Tallaght Fixtures – Weekend 22nd/23rd September 2018

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

On Saturday the 22nd September the Tallaght men’s second team take on Emerald Warriors in the Dr. Kieran Foley Cup. Kick-off is 3pm in St. Mary’s home ground of Templeville Road.

Then on Sunday the women’s team are back in league action when they host Portlaoise in Division 4 of the women’s league. They will be looking to build on their fine win over Longford last week and kick-off is at the slightly later than normal time of 1.30PM 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 29 Longford 5

Ellen Crotty

Tallaght R.F.C. 29

Tries: Ellen Crotty 3, Aisling Pyke, Megan Fogarty
Conversions: Caoimhe Hogan 2

Longford R.F.C. 5

Women’s League Division 4
Pitch 100, Firhouse

The Tallaght women’s team got their league campaign off to a great start with a commanding win over Longford. Tallaght weren’t long getting in the groove and Marta Hoppe in the centre sent her fellow midfield partner Ellen Crotty away with a deft pass and Crotty showed her athleticism to sprint clear for a try. The Tallaght forwards were dominant with Lisa Kennedy and Lorraine McManus carrying strongly and this set up another chance for new fly-half Nadine Thompston to get the ball wide and Hoppe once again linked up with her outside centre and Crotty ran free for her second try of the match. Scrum-half Caoimhe Hogan converted the try to make it 12-0 to Tallaght.

The Longford pack were big and tough but the Tallaght pack weren’t shirking a physical contest and the likes of Martina Fitzpatrick, Vicky Coobe and Aileen McGovern were more than happy to go toe to toe with them. However number eight Aisling Pyke was leading the charge in terms of physicality in both defence and attack and she powered through for a try to make it 17-0 at half-time.

Tallaght kept the pressure on in the second half and after some smart passing from the forwards Megan Fogarty was put through a gap and she forced her way through for a try which Hogan converted to make it 24-0. To their credit Longford never gave up and they got over for a deserved try to make it 24-5. However Tallaght put the final icing on the cake with another excellent try. It started with a strong run from Audrey Fulham and then the ball was sent wide and Ciara McLoughlin exchanged passes with Ellen Crotty twice and eventually Crotty finished in the corner to complete her hat-trick to make the final score 29-5 to Tallaght.

Tallaght coach Adam Nolan was very happy with the start to the season. “Everyone was buzzing because we had so many new players coming in and every single one of them made a massive contribution. We played some great rugby in attack and defence but at the same time there are some areas we can improve on too. We are so happy to have all the new players coming in and in terms of woman of the match it would normally be a choice between the massively physical Aisling Pyke at number eight or the brilliantly creative Marta Hoppe at inside centre. But it’s not too often that someone plays their first competitive game of rugby and scores a hat-trick of tries, so we have to give it to Ellen Crotty this week as she was just awesome!”

Player of the match: Ellen Crotty


15. Megan Fogarty
14. Angelika Gertz
13. Ellen Crotty
12. Marta Hoppe
11. Eileen Shanahan
10. Nadine Thompston
9. Caoimhe Hogan 

1. Lorraine McManus
2. Lisa Kennedy
3. Aileen McGovern
4. Martina Fitzpatrick (Captain)
5. Karen Corrigan
6. Vicky Coobe
7. Roisin Doyle
8. Aisling Pyke


16. Audrey Fulham
17. Cíara McLoughlin
18. Emma Doyle
19. Elaine Boyd

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Paul Cronin and Anne Kavo! 

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Aisling Pyke scores her try
Audrey Fulham makes a break
Marta Hoppe
Megan Fogarty
Vicky Cobbe

Tallaght 1sts 17 Railway Union 12

Ken McGovern

Tallaght 1sts 17

Tries: Adam Nolan, Penalty Try
Con: Robbie Hudson
Pen: Robbie Hudson

Railway Union 12

John Madden Cup Semi-final
Tymon Park

The Tallaght men’s first team hosted Railway Union in the semi-final of the John Madden Cup. Tallaght started the stronger and their powerful maul earned a penalty that Rob Hudson converted to give Tallaght a 3 point lead. The maul also set the stage for their first try after it rumbled nearly forty metres before being pulled down. Skipper Adam Nolan tapped the penalty and forced his way over the line for an excellent try. Hudson converted and Tallaght led 10-0. Despite losing full back Aaron Shanahan to injury Tallaght kept dominating and a fine backline move involving Simon Collie and Padhraig Jones put winger Gavin McKeon free for a certain try. He was denied only by a high tackle which led the referee to award a penalty try and a yellow card to the Railway Union player.

Railway’s only tactic seemed to be to distract Tallaght with off the ball niggles and unfortunately their cynical tactics worked as the home side lost their discipline and their focus for the rest of the half. A second Railway player was yellow-carded for talking back to the ref and Tallaght should have been able to take advantage. Instead Tallaght’s Simon Collie followed him to the line as well after he became enraged by an incident at the bottom of a ruck. The half finished with Tallaght 17-0 up.

Tallaght quickly suffered another injury blow when skipper Adam Nolan had to leave the field with a knee injury. Further injuries followed to Daniel Pomares and replacement prop Andy Grace which meant Tallaght lost their shape. In fairness Railway Union started to play some rugby in the second half and had Tallaght under pressure which eventually led to a try to reduce the deficit to 17-5. Tallaght responded with some big carries from Ken McGovern and Jack Russell. The dangerous Rob Hudson almost broke through twice for tries but was just denied by a final tackle and his offloads went to ground.

The game became nervier for Tallaght and Sean Hanlon was shown a yellow card for a foul at the ruck. In the last play of the game Railway Union scored a converted try to make it 17-12 but it was too late and Tallaght will now go on to meet DLSP in the final.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was delighted to reach the final. “We made the final of this competition two years ago and just lost out narrowly so it’s great to get another crack at it out in Malahide. We started the game incredibly well and were in complete control but then we allowed ourselves to get distracted by off the ball niggles and got dragged into a messy, scrappy game. We also weren’t helped by some injuries to important players. But we kept our heads and got the win in the end. We start our league in two weeks time and we’re looking in decent shape to make a strong challenge again.”

Man of the match: Ken McGovern

Tallaght RFC

15. Aaron Shanahan
14. Gavin McKeon
13. Simon Collie
12. Padhraig Jones
11. Robbie Hudson
10. David Clarke
9. Andrew Rudd

1. Tony McManus
2. Ken McGovern
3. Andrew Caswell
4. Sean Hanlon
5. Colin Morrison
6. Daniel Pomares
7. Alan Sower
8. Adam Nolan

Substitute Positions

16. Mark Keogh
17. Andrew Grace
18. Joe Ivers
19. Stephen Heaney
20. Bernard Russell

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Paul Cronin

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Adam Nolan
Dave Clarke
Tony McManus
Colin Morisson
Rob Hudson
Simon Collie

Tallaght Fixtures – Weekend 15th/16th September 2018

Daryl Keogh

It’s a busy weekend of action for Tallaght rugby.

Having beaten Guinness last week, The Tallaght men’s first team take on Railway Union in the semi-final of the John Madden Cup. Kick off is 3PM on Saturday the 8th of September in Tymon Park. Unfortunately the Tallaght men’s second team’s scheduled match against the BGF Ravens has been conceded due to a lack of playing numbers.

Then on Sunday the women’s team are back in league action when they host Longford 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.

Aisling Pyke

Guinness 17 Tallaght 1st 22

Aaron Shanahan

Guinness R.F.C. 17

Tallaght 1sts R.F.C. 22

Tries: Stephen Heaney, Ken McGovern, Aaron Shanahan
Con: Adam Nolan 2
Pen: Adam Nolan

John Madden Cup/Philip Preston Trophy
Iveagh Grounds

The Tallaght men’s first team played their first competitive game of the season when they travelled to Crumlin to take on Guinness in the first round of the John Madden Cup. The game also doubled as the second staging of the Philip Preston memorial trophy. Guinness started well and scored a converted try to take a 7-0 lead after twenty minutes. But Tallaght hit back when Stephen Heaney took a great line off Dave Clarke’s pass to break back against the cover defence and score a fine try. Adam Nolan converted the try to level the scores. But Guinness had a number of big, effective ball carriers and they took the lead again with another converted try to make it 14-7 to Guinness at half-time.

Tallaght responded strongly in the second half. After several strong carries from the forwards, winger Daryl Keogh broke free down the sideline. He was caught five metres out but the ball was worked back in and hooker Ken McGovern powered his way over from five yards out for the try. Nolan again converted the try and then tacked on a penalty to give Tallaght a 17-14 lead. Then full back Aaron Shanahan, who had given Guinness problems all day with his strong counter-attacking, went over for a try in the corner to make it 22-14 to Tallaght. Guinness kicked a penalty to reduce the deficit to five points which ensured a tense finish. Guinness laid seige to the Tallaght line and Tallaght flanker Kevin Quinn was shown a red card after an off the ball altercation. But even down to fourteen men, Tallaght managed to hold out and they now face Railway Union at home next Saturday in the semi-final of the John Madden Cup.

After the match Philip Preston Senior presented the Philip Preston trophy to the winning captain Adam Nolan. It was a cracking, hard fought game and it was a fitting tribute to the Tallaght legend. Tallaght head coach Tom Leigh was delighted with the spirit his team showed. “It was a really good cup tie and there was little between the teams. They were a strong, physical team but our defence stood up well to them and we scored a few fine tries too. As ever we have stuff to improve on but it was definitely a positive start to the season”.

Man of the match: Simon Collie

Tallaght RFC

15. Aaron Shanahan
14. Daryl Keogh
13. Simon Collie
12. Stephen Heaney
11. Tony O’Loughlin
10. David Clarke
9. Andrew Rudd

1. Andrew Grace
2. Ken McGovern
3. Tony McManus
4. Alan Moore
5. Alan Sower
6. Kevin Quinn
7. Mark Keogh
8. Adam Nolan


16. Sean Judd
17. Stephen Kelly
18. Joe Ivers
19. Padhraig Jones
20. Simon Gaskell

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh

Players wear pink socks in tribute to Phil Preston

Ste Heaney breaks through for his try
Simon Collie makes a break
Daryl Keogh makes a break
Ken McGovern scores his try
Tallaght captain Adam Nolan accepts the Philip Preston trophy from Philip Senior


Tallaght Fixtures – Weekend 8th/9th September 2018

The late, great Philip “Bisto” Preston

We’re back!

The Tallaght men’s first team play their first competitive match of the season when they travel to Crumlin to take on Guinness in the first round of the John Madden Cup. This will double as the second staging of the Philip Preston memorial trophy. Phil (Bisto) Preston passed away suddenly just over two years ago and today would have been his 40th birthday. He’s still hugely missed by all those who knew him at both clubs and hopefully as many of his friends and family can attend to celebrate his memory.

Kick off is 3PM on Saturday at the Iveagh Grounds.

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 school starting at 10am for the minis (under 8’s and under 10’s) and all older youths training at 10.30am.

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Tallaght RFC wants you!

Tallaght RFC are back training and are on the lookout for new players to join their men’s, women’s and youth’s teams. The club has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years but the only way to keep the progress going is to grow the player numbers at all levels. Australian full back Simon Collie joined the club in recent years and has become one of the mainstays of the team.

“I joined TRFC three years ago when I moved to Tallaght from Australia (one word … a woman!). Aoife knew a member of the club (Tony McManus) and got in touch with him and I started training with the club the week after I arrived in Ireland. Rugby has always been a huge part of my life in Australia so to find a club as welcoming as TRFC was a big relief. The lads have very quickly become not only team-mates but my friends and I will be forever grateful for the warm welcome I received from them and the coaches. The club is like a family, between social nights, our game days, women’s team, our youth division and our supporters, everyone is invested in the development and progression of the club. The improvement I’ve seen both on and off the pitch since I arrived is substantial and that is due to the commitment of the members of the club and their desire to move TRFC forward. I look forward to many more seasons of good rugby, good banter and good times with each and every person that has made my time with Tallaght rugby so enjoyable. D24 rugby is where it’s at!”

Simon Collie

Simon was an experienced player when he joined the club and while those are always welcome at Tallaght, the door is also open for beginners as well. Many of the club’s best players hadn’t played rugby before joining but they quickly learned to play in the supportive environment. An example of this is Cíara McLoughlin from the women’s team.

“I had never played rugby or any team sport before. It was something I used to regret; not getting involved with a sport when I was younger. So after joining TRFC at 26 it shows it’s never too late to start! One of the best decisions I’ve made was joining Tallaght rugby club! It is like been part of a family. I’ve made loads of new friends and there is a great camaraderie and banter within the club. Both the men’s and women’s teams support one another and win or lose there is always a few drinks afterwards. Since joining Tallaght RFC my weekends have been full of rugby and socialising with the club and I wouldn’t change it. I would highly recommend other women to take up rugby. You work hard and get fit while having fun and making new friends!”

Cíara McLoughlin

The Tallaght’s men’s head coach Tom Leigh is optimistic for the season ahead. “Training for the new season began on the 24th of July and has been very positive in terms of numbers training. All the players are really looking forward to the new rugby season. Tallaght RFC have made massive steps in the last couple of years but as a club we are looking to improve both on the pitch and off the pitch in the coming season. The major target this year on the pitch is to improve the individual skills and our team skills. This will be achieved by game-based coaching to enhance player creativity, resilience and team cohesion. The players are really buying into the culture we are trying to promote and are enjoying training and even at this early stage their skills are improving. Tallaght RFC welcomes all new players, especially players who have never played before. At the end of the month we are going on a short tour to Waterford to help with the bonding and to get to know our new players.”

Adam Nolan has taken over as captain of the men’s team this season but he will also continue as head coach of the women’s team. The women’s team made massive improvements last season but Nolan knows he needs to grow the squad numbers to allow the team to move to the next level. “So far we have had an increase of six new players some whom have played before and some new to the game. The whole squad has shown great attitude in training and really want to learn and push on from last season. We have also put in some time in the gym and we owe a big thanks to A&C fitness for the work they have put in with the squad. The target for the season is to develop and push on from last season and hopefully target a league final.”

Jim O’Connor was recently appointed as Tallaght’s honorary President for the season. “I’m hugely honoured to be asked to take on the role and I’ve very proud to be associated with Tallaght rugby. In recent years, rugby has grown massively in terms of popularity with the success of the provinces and the international team. For years I was just going to Leinster and Ireland games, but by chance I got involved with Tallaght RFC about twelve years ago and I can’t emphasise enough how much it’s improved my understanding and enjoyment of the game. While it’s great to see the lads at Leinster win, ultimately you don’t actually know them as people. When I’m cheering on the likes of Adam, Simon and Cíara from the sideline it’s great to watch people you know play and succeed and have a beer and a chat with them afterwards.”

“Tallaght RFC may not have the resources and facilities of other clubs yet but what sets the club apart are the people. Everyone is welcome to come along and take part and no one minds if you haven’t played or been involved with rugby before. If you turn up and want to take part in any way, we’re happy to have you! If you don’t feel like playing, you can join the club as a pavilion member for 150 euros a year. You can cheer the teams on from the sideline and there are loads of jobs you can also do to help out such as tending the pitches, looking after kit and equipment and helping with fund-raising. As an extra bonus you’ll then be entitled to apply for international tickets which are becoming harder and harder to get these days. If your son or daughter wants to try out rugby our youths’ coaching team headed by Gerry and Audrey Fanning will be more than happy to welcome them to the minis and youths training on Sunday mornings. Youths training is provisionally scheduled to begin again in Firhouse community school on the 2nd of September but you can contact us though the Facebook page or through the TRFC website to confirm.”


“It’s been great to watch our team’s improve on the pitch and the brilliant support they’ve received on the sideline too. Last season the men’s first team played Old Wesley in the Division 7 final on the back pitch in Donnybrook. The result didn’t go our way on the day but the Old Wesley club members were blown away by the numbers that turned up to loudly support Tallaght to the end. One of the great things about Tallaght RFC is the amount of people you get to know outside your normal social circle. I’ve met and become friends with people from a huge range of different jobs, backgrounds and countries that I never would have even met in normal circumstances let alone become friendly with. So if you’re looking to try something different, improve your fitness and expand your social circle I would strongly recommend checking out Tallaght RFC and becoming part of the family.”

You can contact the club through the website http://tallaghtrugby.com or through their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/tallaght.rfc.

Tallaght Youths Awards Party 2018

The Tallaght Youths had their awards day and end of season party at Firhouse Community School last Sunday. On a beautiful day for it, there was fun and games as girls and boys of all ages and their parents had a fun day out.
Toppings provided some delicious burgers and the European Champions Cup, recently won by Leinster, was also present and plenty of children took the chance to have their photo taken with it. 
Well done to all the winners and thanks to everyone who organised a great day. 


Tallaght 1st 3 Coolmine 23

Tallaght 1st R.F.C. 3

Pen: Rob Hudson

Coolmine R.F.C. 23

John Madden Plate Final
Malahide RFC

Tallaght took on Division Six side Coolmine on a Thursday evening in the final of the John Madden Plate in Malahide.

Coolmine scored an early try and then kicked a penalty to take a 10-0 lead. Rob Hudson kicked a penalty to make it 10-3 at half time. Tallaght started the second half well but couldn’t convert that possession into points and Coolmine kicked two further penalties to increase their lead to 16-3. They then finished the game as they started it by scoring a converted try to make the final score 23-3.

Head coach Tom Leigh was disappointed with the scoreline but proud of his team’s performance. “We were up against a Division six team today and we were missing a number of key men. We struggled at the set-piece and this meant we couldn’t get our game going. But the lads never stopped fighting so I can’t fault the effort. While it’s disappointing to finish on a defeat, I want to thank all the players on both the firsts and seconds team who came out to play this season.”


Tallaght 1sts

15. Simon Collie
14. Aaron Shanahan
13. Ciaran Rudd
12. Daryl Keogh
11. Karl Segrave
10. David Clarke
9. Rob Hudson

1. Alan Sower
2. Andrew Grace
3. Andy Caswell
4. Joe Ivers
5. Mark Keogh
6. Kevin Quinn
7. Daniel Pomares
8. Jack Russell (Captain)


16. Aaron Morgan
17. Simon Gaskell
18. Stephen Heaney
19. Gavin McKeon
20. Alan Moore
21. Ciaran Stewart
22. Andy Rudd


Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh