Unidare 8 Tallaght 10

UNIDARE R.F.C. 8

TALLAGHT R.F.C. 10

Tries: Maire Gilbourne, Lisa Maguire

Leinster Division 4 Development Section B
17/11/13

Tallaght rugby women’s team recovered from their first defeat of the season last week to beat Unidare in Malahide. They went behind early when Unidare kicked a penalty to go 3-0 up. But then Tallaght hit back when their magnificent captain Maire Gilbourne showed great power to smash her way through three tacklers for a try to make it 5-3 to Tallaght. Unidare hit back though, just before half-time, to score a try of their own to make 8-5 to them at the break.

Tallaght showed great composure and courage not to give up though as they slowly worked their way back into the game. Claire Comiskey stood out all day with her powerful carrying and Martina Fitzpatrick was once again a workaholic in the pack. It ultimately came down to the one of the last plays of the game. Unidare seemed to have it won but they had to survive a five-metre scrum on their own line. They seemed to have done enough but Unidare kicked the ball out too soon. So Tallaght took on Unidare in the scrum and they attacked them through the pack showing great patience as they inched their way forward, phase after phase.

Finally the ball was worked to replacement Lisa Maguire who got over for the match-winning try. The conversion was missed but it mattered nothing, Tallaght had won!

Tallaght now lie in second place in the table behind CYM.

Tallaght R.F.C

1. Catherine Murphy
2. Lisa Kelly
3. Rosie Gallagher
4. Claire Comiskey
5. Martina Fitzpatrick
8. Lorraine Cleary.
9. Michelle Tyrell
10. Louise O Loughlin
12. Maire Gilbourne
13. Caroline Hannigan.
15. Ciara Lalor.

Replacements

Lisa Maguire
Rachel Valentine

Report by Jim O’Connor

 

CYM 12 Tallaght 0

C.Y.M. 12

TALLAGHT R.F.C. 0

Leinster Division 4 Development Section B
20/10/13

Tallaght rugby’s womens team lost their first game of the season against a well-organised CYM team who are unbeaten at the top of the table. Tallaght played well but they got stuck in their own half too much. Their defence was superb in particular with full back Ciara “Hitwoman” Lalor making several try-saving tackles.

Tallght struggled though to play the game in the right areas of the pitch though and eventually they were punished for it when CYM scored a try that was converted for a 7-0 lead.  Matters weren’t helped for Tallaght when centre Caroline Hannigan was sin-binned after one high tackle too many. CYM took advantage and scored a try in the corner for an unassailable 12-0 lead.

Tallaght performed well and the likes of Rosie Gallagher and Martina Fitzmaurice had fine games.

Tallaght RFC

Rosie Gallagher
Lisa Kelly
Gillian Spain
Catherine Murphy
Martina Fitzmaurice
Lorraine Cleary

Michelle Tyrell
Louise O’Loughlin
Lisa Maguire
Maire Gilbourne (Capt)
Caroline Hannigan
Rachel Valentine
Ciara Lalor

Replacements

Claire Cumiskey

Jim O’Connor©

Tallaght 17 Clondalkin 10

TALLAGHT R.F.C. 17

Try: Stephen Heaney 2, Jack Russell
Con: Ciaran Stewart

CLONDALKIN R.F.C. 10

Try: Ciaran Murphy
Con: Colin Lyons
Pen: Colin Lyons

Metro League Division 7
09/11/13
Tymon Park

It was derby time as Tallaght welcomed local rivals Clondalkin to Tymon Park. After Tallaght were beaten by Old Belvedere last week, they were determined to hit back, but they knew Clondalkin would give them nothing easy. The game had barely started when Clondalkin’s Shane Young took a bad bang to the head while making a tackle. The game was delayed a half hour as an ambulance was called. Thankfully Shane was released from hospital later in the night and everyone at Tallaght RFC wishes him a speedy recovery.

When the game resumed, Tallaght started brightly and nearly had a try after five minutes. Vilius Kuklis, making his competitive debut in the centre for Tallaght, made an outstanding break and looked to have put wing Colin Malone away for the try, but the referee judged his final pass forward.

Unfortunately that was as good as it got for Tallaght in the first half. Despite having the breeze behind them, Tallaght refused to kick the ball and tried to run everything out of their own half. It made for extremely frustrating viewing as they constantly turned the ball over either through poor handling from the backs or the forwards taking the ball into one ruck too many.

Clondalkin were quite happy to take advantage, making better use of their possession and playing the referee a lot smarter. They took the lead when Colin Lyons kicked a penalty and that was the half-time score. In the second half, Tallaght continued to underperform and the game looked lost when Ciaran Murphy scored a fine try for Clondalkin. Lyons converted and Clondalkin led 10-0.

This finally provoked a response from Tallaght. Skipper Simon Sweeney came on and Jack Russell moved into the back row alongside him. Between the two of them, and substitute prop Simon Cumiskey, they finally generated some decent forward ball. Sweeney made a fantastic run swatting off several tacklers, and when the ball was recycled, Russell showed great strength to force his way over for the try. The conversion was missed but at 10-5 Tallaght were in the game. Vilius Kuklis, who was outstanding on his debut, made another outstanding break but was stopped by a high tackle when he looked certain to score.

Then came the try of the game and possibly the try of the season. Good passing from Gary Doyle and Emil Wyrebiak put full back Stephen Heaney into space near the halfway line. Heaney took off on an arching run but then threw a sumptuous dummy pass which fooled the Clondalkin defence so much that he was able to go through himself for the try under the posts. Ciaran Stewart converted and Tallaght led 12-10.

Tallaght smelt blood now and after an intelligent kick from substitute centre James Maher Tallaght chased up hard and won the ball back. Wing Colin Malone spotted that the Clondalkin defence had shot up and put through a deft grubber kick. With no Clondalkin defenders around, any one of four Tallaght players could have scored but Stephen Heaney took the honours for his sixth try of the season.

Tallaght had a 17-10 lead they wouldn’t relinquish and though there were a few nervous moments they held on for the win that reclaims second place in the table for them, a point behind Old Belvedere. It was a typically tough derby and Clondalkin deserved their losing bonus point. Tallaght have two weeks off before their next game against AIB but they know they will need to play a lot better to beat them.

Tallaght R.F.C.

15 Stephen Heaney
14 Gary Doyle
13 Vilius Kuklis
12 Jack Russell
11 Colin Malone

10 Ciaran Stewart
9 Aodhan Tinney

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

Replacements

Alan Bernes
Stephen Kelly
Simon Cumiskey
James Maher
Darran Kearney
Simon Sweeney

Jim O’Connor ©

Tallaght 0 Old Belvedere 31

TALLAGHT R.F.C. 0

OLD BELVEDERE R.F.C. 31

Metro League Division 7
02/11/13
Tymon Park

There was a reality check for Tallaght RFC as to just how tough Division 7 of the Metro league is as Old Belvedere inflicted a comprehensive 31-0 defeat  on them. In doing so, Belvedere took Tallaght’s place at the top of the table and knocked them down to third with AIB taking second place on points difference. Ciaran Stewart, a GAA player from Fermanagh who only took up the game last year, has been one of Tallaght’s stars this season since moving to out-half. However this time he was up against Ray Monaghan, a vastly experienced player who was part of Old Belvedere’s All Ireland League-winning squad only three years ago. Monaghan isn’t as fit as he was in his peak but his rugby skills and know-how were still razor sharp as he dominated the game from start to finish.

Monaghan took only two minutes to open the scoring for Belvedere with a penalty after Tallaght conceded a penalty at a ruck. Stewart had a chance to equalise for Tallaght with a penalty from long distance but, though he struck it well, it drifted just wide. With a gale force win blowing Tallaght tried to kick for territory but while the tactic was correct the execution was poor, as was the kick-chase. The experienced Old Belvedere side boxed clever in the first half continually exposing Tallaght with counter-attacks from the poor kick-chasing.

Their first try exposed the gulf in experience between the two sides. Tallaght had won a ball around midfield but poor body positions at the ruck meant Belvedere were able to counter-ruck and win back the ball. Monaghan chipped the ball into space and though Alan Bernes did well to get back and cover he was pressured into kicking the ball straight back to Monaghan, who checked and then picked a perfect line to run through untouched for a try. He missed the conversion but Belvedere now had an 8-0 lead they would hold until half-time.

In the second half Belvedere made better use of the wind through Monaghan’s pin-point tactical kicking and they camped themselves in Tallaght’s half. Tallaght defended manfully with Colin Malone, Emil Wyrebiak and Paul Cunningham all made several big tackles. But Tallaght were consistently penalised for offside and Monaghan punished them by kicking two more penalties to increase the lead to 14-0. Tallaght tried to hit back but Belvedere’s defence was simply too good, shutting down all of Tallaght’s main ball carriers and turning them over at ruck time all too often. Tallaght weren’t helped by a horrendous runs of injuries too that saw them lose key men like Dave Clarke, Alan Bernes, Colin Malone, Simon Sweeney and Jack Russell.

Eventually the pressure told and Belvedere ran in three tries in 10 minutes, one of which was converted to increase their lead to 31-0. Tallaght never gave up and conceded no points in the last quarter of the match, but in truth Old Belvedere eased up a little with the game won.

So Tallaght’s winning run was brutally halted and they were given a harsh lesson that against top teams, any mistakes will be ruthlessly punished. Tallaght need to learn that lesson quickly and regroup for the visit of local rivals Clondalkin next week to get their league campaign back on track. There’s still a long way to go in this league and Tallaght can still have a massive say in the outcome but now they know exactly what level they need to get to.
Tallaght R.F.C.

15 Alan Bernes
14 Darran Kearney
13 Dave Clarke
12 Jack Russell
11 Colin Malone

10 Ciaran Stewart
9 Aodhan Tinney

8 Simon Sweeney (captain)
7 Emil Wyrebiak
6 Paul Cunningham
5 Alan Moore
4 Joe Ivers
3 Declan Malone
2 Ollie Murphy
1 Tony McManus

Replacements

Stephen Kelly
Simon Cumiskey
Richard Wilson
Gary Doyle
James Maher
Stephen Heaney

Jim O’Connor ©

Tallaght 7 Unidare 3

TALLAGHT R.F.C.  7

Try: Stephen Heaney – 47mins

Con: Ciaran Stewart – 48mins

 

Unidare R.F.C.    3

Pen: Conor Grimes  – 23mins

 

Spencer Pennant Round 1

7th Sep 2013 – Referee Martin Farrelly

 

Report by Denis Buckley.

Tallaght RFC had their first competitive game of the 2013/14 season against Unidare in Round One of the Spencer Pennant. In a game played in very good spirit by both sides, Tallaght fought well to hang on for the victory and although there was early season rustiness on show by both sides, it was a much more exciting encounter than the score-line might suggest.

Tallaght started well, recycling the ball quickly and moving it wide whenever the opportunity arose, maybe too often at times but you could not fault their endeavour. They were guilty of losing the ball too easily in contact, including conceding turnovers due to poorly formed mauls or being held up in the tackle.

But Tallaght more than made up for this with a massive effort and skill shown at ruck time to win ball that they had no right to. Paul Cunnigham set the scene after just five minutes by winning ball over the ruck and this was carried on later in the game by Sean Judd , Gary Doyle and more.

The kick and chase was excellent at times, again arising from a huge effort by many Tallaght players. But they were too often guilty of allowing the opposition straight through the middle, all be it by some good strong ball carriers from Unidare.

10mins in Al “fingers” Bernes pretended to fumble under the high ball to goad the opposition into a false sense of security, drawing tacklers which he easily side-stepped and counter attacked  and left them for dead making 20 yards before being dragged to the ground; then another nice carry by Emil Wyrebiak with a kick through, ball turned over, but when they gathered, great pressure by Gary Doyle creates a superb turnover, which lead to a nice back line move that saw Ste Heaney narrowly bundled into touch, but which could have been so much more. A few minutes, later Joe Ivers stole the ball in the air on Unidare’s throw to win good possession.

Tallaght continued to defend well throughout the first half but gave away too many penalties, both in attack and defence, although most of them were not in kicking range and it was nearly a disadvantage to have your own throw in, as there was no clean lineout won for the first 20mins at least.

23mins in, the first clean line win by Unidare, leads to scrum in our 22, which saw them attacking our try line with Tallaght fortunate only to concede 3 from a penalty for offside. Conor Grimes, Unidare out-half, converted to leave Unidare leading on a score line of 3 to nothing.

On the half hour mark, Sam lawless was impressive again, breaking through several tackles, recycling quickly to the ever versatile Emil Wyrebiak who moved from wing last week to open-side this week. Sam and Emil worked well together throughout the game, with Emil always available on Sam’s shoulder for a layoff.

35mins in Al Bernes and Gary Doyle combined to “choke tackle” a unidare player in possession until Paul Cunningham and more support arrived leading to a Tallaght put-in to the scrum.

60 seconds later by yet another Superb Break from the back of the scrum from Sam Lawless who once again off-loaded to Emil, recycled for Morgo’s great break into Unidare’s 22, which eventually lead to a penalty for off-side and a very near miss by Ciarán just before half time. Although Tallaght were not finished yet and probably could have crossed the white wash again a minute later but a pass went astray.

In the 2nd half, still leading 3-0, Unidare started stronger, broke through too easily and once again could have scored, but for a knock on near the line. However, Tallaght hit back straight away with Gary Doyle chasing up Ciaran Rudd’s kick and pouncing on and winning the ball, even though it appeared he was impeded off the ball.

The try came after shortly after half time, with a move which originated from a Tallaght lineout taken well at 2 by Paul Cunningham. An ensuing maul made 15 yards or more before being recycled out to Ciaran Stewart who showed great awareness to spot a gap and sold an excellent dummy to break through. He was eventually tackled but fast ball by scrum half, Aodhan Tinney, made sure the move was continued with Unidare defence still not properly set. The ball moved through Dave Clarke who gave a great skip pass to Gary Doyle who straightened up, sidestepped one tackler and drew the final defender, before offloading to Steve Heaney on the wing. Ste made the finish look easy but he had made a great support run and ensured that the consequent successful conversion by Ciarán Stewart, was a lot easier than it might have been, by nearly reaching the posts before touching down. 50minutes in: Tallaght 7, Unidare 3.

And that was how the scored stayed although there were many anxious moments for Tallaght in the last 30mins some of which follow in the best bits here:

Tallaght’s Best Bits:

  • As always, Al Bernes had wonderful and some less than wonderful moments at full back, but bar one “how the hell did you allow that to bounce?” moment, he marshalled his area quite well, with some sparks of brilliance.
  • Cameo appearances from Morgo, making the opposition look like an underage side.
  • Two well struck penalties from Ciaran Stewart, which both just barely drifted wide.
  • Tallaght held their own in the scrum, which is encouraging in the light of the new rule changes for this season.
  • Lineouts were not as perfect as previous weeks but the Olly Murphy/Paul Cunningham combination began to blossom as the game carried on!
  • Sean Judd, an inspired choice at loose head, brought a much needed dynamism to the front row. Not to be outdone, fellow front-rower Declan Malone, showed some great skills with the ball in hand and then some not – he had to be reminded that props are not to be used for deft touches, no matter how clinical his skip pass was!
  • Ciarán “not-so-pretty-now” Rudd, with an impressive looking bloody nose!
  • Superb Support from the side-line, immortalised on the soundtrack of the video coverage by Ray Brennan advise that of the advantage of using the touchline
  • Hooker Olly “I have the scrum-half” Murphy’s, worrying of the Unidare scrum-half during their Lineouts!
  • Outhalf, Ciarán Stewart put in some great touch finders, getting great distance with every penalty and clearance.
  • There were some great breaks by Sam Lawless, some great turnovers by Sean Judd. There was  apparently an amazing a tackle by Joe Ivers, not that anyone can remember it though, as it was so tremendously eclipsed by Ste “the brick wall” Heaney’s awesome try saving and in all likelihood, match saving tackle.

 

While coach, Brian “the Shimey” Curtis, will know there is plenty to work on, he can only be happy with not just the manner of the hard fought victory but of the effort that each and every player, from  1 through 20, that took the pitch.

Special Thanks to Ray Brennan from www.theclubreferee.com for his match tracker and video coverage. Also, the “unknown” soup and rolls were an inspired and welcome addition to the after match dressing rooms, thanks to Mairéad Hayden.

Stephen Heaney was awarded man of the match. Coach Brian Curtis put it simply: “Stephen Heaney: well deserved man-of-the-match, with an outstanding try and an even more outstanding try saving tackle. Stephens’ moments of brilliance were the difference between the 2 teams.”

 

Tallaght R.F.C.

15 Alan Bernes

14 Garry Doyle

13 Ciarán Rudd

12 Dave Clarke (Captain)

11 Stephen Heaney

10 Ciaran Stewart

9 Aodhan Tinney

8 Sam Lawless

7 Emil Wyrebiak

6 Paul Cunningham

5 Joe Ivers

4 Alan Moore

3 Declan Malone

2 Ollie Murphy

1 Seán Judd

 

Replacements

Steve “Minnesota fats” Kelly

James Maher

Darran Kearney

Chris Irabour

Dave Kelly

Aaron Morgan

Tallaght 17 Unidare 17

TALLAGHT R.F.C. 17

UNIDARE 17

Try: Maire Gilbourne 2, Gillian Spain
Con: Louise O’Loughlin

Leinster Division 4 Development Section B
13/10/13

In their first league game of the season Tallaght’s women’s team drew 17-all with Unidare. Maire Gilbourne scored two tries and Gillian Spain one with Louise O’Loughline adding on a conversion.

Tallaght RFC
Lorraine Cleary
Lisa Kelly
Caroline Hannigan
Catherine Murphy
Martina Fitzmaurice
Michelle Tyrell
Louise O’Loughlin
Maire Gilbourne (Capt)
Lisa Maguire
Rachel Valentine
Danielle Valentine
Replacements
Rosie Gallagher
Claire Cumiskey

Jim O’Connor©

Tallaght v Old Belvedere Match Preview

TALLAGHT R.F.C. v OLD BELVEDERE R.F.C

Metro League Division 7
02/11/13 Tymon Park
Kick-off: 2.30

This season, junior club rugby in Dublin has undergone a massive revamp. The previous system was known as “J-rugby” where teams played from levels J1-J6, J1 being the top standard. There were also various sub-divisions within those levels which made judging lower standards somewhat confusing at times. Now the whole league has been streamlined to 11 divisions of mostly eight teams each with promotions and relegation to be decided by play-offs at the end of the season between the bottom two and the top two teams.

After a couple of tough seasons in the Leinster League Division 3, Tallaght’s first team came back into the Metro fold this season and were placed in Division 7. This would have been the equivalent of J4 A in the old structure and some of the other clubs may have raised an eyebrow at this. The last time Tallaght competed in the J4 A league, back in the 2009/10 season, they didn’t win a single game and took a fair amount of hammerings.

However Tallaght have caused something of a stir within club circles with their unbeaten start to the season. There were scrappy, tight wins over Coolmine, Stillorgan and Old Wesley before a comprehensive win away to Parkmore. There’s a massive feel-good factor about the team, which is being coached by Brian Curtis in his second season as the head man. Players like Simon Sweeney, Bernard “Jack” Russell, Sam Lawless, Colin Malone and Aaron Morgan have returned to the club after absences for varying reasons and younger players like Ciaran Stewart, Dave Clarke, Stephen Heaney and Alan Moore are becoming major influences on the team.

More than anything there is a real sense of competition for places in the squad which is driving performance levels and expectations both in training and on the pitch. As well as they’ve done so far, the players know themselves they can play even better and they will need to against second-placed Old Belvedere. Belvo have won three from four, their only defeat coming in a high-scoring match at home to third-placed AIB.

In their short history, Tallaght have played Old Belvedere five times in competitive matches and lost each time. Apart from one game, where Tallaght only lost 14-3, Belvo have put some big scores up on Tallaght and their average margin of victory has been 44 points over the five games. Generally the more experienced Belvo teams simply out-classed Tallaght although to be fair to the men from Anglesea Road, they were gentlemen about it and never rubbed Tallaght’s noses in it. But the two clubs haven’t met in a competitive match since 2010 and a lot has happened in the last three years for Tallaght.

Tallaght know this will be their biggest test of the season so far and that, though Belvo will respect them, they will be expecting the same result as always. Tallaght can win but to do so they will need to produce their best 80-minute performance of the season with the whole squad focused from first to last. Whatever happens it should be a cracker of a match.

This is what grass-roots rugby is all about and Tallaght RFC would love the clubs’ supporters, friends and family to make a special effort to attend and shout the boys on. It’s a daunting test tomorrow against one of Dublin’s oldest and most prestigious clubs, but with the right attitude, this Tallaght team can make their own little piece of history and lay down a marker for the rest of the season that this is a team and a club to be taken seriously.

Jim O’Connor ©

 

 

How to Navigate the Leinster Rugby Domestic Website

Hopefully someone finds this useful!

First Go to:

Leinster Homepage -> Domestic Website -> Fix&Res

http://www.leinsterrugby.ie/ -> http://www.leinsterrugby.ie/domestic/home.php ->  http://www.leinsterrugby.ie/domestic/fixtures/index.php

 

The easiest way to find Tallaght upcoming Fixtures is just to do a “search” or “find” (CTRL+F if on a standard desktop browser) for the term “tallaght”

 

Now to find the Senior Men’s Metro League Division 7 table:
Wait for the main frame in the middle of the page to populate and then under the Large Text “LATEST RESULTS“, there is a drop down table “Fixtures Results Tables“; hover over this and then hover over Adult Men”-> “Metro League” -> “Division 7”

 

LesinterDomesticWebsiteDiv7

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