Tallaght Senior Fixtures – Weekend 24th-25th September 2016


This Saturday, the 24th of September, Tallaght’s men’s team travel to Belfield to take on UCD in their opening Metro Division 7 League game of the season (KO 3PM).

Then on Sunday, the 25th, Tallaght women’s team play their first league game of the season in Division 4 of the Women’s League. They play Dublin University in College Park in Trinity College (KO 1PM) which is a change from the original venue of Santry.

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



Tallaght 26 Railway Union 25


Tallaght R.F.C. 26

Tries: Aaron Morgan, Simon Collie, David Clarke, Sean Judd
Con: Morgan Farrell, Adam Nolan 2

Railway Union R.F.C. 25

John Madden Cup (J4) Semi-final
Tymon Park


Tallaght beat Railway Union in a nail-biter of a semi-final of the John Madden Cup in Tymon Park.  The game took a good while to ignite though and the first twenty minutes were scoreless.  Tallaght were flat at the start and they struggled badly at the breakdown and a young and quick Railway backline were finding gaps. Railway looked to be in for a try midway through the first half, but Tallaght wing Ciaran Rudd intervened superbly, first making an ankle tap tackle and then hitting the ruck to reclaim the ball. Unfortunately when the ball was recycled, Morgan Farrell’s clearance kick was charged down and Railway followed up to touch down for a try. The conversion was missed but Railway led 5-0.


Tallaght’s response wasn’t long in coming though. First wing Gavin McKeon chased up and charged down a clearance kick. He regathered and got close to the line but his pass was knocked on. Then from the restart, Tallaght went close to a try again but Adam Nolan’s pass was knocked on with the line begging. Finally, substitute Simon Collie caught a loose clearance kick and stepped inside his man to break the line. He offloaded to replacement flanker Aaron Morgan who powered through two tackles to score the try. Morgan Farrell kicked the conversion and Tallaght briefly led 7-5, however Railway kicked a penalty to make the half-time score 8-7 to the visitors.


Tallaght continued to struggle to win ball in the second half. They were continually being penalised at the breakdown and they couldn’t get their lineout working. Too often Railway were breaking first up tackles from Tallaght that were too high and they increased their lead with another penalty to take it to 11-7.  But then Tallaght turned the game on it’s head with two tries in three minutes. First Stephen Heaney’s deft inside pass put replacement back Emil Wyrebiak into space. He made great ground and then offloaded over his head before he was caught and Simon Collie took the pass perfectly and stepped the Railway full back to score a great try under the posts. Nolan added the extras and Tallaght led by three.  Then deep in Tallaght’s half Collie showed his class again.  He took the ball from the back of a ruck and sped away. He made it deep into the Railway 22 before being caught but he offloaded to the supporting Andrew Rudd who kept his cool and passed the ball across the line for centre David Clarke to finish off a fantastic score under the posts. Nolan converted again to make it 21-11 to Tallaght.


Once again though Tallaght’s poor discipline let down and after they were repeatedly penalised at the breakdown, Railway got over for a converted try to make it 21-18. Tallaght hit back though with the bench making a big impact, as first Karl Seagrave took a great line on the inside to make the break and Andrew Rudd took another excellent supporting line. The scrum-half broke clear and expertly drew his man to put Sean Judd away and the prop showed great determination to score in the corner. The conversion was missed but Tallaght now led 26-18 with five minutes left. Railway fought to the end and scored another converted try to make the final score 26-25 to Tallaght, who progress to the final where they’ll meet Coolmine in the final next year.


Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was delighted with his side’s resilience. “There was lots that didn’t go right today in our performance today and we know we can play a lot better, but we showed our character and came up with quality scores when it mattered against a very good team. We’ll park this tournament for now and we look forward to the start of the league next week away to UCD.  On behalf of the players and the coaching team, I want to thank the many friends and family who came down to support the team today.  Their support drove our boys on and contributed to a fantastic match.”


Man of the match: Simon Collie


Tallaght RFC

15. Gary Doyle
14. Gavin McKeon
13. Stephen Heaney
12. Dave Clarke
11. Ciaran Rudd
10. Morgan Farrell
9. Niall Casey

8. Adam Nolan
7. Mitchell McGrath
6. Jack Russell
5. Joe Ivers
4. Paul Cunningham (Captain)
3. Tony McManus
2. Simon Gaskell
1. Declan Malone


16. Sean Judd
17. Andrew Caswell
18. Aaron Morgan
19. Karl Seagrave
20. Andrew Rudd
21. Emil Wyrebiak
22. Simon Collie
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Tallaght RFC 52 Malahide RFC 20

Joe Ivers takes a lineout

Tallaght R.F.C. 52

Tries: Simon Collie 3, Adam Nolan 3, Emil Wyrebiak, John Cowan
Con: Morgan Farrell 6

Malahide R.F.C. 20

John Madden Cup (J4)
Tymon Park

Tallaght Rugby’s men’s team got their season off to a perfect start with a first ever win over Malahide RFC in the John Madden Cup at Tymon Park. Tallaght started the game poorly, conceding two soft tries to let Malahide race into a 10-0 lead. However once Tallaght got their game going they dominated the rest of the half scoring five tries without reply from Malahide. The game’s two dominant figures Adam Nolan and Simon Collie scored two tries each and Emil Wyrebiak got the other one. Morgan Farrell was managing the game nicely at out-half and he tacked on three conversions to give Tallaght a commanding lead of 31-10 at half-time. Tallaght kept the pressure on and Collie and Nolan completed their hat-tricks in the second half before Malahide got a couple of consolation tries. However the most popular score was the last one as John Cowan came off the bench to score his first try for Tallaght.  Farrell converted all second half tries for a final score of 52-20. Tallaght advance to the semi-final where they’ll play Railway Union next week, again in Tymon Park.


Man of the match: Adam Nolan


Tallaght RFC

15. Simon Collie
14. Ciaran Rudd
13. Stephen Heaney
12. Dave Clarke
11. Emil Wyrebiak
10. Morgan Farrell
9. Andrew Rudd

8. Adam Nolan
7. Alan Sower
6. Jack Russell
5. Paul Cunningham
4. Joe Ivers
3. Tony McManus
2. Stephen Kelly
1. Sean Judd


16. John Cowan
17. Declan Malone
18. Ken McGovern
19. Simon Gaskell
20. Rob Hudson
21. Aaron Morgan
22. Gavin McKeon

Jim O’Connor ©

Photos: Anne Kavanagh

Stephen Kelly ready to pounce
Simon Collie on the break
Adam Nolan, Simon Collie and John Cowan celebrate the win
Adam Nolan, Simon Collie and John Cowan celebrate the win

Guinness 17 Tallaght 25

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The late, great Philip Preston

Guinness R.F.C. 17

Tallaght R.F.C. 25

Tries: Jonathan Allison, Simon Collie, Willie Lambe
Conversion: Willie Lambe 2
Penalty: Willie Lambe 2

Philip Preston Trophy
Iveagh Grounds

Two local rivals came together on a beautiful August evening to honour one of their shared sons in rugby. Philip Preston was a long-serving player for Guinness RFC before making a huge impact at Tallaght Rugby Club as both player and coach. His sudden passing shook all who knew him, but the two clubs he knew and loved best came together to play a game in his honour, which will now become an annual fixture. In truth, they couldn’t have played a game which was a more perfect tribute to Philip’s love of both the two clubs and the game itself.

After a predictably slow start from two teams in pre-season, Tallaght looked a little more rusty and a lot of ball went to ground. Guinness were a bit quicker to settle and they scored the game’s first try after 15 minutes when they got over the line after persistent pressure. The conversion was missed and Tallaght hit back quickly. When sub Jonathan Allison was introduced to the fray he quickly made an impact, first intercepting a lineout and going on a forceful run. That didn’t yield a score but from a Tallaght lineout near the Guinness five- metre line Allison got the ball again and showed great strength to force his way over the line with the aid of several team-mates. Willie Lambe kicked an excellent conversion to make it 7-5 to Tallaght.  The score seemed to settle Tallaght who got their game going and played some great rugby. Ciaran Rudd and newcomer Mitchell McGrath were making a big impact in defence while the returning Jack Russell and skipper Adam Nolan were combining superbly in the back row. Out-half Lambe was running the game superbly and he added on two more penalties either side of half-time to take Tallaght to 13-5 up.

But Guinness were far from done and they came roaring back into the game. They had a fearsome maul that Tallaght struggled to deal with and Philip’s brother Sean Preston was mauled over for a try, which was converted to make the score only 13-12 to Tallaght. Tallaght hit back though when Lambe put Simon Collie into space, the Australian full-back stepped inside three tacklers for a superb try. Lambe missed the conversion, but Tallaght led 18-12.

Still Guinness weren’t done, they came at Tallaght again with relentless pressure from their big pack. They mauled the ball over the line again in the corner and their out-half had a touchline conversion to take the lead. He struck it superbly and Tallaght’s hearts were in their mouths, but it just grazed the outside left post and went wide. Tallaght needed to get back down the pitch and they toughed it out for several minutes before Andrew Rudd spotted a gap and made a superb break. He fixed his man with great composure and passed to Lambe who scored the winning try under the posts, which he converted for a personal haul of 15 points. It was the finishing touch on a classy man of the match display.

With the thrilling game over, Guinness RFC legend Eddie Tyrrell spoke eloquently of Philip’s impact on the Guinness club.  Then Philip’s father Philip Senior expressed his and his family’s immense gratitude for the tribute both clubs had made to Philip.

Phliip senior then presented the trophy to Philip’s good friend Alan Bernes, who had played a superb game before suffering a nasty looking knee injury. Yet he still hobbled up to accept the trophy for Tallaght alongside Philip’s two brothers Sean who played for Guinness and Cody, who played for Tallaght on the evening.

There was a massive crowd on the sideline, between Philip’s family, players and members from both clubs and all the youth players Philip had coached and mentored. They all enjoyed a great match and a wonderful and moving occasion that summed up everything that’s good about club rugby.

As several of his family and friends were moved to say… Philly would have loved it!


Man of the match: Willie Lambe


Tallaght RFC

15. Simon Collie
14. Gavin McKeon
13. Ciaran Rudd
12. Stephen Heaney
11. Karl Seagrave
10. Willie Lambe
9. Alan Bernes

8. Adam Nolan (Captain)
7. Jack Russell
6. Aaron Morgan
5. Joe Ivers
4. Mitchell McGrath
3. Tony McManus
2. Ken McGovern
1. Declan Malone


16. Morgan Farrell
17. Sean Judd
18. Liam Kenny
19. Simon Gaskell
20. Kevin Quinn
21. Andew Rudd
22. Jonathan Allison
23. Stephen Kelly
24. Cody Preston
25. John Cowan
26. Rob Hudson

Joe Ivers soars for a lineout
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Ciaran Rudd makes another textbook tackle
Willie Lambe kicks another penalty
Adam Nolan makes an excellent catch from a high ball
Aaron Morgan takes a lineout
Simon Collie makes an offload
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Both the teams together in honour of Phil



Philip Preston Tribute


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Philip Preston, who passed away suddenly in the early hours of Wednesday morning, was a Tallaght RFC legend.  As a player he was an old-school tight forward, tough on the pitch but full of fun off it.  He loved his rugby and he loved his hometown of Tallaght and he was the ideal man to help bring the game to the youth of Tallaght.  As both Youth Development Officer and coach, he inspired a new generation of children to pick up the oval ball.  He brought rugby to the communities and took great pride in seeing the youths progress.  His boundless enthusiasm and infectious positivity informed everything he did and he was rightly recognised as “Tallaght Person of the Year” in 2015.  He’s been taken from his wife Aoife and daughter Kayleigh, his family and his friends at far too young an age, but he leaves us with many treasured memories as a team-mate, coach, club man and friend.   We’ve put together some pictures of Phil’s contribution to Tallaght over the years on and off the pitch.  Thanks to all the photographers who took them.

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Sam on Phil

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Tallaght RFC Player awards 2016

Tallaght Rugby Club held their awards night at the Metro Bar in Tallaght village on Saturday the 30th April. Women’s Development Officer Martina Fitzpatrick handed out the awards for the women’s team and Caoimhe Hogan was presented with Most Improved Player after an excellent season when she really became a key member of the team.

Caoimhe Hogan – Most Improved player of the year

Rachel Davis, whose work in the lineout has been outstanding this season, was awarded Best New Player.

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Skipper Catherine Murphy was awarded Player of the Year for the second time for both her outstanding play on the pitch and her endless work and enthusiasm for the team off it.

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Try of the Year went to whole team Tallaght Women’s Rugby Team for scoring after 12 phases, being awarded a penalty and the ball being grounded by Catherine Murphy. All the members of the team took the stage and were presented with a framed squad photo.

girl try


Director of rugby Luke Tyrrell gave out the trophies for the mens team and after some initial chaos eventually managed to give the right awards to the correct people.


Winger Gavin McKeon won the award for most improved player. As a newcomer to the game this season, Gavin has impressed everyone with his attitude and dedication to learning the game and his mastery of the game’s skills, particularly tackling, has been a lesson to all.


The club’s top try-scorer, Australian Simon Collie, won the awards for Best Newcomer and Best Try for his outstanding effort away to Greystones when he took a superb line ran the ball in from his own twenty two.  As Simon was away his girlfriend Aoife took home the awards on his behalf.  Tallaght native Aoife was also given a tribute or “finders fee” of a bottle of the finest Prosecco we could find in Aldi for bringing that wonderful Aussie to our club.


Finally it came to the player of the year and there were lots of strong contenders in Simon Collie, Adam Nolan and Paul Cunningham but the award went to David Clarke, who won it for the third time. “Clarkey” has become a model of consistency for the team both in attack and defence and he’s also a great club man helping out to referee several of the women’s games.

dave clarke

The Club Person of the year award went to Gerry Fanning who has taken over coaching the under 8s on Sunday morning. Gerry and his wife Audrey have become club stalwarts making a massive contribution to the future of Tallaght RFC.


Club President Ken Kinsella wished to thank the staff and management of the Metro Bar for a great night out and also Martina Fitzpatrick who organised the festivities.

Massive thanks to Ray Brennan for the great pics!

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Tallaght v Clondalkin at Tallaght Stadium

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It was a proud day for Tallaght rugby club as they took on neighbours Clondalkin at Tallaght Stadium.  The day started with the two club’s under-16 girls team’s playing out an entertaining match.  Then the two men’s seniors teams played and Clondalkin dominated the first half racing into a 26-0 lead with four well crafted tries.  At half-time both of the Club’s minis got their chance on the pitch and both of the men’s teams left the dressing rooms early so they could clap the youngsters off the pitch.
The game looked like it was going to be an easy win for Clondalkin but Tallaght came back into things with an excellent try from Stephen Heaney, superbly converted by Morgan Farrell.  Then Karl “Moonbeam” Seagrave intercepted a pass and sprinted the length of the pitch to score.  Farrell missed the conversion but Tallaght were back in the game at 26-12.  Things just got better for Tallaght when top-scoring full back Simon Collie got in on the action.  First he took advantage of a loose pass from Heaney to go over the line and the second try was a superb individual effort from the Australian as he beat several defenders to go under the posts.  Farrell converted both tries and incredibly Tallaght were level at 26-all.

To Clondalkin’s credit, they regained their composure and won a penalty in front of the posts that they kicked to regain the lead.  Tallaght tried hard for the winning score but it wasn’t to be and Clondalkin won 29-26.  However the real winner was rugby and it was a wonderful match played in a great spirit that really showed what’s great about club rugby.  The club wishes to thank Damien McCabe of the Leinster branch who set up the event and all the players, coaches and supporters of both clubs who turned out for a great day’s rugby.

Words: Jim O’Connor
Pictures: Ray Brennan

Ste Heaney

Simon Collie

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Moonbeam 2



Chris Curtis

Alan Bernes

Adam Nolan

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Simon Collie
Simon Collie scoring Tallaght’s try


De La Salle Palmerston R.F.C. 25

Tallaght R.F.C. 5

Try: Simon Collie

John Madden Plate Semi-final
Kirwan Park


Tallaght were within their rights to be sick of the sight of Kirwan Park as they lost there to DLSP for the third time this season. The DLSP pack were the usual selves, ancient, cynical and niggly but also annoyingly good and they owned the ball in the first half to race to a 20-0 lead at half-time. In a typical tetchy affair it was surprising there was only three yellow cards, two for the hosts and one for Tallaght’s Tony McManus. At least in the second half Tallaght put up a better show and full back Simon Collie scored a fine try but it was only a minor consoaltion. DLSP were deserved winners but Tallaght were disappointed that they didn’t show anything close to their “A” game in their last competitive game of the season.


Coach Tom Leigh: “In the last three weeks we’ve played three cup matches. Against the best of those teams, Old Wesley, we played very well. Unfortunately against both Coolmine last week and again today, the performances weren’t what we hoped for. But I want to focus on the season on a whole and how far we’ve come. In our first league game of the season against Tullomore we were a total shambles and it took a few months to build some basics and get to the point where we’ve been competitive in nearly every match since then. We’ve had a few wins, a lot of great performances and scored some great tries this season. I’ve committed to coaching here next season and so I consider this season to be only the first stage on a long journey. I’m immensely proud and grateful for the work and committment of all our players this season and I’m excited about next season already because I know the level this team can get to.”


Director of Rugby Luke Tyrrell: “First off, I want to thank Tom for all the hard work he’s done this season and the massive improvement he’s brought to the team. I also want to thank all our players and all the club members and supporters who’ve done so much to help the team over the season. While we’re disappointed with the results over the last two weeks, the season as a whole has been a massive improvement on last year. Our job now is to build on this progress for next season and I’m delighted Tom will be here next season to manage that. We’re going to play in Tallaght Stadium next weekend, along with our neighbours St. Marys and Clondalkin, and it will be a fitting way to finish off what’s been a really positive season.”


Man of the match: Sean Judd (For the emotional half-time speech)


Tallaght RFC

15. Simon Collie
14. Ciaran Rudd
13. Stephen Heaney
12. Dave Clarke
11. Gavin McKeon
10. Morgan Farrell
9. Andew Rudd

8. Adam Nolan (Captain)
7. Aaron Morgan
6. Emil Wyrebiak
5. Joe Ivers
4. Kevin Quinn
3. Sean Judd
2. Stephen Kelly
1. David Kelly




16. Karl Seagrave
17. Tony McManus
18. Ken McGovern
19. Simon Gaskell
20. Alan Bernes
21. Willie Lambe
22. Niall Casey

Willie Lambe gets a pass away

Report: Jim O’Connor

Pictures: David Kelly

Tallaght Senior Fixtures – Weekend 16th-17th April 2016


This Saturday, the 16th of April, Tallaght’s men’s team travel to Stepaside to take on DLSP in the Semi-final of the John Madden Plate (KO 3PM). Tallaght won the Plate last season and are looking to defend their trophy.

Then on Sunday, the 17th, the Tallaght women’s take on the Garda of Westmanstown in the Semi Final of the Paul Cusack Plate (KO 1PM). The game will be played on the Del la Salle College pitch in Churchtown.

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