The Tallaght men’s firsts made history today when they won their first ever League title as a club. They beat Seapoint 13-12 in a nail-biter of a cup final. Rob Hudson scored Tallaght’s only try and he tacked on a conversion and a penalty too to give Tallaght a 10-7 lead early in the second half. Seapoint hit back with a try to lead 12-10 but then skipper Adam Nolan showed great guts to kick a long range penalty to make it 13-12 as he had missed a much easier kick at goal just before that. Tallaght had to survive a few late scares including a Seapoint penalty that came back off the post but they hung on to win their first final and gain promotion to Division 6 next season.
The Tallaght men’s first team take top billing this Saturday in the Metro League Division 7 final away to Seapoint. Kick-off is 3PM in Kilbogget Park and you can read the match preview here.
Then on Sunday the women’s team play in the Paul Cusack Plate. They take on Greystones with a 1PM kick-off in Dr. Hickey Park.
In the youths there is training for Bisto’s ladies Friday at 6.45 at St Marys. On Saturday the under 11’s travel to Wexford Wanderers for the Coyle Festival. Meeting in Wexford at 10.15, should be finished at 2. Training for the minis and older groups have training in Firhouse as normal.
Seapoint v Tallaght 1sts Metro League Division 7 final Saturday 6th April 2019 Kilbogget Park, Killiney Kick-off 3PM
The Tallaght men’s firsts team are hoping the third time is the charm.
They’ve made the final of the Metro League Division 7 for the third year running but they’re confident they can get over the line this time. They take on a Seapoint team in a rich vein of form though. Seapoint have had a curious season. They started off like they’re been playing for the last few seasons; solid but unspectacular winning just four of their first seven league games. However since January, they’ve been in an impressive run of form winning every match in a run to finish top of the table.
In their first seven games they averaged 15 points a game. But in their next five matches they averaged 42 points a game, a fairly remarkable improvement! One of those victories was a 38-10 win over Tallaght at Tymon Park in January. It was one of those games where everything went right for Seapoint and everything went wrong for Tallaght. However it served as something of a wake up call for Tallaght.
They had been winning games earlier in the season without playing all that well and after that defeat they had a honest team meeting and made a collective commitment to correct things. Since then they’ve won their last three league games in a row including a nervy winner-takes-all clash against AIB to make the final and Tallaght head coach Tom Leigh is looking forward to the final.
“To reach the final for the third year in row is a massive achievement for Tallaght RFC especially against all the bigger and more established clubs. The team had a solid start to the year and training was going well. But we weren’t playing to our normal standard even though we were getting results. But this caught us out in January when we lost back to back matches so we had to take a good look at ourselves and had to challenge each other both off and on the pitch.”
“The reaction has been so positive that you can see the progression of the team on a weekly basis and this has shown in results having won the last 3 games thus qualifying the team for the final. This year’s captain Adam Nolan has been a massive influence with his performance on the pitch and having a positive influence off the pitch. The addition to the coaching staff this year of Gary Brennan focusing on the backs has challenged the players and you can see the improvement levels with them every week. Luke Tyrrell’s role this year has seen him move into a management position and his influence on the team and the club is another reason we are competing in another final.”
“We went into a joint team with DLSP this season with our seconds team and it worked out really well but we’d be hopeful that with the numbers at training, we’d have enough players to go on our own in Division 11 next season. The commitment of the players continue to amaze me and I really hope we perform to our best ability on the day and make their families proud of them. Tallaght RFC is so proud and appreciative of our supporters so let’s enjoy the day and hopefully we get a massive crowd out to Seapoint to cheer us on.”
Seapoint are a tough team at home but Tallaght won there 20-15 earlier in the season so they will travel with confidence and hopefully as with last year’s final, there’s a big crowd of Tallaght supporters to cheer them on.
Try: David Clarke, Adam Nolan, Ken McGovern
Con: Adam Nolan
Winters Cup Donnybrook Stadium 30/03/2019
Tallaght took on Old Wesley in the Winters Cup in a re-match of last season’s Division 7 final. Before the match a minute’s silence was held in honour of Tallaght player Kevin Quinn’s mother Eileen, who sadly passed away on Wednesday. Wesley started the better and scored the first try of the match when their offloading game exposed Tallaght out wide. They converted the try to lead 5-0.
But Tallaght’s defensive lineout was good and it got them on the front foot. After Wesley conceded several penalties near their line, skipper Adam Nolan took a quick tap and passed to Sean Hanlon who spotted Dave Clarke in space and put him in for the try to make it 5-5. However Wesley took control of the rest of the half as Tallaght struggled with the home team’s high tempo offloading game. Wesley scored two more tries and converted one of them to lead 17-5 at half-time.
In the second half Wesley continued to score, getting the first two tries of the half to build a 27-5 lead. However Tallaght did play some decent rugby at times and they never gave up. Adam Nolan scored a try to make it 27-10. Wesley scored again but Tallaght had the last word with Ken McGovern going over for a try which Nolan converted to make the final score 32-17.
Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was disappointed to lose but pleased with aspects of his team’s performance. “First off, congratulations to Old Wesley. They were a good team last season and they’ve improved on that. It was good to see how we were able to compete with them and some of our attacking play was very good. However defensively we weren’t at the level required both in terms of individual tackles and our organisation. We need a good week’s training but if we can fix that, we’ll have a great chance in next week’s league final away to Seapoint.
Man of the match: Adam Nolan
15. Simon Collie
14. Ciaran Keane
13. Padraig Jones
12. David Clarke
11. Rob Hudson
10. Daryl Keogh
9. Andrew Rudd
1. Alan Sower
2. Sean Hanlon
3. Andy Caswell
4. Joe Ivers
5. Colin Morrison
6. Daniel Pomares
7. Jack Russell
8. Adam Nolan (Captain)
16. Tony McManus
17. Andy Grace
18. Alan Moore
19. Ken McGovern
20. Aaron Shanahan
21. Luke Brady
22. Kevin Quinn
It’s cup action for all three senior teams on the final weekend of March.
After getting a walkover last weekend against Blackrock, the Tallaght men’s first team are in Winters Cup action away to Old Wesley is a re-match of last season’s Division 7 final. Old Wesley have kicked on since they won last year’s division and have made the Division 6 final this season against Old Belvedere. With the Leinster match at the Aviva in the evening, kick-off have been brought forward to 1.30 in Donnybrook stadium.
At the same time the Tallaght/DLSP combined team ‘Tallasalle’ play Stillorgan-Rathfarnham in the Guilfoyle-James Cup in Rockfield Park. Then on Sunday the women’s team play their first match in six weeks. They take on Arklow in the Paul Cusack Cup with a 1PM kick-off in the Oval.
In the youths there is training for Bisto’s ladies Friday at 6.45 at St Marys. Training for the minis and older groups have training in Firhouse on Sunday as normal.
Everyone at Tallaght Rugby Club was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Eileen Quinn this morning. Peg was the mother of our long-standing player Kevin.
Eileen will also be missed by her husband Kevin and daughters Tracy, Lisa and Sarah; her brothers Christy and Damian, sisters Anna, Chris, Teresa and Julie, brothers-in-law Kevin and Robert, sisters-in-law Katherine, Marion and Lorraine, grandson Frankie, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
Reposing at her home on Thursday from 5.00pm to 7.00pm. Removal on Friday to the Church of the Assumption of the BVM, Walkinstown arriving for 10.00am Mass. Funeral immediately afterwards to Newlands Cross Crematorium. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross.
Tallaght RFC wishes to express our deepest sympathy with the Quinn family at this difficult time.
Tallasalle take top billing this Saturday in the Metro League Division 11 final away to Clontarf. Kick-off is 3PM in Castle Avenue and you can read the match preview here.
At the same time, the Tallaght men’s first team are in Winters Cup action away to Blackrock RFC. The game has been moved to Blackrock school and this meant the kick-off couldn’t be brought forward as the pitch wasn’t available at that time. The Tallaght coaches had requested an earlier time to allow the firsts support Tallasalle in their final.
Update: Blackrock conceded the Winters Cup tie
In the youths there is training for Bisto’s ladies Friday at 6.30 at St Marys. The under 11’s have a blitz in Suttonians meeting there at 9.30am. The minis have a blitz in Old Belvedere, meeting there at 9am. The under 9’s and older groups have training in Firhouse as normal.
Please make your best effort to get out and support all our teams.
The Tallaght men’s second team’s merged for the season with DLSP’s fourth team to compete in Metro League Division 11 as both were short of players and were unable to field full teams for fixtures. “Tallasalle” as they became known as started off with a narrow win at home to Swords. They followed that up by winning a thriller against CYM before thrashing the Emerald Warriors. They then had a bit of a dip losing narrowly away to both Swords and leaders Clontarf.
They bounced back well though by winning another shoot-out against CYM before thrashing the Warriors again to seal their place in the final. Their last match was a dress rehearsal for the final when they hosted Clontarf and the game ended in a ten-all draw. Tallasalle have done remarkably well considering they don’t train together as a squad and often only meet each other for the first time when they’re in a team together.
Tallasalle coach Damien Deegan has marvelled at how the two teams have come together. “I suppose the most important thing about the merger was to give both sets of club players game time but something special has developed from this bunch. They play for each other and have buckets of resolve but also they have proven they have real talent. To make a final in year one was way beyond everyone’s expectations but is a credit and testament to all involved.”
Clontarf will be tough opponents in the final but Tallasalle will put it up to them.
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The club also would to thank Frames Etc in Clondalkin Village for framing the jersey at short notice and doing an excellent job.
Tries: Adam Nolan, Andy Rudd, Rob Hudson, Jack Russell, Padraig Jones, Aaron Shanahan
Con: Rob Hudson 2
Pen: Rob Hudson
Metro League Division 7 Donnybrook Stadium 08/03/2019
Tallaght took on Bective away in their final regular league game of the season knowing that a win would guarantee them a place in the Metro Division 7 final for the third year running. After two minutes, Tallaght winger Rob Hudson took off on an electric run beating several defenders and was only denied a try by a fine cover tackle. However Tallaght recycled the ball and after several phases of constant pressure skipper Adam Nolan took a tap penalty near the line and went over for the try. Bective responded with a penalty to make it 5-3 but it wasn’t long before Tallaght were back on the score-sheet again.
It was that man Hudson again who was put away down his wing by a fine pass from Kevin Quinn. With the cover defence coming across he smartly chipped the ball ahead and when the ball took a wicked bounce that flummoxed the Bective full back, scrum-half Andy Rudd was there to take advantage and cross for the try. Hudson converted the try and added a penalty soon after to make it 15-3 to Tallaght. Bective hit back with some strong running from their centres and looked certain to score a try after they broke through the midfield but centre Padraig Jones got across to make a superb cover tackle in the corner and then Tallaght turned the ball over to end the threat. At the other end Hudson went agonisingly close to scoring again when he kicked a loose ball ahead but he couldn’t gather the ball with the line at his mercy and the half-time score was 15-3.
Tallaght were determined to keep the pressure on Bective to finish them off in the second half. Their pack was carrying strongly with Alan Moore, Ken McGovern and Al Sower making several powerful carries between them. Adam Nolan took a late hit off the ball that he wasn’t happy with but he responded in the best possible way. First he won a turnover on the ground and then he took off and showed great speed to break away and offload to Hudson who went over for the try his performance so richly deserved. This settled Tallaght down and five minutes later the game was ended as a contest when flanker Jack Russell powered his way through three tackles to get over the line for Tallaght’s fourth try which Hudson converted to make it 27-3.
To their credit Bective kept plugging away and they broke through off a scrum for a try to make it 27-8. But Tallaght hit back to confirm their dominance of the fixture with two more tries. First centre Padraig Jones put the seal on a fine all round performance by taking a great line and breaking away to score in the corner. Then full back Aaron Shanahan scored with the final play of the game after a fine pass from Daryl Keogh put him away. It made the final score 37-8 to Tallaght and guaranteed their place in the final. They now await the winners of the Seapoint v Clontarf match today to see who they’ll play in the final.
Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was delighted for his team. “This is the third year in a row we’ve made this final but this one means a little bit more because we came through a crisis when we suffered a heavy home defeat to Seapoint. Because of the way the fixtures fell, we had four weeks to stew on that setback but we used the time to really have a long hard look at where we were going wrong. We’ve put the hard work in to improve and got the reward with three consecutive wins under pressure. I’m delighted for the squad and everyone who came out to support us on a cold night. But this year we want to repay our magnificent support and take home the silverware and gain promotion to Division 6. It was a really good performance tonight but we can still get better. If we can keep our focus we’ve a great chance in the final.”
Man of the match: Rob Hudson
15. Aaron Shanahan
14. Rob Hudson
13. Padraig Jones
12. David Clarke
11. Ciaran Keane
10. Daryl Keogh
9. Andrew Rudd
1. Tony McManus
2. Ken McGovern
3. Andy Grace
4. Alan Sower
5. Alan Moore
6. Kevin Quinn
7. Jack Russell
8. Adam Nolan (Captain)
16. Joe Ivers
17. Andy Caswell
18. Colin Morrison
19. Sean Hanlon
20. Simon Collie