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

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.

Seapoint 15 Tallaght 15

Adam Nolan

Seapoint 15

Tallaght 1sts 15

Tries: Alan Sower, Simon Collie
Con: Adam Nolan
Pen: Adam Nolan

After extra time Tallaght won 4-3 on penalties

John Madden Cup
Killbogget Park

The Tallaght men’s first team began their defence of the John Madden Cup with a trip to face their regular rivals Seapoint in Killiney. Seapoint started the better and after Tallaght conceded a number of penalties in their own half, Seapoint took a 3-0 lead when they kicked one of them. Tallaght then dominated the next twenty minutes. Tallaght were playing some great rugby with the forwards and backs linking up superbly. Simon Collie and Alan Sower both went close to tries as did Andy Grace. However despite all their possession and territory they couldn’t convert it into points. The frustration started to tell and Tallaght wing Luke Maher and his opposite number were both yellow-carded after an off the ball scuffle.

At half-time Tallaght resolved to revert to their normal gameplan to try to stretch Seapoint out wide. However a succession of handling errors and poor decisions undermined their plans. They weren’t helped by an increasing number of injuries either. Seapoint took advantage with twenty minutes to go after they made their first linebreak of the match through midfield. After getting close to the line, they just needed a few more phases before crossing for a try which they converted to make it 10-0.

With time running out things were getting desperate for Tallaght, but they kept battling. They went agonisingly close to a try when Adam Nolan passed out wide but Alan Sower couldn’t hold the pass. However they regrouped and Sower made amends with a great individual try when he took the ball from a ruck, broke a tackle and then showed a nifty turn of pace to score a try under the posts which Adam Nolan converted to make it 10-7. Then Tallaght were awarded a penalty and with time almost up Nolan opted to kick it over which meant the game ended 10-all at full-time.

After much discussion between the teams and the referee, it was decided we would need extra-time. Seapoint played with the wind in the first half and they took advantage of a loose ball at a lineout to race over for a try to take a 15-10 lead. However once again Tallaght hit back in the second half of extra time. After great work from the forwards Aaron Shanahan broke through and then offloaded to Simon Collie who scored a try in the corner. The conversion was missed and extra-time finished with the teams still level on the scoreboard. Since both teams had the same number of tries and yellow cards, a penalty shoot-out (which is incredibly rare in rugby) was needed to separate the teams.

Tallaght won the toss and chose to let Seapoint take the first penalty which were all in the middle on the pitch on the twenty two metre line in front of the posts. Seapoint missed their first one and then Jack Russell stepped up and sent his kick over the posts. Then Seapoint scored with their second kick but Tallaght’s Gavin McKeon missed his attempt so the teams were back level. Seapoint then missed their next kick and Luke Maher scored for Tallaght to give them the advantage again. Seapoint kicked their last two penalties and Aaron Shanahan scored for Tallaght so it was left to skipper Adam Nolan to finally settle the contest with Tallaght’s last penalty. He coolly knocked it over to give Tallaght the win.

Tallaght now play AIB away in the next round. Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was pleased with the character his team showed if not with the performance. “Fair play to Seapoint, they gave us a tough battle as always and both teams are fairly sore after a really physical cup-tie. We started well and played some nice rugby in the first twenty minutes. However when we didn’t get the reward on the scoreboard we started to panic a bit and go away from our gameplan. We started to play the physical forward game that Seapoint wanted us to play and that’s why we didn’t score for so long. However I can’t say enough about the character of the team that we battled back twice in normal time and extra time to take it to penalties. It’s certainly a strange way to win a game but we’re fortunate that we have a couple of forwards who are also skillful footballers too. So we’re delighted to get the win but we’ll need to improve our performance significantly to beat AIB away next weekend.”

Man of the match: Simon Collie

Tallaght RFC

  1. Andrew Caswell
  2. Andy Grace
  3. Tony McManus
  4. Colin Morrison
  5. Alan Moore
  6. Alan Sower
  7. Jack Russell
  8. Adam Nolan (Captain)
  9. Andrew Rudd
  10. Daryl Keogh
  11. Luke Maher
  12. Joe Odoemene
  13. Padhraig Jones
  14. Luke Brady
  15. Simon Collie
  16. Joe Ivers
  17. Aaron Shanahan
  18. Kevin Quinn
  19. Gavin McKeon
  20. Mark Keogh

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photo: Anne Kavanagh

Railway Union 34 Tallaght 2nds 5

Railway Union 34

Tallaght 2nds 5

Try: Tony O’Loughlin

Dr. Kieran Foley Cup (Section B)
Park Avenue

The Tallaghts 2nds team began their season under lights on a Friday evening by taking on Railway Union in the Dr. Kieran Foley Cup. Tallaght began brightly and soon had the home team under pressure after strong running from Joe Ivers and Kevin Quinn. However the home side was just that bit more experienced and they managed to repel the threat from Tallaght by stealing the ball at the breakdown, something that unfortunately became the story of the evening.

Tallaght had plenty of big ball carriers but the lack of understanding in a completely new backline meant that good field positions were squandered. Tallaght were also suffering a succession of unfortunate injuries which saw several players have to leave the field. This would come back to haunt Tallaght towards the end of the second half when Railway got over for two tries which they converted to take a 14-0 lead at half-time.

Tallaght did start the second half brightly and after some good handling full back Tony O’Loughlin was put in for a try in the corner to make it 14-5. However Railway responded with two swift tries in response to make it 24-5 and end the game as a contest. Tallaght kept fighting though and Rob Carthy was introduce from the bench to make an impressive debut which Mick Corrigan on the wing saved a few tries with some fine defence.

However after a harsh yellow card for Kevin Quinn, Railway scored two more tries to make the final score 34-5. Tallaght head coach Tom Leigh was proud of his team’s performance though. “A good few of the lads had never played rugby before and pretty much all of them had never played together as a team. So I was delighted with the physicality they showed, especially in the first half when we kept them scoreless for so long. That Railway team is a very experienced side and eventually that told, especially at the breakdown. But there were a huge amount of positives and if we keep working hard in training, we will see the improvement quickly.”

Tallaght RFC

  1. Tony McManus
  2. Stephen Kelly
  3. Dave Kelly
  4. Joe Ivers (Captain)
  5. Colin Morrison
  6. Aaron Morgan
  7. Sean Judd
  8. Kevin Quinn
  9. Karl Segrave
  10. Ciaran Stewart
  11. Michael Corrigan
  12. Shane Maguire
  13. Ciaran Keane
  14. Arran OLoughlin
  15. Tony O Loughlin
  16. Robert Carthy
  17. Alan Bernes
  18. Gary Doyle
  19. Gavin McKeon
  20. Brian Donnelly
  21. Mark Keogh

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh

Aaron Morgan
Joe Ivers
Karl Segrave

Weekend fixtures 7th-8th September

Tallaght rugby is back in competitive action this weekend with two away cup fixtures. The Tallaght men’s second team are first into action on Friday night when they take on Railway Union in the Dr Kieran Foley Cup. Kick-off is 7.30 in Park Avenue.

Then on Saturday the men’s first team begin their defence of the John Madden Cup away to Seapoint which is a rematch of last season’s Division 7 final which Tallaght also won. Kick off is 3.00 in Kilbogget park.

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.

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

Weekend fixtures 30th/31st August

The men’s first team are back in action after retaining the Philip Preston Trophy by beating Guinness RFC last weekend. This week they take on Clane RFC in a challenge match as coach Tom Leigh looks to assess his large playing squad before the John Madden cup match away to Seapoint next week. Kick off is 3.00PM in Ballinagappa Rd.

Please travel down to support the lads if you’re free.

Tallaght 59 Guinness 12

Tallaght R.F.C. 59

Try: Ciaran Rudd, Rob Hudson, Andy Rudd, Daryl Keogh, Gavin McKeon, Alan Sower, James Carr 2, Adam Nolan
Con: Rob Hudson 4, Aaron Shanahan, Adam Nolan 2

Guinness R.F.C. 12

Philip Preston Memorial Trophy
Pitch 100, Firhouse

The Philip Preston memorial match was played for the first time in Tallaght on a balmy August afternoon. Guinness were short of players and Tallaght needed to lend them a few to make up the numbers but the Crumlin men started the better and got the game’s first try off a lineout maul. However Tallaght soon settled and their quick passing was getting the ball wide and causing Guinness problems. Off some good passing from David Clarke and Denny McCarthy, full back Ciaran Rudd was put away for Tallaght’s first try. Winger Rob Hudson swiftly followed up with a try which he converted himself to make it 12-7 to Tallaght.

Tallaght fly-half Daryl Keogh was enjoying himself playing against his old club and he broke away through a gap and put his half-back partner Andy Rudd away for a fine try which Hudson converted to make it 19-7 to Tallaght. Guinness then scored off a maul to make it 19-12 but Keogh soon broke away for a fine try of his own and Hudson converted again to make it 26-12. The Tallaght pack was rumbling well now with newcomers in the front row Declan O’Neill and James Carr both carrying impressively. After strong running from Denny McCarthy, left wing Gavin McKeon was put clear to score a fine try to make the half-time score 31-12 to Tallaght.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh had 32 players togged out yesterday and he made a raft of changes at half-time to give some lads gametime. Despite the changes and with several new players making their debuts, Tallaght kept the quality up and were soon on the scoresheet again when prop James Carr got over for a try after a strong carry from Daniel Byrne. Hudson converted again to make it 38-12. The tries kept coming and backrow Al Sower muscled over for a deserved try in the corner and Aaron Shanahan kicked an excellent touchline coversion to make it 45-12. Two more tries followed as skipper Adam Nolan went over under the posts and then Carr scored his second of the match with the final play of the game. Nolan converted both of them to make the final score 59-12.

Philip’s brother Sean presented Nolan with the trophy and thanked the large crowd that attended saying it was the perfect tribute to Philip’s memory.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was pleased with the start his side has made. “First of all, thanks to Guinness for coming up even though they were struggling for numbers. For us it was great to get a game under our belts and introduce so many new players. We had thirty two players togged out today and there’s another twenty or so that weren’t available for various reasons. It’s massively important to the club that we run two male senior sides this season and with the numbers we have attending training now, the competition for places on both teams is going to be fierce. We have another challange match next Saturday away to Clane so that will be another chance to look at our depth but this is a really exciting time for the club. In terms of performance we had a few issues giving away some unnecessary penalties but overall we played some really nice stuff and scored some excellent tries. It’s early days but everything is pointing to a positive season ahead for both our teams.”

Man of the match: James Carr

Tallaght RFC

15. Ciaran Rudd
14. Rob Hudson
13. David Clarke
12. Denny McCarthy
11. Gavin McKeon
10. Daryl Keogh
9. Andrew Rudd

1. Ken McGovern
2. Declan O’Neill
3. James Carr
4. Joe Ivers
5. Alan Moore
6. Alan Sower
7. Jack Russell
8. Adam Nolan (Captain)


16. Colin Morrison
17. Andy Grace
18. Scott Hyland
19. Aaron Shanahan
20. Kevin Quinn
21. Karl Segrave
22. Padraig Jones
23. Cameron Byrne
24. Daniel Byrne
25. Lee McDonald
26. Ben Flynn
27. Scott Hyland
28. Joe Odoemene
29. Mike Corrigan
30. Wayne Stewart
31. Brandon Flowers
32. Alan Bernes

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh

Al Sower
Alan Bernes
Andy Rudd
Ciaran Rudd
Daniel Byrne
Daryl Keogh
Declan O’Neill
Joe Odoemene
James Carr

Weekend fixtures 23rd/24th August

Philip “Bisto” Preston

Tallaght Rugby is back this weekend after the summer break.

The men’s first team are back in action first with the third staging of the Philip Preston Trophy as they take on Guinness RFC. The legend that was “Bisto” Preston left us all too soon three years ago and the game is played in his memory as he was a stalwart of both clubs on and off the field. This is the first time the game will be played in Tallaght after previously being held in the Iveagh Grounds. Kick off is 12.30 on Pitch 100 opposite Firhouse Community College and afterwards both teams will go to the nearby Old Mill pub to have refreshments and watch the England v Ireland match.

All are welcome especially the friends and family of “Bisto”.

Leinster Rugby run kicking session at Tallaght

Leinster Rugby did a kicking session with the Tallaght men’s team on pitch 100 last Tuesday. Massive thanks to Damien McCabe (Leinster Rugby) for doing the session. He focused on punt kicks, spiral and drop kicks from restarts and place kicks at the end of the session. Damien will also be back in August to see how  far the lads have progressed.