Weekend fixtures 23rd-24th November

It’s another busy weekend of rugby for Tallaght RFC.

On Saturday the men’s first team are looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season to Trinity College last week in Metro Division 6. They travel to MU Barnhall who are joint top with Terenure and Tallaght on 13 points each. Kick-off is 2.30 in Parsonstown and the bar will have the Leinster – Lyon Heineken cup match on for those who want to catch the second half.

The men’s seconds team are also looking to bounce back from their first league defeat of the season when they take on CYM at home in Division 11. Kick-off is 2.30 in Tymon Park. Then on Sunday the Tallaght women’s host New Ross in Division 4 looking to buld on their first win of the season last week. Kick-off is at 1.00 PM in Tymon Park.

In the youths the Under 14s girls have the Shield semi-final away to Wexford on Saturday at 12pm. The Under 18s Bistos also have a shield semi-final on pitch 100 on Saturday also at 12pm. On Sunday the Under 8’s and Under 9’s have a blitz in Greystones RFC with an early start meeting there at 9.15. The U-7s, U-11s and U-12s all have training at 10am on Pitch 100.

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

Tallaght 45 North Meath/Swords 5

Tallaght R.F.C. 45

Tries: Eileen Shanahan 2, Megan Fogarty 3, Louise Lombard, Aisling Pyke
Con: Louise Lombard 4, Caoimhe Hogan

North Meath/Swords 5

Women’s League Division 4
Tymon Park
17/11/2019

The Tallaght women’s team took on North Meath/Swords in Tymon Park looking for their first win of the season in Division 4. Tallaght started strongly and scrum-half Eileen Shanahan broke away from a ruck to score a smart try to give Tallaght a 5-0 lead. It wasn’t long before Tallaght were on the score-sheet again as good handling from the backline put full back Megan Fogarty away for a fine try which Louise Lombard converted to make it 12-0.

Lombard was next to score a try herself when she chased up on a kick ahead from Graine Flood and touched down. Lombard converted her own try to make it 19-0. Shanahan and Fogarty then both scored their second tries of the match to make the half-time score 31-0. Tallaght made a number of substitutions to give players gametime and North Meath/Swords came into the game more and scored an unconverted try to make it 31-5. But Tallaght finished strongly with number eight Aisling Pyke barging over from close range and Louise Lombard converting. Megan Fogarty then got the final try of the match after exchanging passes with Ellen Crotty. With Lombard having left the field with an ankle injury, Caoimhe Hogan took over the kicking and nailed it to make the final score 45-5 to Tallaght.

Tallaght’s coach Colin Keogh was delighted to get the first win of the season. “We played really well today and deservedly won. We had a good week of training and it showed in the performance. There is still some stuff we can improve on. Our linespeed can be better and at times we got a little narrow in our attack and probably left a few tries behind us. But overall we were very good and it was a tough choice to pick a woman of the match. Megan Fogarty got a hat-trick and Eileen Shanahan got a brace and Vicky Cobbe had a great all round game, carrying strongly as ever and also winning several turnovers. But the woman of the match was Dara Silva Oliveira. Dara is from Brazil and she only took the game up a few months ago. But she’s been getting better and better and today she really put herself about making several good carries, worked well at the rucks and put in some massive tackles. I want all the girls to remember this winning feeling and hopefully we can use this win as a springboard for the season.”

Woman of the match: Dara Silva Oliveira

Tallaght

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

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh

Tallaght 1st 18 Dublin University 19

Dave Clarke

Tallaght 1sts: 18

Try: Adam Nolan, Aaraon Shanahan 3
Pen: Rob Hudson

Dublin University R.F.C. 19

Metro League Division 6
Tymon Park
16/11/2019

The Tallaght men’s first team continued their Metro League Division 6 campaign against Trinity College at Tymon Park. Tallaght took the lead with a Rob Hudson penalty but then Trinity scored a converted try to make it 7-3. Tallaght hit back with tries from skipper Adam Nolan and winger Aaraon Shanahan to lead 13-7. But Trinity scored a unconverted try to make it 13-12 at half-time.

In the second half both teams kept attacking but it was Tallaght who made the breakthrough when Shanahan went over for his second try of the match. However Trinity took the lead again when they scored a converted try ten minutes from the end to make it 19-18. There was a melee after the try was scored and Tallaght’s Luke Maher and a Trinity player were both shown yellow cards for their parts in the incident. Tallaght fought hard for the winning score and looked set to get it from a rolling maul but the referee gave a penalty for obstruction and that was that.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was pleased with his side’s performance despite the result. “It’s our first defeat of the season but we’ll learn a lot from it. Trinity were very good particularly over the ball where they turned us over a lot. Our set-piece struggled at times too which didn’t help. We did play some very good rugby at certain points in the game and scored three good tries. But there was only a point in it in the end and it shows how competitive the league is when there are three teams at the top of the table with the same points total. We’ll be looking to bounce back strongly away to Barnhall next week and at home to Guinness the week after to put us in a great position before the Christmas break.”

Man of the match: David Clarke

Tallaght RFC

1. Tony McManus
2. Ken McGovern
3. Alan Sower
4. Alan Moore
5. Joe Ivers
6. Kevin Quinn
7. Jack Russell
8. Adam Nolan (Captain)
9. Andrew Rudd
10. David Clarke
11. Karl Segrave
12. Marc Keatinge
13. Padraig Jones
14. Rob Hudson
15. Ciaran Rudd
16. Andy Grace
17. Andy Caswell
18. Scott Hyland
19. Luke Maher
20. Simon Collie
21. Aaraon Shanahan

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Paul Cronin

Weekend fixtures 16th-17th November

On Saturday the men’s first team host Trinity College in Metro Division 6 in a match that was postponed from last week. Kick-off is 2.30 in Tymon Park. The men’s seconds team take on Clondalkin in Division 11. Originally they were meant to be at home but the fixture has been moved to Gordon Park to avoid a pitch clash. Then on Sunday the Tallaght women’s host North Meath/Swords in Division 4. Kick-off is at 1.00 PM in Tymon Park.

In the youths U18s Bistos are away to North Meath on Saturday with a 11:30AM kick-off. The Minis (5 year olds) and Under 9’s have training as normal. The Under 7’s and Under 8’s have a blitz in Terenure against Greystones, Terenure and Barnhall. Meeting in Firhouse at 10.10 to travel in convoy. The Under 11’s and Under 12’s both have games in St Brigid’s meeting there at 9.15. Finally the under 16’s boys team host Donnybrook on Sunday with at 12PM kick off on Pitch 100.

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

Weekend fixtures 9th-10th November

It’s another busy weekend of rugby for Tallaght RFC but obviously all fixtures are subject to the weather.

On Saturday the men’s first team host Trinity College in Metro Division 6. They are looking to stay top of the table after an unbeaten start to the season and kick-off is 2.30 in Tymon Park. The men’s seconds team have arranged a challenge match against Rathoath with a 12.00pm kick-off also in Tymon Park. Then on Sunday the Tallaght women’s host New Ross in Division 4. Kick-off is at 1.00 PM in Tymon Park.

In the youths the the U14s girls are away to DLSP/Seapoint in DLSP on Saturday, kick-off at 12pm. The Bistos under-18s are at home to Mullingar on pitch 100 on Saturday with a 1pm kick-off. That venue will be pitch dependable and may change to CYM. The Under 7’s are training as normal and the Under 8’s and 9’s travel to Westmanstown. Meeting at Firhouse at 8.45 or Westmanstown at 9.10. The Under 11’s have a blitz in Donnybrook, meeting there at 9.45. The under 12’s have a match in Blackrock college (Stradbrook) meeting there at 10.15.

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

Coolmine 11 Tallaght 1st 21

Padhraig Jones

Coolmine: 11

Tallaght 1sts: 21

Try: David Clarke, Adam Nolan, Padhraig Jones
Con: Rob Hudson 3

Metro League Division 6
Ashbrook
02/11/2019

The Tallaght men’s first team made the trip to league leaders Coolmine in Metro League Division 6 looking to maintain their 100% start to the season. Tallaght made light of the constant rain falling to make a great start to the match when out-half Dave Clarke slipped through a gap to score a try after two minutes. Rob Hudson converted to give Tallaght a 7-0 lead. Ten minutes later Tallaght doubled their lead when skipper Adam Nolan broke away down the line to score a fine try. Hudson kicked an excellent conversion to make it 14-0.

Coolmine hit back with two penalties to make it 14-6 but Tallaght were soon on the attack again. This time centre Padhraig Jones took an excellent line to break free for a try which Hudson converted to make it 21-6. However Coolmine showed they were still in the game when they scored a try from a quick tap near the line to make the half time score 21-11. In the second half Tallaght were playing against the wind and found it hard to get out of their half. Coolmine were shown a yellow card for a high tackle on full back Simon Collie but Tallaght couldn’t take advantage.

Coolmine started to dominate territory and possession and were camped several times on Tallaght’s line. But Tallaght kept tackling until Coolmine eventually knocked the ball on. One time Coolmine did get over the line but the referee ruled that the ball was held up. With Coolmine getting frustrated with their inability to score the game took on an increasingly fractious air with several off the ball incidents. Denny McCarthy got involved in one too many verbal rows with the Coolmine players for the referee’s liking and he was eventually shown a yellow card just before the end of the match. He may wonder why Coolmine’s main instigators were allowed stay on the pitch though despite numerous warnings from the referee. Tallaght’s defence ultimately held out and Tallaght now go top of the table as the only unbeaten team in the division.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was delighted with a third league win in a row. “We’re top of the table now and we want to stay there. It’s always hard to win away in the league so to do it two games on the bounce is exceptional. The first forty minutes was probably the best rugby we produced all season. The second half was more of a defensive slog and we needed to make a lot of tackles. But the lads kept turning up and Coolmine ultimately didn’t score a point in that forty minutes despite all their possession. We probably could have managed the game better in terms of territory in the second half to make our lives a bit easier but we’ll learn from that. We also got involved in some off the ball handbags towards the end of the game and we need to be smarter than that.”

“In terms of individuals I thought our skipper Adam Nolan led by example and Jack Russell, Alan Moore and Kevin Quinn also had strong games. But we picked Padhraig Jones as our man of the match as he led the defensive line with real aggression and also scored a fine try. Once again we showed how important the whole squad is as Padraig O’Ciardha and Wayne Stewart came in to make their first starts for the first team and both made big contributions to help us see the game out. We’ve got a big month ahead of us with Trinity and Guinness at home and Barnhall away before the Christmas break. We are very pleased with our start but we know we need to improve to win a really competitive league.”

Man of the match: Padhraig Jones

Tallaght RFC

1. Alan Sower
2. Andy Grace
3. Andy Caswell
4. Alan Moore
5. Kevin Quinn
6. Niall Mahon
7. Jack Russell
8. Adam Nolan (Captain)
9. Andrew Rudd
10. David Clarke
11. Rob Hudson
12. Denny McCarthy
13. Padhraig Jones
14. Karl Segrave
15. Simon Collie
16. Tony McManus  
17. James Carr
18. Padraig O’Ciardha
19. Aaron Shanahan
20. Wayne Stewart

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh

Weekend fixtures 2nd-3rd November

It’s another packed weekend of rugby for Tallaght RFC.

On Saturday both men’s teams are in action. The men’s first team take on Coolmine in Ashbrook in Metro Division 6. They are looking to make it three wins from three and kick-off is 2.30PM. At the same time the seconds host Railway Union in Tymon Park. Then on Sunday the Tallaght women’s team are on the road as they travel to league leaders Longford in Division 4. Kick-off is at 1.00 PM in CPL Park.

In the youths the U14s girls are away to Roscrea on Saturday. The under 18s Bistos take on Carlow away with a 1PM kick off.
On Sunday the Tallaght boys under-16 team play their second fixture of the Leinster U16 School/Youth Division 1. They take on Clane away with a 12PM kick-off. All other teams have training at their normal times.

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

Tallaght 12 Wanderers 27

Aisling Pyke

Tallaght R.F.C. 12

Tries: Aisling Pyke, Ellen Crotty
Con: Caoimhe Hogan

Wanderers R.F.C. 27

Women’s League Division 4
Tymon Park
20/10/2019

The Tallaght women’s team took on Wanderers in Tymon Park looking for their first win of the season in Division 4. Tallaght suffered a blow when they lost centre Marta Hoppe to an ankle injury and had to play most of the first half with fourteen players against fifteen. Wanderers took advantage to score two tries to lead 10-0 at half-time.

In the second half Tallaght tried to build some phases of play but they were guilty of over-playing it in the forwards until the ball was eventually turned over. Though they had generally defended well, they began falling off tackles in a ten minute spell which saw them concede three tries to end the match as a contest.

However they did finish the match with the final two scores. First the tireless Aisling Pyke, who had worked hard all day in attack and defence, broke through for a deserved try. Caoimhe Hogan converted to make it 27-7. Then in the final act of the game Tallaght winger Ellen Crotty finally got a decent pass and showed her strength and pace to break away and score a try in the corner to make the final score 27-12 to Wanderers.

Wanderers were deserved winners but Tallaght need to ask themselves why they couldn’t play like they did in the last ten minutes while the game was still a contest.

Tallaght’s coach Colin Keogh and Niall Mahon were disappointed with the result. “We had to play down one player for most of the first half, but when we had equal numbers I felt we did fairly well against them” said Mahon. “I thought in terms of individuals Dara Silva Oliveira put in some strong hits before going off injured and Lisa Connors make a lot of strong carries. But Aisling Pyke led by example today and was constantly involved in both attack and defence so she gets the nod as the women of the match.”

Woman of the match: Aisling Pyke

Tallaght

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

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh

Aimee Travers
Caoimhe Hogan
Megan Fogarty

Terenure 10 Tallaght 1sts 12

Kevin Quinn

Terenure R.F.C. 10

Tallaght 1sts: 12

Try: Adam Nolan, Denny McCarthy
Con: Rob Hudson

Metro League Division 6
Lakelands
19/10/2019

The Tallaght men’s first team made the trip to Terenure in the Metro League Division 6. Tallaght began well and looked set to score the first try of the match after five minutes when good passing from David Clarke and Denny McCarthy put full back Simon Collie clear but he was stopped by a high tackle around the collar ten metres out. Tallaght took a quick tap with the resultant penalty and looked to have scored but were called back for a forward pass and the chance was gone. Tallaght continued to dominate possession but struggled to convert it into points and suffered a blow when they lost their influential flanker Jack Russell to a facial injury early on.

Tallaght’s scrum was dominant against the smaller Terenure pack but their lineout started to struggle and it soon proved costly. They lost a lineout in their own half and Terenure took advantage and won a penalty that they kicked to the corner. Terenure opted to maul the ball and though it appeared the Tallaght pack had done enough to drive them into touch, they just managed to ground the ball in the corner for a try. They kicked a fine conversion to take a 7-0 lead which they held until half-time.

In the second half Tallaght started putting together some good phases of play and were aided by a strong showing from the bench with replacements Colin Morrison and Andy Caswell putting in several strong carries. After 55 minutes the pressure finally told when a good run from Denny McCarthy created space and then Andy Rudd put skipper Adam Nolan through for a try. Rob Hudson converted to tie the game at 7-7. Terenure hit back though with a long range penalty to retake the lead at 10-7 with just over ten minutes left. Terenure were then shown a yellow card for a hit tackle on David Clarke but Tallaght missed the kick at goal that came from the penalty.

Tallaght kept on coming with Kevin Quinn carrying aggressively and Clarke was hit high again with a tackle that was arguably worse than the previous one but this time the referee kept his card in his pocket. Tallaght opted for the scrum and Nolan and Rudd put Denny McCarthy into space and he powered through two tacklers to score a try to give Tallaght a 12-10 lead with five minutes to go. Terenure came hard at Tallaght looking for the winning score but Tallaght’s defence held them at bay and they won a big turnover penalty five metres from their line to seal a tight win.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was pleased with his side’s performance.“It’s never easy to come to Terenure and get a win, so I’m delighted with the result. We dominated the first twenty minutes but left a few scores behind us. Then some basic mistakes started to undermine us and allowed Terenure to take the lead. But the lads showed great resolve in defence and really good discipline too to concede so few kick-able penalties. They didn’t panic and eventually scored two fine tries which was just enough to win the match. So we feel we can still improve massively but we’re delighted to be second in the table with two wins from two.”

Man of the match: Kevin Quinn

Tallaght RFC

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

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photo: Anne Kavanagh

Weekend fixtures 19th-20th October

It’s a packed weekend of rugby for Tallaght RFC.

On Saturday both men’s teams are on the road. The men’s first team take on Terenure in Lakelands in Metro Division 6 with a 3PM kick-off. At the same time the seconds take on Stillorgan-Rathfarnham in Rockfield Park. Then on Sunday the Tallaght women’s team take on Wanderers in Division 4. Kick-off is at 1.00 PM in Tymon Park.

In the youths on Friday the under-18s Bistos play at Ashbourne for a friendly with a 8pm kick-off. On Sunday the under 12’s meet in clondalkin for a friendly at 9am. Finally the newly formed Tallaght boys under-16 team will finally play their first fixture of the Leinster U16 School/Youth Division 1. They take on Wicklow away with a 12PM kick-off. All other teams have training at their normal times.

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

Padraig Jones
Ellen Crotty