Tallaght Fixtures 4th-5th December

It’s Double Dogos on the menu this week for the men of Tallaght RFC this Sunday in Sandymount.

The men’s 2nds take on AIB/Dogos in Division 9 of the Metro League. Kick off is 12.30pm in Monkstown’s ground on Park Avenue. Then at 2pm in the same venue it’s the turn of the first teams to take each other on in the Leinster League Division 3.

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

Tallaght 1sts 31 Ardee 8

Ciaran Rudd, Al Moore, Tony McManus, Andy Caswell, Joe Ivers and Kevin Quinn show their medals for the Metro Division 6 league win from 2019/2020

Tallaght 1sts 31

Tries: Andy Rudd, Ken McGovern, Aaron Hickey 2, Rob Browner
Conversions: Aaron Shanahan 3

Ardee 8

Leinster League Division 3
Tymon Park


The Tallaght men’s first team hosted Ardee looking to get their second league win of the season in Leinster League Division 3. Tallaght kicked off but the ball didn’t go ten metres and Ardee were awarded a scrum on the halfway line. However the Tallaght scrum led by tighthead prop Al Sower drove Ardee off the ball and number eight Aaron Hickey kicked the loose ball on and set off to chase it. Hickey caught up with the ball ten metres from the line but missed his kick when trying to hack it on again. However scrum-half Andy Rudd was following up to pick up the ball and smartly evaded two tackles to score a fine try. Timed at 70 seconds from the kick-off it may well be the fastest try in Tallaght RFC’s history. Aaron Shanahan converted to give the home team a 7-0 lead.

Ardee hit back with a penalty to reduce the deficit to 7-3. But Tallaght were soon back on the scoresheet. A smart counter attack started by full back Rob Browner put Aaron Shanahan clear down the left wing. He was stopped by a high tackle and Tallaght were awarded a penalty. Skipper Ken McGovern opted against the kick at the posts to take another scrum but the set move didn’t work and the chance appeared lost. However from a lineout close to the Ardee line McGovern made an excellent long throw to flanker Niall Mahon and ran around to take the ball back off Mahon at the tail, With his momentum McGovern was unstoppable and he powered over the line to make it 12-3 to Tallaght.

Straight from the kick-off Tallaght were on the attack again. From the restart Niall Mahon made a break from his own twenty two and offloaded to wing Ciaran Rudd. More good passing from Nic McGuinness and Kevin Quinn helped put number eight Aaron Hickey through a gap and he shook off two tacklers to sprint away for a superb team try. Shanahan converted to give Tallaght a 19-3 lead. After such a high tempo start, things calmed down after that and there was no more scores before half-time.

In the second half things began slowly but then another dominant Tallaght scrum drove Ardee off their own ball. Niall Mahon made a break down the wing and popped a pass to Ciaran Rudd who offloaded to full back Rob Browner who raced in to score his first try for the club and take the score to 24-3.

To be fair to Ardee, they never stopped competing and after a number of phases they got through for a try to make the score 24-8. However Tallaght hit back straight away when good work from Dave Clarke and Simon Collie helped put Aaron Hickey clear for a second try in an unstoppable man of the match performance. Shanahan converted to leave the final score at 31-8 to Tallaght.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was delighted to see his team win for the second time in the league this season. “Quite simply it was our best performance of the season. Our set-piece was excellent, our discipline was exemplary and we attacked them in several different ways and caused them constant problems. Our half-backs managed the game very intelligently and our man of the match Aaron Hickey made a number of explosive plays. But as good was it was, we believe we can still be better and we’ll need to be better to beat the Dogos away next week.”

“Our fitness also stood to us today and I want to thank our strength and conditioning coach and physio Daragh Mulligan. He’s come on board this season and has made a huge impact on our overall fitness as well as looking after the lads from the sideline on match days. The game was refereed very well today by Hayley White and the players were very appreciative of the clear and concise decisions. And on a cold winter’s afternoon the sideline was still full of friends and family coming out to support the team including several members of the women’s team. Again thanks to everyone who came out, it’s means so much to us all.”

“Finally I just want to say to the team, we’re at the halfway point in the league after six games now everyone has played each other once. Fair play to Portarlington, they look like finishing first but second place is well in play with all the other teams capable of beating each other on their day. So let’s make a big push to get up to training in the next two weeks because a couple of positive results could make the games in the new year very interesting indeed.”

The Tallaght men’s second team were in action on Saturday in Metro Division 9 at home to Trinity. An extremely strong Trinity team won comfortably with the final score 72-5 to the students. Leön Tanfin scored Tallaght’s only try, showing great soccer skills to kick the ball on twice and touch down.

After the game some of the players who missed the presentation on Friday night were awarded the Metro 6 medals that were won in the 2019/2020 season but couldn’t be presented because of Covid-19.

Man of the match: Aaron Hickey

Tallaght RFC

1. Andy Caswell
2. Ken McGovern (Captain)
3. Alan Sower
4. Al Moore
5. Patrik Toth
6. Niall Mahon
7. Kevin Quinn
8. Aaron Hickey
9. Andy Rudd
10. David Clarke
11. Ciaran Rudd
12. Simon Collie
13. Nic McGuinness
14. Aaron Shanahan
15. Rob Browner
16. Tony McManus
17. Gary Kinsella
18. Joe Ivers
19. Josh O’Brien
20. Graham O’Brien
21. Mick Corrigan
22. Leön Tanfin

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photo: Jim O’Connor

Metro 6 Presentation/Table Quiz

The Tallaght’s men’s first team were finally awarded the trophy and medals for winning the Metro League Division 6 championship for the 2019-2020 season in the Maldron Hotel in Tallaght.

Tallaght were due to play Terenure in the final in March 2020 but then Covid 19 intervened. When the final couldn’t be played Tallaght were awarded the trophy as they had finished top of the table winning 11 of their 12 games.

Robert Deacon from the Leinster branch was kind enough to come out on a cold night to present the trophy to vice captain David Clarke, who stood in for skipper Adam Nolan who was away. Some players couldn’t make the presentation (it was after all clashing with the Christmas Late Late show) but they will be presented with their medals at a later date.

After the presentation a table quiz was held as a fundraiser for the Tallaght RFC “Forever Home” project. The quiz was won by Table 7 who showed a touch of class when they donated half the €100 winning prize back to the club and gave the other half to the Maldron serving staff.

The club wishes to thanks Andy Grace, Ciara O’Brien, Rob Carthy, Chloe Conroy and Colin Morrison for organising and running the quiz on the night. We also thank all the local businesses and sponsors who donated prizes for the raffle and to players Niall Mahon and Karl Segrave who organised some prizes as well. We also wish to think all the staff at the Maldron for their great service on the night.

Finally we want to thank all the players, friends and family who came out on a brutally cold night to support the event and also those who bought raffle tickets but couldn’t attend. Your wonderful generosity raised the magnificent sum of €3,500. It was a really fun night so thanks to everyone who made it happen.

Tom Leigh
Table 7 – Winner alright! Winner alright!
Quiz organisers Colin Morrison, Rob Carty, Ciara O’Brien and Andy Grace and MC Jim O’Connor

Tallaght fixtures 27th-28th November

Patrik Toth

There’s a home double-header this weekend for the two mens teams of Tallaght RFC.

On Saturday the men’s seconds take on bottom of the table Trinity College in the Metro League Division 9. It’s a 2.30PM kick-off in Tymon Park.

Then on Sunday, the men’s firsts take on bottom of the table Ardee in the Leinster League Division 9. Again, it’s a 2.30PM kick-off in Tymon Park.

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

Tallaght women 39 Swords 0

Tallaght R.F.C 39

Tries: Chloe Conroy 2, Louise Leonard 3, Erica Keegan, Abbie Keeley

Swords R.F.C. 0

Women’s Leinster League Division 5
Tymon Park

The Tallaght women’s team continued their Division 5 league campaign with a home game versus Swords.

Tallaght suffered a last minute defeat last week away to Navan but they were determined to bounce back. They took an early lead when centre Chloe Conroy made a break and then exchanged passes with Louise Leonard before scoring a try in the corner to make it 5-0 to the home team.

Then Lisa Connors made a strong carry and offloaded to out-half Grainne Flood who slipped the ball to centre Louise Leonard who broke away to score a fine try. Flood converted to give Tallaght a 12-0 lead. Tallaght kept the pressure on and both Conroy and Leonard scored a second try each to give Tallaght a 22-0 lead at half-time.

In the second half the scoring rate dimmed for a while but then Chloe Conroy kicked the ball long and Erica Keegan showed great pace to chase up the ball and touch down for the try. Grainne Flood converted to make it 29-0. Keegan was later shown a yellow card for a high tackle though.

Tallaght scored another excellent try ten minutes from full time again from superb tactical kicking. This time Grainne Flood produced an excellent cross-field kick and full back Abbie Keeley showed great pace to first hack it on and then touch it down for the try. The final score of the match came when Louise Leonard showed her power again to complete a hat-trick of tries.

So the final score was 39-0 but Swords had shown real guts to turn up to play with only thirteen players and they never let their heads drop. Tallaght also thanks them for agreeing to move the game to an early to allow everyone to watch the Ireland Argentina game.

Head coach Sean Bishop was proud to watch his team get their second win of the season. “We probably left a win behind us last weekend so we’re delighted to get the result today. We scored a lot of fine tries and showed how dangerous we can be when we keep it simple and launch our dangerous runners. Every member of the squad make a great contribution today. That win puts us in second place in the table behind Navan who beat Kilkenny today. If we can beat Kilkenny in our final game before Christmas in three weeks time, we’ll be in great position for a real crack at this league.”

Woman of the match: Lisa Connors

Tallaght RFC

  1. Larissa Marinelli
  2. Samantha Leddin
  3. Karen Corrigan
  4. Aimee Travers
  5. Hilary Allen
  6. Lisa Connors
  7. Martina Fitzpatrick
  8. Grainne Flood
  9. Sorcha Burns
  10. Louise Leonard
  11. Chloe Conroy
  12. Erica Keegan
  13. Abbie Keeley
  14. Amy Dalton
  15. Kim Letterfield
  16. Vicky Cobbe
  17. Lisa O’Connell
  18. Laura Dalton

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Mark Luttrell

Chloe Conroy
Lisa Connors
Samantha Ledden
Vicky Cobbe
Sorcha Burns
Abbie Keeley
Karen Corrigan
Erica Keegan

Newbridge 36 Tallaght 2nds 17

Daryl Keogh

Newbridge 36

Tallaght 2nds 17

Try: Daryl Keogh, Leön Tanfin, Karl Segrave
Con: Daryl Keogh

Metro League Division 9


The Tallaght men’s second team took on Newbridge in the Metro League Division 9 on a damp November afternoon.

Tallaght had to play with a man down from the start as they didn’t have any starting props and Newbridge insisted on the rule that Tallaght had to drop a player due to the uncontested scrums. In a league where everyone is struggling for players, most teams don’t insist on it but it showed how desperate Newbridge were for a win.

Tallaght started well despite that and after a break from Leön Tanfin, Daryl Keogh went over for the opening try to give Tallaght a 5-0 lead. However the lead didn’t last long as Newbridge scored a try of their own from the restart and converted it to take a 7-5 lead.

There was no more scores until just before half-time when Newbridge went over for their second try of the match. Their out-half kicked a superb conversion from the sideline but then missed an easy penalty in front of the post to leave the half-time score at 14-5 to the hosts.

Tallaght started the second half well and after strong carries from Alan Moore and Kevin Quinn, Leön Tanfin went through for a try to make the score 14-10. However more injuries left Tallaght playing with thirteen men and Newbridge took advantage to score four tries and converted one of them to take a 36-10 lead.

The referee’s failure to deal with a series of late hits on Tallaght scrum-half Nick McGuinness led to a sense of frustration and a series of unseemly off the ball scuffles. Tallaght at least had the final score of the game when good work from McGuinness was finished off in the corner by Karl Segrave. Daryl Keogh converted to make the final score 36-17 to Newbridge.

Man of the match: Alan Moore

Tallaght RFC

1. Mark Keogh
2. Simon Gaskell
3. Kevin Quinn (Captain)
4. Patrik Toth
5. Joe Ivers
6. Alan Moore
7. Graham Timmins
8. Daryl Keogh
9. Nick McGuinness
10. Karl Segrave
11. John Cowan
12. Michael Corrigan
13. Leön Tanfin
14. Niall Mahon
15. Luke Tyrell

Report: Jim O’Connor

Tallaght fixtures 20th-21st November

Chloe Conroy

There’s another double-header of rugby this weekend for the men and women of Tallaght RFC.

On Saturday, the men’s seconds travel to Kildare to take on Newbridge in the Metro League Division 9. It’s a 2.30PM kick-off in Rosetown. For anyone planning a drink afterwards in the Newbridge clubhouse, please note the bar only accepts cash currently.

On Sunday, the women’s team continue their Division 5 league campaign by taking on Swords at home. The kick-off in Tymon Park has been brought forward to 11AM to allow the girls to watch the Ireland – Argentina game which kicks off at 2.15PM.

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

Ratoath 29 Tallaght 17

Ratoath 29

Tallaght 1sts 17

Tries: Aaron Shanahan, Dave Clarke, Niall Mahon
Conversion: Rob Hudson

Leinster League Division 3
Tymon Park


After winning their first league game of the season last week, Tallaght travelled to Meath to take on Ratoath hoping to build momentum.

Tallaght started well and despite conceding three points to a Ratoath penalty, they scored the first try of the game after ten minutes. After strong inside carries by the forwards, Simon Collie and Rob Browner combined to put wing Aaron Shanahan away to score an excellent try to make it 5-3.

However that was as good as it got for Tallaght in the first half. Ratoath took advantage of some poor tackling to score two tries and they converted one of them to lead 15-5 at half-time.

Tallaght dominated possession and territory in the second half but the Ratoath defence was resolute. Fine tactical kicking from Adam Nolan and Rob Hudson kept putting Tallaght in good positions but they failed to capitalise.

Eventually the pressure told though and Rob Browner spun a fine pass out wide to out-half David Clarke who squeezed into the corner for a try to make it 15-10. Tallaght kept the pressure on and were camped in the Ratoath half. But a loose pass was gathered by Ratoath who broke out of defence to score a superb length of the field try to make it 22-10 to the home side.

Tallaght kept fighting and flanker Niall Mahon broke through for a fine try to make it 22-17. Tallaght kept looking for the winning score but suffered a sucker punch when Ratoath scored a converted try with the last score of the game to make the final score 29-17 denying Tallaght a losing bonus point in the process.

Tallaght backs coach Gary Brennan commiserated with the players. “We played some good stuff at times and scored some fine tries but our tackle technique let us down for their tries. Ratoath were very strong in their ball carrying but we fronted up physically. We improved in the second half and fought to the end and were unlucky to concede on the last play of the game to give us nothing. We’ve a week off now before taking on Ardee at home in two weeks time. We’ll use that time to work on aspects of our game that can be improved.”

Man of the match: Aaron Shanahan

Tallaght RFC

1. Alan Sower
2. Ken McGovern
3. Tony McManus
4. Al Moore
5. Patrik Toth
6. Niall Mahon
7. Jack Russell
8. Adam Nolan (Captain)
9. Andy Rudd
10. David Clarke
11. Aaron Shanahan
12. Simon Collie
13. Rob Browner
14. Karl Segrave
15. Daryl Keogh
16. Andy Caswell
17. Gary Kinsella
18. Aaron Hickey
19. Colin Morrison
20. Rob Hudson
21. Mick Corrigan

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photo: Conor McDaid

Navan 12 Tallaght Women 7

Navan R.F.C. 12

Tallaght R.F.C. 7

Try: Grainne Flood
Con: Grainne Flood

Women’s Leinster League Division 5
Balreask Old

The Tallaght women’s team continued their Division 5 campaign with a trip to Meath to take on Navan.

Tallaght started the game brightly and set up shop in the Navan half. They created several good opportunities but couldn’t quite finish them off. Chloe Conroy looked likely to score after a great run but Navan survived yet again. Eventually Tallaght’s pressure told and Grainne Flood slipped through a gap to score a try which she converted to make the half-time score 7-0 to Tallaght.

In the second quarter of the match, it was Navan’s turn to dominate. They kept the ball for long periods and eventually Navan scored a converted try to ties the game at seven points all.

Tallaght kept fighting and Lisa Connors and Louise Leonard made some big carries and Kim Letterfield put in some crushing tackles. Grainne Flood attempted a long range penalty kick and her kick had the distance but just drifted agonisingly wide.

The game look destined to end in a stalemate as it drifted into added on time. Tallaght were camped on their line defending but won the ball back. However they then knocked it on and Navan recovered to score a try to steal a 12-7 win.

Tallaght skipper Martina Fitzpatrick was disappointed to lose out at the death. “The girls are obviously gutted to lose to a try in the last play of the game. But if we’re honest we should have been much further ahead in the first half. It’s a tough lesson for the girls that you need to make it count on the scoreboard when you’re on top. But the effort was fantastic all game and it was another competitive performance. We’ll learn from it and take it into our next game against Swords.”

Tallaght’s next game against Swords has been brought forward to a 11AM kick-off next Sunday to avoid a clash with the Ireland v Argentina game.

Woman of the match: Grainne Flood

Tallaght RFC

  1. Larissa Marinelli
  2. Samantha Leddin
  3. Karen Corrigan
  4. Aimee Travers
  5. Kim Letterfield
  6. Martina Fitzpatrick
  7. Lisa Connors
  8. Louise Leonard
  9. Eileen Shanahan
  10. Grainne Flood
  11. Sorcha Burns
  12. Chloe Conroy
  13. Erica Keegan
  14. Lisa O’Connell
  15. Abbie Keeley
  16. Amy Dalton
  17. Laura Dalton

Report: Jim O’Connor

Tallaght fixtures 13th-14th November

There’s a double-header of rugby in Meath this weekend for the men and women of Tallaght RFC.

On Sunday, the women’s team resume their league campaign with a trip to take on Navan. Kick off is 1PM at Balreask Old.

Then it’s a quick spin up the road to watch the men’s first team take on Ratoath in the Leinster League Division 3 campaign. The firsts are looking to build momentum after winning their first league game last week and it’s a 2.30PM kick-off in Jamestown College.

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