CYM 12 Tallaght 5

 

Rachel Nolan

 

CYM R.F.C. 12

Tallaght R.F.C. 5

Try: Roisin Doyle

Women’s League Division 4
Terenure Road North
10/11/2018

Tallaght’s women’s team took on fellow strugglers CYM in Terenure. After an encouraging performance against Tullamore last week, Tallaght were targeting the winless CYM for their second victory of the season. But on a day of constant rain scores were at a premium.

Tallaght started the game reasonably well building a couple of good phases through the strong carrying of the forwards but they couldn’t turn this into points. Despite being bottom of the table CYM were game and they were gaining good ground through their big inside centre. Tallaght got trapped in their own half and after twenty minutes CYM made the pressure tell with a try although the referee somehow missed a blatant knock on in the build up.

Not long after CYM extended their lead with another controversial try as the ball appeared to be dropped by the forward before it was grounded. Again the referee missed it and the try was converted to make it 12-0 to CYM. This sparked Tallaght into life and strong carrying in the forwards by Lisa Connors, Rachel Nolan and Lorraine McManus earned Tallaght a penalty five metres out. They opted for the scrum and number eight Roisin Doyle went off the back and showed great strength to get over the line for the try to make it 12-5 at half-time.

The second half was extremely frustrating for Tallaght. They dominated possession but were continually undone by their passing skills. Time and again they engineered good field positions only to waste them with knock-ons and blind passes hitting the ground to turn the ball over. To their credit Tallaght defended bravely when they needed to and CYM didn’t score in the second half but ultimately neither did Tallaght. After a scoreless second half the game finished 12-5 to an ecstatic CYM side who celebrated their first win of the season. CYM played well and probably just about deserved it but Tallaght will be hugely disappointed to have lost that game.

Coach Adam Nolan was also disappointed for his team. “I can’t fault the effort in defence, particularly in the second half. But our handling skills constantly let us down and this meant we couldn’t get our attack going. Those skills can be brought back to the same level we had last season but the only way we’ll improve them is by training as a unit. In terms of individuals Vicky Cobbe and Lorraine McManus both carried a lot of ball but in only her second game of rugby Lisa Connors had a very strong match. She carried well and also put in a number of big hits. We have two weeks now to prepare for Longford away who we beat earlier in the season. If we can work on our issues then that’s definitely a game we can target.”

Woman of the match: Lisa Connors

Tallaght

15. Marta Hoppe
14. Gemma Segrave
13. Cíara McLoughlin (Captain)
12. Eileen Shanahan
11. Angelika Gertz
10. Caoimhe Hogan
9. Shauna Power

1. Lorraine McManus
2. Lisa Kennedy
3. Karen Corrigan
4. Seana Greenhalgh
5. Lisa Connors
6. Vicky Cobbe
7. Rachel Nolan
8. Roisin Doyle

Replacements:

16. Anne Kavanagh
17. Audrey Fullham
18. Martina Fitzpatrick
19. Therese Prendiville

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh

Roisin Doyle makes a tackle
Lorraine McManus

Weekend fixtures 10th-11th November

Simon Collie

All of Tallaght’s teams are in action this weekend in a packed weekend of rugby.

For a change the women’s team start the weekend as they travel to CYM for a Saturday morning kick-off in Division 4 of the women’s league. Tallaght will be looking to build on last week’s encouraging performance against Tullamore and kick-off is at 11AM in Terenure Road North.

Later that afternoon, the Tallaght men’s first team are at home to UCD in the Metro League Division 7. Tallaght are looking to maintain their spot at the top of the table and kick-off is 2.30pm in Tymon Park.

At the same time, the Tallaght/DLSP combined team ‘Tallasalle’ are at home to Stillorgan-Rathfarnham in Kirwan Park in the Metro League Division 11. Tallasalle are also looking to maintain their place at the top of the table.

UPDATE: Both the men’s fixtures have been conceded by the opposition

In the youths on Friday night the Bisto’s girls travel to Balbriggan RFC where the under 18’s play ABS and the under 16’s are doing a combined training session.  Meeting time is at Balbriggan at 7.15pm. On Sunday the minis are in Terenure, meeting in Lakelands at 10.45. The under 9’s have a blitz in Clontarf meeting time TBC. The under 11’s play a blitz in Westmanstown meeting at 10.15. The older youths have training as normal at 10.30am in Firhouse.

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

Aoife Colloren

Emerald Warriors 7 Tallasalle 70

Emerald Warriors 7

Tallaght/DLSP 70

Tries: Barry Killoran 2, Lee Dawson, Dave Kelly, Sean O’Riordan 2, Michael Lebharr 2, Arran O’Loughlin, Sean Judd, Peter Kinnevy, Conal Lyons
Conversion: Jason Conboy 5

Metro League Division 11
Templeville Road
03/11/2018

Tallasalle travelled to Templeville road to take on the Emerald Warriors. Determined to be top of the league by the end of the day Tallasalle’s forwards started the game at a furious pace. Simon Gaskell pounced on a loose ball outside the Warriors 22 and set off on a surging run towards the Warriors try line, being hauled down just short of the line. The ball was quickly recycled and finished off by Barry Killoran who dotted down the ball in the corner. From the next kick off the forwards again carried strongly and finished this second opportunity through Lee Dawson.

After 20 minutes or so the Warriors grew into the game and had Tallasalle under some serious pressure on their own line, but a combination of unfortunate errors from the Warriors and some brilliant last ditch tackling from Arran O’Loughlin kept the Warriors out. Tallasalle led 32-0 at the break with further tries from Killoran again, Dave Kelly and two from Sean O’Riordan.

The second half began in a similar fashion to the first with strong tackling and big carries from all fifteen Tallasalle players and six more tries followed from Michael Lebharr with a double, Arran O’Loughlin, Sean Judd, Conal Lyons and Peter Kinnevey. The last 10 minutes was all the Warriors though after Tallasalle’s discipline deserted them towards the end. The Warriors, who had never given up and fought for the full 80 minutes, were rewarded with a converted try in the last play of the game.

But Tallasalle went ahead of Clontarf on points to sit on top of the league with four wins from four.

Report: Simon Gaskell

Tallaght 14 Tullamore 19

Ellen Crotty

Tallaght R.F.C. 14

Tries: Ellen Crotty 2
Con: Caoimhe Hogan 2

Tullamore R.F.C. 19

Women’s League Division 4
Pitch 100, Firhouse
04/11/2018

Tallaght took on fourth place Tullamore in Division 4 of the Women’s league. Tallaght had been on a run of poor results and Tullamore probably fancied their chances of a handy enough win. However Tallaght were playing with real physical aggression with the likes of Rachel Nolan and Vicky Cobbe carrying strongly in the pack. After Tallaght took the ball through several phases centre Ellen Crotty slipped through a gap and showed great pace and power to race away for a superb try. Caoimhe Hogan kicked the conversion and Tallaght led 7-0.

Tullamore’s young but very well drilled team hit back though. They turned over Tallaght and then kicked into their half. Tallaght tried to get out but couldn’t and eventually the pressure told and Tullamore’s pack forced their way over for a try which they converted to make it 7-7. Tallaght came back at them hard again and backrow Aisling Pyke was in full “Hulk Smash” mode. Pyke was back playing her first match after injury since Longford at the start of the season and she took out her frustrations on Tullamore with a series of crunching tackles.

Wingers Marta Hoppe and Gemma Segrave were also carrying strongly but Tallaght’s good work was often undone by poor passing and by weak rucking which allowed Tullamore to consistently steal the ball. Tullamore made this tell when they outflanked the Tallaght defence and went through for a try which they converted to make it 14-7. Tallaght were under pressure just before half-time as Tullamore were camped on their line but Tallaght defended bravely and held out.

However this good work was undone early in the second half when Tullamore broke through some weak defending to score a try to make it 19-7. At this point Tullamore may have thought they’d streak away for a handy win but Tallaght’s resolve didn’t break and with the likes of Caoimhe Hogan and Eileen Shanahan competing smartly at the breakdown they even won some turnover penalties of their own. Then Ellen Crotty got involved again and first off she completely bounced the Tullamore out-half back in the tackle. From there she just took off and beat several tacklers for another excellent individual try. Hogan converted again to make it 19-14.

Tallaght then suffered a blow when the impressive Rachel Nolan had to be replaced after a knock to the head. As Tallaght had no replacements they went a player down and things got worse when Crotty made another great run and was almost through for a third try but the Tullamore out-half pulled off a superb cover tackle. Crotty unfortunately was injured in the tackle and had to leave the field so now it was fifteen versus thirteen players. This improved slightly after Tullamore picked up a yellow card for an infringement at the ruck to make it fourteen versus thirteen for ten minutes at least.

Tallaght’s never say die attitude was exemplified by full back Megan Fogarty. The Tullamore full back had broken clear with ten minutes to go and looked certain to sore a try to clinch the match. But Fogarty never gave up and she kept chasing what looked to be a lost cause and the pressure she put on caused the Tullamore full back to knock the ball on in the process of touching down.

So the score remained 19-14 but though they tried valiantly Tallaght couldn’t work a winning score and Tullamore were highly relieved to kick the ball out to signal the end of an excellent game of rugby.

Tallaght coach Adam Nolan was disappointed about the result but was hugely proud of his team’s efforts. “We’ve had a tough run recently but we really put it up to Tullamore today. I think with a few better choices at certain times, we actually could have won the game. But I’ve proud of each and every one of the squad cause they all played their heart out. We played a lot of really good rugby at stages but the same issues let us down at key moments and the only way to fix these is by working hard in training. So I hope we have a great week and really prepare well for CYM away next week. Let’s use this performance as a turning point in our season and start playing to the level we know we can. Once we do that we can always walk off the field with our heads held high, no matter what the result.”

Woman of the match: Aisling Pyke

Tallaght

15. Megan Fogarty
14. Gemma Segrave
13. Ellen Crotty
12. Eileen Shanahan
11. Marta Hoppe
10. Cíara McLoughlin
9. Caoimhe Hogan

1. Lorraine McManus
2. Lisa Kennedy
3. Karen Corrigan
4. Seana Greenhalgh
5. Martina Fitzpatrick
6. Rachel Nolan
7. Aisling Pyke
8. Vicky Cobbe

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Paul Cronin

Aisling Pyke

Seapoint 15 Tallaght 1st 20

Joe Ivers

Seapoint 15

Tallaght 1sts 20

Try: David Clarke, Alan Moore, Daryl Keogh
Con: Rob Hudson
Pen: Rob Hudson

Metro League Division 7
Kilbogget Park
03/11/2018

Tallaght took on Seapoint in division 7 of the Metro League looking to maintain their place at the top of the table. Last season Tallaght had lost in the same venue in a defeat that effectively cost them a home final. Tallaght were slow out of the gate though and Seapoint scored the first try of the match after a series of pick and drives from their pack got them over the line. They converted to take a 7-0 lead.

It wasn’t long before Tallaght were level though. Seapoint were struggling to get their passing game going in the backs and when they knocked the ball on out-half Dave Clarke took advantage and scooped the ball up and raced clear from his own half for a try under the posts. Rob Hudson converted to make the game level and then he added on a penalty to give Tallaght a three point lead. Seapoint were struggling especially on their own lineout where Tallaght second row Alan Moore was terrorising them constantly either stealing or disrupting their ball. Tallaght had plenty of possession but they were not getting the ball out wide enough to give their dangerous backs the chance to have a run at Seapoint. They also rode their luck when Seapoint looked certain to score a try only for their handling to let them down with the line begging.

While Tallaght were struggling as a team there were some good individual moments and centres Padhraig Jones and Daryl Keogh combined well to put scrum-half Andy Rudd clear with just one man to beat. The Seapoint fullback made a good tackle though and the chance was gone. Shortly afterwards Rudd went close again from a blindside break from a scrum, but he was tackled into touch near the Seapoint line. However from the resulting Seapoint lineout Moore stole the ball again and was driven over the line by his pack for a try to make it 15-7 to Tallaght.

Tallaght were now in the ascendancy but they were almost immediately undone by a lack of concentration in defence which allowed the big Seapoint winger to waltz straight through for a try to make the half-time score 15-12 to Tallaght. The second half was a scrappy frustrating affair with long breaks in play as Seapoint suffered a succession of unfortunate injuries. Even though they now had the wind at their backs Tallaght were struggling to take advantage of Seapoint’s difficulties. They bafflingly refused to use their outside backs instead choosing to take the ball forward through individual carries from the forwards where they were inevitably turned over after two or three phases.

After repeated appeals from the exasperated sideline, the ball was finally moved wide and Dave Clarke and Rob Hudson combined well to put Daryl Keogh away.  He sailed through a gap to score a fine try to make it 20-12 to Tallaght. Tallaght should have kicked on and got the scores to finish the game as a contest but once again they reverted back to playing tight rugby that played to Seapoint’s strengths. This and a lack of discipline let Seapoint back into the match and earned them a penalty which they kicked to make it 20-15. In a game they should have been leading comfortably, they were now only one score ahead and they started panicking with some poor kicking and discipline letting Seapoint advance up the pitch. Eventually Seapoint’s handling let them down again and Tallaght hung on for the win but as a team they need to ask each other why they insisted on making it so hard for themselves.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was delighted with the result but not the performance. “Twice now this season, we’ve come away to tough venues and have ground out wins despite not playing to the level we can. At the moment we’re training better than we’re playing and teams are targetting us, which is a compliment in itself. I believe the performances will come in time and it’s great to be unbeaten at the top of the table while not being at our best. In terms of individual performances Jack Russell and Ken McGovern carried well for us up front and Daryl Keogh and Dave Clarke went well in the backs. Once again we got a good impact from our bench with Nick Ahearne making some good hits and Sean Hanlon made a couple of crucial turnovers. But our man of the match was Alan Moore who destroyed their lineout and was also immense around the pitch making several big runs and tackles. Our focus now is on UCD at home next week and winning again but with an improved performance.”

Man of the match: Alan Moore

Tallaght RFC

15. Rob Hudson
14. Aaron Shanahan
13. Daryl Keogh
12. Padhraig Jones
11. Ciaran Keane
10. David Clarke
9. Andrew Rudd

1. Tony McManus
2. Ken McGovern
3. Alan Sower
4. Joe Ivers
5. Alan Moore
6. Jack Russell
7. Kevin Quinn
8. Adam Nolan (Captain)

Replacements:

16. Andrew Grace
17. Sean Hanlon
18. Mark Keogh
19. Daniel Pomares
20. Nick Ahearne

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh

Jack Russell

Tallaght Fixtures – Weekend 3rd-4th November

After a break for the bank holiday weekend all of Tallaght RFC’s teams are back in action this weekend.

On Saturday, the Tallaght men’s first team take on Seapoint away in the Metro League Division 7. Tallaght are looking to maintain their spot at the the top of the table and kick-off is 2.30pm in Kilbogget Park. At the same time, the Tallaght/DLSP combined team ‘Tallasalle’ are away to Emerald Warriors in Templeville Road in the Metro League Division 11. They also have three wins from three and are only just behind leaders Clontarf on points difference.

Then on Sunday the women’s team host Tullamore in Division 4 of the women’s league. Kick-off is at 1PM on Pitch 100 opposite Firhouse Community College.

In the youths the Bisto’s girls have training at St. Mary’s at 6.30 Friday. On Sunday there is training as normal in Firhouse Community College starting at 10am for the minis (under 8’s and under 10’s) and all older youths training at 10.30am.

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

Tallaght 11 Clontarf 7

Andy Rudd

Tallaght 1sts 11

Try: Rob Hudson
Pen: Rob Hudson 2

Clontarf 7

Metro League Division 7
Tymon Park
20/10/2018

Tallaght took on early season leaders Clontarf in division 7 of the Metro League. Clontarf had won both their first two games of the season by handsome margins so Tallaght knew they were in for a tough match. The first half an hour was fairly cagey as both packs took each other on physically. The Tallaght forwards were carrying well and there was a few fine offloads by the likes of Ken McGovern, Jack Russell and Al Sower.

Eventually Clontarf made the breakthrough for a well taken try which they converted to give them a 7-0 lead. However full back Rob Hudson hit back with a penalty to make it 7-3 at half-time. Hudson was on the scoresheet again in the second half when he was on the end of a fine team try that featured some great handling from Dave Clarke and Adam Nolan. Hudson missed the chance to convert his own try but he made amends with another penalty kick to increase Tallaght’s lead to 11-7.

Tallaght now needed to hang on and rely on their defence. Scrum-half Andy Rudd led the way with several fine tackles, especially on the big Clontarf inside centre. Tallaght’s line held and the home team claimed their third league win of the season to go top of the table.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was delighted to get the win. “We weren’t quite at our best, but considering the players we had missing it was great to get a win over a fine Clontarf side. Once again the whole squad made a big contribution and we had to ask new lads like Tomas McNamara and Nick Ahearne to play a lot of rugby today and they both stepped up. Our Lineout and scrum were very good today and while everyone played well, I made Andy Rudd man of the match as he showed real guts in defence. We’ve still got things to improve on but we’re looking forward to the Seapoint game in two weeks to really build our momentum.”

Man of the match: Andrew Rudd

Tallaght RFC

15. Rob Hudson
14. Ciaran Keane
13. Simon Collie
12. Padhraig Jones
11. Tomas McNamara
10. David Clarke
9. Andrew Rudd

1. Tony McManus
2. Ken McGovern
3. Andrew Grace
4. Joe Ivers
5. Colin Morrison
6. Jack Russell
7. Alan Sower
8. Adam Nolan (Captain)

Replacements:

16. Alan Moore
17. Andrew Caswell
18. Kevin Quinn
19. Daniel Pomares
20. Nick Ahearne

Report: Audrey Fulham
Photos: Anne Kavanagh

Ken McGovern

Greystones 73 Tallaght 7

Greystones R.F.C. 73

Tallaght R.F.C. 7

Try: Ellen Crotty
Con: Rachel Nolan

Women’s League Division 4
Pitch 100, Firhouse
21/10/2018

Tallaght

15. Anne Kavanagh
14. Angelika Gertz
13. Rachel Nolan
12. Ellen Crotty
11. Gemma Segrave
10. Cíara McLoughlin
9. Shauna Power

1. Lorraine McManus
2. Lisa Kennedy
3. Karen Corrigan
4. Laura O’Donnell
5. Martina Fitzpatrick
6. Lisa Connors
7. Elaine Boyd
8. Vicky Cobbe

Photos: Anne Kavanagh

Tallaght Fixtures – Weekend 20th/21st October 2018

It’s another hectic weekend of action for Tallaght rugby.

On Saturday, the Tallaght men’s first team take on Clontarf at home in the Metro League Division 7. Kick-off is 3pm in Tymon Park. At the same time, the Tallaght/DLSP combined team ‘Tallasalle’ are at home to CYM in Kirwan Park.

Then on Sunday the women’s team travel to Greystones in Division 4 of the women’s league. Kick-off is at the slightly later time of 1.15 PM in Dr. Hickey Park.

In the youths the Bisto’s girls have training at St. Mary’s at 6.30 Friday. On Sunday the under 9s are away to Greystones and the under 11s are at home to Bective. For everyone else there is training as normal in Firhouse Community College starting at 10am for the minis (under 8’s and under 10’s) and all older youths training at 10.30am.

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

Tallaght 0 Naas 52

Tallaght R.F.C. 0

Naas R.F.C. 52

Women’s League Division 4
Pitch 100, Firhouse
14/10/2018

Tallaght took on league leaders Naas today and suffered a bad beating, conceding 10 tries in a 52-0 defeat. Naas were coached by Ireland International Jenny Murphy and Adam Coyle, who was capped by the senior Leinster team last season. Their team was far more experienced and they won well, taking advantage of some poor Tallaght defending to score seven tries in the first half.

Tallaght regrouped somewhat in the second half and played some decent rugby but eventually Naas re-asserted their dominance and they scored three more tries, one of which they finally successfully converted, to make the final score 52-0 to Naas. Marta Hoppe came closest to a Tallaght try when she made a great run handing off several defenders only to lose control of the ball going over the line.

Tallaght coach Adam Nolan knew his team took a heavy defeat but was proud that they never let their heads drop. “They were very good and they scored early and took the game away from us. But when we got our defence right and went at them we caused them real problems. So we will take postitives from today despite the scoreline. Rachel Nolan and Roisin Doyle came back into the team and just tackled their hearts out. Aoife Collaran and Laura O’Donnell both started their first competitive games of rugby and really got stuck in. And the legend that is Anne ‘Kavo’ Kavanagh came back too and was excellent. But Vicky Cobbe was our woman of the match because she was just excellent in everthing she did and never let her standards drop.”

Player of the match: Vicky Cobbe

Tallaght

15. Megan Fogarty
14. Angelika Gertz
13. Cíara McLoughlin
12. Eileen Shanahan
11. Aoife Colleran
10. Marta Hoppe
9. Shauna Power

1. Lorraine McManus
2. Lisa Kennedy
3. Karen Corrigan
4. Laura O’Donnell
5. Martina Fitzpatrick
6. Rachel Nolan
7. Roisin Doyle
8. Vicky Cobbe

Replacements

16. Anne Kavanagh

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh (as well as playing, a total ledgebag!)

Aoife Colloren