Clondalkin 16 Tallaght 12

CLONDALKIN R.F.C. 16

Try: Darren Moore, Ray O’Connor
Pen: Colin Lyons 2

TALLAGHT R.F.C. 12

Try: Stephen Heaney 2
Con: Ciaran Stewart

Metro League Division 7
22/02/13 Gordon Park

Tallaght took on local rivals Clondalkin in a local derby looking to restart their league campaign after several match cancellations due to poor weather. Tallaght were missing half their normal starting pack for various reasons and Clondalkin took advantage by dominating possession for the first quarter of the match.

They were camped in the Tallaght half and eventually Darren Moore got over for a try for Clondalkin that wasn’t converted. A lovely countering-attacking run from Alan Bernes won Tallaght a penalty but Ciaran Stewart hooked his attempt wide. Then some excellent work from David Clarke made some space on the left. With the Clondalkin defence stretched Tallaght showed great hands to move it across to the other side and Sean Judd gave the final pass to Stephen Heaney to score in the corner. Despite the windy conditions Ciaran Stewart kicked a superb conversion to make it 7-5 to Tallaght.

Tallaght’s lead only lasted a minute though as they conceded a penalty that Colin Lyons converted to make it 8-7. The score remained the same until about half way through the second half, despite Clondalkin having several attempts to stretch their lead with kicks at goal that went wide. Eventually the pressure told though and they worked some space for their full back Ray O’Connor to score in the corner. The conversion was missed but Lyons tacked on a penalty to take a commanding 16-7 lead for Clondalkin.

Clondalkin looked like they would put up a big score but Tallaght showed some pride to keep making the tackles and they scored a consolation try through Stephen Heaney again to make the final score 16-12 to Clondalkin, who were worthy winners.
Tallaght R.F.C.

15 Alan Bernes
14 Stephen Heaney
13 David Clarke
12 James Maher
11 Kevin Quinn
10 Ciaran Stewart
9 Aodhan Tinney

8 Sean Judd
7 Emil Wyrebiak
6 Ray Brennan
5 Paul Cunningham (captain)
4 Alan Moore
3 Tony McManus
2 Ollie Murphy
1 Stephen Kelly

Replacements

Vilius Kuklis
Simon Cumiskey

Jim O’Connor ©

 

clon 22-2-2014

Six Nations 2014 Tallaght RFC Sweepstakes Leader Board

Six Nations Sweepstakes Leader Board

Brian Tyrrell 75
Michael Tolan 72
Louise O’Loughlin 71
Ronan Cremin 70
Brian Curtis 70
Peter Turner 70
Stephen Bolger 66
Lisa Kelly 66
Denis Buckley 66
Rory Slevin 65
Lorraine Cleary 60
Stephen Cleary 57
Maire Gilbourne 2 57
Joe Ivers 56
Tony Mc Manus 56
Ken Kinsella 55
Aoife Kemp 55
Aodhan Tinney 55
Martina Fitzpatrick 55
Catherine Murphy 55
Paul Cunningham 51
Maire Gilbourne 51
Lisa Maguire 51
Ian Conlon 47
Thornburn(Joe Ivers) 32

This is the table as of 20th Feb 2014…. i.e. before this weekends action!

Minis & Youths playing in Lansdowne Road and Clondalkin Sun 23rd Feb

Tallaght RFC Under-8s are playing a Blitz in Lansdowne Road, at 9am this Sunday morning, 23rd Feb 2014.
See here for directions: http://www.lansdownerugby.com/corporate/location/

Then the Tallaght Under-12s take on Clondalkin in their first game of 2014, later that morning at 11:30am.
See here for directions: http://clondalkinrugby.com/pages/about-the-club/how-to-find-us

These are both mixed boys & girls teams. Your support would be greatly welcome.

Please also keep an eye on the new Minis and Youth Section of www.tallaghtrugby.com.

And check out their Facebook Page by clicking here.

TRFC YOUTHS POSTER

Tallaght 0 Parkmore 0

TALLAGHT R.F.C. 0

PARKMORE R.F.C. 0

Metro League Division 7
18/01/14 Tymon Park

Tallaght’s play-off hopes took a blow today when they were held to a scoreless draw by Parkmore in Tymon Park. With consistent rain and a boggy pitch, the weather was the only winner on a day when scoring chances were few and far between. Parkmore dominated for the first twenty minutes but the closest they came to scoring was a penalty kick at goal which went wide.

Tallaght then dominated the next quarter of the match. Jack Russell made an excellent individual run but was tackled before he could get over the line. A long-range penalty attempt by Ciaran Stewart was narrowly wide but Tallaght followed up the kick and earned a scrum on their line. However with the ball like a bar of soap, their handling repeatedly let them down and Parkmore escaped.

In the second half things went from bad to worse with a game basically becoming a series of knock-ons and resulting scrums. There was one moment of quality from wing Vilius Kuklis who made a brilliant individual break and had only the full back to beat. However the full back made a superb cover tackle and Kuklis injured his ankle in the incident, ending his game. There were a few nervous moments for Tallaght as they struggled to get out of their own twenty two for the last ten minutes.

However eventually the ref did everyone a favour and blew the final whistle. With Old Wesley winning away to Coolmine they now replace Tallaght in second place in the table on points difference.

Tallaght R.F.C.

15 Stephen Heaney
14 Ted Garvey
13 Emil Wyrebiak
12 Kevin Quinn
11 Vilius Kuklis
10 Ciaran Stewart
9 Alan Bernes

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

Replacements

Simon Sweeney
Aaron Morgan
David Judd
Kevin Ennis
Stephen Kelly

Jim O’Connor ©

Games this weekend – 18-19th January

In a big weekend for Tallaght Rugby, there are two important games coming up for the men’s and women’s team.

Despite losing away to Old Wesley the Tallaght men’s team remain in the top two places which will qualify them for the final of the Metro League Division 7.  Every time they’ve lost this season they’ve bounced back the next game and they need to do that again against a resurgent Parkmore team in their last home match of the season.  Tallaght beat Parkmore comfortably earlier in the season but Parkmore have won two out of their last three and have gained some momentum so Tallaght will need to be at their best to win.

Saturday, the 18th of January
Tallaght v Parkmore, Tymon Park,  2.30 KO

The women’s team also have a massive game, at home to Old Belvedere in the semi-final of Leinster League Division 4.  The team has made huge improvements throughout the season and finished in second place in their pool.  They’re up against it against an experienced Belvo team, but under the captaincy of Maire Gilbourne, we know they will represent the club with pride.

Sunday, the 19th of January
Old Belvedere v Tallaght, Tymon Park, 1.00 KO

We hope as many members, friends and family of Tallaght RFC will come out to support both our teams this weekend.

 

Six Nations Sweepstakes 2014

Keith Earls goes past Greig Laidlaw and Sean Lamont 24/2/2013

Keith Earls makes a break during Ireland’s last RBS 6 Nations clash with Scotland in Edinburgh. The sides will meet again in Dublin during the opening weekend of the 2014 Championship © www.Inpho.ie

With the Six Nations coming up shortly we are going to have a Six Nations sweepstake.
Click here for pdf with more info and entry form:  Six-Nations-Sweepstake

1st Prize of €350
2nd Prize of €200
3rd Prize of €50

All entries must be in before midday on the 1st February. No entry will be accepted without the entry fee.

Details are below and if you wish to submit your entry online then please contact
Luke Tyrrell luke_tyrrell@hotmail.com 087 160 9188
Lorraine Cleary lorrycleary@gmail.com 087 655 7129
Joe Ivers joe@leaders.ie 086 173 6126

Tallaght RFC Sweepstakes for the 2014 Six Nations Championship – Entry Fee €20

Click here for Word Doc woth more info: Six Nations Sweepstake

 

Old Wesley 17 Tallaght 11

OLD WESLEY R.F.C. 17

TALLAGHT R.F.C. 11

Try: Aaron Morgan
Pen: Danny Behan 2

Metro League Division 7
11/01/14 Ballycorus Road

Tallaght rugby were back in league action after the Christmas break and they travelled to play Old Wesley, one of their main rivals to finish in the top two to make the play-off. Tallaght looked rusty in the first half hour and weren’t able to get anything going in attack. Stephen Heaney saved them a couple of times with some excellence defence but eventually the pressure told.

First Wesley used their excellent backs to outflank Tallaght and score in the right hand corner. The try went unconverted but it wasn’t long before they were over the Tallaght line again. This time they turned down an easy three points in front of the posts and tapped a penalty instead. The bold decision paid off when they forced their way over the line and converted the try for a 12-0 lead.

Danny Behan came off the bench for Tallaght and made a difference with his smart tactical kicking. Some excellent ball-carrying from Morgan got Tallaght going forward at last and it earned Tallaght a penalty which Behan kicked to make the half-time score 12-3 to Wesley.

Simon Sweeney entered the fray in the second half and his ball-carrying made a difference but Tallaght still found scores hard to come by. Behan attempted a long-range penalty but was unfortunate to see his well struck effort come back off the posts. Wesley came back and their excellent out-half sold a lovely dummy to sail through untouched for a try under the posts. The easy conversion was surprisingly missed but at 17-3 the game looked over as a contest.

Tallaght didn’t give up though. More fine ball carries from Sweeney and Morgan earned them a penalty which Behan kicked to make it 17-6. Tallaght then were given another penalty in the Wesley half. They kicked to touch and mauled the ball but were held up close to the line. Gary Doyle passed to Behan who put Morgan over in the corner for the try. Morgan injured himself in scoring the try. An ambulance was called but the paramedics gave him a clean bill of health thankfully and he didn’t need to be admitted to hospital.

Morgan’s try wasn’t converted but at 17-11 Tallaght at least had the consolation of the losing bonus point. There was one more frantic phase of play where Tallaght looked for a winning score but it wasn’t to be and in truth Wesley was deserved winners. Tallaght showed great character though in getting that bonus point and it keeps them two points ahead of Wesley in second place in the table.

Tallaght R.F.C.

15 Alan Bernes
14 Sam O’Reilly
13 Vilius Kuklis
12 Stephen Heaney
11 Richard Wilson
10 Ciaran Stewart
9 Aodhan Tinney

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

Replacements

Gary Doyle
Kevin Ennis
Simon Sweeney
Danny Behan
David Clarke

Jim O’Connor ©

Tallaght 0 CYM 0

TALLAGHT R.F.C. 0

C.Y.M. 0

Leinster Division 4 Development Section B
Tymon Park

14/12/13

Tallaght’s womens team finished their group stage fixtures with a hard-earned draw with leaders CYM.

In a game played in horrendous conditions with constant rain and gale force winds, both teams deserve credit for getting a game on at all.

CYM had scored 23 tries in their five games to date but Tallaght showed real grit and determination to keep them scoreless for the first time this season.

Tallaght have finished in second place in the group behind CYM, with only one defeat in six games, and they enter the knock-out stages in January in good spirits.

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 10 Stillorgan 09

TALLAGHT R.F.C. 10

Try: Aaron Morgan
Con: Danny Behan
Pen: Ciaran Stewart

Stillorgan R.F.C. 9

Metro League Division 7
07/12/13 Tymon Park

Tallaght bounced back from their disappointing defeat against Coolmine last week by beating Stillorgan 10-9 at home in their final match before the Christmas break. Tallaght seemed to be on fire for the opening five minutes driving Stillorgan back and setting up camp in their 22. It looked like it was going to be a long day for Stillorgan but they managed to soak up attack after attack to leave Tallaght frustrated and scoreless.

Stillorgan launched a smart counter-attack to get into the Tallaght twenty-two. Under pressure, Tallaght gave away a penalty which Stillorgan converted to lead by three. Tallaght dug deep, inched their way forward and were rewarded with a penalty which Ciaran Stewart kicked superbly to level the game. It was a real end-to-end match and Stillorgan appeared to get stronger as the game went on. Once again Stillorgan earned a penalty from this pressure which they kicked to go 6-3 ahead at half-time.

Tallaght started the second half as they did the first, full of aggressive running. Some wonderful interplay down the wing resulted in Aaron Morgan getting over the line to secure the try. Danny Behan converted to give Tallaght a 10 -6 lead. To Stillorgan’s credit they were dangerous and they weren’t giving up. It was a real nail biter of a game and when Stillorgan were awarded another penalty which they converted it was down to a one point lead for Tallaght.

Despite the tense finish Tallaght showed good composure to see the game out and hang on for the win. It leaves them once again five points clear in second place in the race to finish in the top two to contest the final for the Division 7 trophy. Tallaght now have a month off over Christmas and their next match is on January the 11th away to Old Wesley.

Tallaght R.F.C.

15 Alan Bernes
14 Vilius Kuklis
13 Stephen Heaney
12 James Maher
11 Richard Wilson
10 Ciaran Stewart
9 Gary Doyle

8 Simon Sweeney (captain)
7 Patrick Crofts
6 Jack Russell
5 Paul Cunningham
4 Alan Moore
3 Declan Malone
2 Ollie Murphy
1 Tony McManus

Replacements

Simon Cumiskey
Aodhan Tinney
Sean Judd
Aaron Morgan
Danny Behan

Report by Jim O’Connor

Tallaght RFC 10 – Stillorgan RFC 9

TALLAGHT R.F.C. 10

Try: Aaron Morgan
Con: Danny Behan
Pen: Ciaran Stewart

Stillorgan R.F.C. 9

Metro League Division 7
07/12/13 Tymon Park

Report by Gregg Behan.

Well now, in the absence of our great wordsmith, Jim O’Connor who was attending to rugby business elsewhere yesterday (also, he seems to be turning into something of a media whore, the camera just loves him) I feel it falls to me to say a few words on our win over Stillorgan. We went into this game knowing only a win would suffice, the armchairs had insisted nothing but a win would be acceptable and looking at the league table prior to the match I have to agree, the win was vital for Tallaght to maintain the momentum needed to compete at this level and not just be there to make up the numbers.
The opening five minutes and Tallaght seemed to be on fire, they drove over Stillorgan and set up camp in their 22 and it looked like this was going to be the beginning of a slaughter of the innocents. Stillorgan of course had other ideas and managed to soak up attack after attack with no score registered. Before I knew what was happening we were back in our 22 and Stillorgan looked the stronger, to add insult to injury we gave away a penalty which Stillorgan converted leaving us trailing by 3. Tallaght dug deep, inched their way forward and were rewarded with a penalty which Ciaran kicked superbly to level the score. The game was fought from end to end and it looked like Stillorgan were getting stronger as the game went on, this was not in our script!!! Another penalty awarded to Stillorgan and we trailed again 6-3 and we wished for half time and the opportunity to re-group.
Tallaght started the second half as they did the first, fire in the belly and a massive desire to win. They dominated in every area of the pitch, half time words of wisdom from Curtis seemed to do the trick. Some wonderful play down the wing resulted in Morgo going over the line to secure the try, happy he jumped up, punched the air and roared at Collie, “Did ye see my try” why, I have no idea but everybody else thought it was funny?? Danny converted to leave us leading 10 -6 not a score you can get comfortable with and against this Stillorgan team there was no room for relaxing, they were dangerous and they weren’t giving up. It was a real nail biter of a game and when Stillorgan were awarded another penalty which they converted I found myself turning to prayer and asking Jesus, Allah and Budda to blow the final whistle, thankfully one of them heard my prayers and the ref obliged.
This really was a team effort, I can’t single any one player out for special mention, our forwards put their bodies on the line time after time and our backs defended like Spartan’s keeping the hordes at bay. Overall it was one of the best displays by a Tallaght team I have ever had the good fortune to witness. We are not making up the numbers in this division; we are showing the way and richly deserve our position of 2nd place and the opportunity of a play off if we continue our winning ways. The score was 10-9 but trust me when I say this, had we played that team 3 or 4 years ago, they would have smashed us into the ground. You can be very proud boys, you played the game as it should be played and you delivered the result we needed. Stay fit over the Christmas, hold off on the mince pies and let’s continue to write history for Tallaght RFC………………………Oh, by the way, happy happy happy old man.

Report by Gregg Behan.