this league.”

“It was a tough choice to pick a man of the match today. Kevin Quinn carried a huge amount of ball and Gavin McKeon had a very strong game in the centre. We also had four players in James Carr, Jordan Corrigan, Wayne Stewart and Daryl Keogh score two tries each. However we went for Padraig O’Ciadha who put in a huge shift in the second row constantly carrying, tackling and hitting rucks with real agression. It’s only his second game of rugby ever but it certainly didn’t look like that. We’ve a few tough games coming up now in Clondalkin, Stillorgan-Rathfarnham and Railway Union but if we keep working hard we can stay at the top of this league.”

Man of the match: Padraig O’Ciadha

Tallaght

  1. James Carr
  2. Simon Gaskell
  3. Robert Carthy
  4. Joe Ivers
  5. Padraig O’Ciadha
  6. Sean Hanlon
  7. Colin Morrison
  8. Kevin Quinn
  9. Nick Ahearne
  10. Leigh McDonald
  11. Brandon Wilson
  12. Jordan Corrigan
  13. Gavin McKeon
  14. Michael Corrigan
  15. Wayne Stewart
  16. Cameron Byrne
  17. Dave Kelly
  18. Shane Mooney
  19. Shane Maguire
  20. Daryl Keogh
  21. Sean Judd
  22. Ciaran Stewart
  23. Mark Keogh

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh

Weekend fixtures 27th-28th September

The league is back this weekend.

On Saturday the men’s first team have a bye week so the second team take centre stage. They begin their Metro League Division 11 campaign with a match away to Emerald Warriors. Kick-off is 3.00PM in Templeville Road.

Then on Sunday the Tallaght women’s team made their seasonal debut when they take on CYM in Division 4. Kick-off is at 1.00 PM in Tymon Park where the majority of the women’s games will be played this season.

In the youths there is training for U18s and U16s girls in St Mary’s on Friday at 7:00 pm. Training for the U14 girls in Firhouse on Sunday at 10:30am. The minis, u7’s, u8’s, u9’s, u10’s, u11’s, u12’s have training on Sunday as normal on Pitch 100 starting at 10AM.

Finally the newly formed Tallaght boys under-16 team will play their first fixture of the Leinster U16 School/Youth Division 1. They take on Wanderers at home on Pitch 100 with a 12PM kick-off.

Please make your best effort to get out and support all our teams.

Guinness 7 Tallaght 1st 17

Simon Collie

Guinness RFC: 7

Tallaght 1sts: 17

Try: Adam Nolan, Simon Collie
Con: Rob Hudson 2
Pen: Rob Hudson

John Madden Cup semi-final
Iveagh Grounds
21/09/2019

The Tallaght men’s first team travelled to Crumlin to take on Guinness in the semi-final of the John Madden Cup. On a sunny autumn day that was made for running rugby Tallaght began brightly with full back Simon Collie starting a smart counter attack in his own twenty two and then the ball was moved onto Denny McCarthy and Padraig Jones. However the chance was gone when the ball was lost at the breakdown. Guinness were playing with the wind behind them though and they pinned Tallaght in their own half for most of the first half hour.

Guinness were dominating possession and Tallaght conceded several penalties. Guinness attempted to kick two of the penalties but both efforts went wide. Tallaght had two kicks on goal themselves from penalties but both efforts into the wind also went wide. Tallaght were doing a lot of defending and debutant scrum-half Keith Fitzsimons made several excellent tackles to stem the tide. Lock Ben Flynn forced a couple of big turnovers with some aggressive counter-rucking. However, Guinness finally made their domination tell when they scored a try after 35 minutes after a series of pick and drives from their big pack. They converted to take a 7-0 lead. Tallaght hit back quickly when wing Rob Hudson took a clearance kick near the touchline and set off on a slashing run leaving several defenders in his wake. He looked certain to score a try but lost his balance just yards from the line and came up inches short. However Adam Nolan was in support and he was able to force his way over for a try which Hudson converted to make the half-time score 7-7.

Tallaght had the wind at their back in the second half and Nolan and out-half Luke Maher kicked intelligently to get some good territory for Tallaght. Tallaght full back Simon Collie made a fine break which was stopped by a high tackle from the Guinness full back which earned him a yellow card. Tallaght started applying pressure with some strong carries from Alan Moore and Andy Grace up front. The Tallaght scrum was dominant and the lineout was also going well with Ken McGovern throwing in superbly.

They were also finding gaps out wide and Hudson looked certain to score a try of his own but was stopped by a high tackle. It looked like a penalty try and a yellow card would be awarded but instead the referee opted only for the penalty. Tallaght took advantage of a knock-on by Guinness in their own twenty two and looked certain to score had the ball been worked wide but Guinness cynically killed the ball to prevent it getting out into space. Again the referee opted against showing a yellow card but Hudson kicked the penalty to give Tallaght a 10-7 lead.

Guinness were showing signs of fatigue now and Tallaght applied the killer blow. Jack Russell took a clearance kick close to the touchline just inside his own half and passed inside to Simon Collie. Collie scanned the Guinness defensive line for weaknesses and found a gap to slice through and stepped several attempted tackles to score a fine try under the posts. Hudson converted to make it 17-7. Tallaght’s disciplinary issues resurfaced though and they spend the last twenty minutes playing with 14 men as first Andy Caswell and then Niall Mahon were shown yellow cards for persistent fouling. Guinness were camped near the Tallaght line but they couldn’t break through and the game finished 17-7 to Tallaght. Tallaght will now face either the Dublin Dogos or Garda in the final which will be played later in the season.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was happy with the result but felt Tallaght’s performance could be improved upon. “They were the better team in the first half and we did well to go in level at half-time. However we were a lot better in the second half and really we should have had another couple of tries to win the game more comfortably. Some of our decision-making wasn’t great though and our discipline was poor throughout with close to twenty penalties conceded plus two yellow cards. So we’ve a lot to work on before we start our league campaign in two weeks time. But we showed great character to win today and it’s great to be in another final after an excellent pre-season.”

Man of the match: Ken McGovern

Tallaght RFC

  1. Tony McManus
  2. Ken McGovern
  3. Alan Sower
  4. Alan Moore
  5. Ben Flynn
  6. Niall Mahon
  7. Jack Russell
  8. Adam Nolan (Captain)
  9. Keith Fitzsimons
  10. Luke Maher
  11. Luke Brady
  12. Denny McCarthy
  13. Padraig Jones
  14. Rob Hudson
  15. Simon Collie
  16. Andy Grace
  17. Andy Caswell
  18. Kevin Quinn
  19. Marc Keatinge
  20. Andrew Rudd
  21. Joe Odoemene
  22. Sean Hanlon

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh

Weekend fixtures 21st-22nd September

There is more cup action this weekend.

On Saturday the men’s first team travel to Crumlin to take on Guinness in the semi-final of the John Madden Cup. Kick off is at 3.00PM in the Iveagh Grounds. The Tallaght men’s second team’s scheduled match at home to Parkmore in the Dr. Kieran Foley cup has been postponed to later in the season as Parkmore were unable to field a team.

In the youths there is training for U18s and U16s girls in St Mary’s on Friday at 7:00 pm. Training for the U14 girls in Firhouse on Sunday at 11:00am. The minis, u7’s, u8’s, u9’s, u10’s, u11’s, u12’s have training on Sunday as normal on Pitch 100 starting at 11AM to allow everyone to watch the Ireland v Scotland World Cup match first.

Please make your best effort to get out and support all our teams.

Tallaght 10 Athy 21

Vicky Cobbe

Tallaght R.F.C. 10

Tries: Marta Hoppe, Vicky Cobbe

Athy R.F.C. 21

Challenge Match
Pitch 100, Firhouse
15/09/2019

The Tallaght women’s team took on Athy in a challenge ahead of the start of the league in two week’s time. Tallaght started positively with Emma Irvin and Martina Fitzpatrick carrying strongly. After good work from the forwards, Marta Hoppe handed off an attempted tackle to go over for a try to give Tallaght a 5-0 lead. Tallaght held that lead until just before half-time when Athy got through for a try. They converted it to make the half-time score 7-5 to Athy.

In the second half Athy’s greater experience told and they scored two breakaway tries and converted them both to take a 21-5 lead. However Tallaght finished the game strongly and number eight Vicky Cobbe scored a fine try in the last play of the game to make the final score 21-10.

Tallaght’s new coaching team of Niall Mahon and Colin Keogh were disappointed with the result but were pleased with aspects of the performance. “We had a lot of new faces playing today and they all made a contribution, which was great to see” said Keogh. “When we stuck to our structures we played some very good stuff, but when we went away from the gameplan we struggled to hang onto the ball and panicked a bit. So we just need commitment from the group to work on this in training and then we will have a squad really capable of competing in the league this year”.

Woman of the match: Emma Irvin

Weekend fixtures 14th-15th September

Shauna Power

There is action for the men’s, women’s and youth’s teams this weekend.

On Saturday the men’s first team host AIB in the second round of the John Madden Cup. Kick off is at the earlier time of 2.00 in Tymon park to facilitate people who may be going to the All Ireland replay at Croke Park that evening.

Then on Sunday the Tallaght women’s team made their seasonal debut when they take on Athy in a challenge match. Kick-off is at 1.00 PM on Pitch 100 in Firhouse.

In the youths there is a Blitz on Friday evening in Greystones for the U14s and Bistos from 7.30 to 9.30PM. Training for the U14 girls in Firhouse on Sunday at 10:30am. The minis, u7’s, u8’s, u9’s, u10’s, u11’s, u12’s have training on Sunday as normal on Pitch 100 starting at 10AM.

Please make your best effort to get out and support all our teams.