Old Wesley 58 Tallaght 7

OLD WESLEY R.F.C. 58

TALLAGHT R.F.C. 07

Try: Stephen Heaney
Con: Ciaran Stewart

Metro League Division 7
18/10/14
Donnybrook

Tallaght RFC took on the early season leaders Old Wesley on the brand new all-weather back pitch in Donnybrook Stadium. Despite having a gale force wind blowing behind them, Tallaght were guilty of playing too much rugby in their own half. Wesley took the lead with an early penalty and then added a try with a well-worked maul from a line-out.

Tallaght responded well though and put some decent phases together. Inside centre Stephen Heaney was making some big hits and after a Wesley player was sinbinned, Heaney took advantage when he intercepted a pass and showed great pace to score a try. Ciaran Stewart converted the try and the half-time score was 10-7 to Wesley.

That was as good as it got for Tallaght though. They were guilty of tackling too high in the first half but they mostly got away with it. However in the second half Wesley exploited this failing in Tallaght to a ruthless extent to run in eight more tries to win 58-7.

Last season Tallaght’s defence won them several games and it was because they tackled properly. Before they can hope to improve this season, they need to learn that skill again.

Tallaght 09 Guinness 38

TALLAGHT R.F.C. 09

Pen: Ciaran Stewart  3

GUINNESS R.F.C. 38

Metro League Division 7

11/10/14

Tymon Park

 

Tallaght took on local rivals Guinness with an under-strength and inexperienced team, with only two subs.  Yet, the team, which had five new players amongst its number showed massive heart and character to stay with the more experienced Guinness team until half time.  They only trailed 14-9 at half-time after three superbly-struck Ciaran Stewart penalties for Tallaght and three penalties and a try for Guinness.

The Crumlin men put the pressure on Tallaght at the start of the second half but when Tallaght had seen off the danger, they then gave away a penalty for stamping when it made no sense.  Guinness kicked the penalty to make the score 17-09.  Then they won a penalty when they kicked to touch to set up a driving maul.  They drove it over to make it 24-9 and Guinness added two more tries late on to make it a comprehensive win.

However Tallaght are a team in development this season and all their players showed terrific character to keep battling until the end.  There were some excellent patches of play in there too when they showed a real ambition to play proper rugby.

 

Jim O’Connor ©

 

Tallaght RFC 10 Tallaght Legends 17

TALLAGHT R.F.C. 10

Try: Penalty Try, Sam O’Reilly

TALLAGHT LEGENDS XV 17

Try: Ken McGovern, Paul Lynch, Trevor Byrne
Con: Owen Tyrrell

30/08/14 Tymon Park

To mark Leinster’s second game being played in Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght RFC held a challenge match between past and present players. The old, grizzled ‘Legends’ team carried the ball well into attack and after Derek Burke turned back the clock with a big carry, Ken McGovern eventually got over for the first try.

The Legends doubled their score to 10-0 when scrum-half Paul Lynch got on the end of a lovely loop move taking a fine pass from Owen Tyrrell to go over for an excellent try. Things got a little bit heated for a while after the natural competitiveness spilt over into a few rows which were out of place for the game that was in it. Referee Tony Heaney restored order though and the rest of the match was played in a good spirit.

Tallaght’s current team got on the scoreboard when they were awarded a penalty try and then Stephen Heaney did well to offload in the tackle for Sam O’Reilly to go in for the try to make the score ten-all. Both teams went hell for leather for the winning score but eventually it was Trevor Byrne who won it for the legends after good pressure from the forwards. Owen Tyrell kicked the conversion to leave the final score at 17-10.

Tallaght R.F.C.

15 Alan Bernes
14 Sam O’Reilly
13 Vilius Kuklis
12 Shaun Scammell
11 Stephen Heaney
10 Ciaran Stewart
9 David Clarke

8 Sean Judd
7 Emil Wyrebiak
6 Paul Cunningham (captain)
5 Joe Ivers
4 Alan Moore
3 Andy Caswell
2 Tony McManus
1 Simon Cumiskey

Replacements

Sam Lawless
Mark Kennedy
Kevin Ennis
Dave Kelly
Eoin Keenan
David Judd
Dermot O’Connor
A.N. Other New Guy

Tallaght Legends

15 Trevor Byrne
14 Brian Tyrrell
13 Kevin Quinn
12 Owen Tyrrell
11 Gary Doyle
10 Brian Massey
9 Paul Lynch

8 Jack Russell
7 Dave Laffan
6 Steve Costello
5 Ken Kinsella
4 Mark Gaynor
3 Stephen Kelly
2 Ken McGovern
1 Derek Burke

Replacements

Aaron Morgan
Luke Tyrrell
Phil Preston
Brian Curtis
Emmet Norton
Chris Irabour
Karl Seagrave
Darren Kearney

Jim O’Connor ©

Legends

Sam on Phil

Denny McCarthy – Canadian Wolverine

Denny 1

Tallaght man Denny McCarthy was recently capped by the Canadian international rugby League team.  McCarthy, who’s from Springfield, played mostly Rugby Union in Ireland with the Leinster Schools and Colleges teams.  He also played club rugby for Suttonians, Clondalkin and Tallaght RFC.

“I first played Rugby League for a season with the Tallaght Tigers before I immigrated to Canada in July 2011.  When I arrived I joined a Union team, the Burlington Centaurs and played for them for three seasons.  Then I switched back to league when I joined the Oakville Crusaders after being asked by former Centaurs player Brett King.”

McCarthy’s performances quickly made an impression and he was called into the Canadian Wolverines squad this summer for their warm-up games against The Royal Air Force and The England Lionhearts.    “It was a massive honour to be picked in the Canadian squad and starting the first two test games against the RAF and the English Lionhearts was incredible.”

McCarthy impressed enough in those games to earn his first official cap for Canada against Jamaica in July.   Canada won the game to win the 4th annual Caribbean Carnival Cup.

Denny 2

“Getting my first international cap for Canada against Jamaica was huge for me, I’ve lived here for three years and I worked hard to earn my spot on the starting team.  The game was played in the pouring rain so it was just like home.  Despite the rain, over 3000 fans still made it out and it was a great game to be part of.  Jamaica had a very strong team, but I was very happy with how we played, we let in two breakaway tries which put us under pressure but we managed to keep the ball and complete more sets allowing us to get on top and win the game in the end.”

Then, last weekend McCarthy played in Canada’s biggest game of the season, the Colonial Cup clash against near neighbours the U.S.A.  The competition has been played since 2010 with the Americans winning every time and as they were ranked six places above Canada in the World rankings, the U.S. were favourites again.  However Canada pulled off a remarkable 52-14 win to take the trophy for the first time.  McCarthy was at the heart of the action, scoring his first international try and making the second most tackles.

“It was a great way to finish off our season as winners of the Colonial cup for the first time.  It’s been a great honour to play with the Canada Wolverines and I was further honoured when they voted me the defensive player of the season as well.”

Despite his success in Canada, his heart is still in Tallaght.  “It’s hard not to miss Ireland with all my family and friends at home.  I also miss playing with Tallaght RFC, where I enjoyed playing some great rugby with a great bunch of lads for a great club.  It’s been great to keep up with their success from afar on Facebook though.  I’m really looking forward to catching up with everyone in December.”

 

Team Shot

Jim O’Connor (c)

Tallaght Awards Night

Tallaght Awards Night
Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, 12th April, 2014
Tallaght held their end of season bash at the Louis Fitzgerald hotel at Newlands Cross. In attendance was the Minister for Communications and Natural Resources and local TD, Pat Rabbitte, who was given an honorary club membership.

Tallaght head coach for the men’s squad, Brian Curtis, presented Paul Cunningham with the player of the year award. Paul has been a model of consistency for the team playing either in the second or back row and he shared the captaincy of the team with Simon Sweeney. Aodhan Tinney was presented with the most improved player award. Aodhan only started playing scrum-half last season, a very difficult position to master, but his work-rate and diligence have become very important to the side. Stephen Heaney would have been a strong contender for both the main awards but had to be content with the Try of the year award for his outlandishly cheeky effort against Clondalkin, where he ran in from the halfway line, selling a massive dummy along the way.

Bryan Tyrrell, coach of the women’s team, presented the player of the year award to Catherine Murphy. Catherine, who plays in the second row, has grown into one of the team’s most important players, endlessly enthusiastic and supportive of her team-mates who know they can always count on her. Michelle Tyrrell was presented with the most improved player award. Michelle switched from full back to scrum-half this season and she has become a hugely effective player and a real team leader. Niamh Herrity was presented with the Try of the year award for her fantastic individual effort against Old Belvedere when she ran in from fifty metres out, handing off several defenders on her way.

Director of rugby Brian Curtis, who announced he was stepping down as head coach on the night, was deservedly given the Paul Cusack Club Person of the year award for the huge amount of work he does for both the men’s team and the club in general. The club wishes to thank Tony McManus and Lorraine Cleary and everyone else who helped to organise what was a wonderful evening and a proud night for the club.

Jim O’Connor

lads

3 lady winners

ladies

 

Credit: Ray Brennan for photos.

Old Belvedere 59 Tallaght 0

OLD BELVEDERE R.F.C. 59

TALLAGHT R.F.C. 0

Metro League Division 7
01/03/13 Anglesea Road

Tallaght played their second last game of the season away to league leaders Old Belvedere. An under-strength Tallaght team were simply out-classed as Belvedere ran in 11 tries altogether, two of which were converted for a 59-0 win.
Tallaght R.F.C.

15 Alan Bernes
14 Stephen Heaney
13 Dave Clarke
12 James Maher
11 Gary Doyle
10 Ciaran Stewart
9 Aodhan Tinney

8 Sean Judd (captain)
7 Raymond Brennan
6 Paul Cunningham
5 Alan Moore
4 Joe Ivers
3 Declan Malone
2 Ollie Murphy
1 Tony McManus

Replacements

Stephen Kelly
Dave Kelly
Richard Wilson

Jim O’Connor ©

Clondalkin 16 Tallaght 12

CLONDALKIN R.F.C. 16

Try: Darren Moore, Ray O’Connor
Pen: Colin Lyons 2

TALLAGHT R.F.C. 12

Try: Stephen Heaney 2
Con: Ciaran Stewart

Metro League Division 7
22/02/13 Gordon Park

Tallaght took on local rivals Clondalkin in a local derby looking to restart their league campaign after several match cancellations due to poor weather. Tallaght were missing half their normal starting pack for various reasons and Clondalkin took advantage by dominating possession for the first quarter of the match.

They were camped in the Tallaght half and eventually Darren Moore got over for a try for Clondalkin that wasn’t converted. A lovely countering-attacking run from Alan Bernes won Tallaght a penalty but Ciaran Stewart hooked his attempt wide. Then some excellent work from David Clarke made some space on the left. With the Clondalkin defence stretched Tallaght showed great hands to move it across to the other side and Sean Judd gave the final pass to Stephen Heaney to score in the corner. Despite the windy conditions Ciaran Stewart kicked a superb conversion to make it 7-5 to Tallaght.

Tallaght’s lead only lasted a minute though as they conceded a penalty that Colin Lyons converted to make it 8-7. The score remained the same until about half way through the second half, despite Clondalkin having several attempts to stretch their lead with kicks at goal that went wide. Eventually the pressure told though and they worked some space for their full back Ray O’Connor to score in the corner. The conversion was missed but Lyons tacked on a penalty to take a commanding 16-7 lead for Clondalkin.

Clondalkin looked like they would put up a big score but Tallaght showed some pride to keep making the tackles and they scored a consolation try through Stephen Heaney again to make the final score 16-12 to Clondalkin, who were worthy winners.
Tallaght R.F.C.

15 Alan Bernes
14 Stephen Heaney
13 David Clarke
12 James Maher
11 Kevin Quinn
10 Ciaran Stewart
9 Aodhan Tinney

8 Sean Judd
7 Emil Wyrebiak
6 Ray Brennan
5 Paul Cunningham (captain)
4 Alan Moore
3 Tony McManus
2 Ollie Murphy
1 Stephen Kelly

Replacements

Vilius Kuklis
Simon Cumiskey

Jim O’Connor ©

 

clon 22-2-2014

Tallaght 0 Parkmore 0

TALLAGHT R.F.C. 0

PARKMORE R.F.C. 0

Metro League Division 7
18/01/14 Tymon Park

Tallaght’s play-off hopes took a blow today when they were held to a scoreless draw by Parkmore in Tymon Park. With consistent rain and a boggy pitch, the weather was the only winner on a day when scoring chances were few and far between. Parkmore dominated for the first twenty minutes but the closest they came to scoring was a penalty kick at goal which went wide.

Tallaght then dominated the next quarter of the match. Jack Russell made an excellent individual run but was tackled before he could get over the line. A long-range penalty attempt by Ciaran Stewart was narrowly wide but Tallaght followed up the kick and earned a scrum on their line. However with the ball like a bar of soap, their handling repeatedly let them down and Parkmore escaped.

In the second half things went from bad to worse with a game basically becoming a series of knock-ons and resulting scrums. There was one moment of quality from wing Vilius Kuklis who made a brilliant individual break and had only the full back to beat. However the full back made a superb cover tackle and Kuklis injured his ankle in the incident, ending his game. There were a few nervous moments for Tallaght as they struggled to get out of their own twenty two for the last ten minutes.

However eventually the ref did everyone a favour and blew the final whistle. With Old Wesley winning away to Coolmine they now replace Tallaght in second place in the table on points difference.

Tallaght R.F.C.

15 Stephen Heaney
14 Ted Garvey
13 Emil Wyrebiak
12 Kevin Quinn
11 Vilius Kuklis
10 Ciaran Stewart
9 Alan Bernes

8 Sean Judd
7 Jack Russell
6 Paul Cunningham (captain)
5 Joe Ivers
4 Alan Moore
3 Declan Malone
2 Ollie Murphy
1 Tony McManus

Replacements

Simon Sweeney
Aaron Morgan
David Judd
Kevin Ennis
Stephen Kelly

Jim O’Connor ©

Games this weekend – 18-19th January

In a big weekend for Tallaght Rugby, there are two important games coming up for the men’s and women’s team.

Despite losing away to Old Wesley the Tallaght men’s team remain in the top two places which will qualify them for the final of the Metro League Division 7.  Every time they’ve lost this season they’ve bounced back the next game and they need to do that again against a resurgent Parkmore team in their last home match of the season.  Tallaght beat Parkmore comfortably earlier in the season but Parkmore have won two out of their last three and have gained some momentum so Tallaght will need to be at their best to win.

Saturday, the 18th of January
Tallaght v Parkmore, Tymon Park,  2.30 KO

The women’s team also have a massive game, at home to Old Belvedere in the semi-final of Leinster League Division 4.  The team has made huge improvements throughout the season and finished in second place in their pool.  They’re up against it against an experienced Belvo team, but under the captaincy of Maire Gilbourne, we know they will represent the club with pride.

Sunday, the 19th of January
Old Belvedere v Tallaght, Tymon Park, 1.00 KO

We hope as many members, friends and family of Tallaght RFC will come out to support both our teams this weekend.

 

Old Wesley 17 Tallaght 11

OLD WESLEY R.F.C. 17

TALLAGHT R.F.C. 11

Try: Aaron Morgan
Pen: Danny Behan 2

Metro League Division 7
11/01/14 Ballycorus Road

Tallaght rugby were back in league action after the Christmas break and they travelled to play Old Wesley, one of their main rivals to finish in the top two to make the play-off. Tallaght looked rusty in the first half hour and weren’t able to get anything going in attack. Stephen Heaney saved them a couple of times with some excellence defence but eventually the pressure told.

First Wesley used their excellent backs to outflank Tallaght and score in the right hand corner. The try went unconverted but it wasn’t long before they were over the Tallaght line again. This time they turned down an easy three points in front of the posts and tapped a penalty instead. The bold decision paid off when they forced their way over the line and converted the try for a 12-0 lead.

Danny Behan came off the bench for Tallaght and made a difference with his smart tactical kicking. Some excellent ball-carrying from Morgan got Tallaght going forward at last and it earned Tallaght a penalty which Behan kicked to make the half-time score 12-3 to Wesley.

Simon Sweeney entered the fray in the second half and his ball-carrying made a difference but Tallaght still found scores hard to come by. Behan attempted a long-range penalty but was unfortunate to see his well struck effort come back off the posts. Wesley came back and their excellent out-half sold a lovely dummy to sail through untouched for a try under the posts. The easy conversion was surprisingly missed but at 17-3 the game looked over as a contest.

Tallaght didn’t give up though. More fine ball carries from Sweeney and Morgan earned them a penalty which Behan kicked to make it 17-6. Tallaght then were given another penalty in the Wesley half. They kicked to touch and mauled the ball but were held up close to the line. Gary Doyle passed to Behan who put Morgan over in the corner for the try. Morgan injured himself in scoring the try. An ambulance was called but the paramedics gave him a clean bill of health thankfully and he didn’t need to be admitted to hospital.

Morgan’s try wasn’t converted but at 17-11 Tallaght at least had the consolation of the losing bonus point. There was one more frantic phase of play where Tallaght looked for a winning score but it wasn’t to be and in truth Wesley was deserved winners. Tallaght showed great character though in getting that bonus point and it keeps them two points ahead of Wesley in second place in the table.

Tallaght R.F.C.

15 Alan Bernes
14 Sam O’Reilly
13 Vilius Kuklis
12 Stephen Heaney
11 Richard Wilson
10 Ciaran Stewart
9 Aodhan Tinney

8 Sean Judd
7 Aaron Morgan
6 Paul Cunningham (captain)
5 Joe Ivers
4 Alan Moore
3 Declan Malone
2 Ollie Murphy
1 Tony McManus

Replacements

Gary Doyle
Kevin Ennis
Simon Sweeney
Danny Behan
David Clarke

Jim O’Connor ©