Tallaght v Old Belvedere Match Preview


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”



Your Club Your Country Tickets now available.

It’s that time of the year again boys and girls. It’s time for ” Your Club Your Country ” tickets to be sold! We are aiming for every playing member to sell at least 10 each. As most of you know, this is are biggest fundraiser of the year as all ticket sales go directly to the club and the prizes are savage. Tony McManus will have tickets with him at training so the earlier you get them the longer you have to sell them. Contact Tony for more on: https://www.facebook.com/tony.mcmanus.12 or tony@pilsen.ie.

Win Exclusive Tickets With Volkswagen Tag Survey

Tag Rugby
Win Exclusive Tickets With Volkswagen Tag Survey
Win Exclusive Tickets With Volkswagen Tag Survey

Time has flown by this year as another tag season has wrapped up and clubs are well underway with the regular rugby season. While this goes on, details for the 2014 season are already being finalised with new venues leading further expansion of this ever-growing non-contact of rugby.

IRFU Volkswagen Tag player’s experiences and points-of-view are important to us as we strive to keep our tag programme the most enjoyable and best value experience possible for all involved. To assist in getting a player’s contribution, an easy-to-use online survey is now available.

Each completed survey not only provides us with some greatly appreciated assistance in running tag rugby, but qualifies each entrant for a draw that could find them at one of this Autumn’sGUINNESS Series 2013 internationals in the Aviva Stadium.

– Deadline for submission of completed survey is 4pm, Friday, November 1st 2013
– One entry per person
– Only IRFU Volkswagen Tag players qualify for draw (players must appear on teamsheet from 2013 season)
– Please ensure all contact details are valid
– Draw Winners will be announced on Monday, November 4th.
– All answers and comments will be strictly confidential and held from any third party, in accordance with Data Protection Acts 1998 & 2003
– IRFU Volkswagen Tag is over 18s only
– IRFU Volkswagen Tag reserve all rights in the administration of this survey.

Link to survey: www.surveymonkey.com/s/IRFUVWTag2013
Pass link on to all your teammates. The more names in, the greater the chance of being drawn to win!

This year’s exclusive prizes are . . .
– Pair of category 1 match tickets plus invitations to official IRFU post-match team reception whenIreland play Samoa at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, November 9th at 17.45
 Pair of category 1 match tickets plus invitations to official IRFU post-match team reception whenIreland play Australia at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, November 16th at 17.45
 Pair of category 1 match tickets plus invitations to official IRFU post-match team reception whenIreland play Australia at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday, November 24th at 14.00

Thanks for being part of IRFU Volkswagen Tag this year, and good luck in the draw!

Website: www.irfutag.ie | Email: tag@irishrugby.ie

Greystones 0 Tallaght 27



Try: Michelle Tyrell, Lisa Maguire 3, Louise O’Loughlin,
Con: Louise O’Loughlin

Leinster Division 4 Development Section B

Tallaght rugby womens team followed up their draw against Unidare last with their first win of the season. Tallaght scored two tries in the first half though Michelle Tyrell and Lisa “Legs” Maguire. The pack was going very well led by a typically hard-working display from hooker Lisa Kelly, who left her friend’s Hen night at an ungodly hour in Carlingford to drive to the match. In the second row Catherine Murphy and Martina Fitzmaurice were an effective partnership, with Murphy doing a lot of the graft work and Fitzmaurice running the lineout with aplomb.

In the second half Louise O’Loughlin scored a try which she converted and then Maguire scored two more tries to complete her hat-trick. The fact that Tallaght conceded no points was in a large part due to the superb defensive display of Danielle Valentine at full back. Playing alongside her sister Rachel in the back three, she made some big hits to hold the Tallaght line. Maire Gilbourne captained the team astutely and Louise O’Loughlin showed her value on her comeback from injury.

Hat-trick hero Maguire wanted to thank the people who travelled to Wicklow to support them. “It really meant a lot to us to have people shouting for us and I think that reflected in the performance. Thanks to all that travelled and hopefully we’ll keep our winning run going in two weeks against CYM”.

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


Rosie Gallagher
Claire Cumiskey

Jim O’Connor©

Parkmore 10 Tallaght 36



Try: Stephen Heaney, Penalty Try, Jack Russell, Aaron Morgan
Con: Ciaran Stewart 2
Pen: Ciaran Stewart 4
Metro League Division 7
19/10/13 Lakelands

Tallaght kept their 100% record going with their fourth win from four games in the Division 7 of the Metro League. Parkmore opened the scoring with a penalty after Tallaght conceded a penalty from the kick-off. Tallaght were a little slow out of the blocks but they soon got going, led by their talismanic skipper Simon Sweeney. His big carries plus Ciaran Stewart’s astute tactical kicking got Tallaght playing in the right areas of the pitch. It paid off when Stewart was given two shots at goal which he converted for Tallaght to take a 6-3 lead.

The heavens opened which made the game scrappier but Tallaght upped the tempo and after excellent handling from centre Jack Russell, wing Stephen Heaney went in for a try in the corner. The touchline conversion was narrowly missed and 11-3 was the half-time score.

In the second half Tallaght lost Sweeney to a dead leg but replacement backrows Aaron Morgan and Sean Judd were so impressive, their mighty skipper wasn’t actually missed too much. Tallaght showed great patience in building their scores as Stewart extended their lead to 17-3 with two more excellent penalties in another fine kicking display in blustery and wet conditions. The match was over as a contest when Collie Malone kicked through a ball from a ruck. From the chase to touch it down, Stewart was impeded when he was about to touch down and the referee awarded a penalty try which Stewart converted to make the score 24-3.

There was two more tries for Tallaght, both involving man of the match Jack Russell. First he took a clever trailing line off Collie Malone’s powerful run. He took Malone’s excellent offload and smashed through a tackler to get in for the try. Then Russell turned provider when he made a superb run and offloaded to Aaron Morgan who went through for the try under the posts to make it 36-3 to Tallaght. To Parkmore’s credit they never gave up and scored a consolation try with the last play of the game to make the final score 36-10 to Tallaght.

So Tallaght stay top and they have a rest next week before facing second placed Old Belvedere in what could be a crunch match in determining the winners of the league.
Tallaght R.F.C.

15 Alan Bernes
14 Colin Malone
13 Dave Clarke
12 Jack Russell
11 Stephen Heaney

10 Ciaran Stewart
9 Aodhan Tinney

8 Simon Sweeney (captain)
7 Sam Lawless
6 Paul Cunningham
5 Alan Moore
4 Joe Ivers
3 Declan Malone
2 Ollie Murphy
1 Stephen Kelly


Tony McManus
Simon Cumiskey
Richard Wilson
Sean Judd
Aaron Morgan

Jim O’Connor ©

Picture: Dave Kelly


‘Wax the Boys’ Fundraiser Night – 23rd Nov 2013


‘Wax the Boys’ Fundraiser Night – 23rd Nov 2013


Lads and Ladies, time to put your bodies on the line for Tallaght RFC. However instead of doing it on the pitch, this time you can do it from the (relative) comfort of a beautician’s chair in the Old Mill Pub in Tallaght.


The fundraising committee is looking for 15 brave men (or women) to volunteer for our ‘Wax the boys’ night next month, 23rd Nov 2013.


Here is how it works:


Fundraising is by way of the usual sponsorship method – each volunteer will be provided with a sponsorship card and with a target of raising €100 each. You can nominate any part of your body for waxing (within reason) but obviously the more painful the target area the more generous the donation should be!


The event itself will be held in the Old Mill Pub. Family, friends, work colleagues and fellow club members are encouraged to come along on the night and see you make the ultimate sacrifice. On the night we plan to raise additional funds by providing your family, friends etc with the opportunity to get up on stage and personally pull the wax strip from your chest/leg/back in return for a further donation.


The Club’s fundraising committee trusts that all our members will support this initiative and join in on what promises to be a great nights entertainment in return for raising some much needed funds for our club.


More details to follow. Anyone interested in volunteering please contact Joe Ivers –(joe@leaders.ie) or Lorraine Cleary (lorrycleary@gmail.com) or nominate yourself on the clubs facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/536653609743158/




Joe Ivers

Tallaght 6 Old Wesley 03


Pen: Ciaran Stewart 2


Metro League Division 7

12/10/13 Tymon Park

Tallaght RFC went to the top of the league after a hard-fought win over Old Wesley.  Tallaght kept their unbeaten run going but it was a tough match.  Wesley’s young team were out-muscled by Tallaght’s big pack, but they were smart and efficient at the breakdown, which often put a halt to Tallaght’s progress.  Tallaght took the lead into the break with a Ciaran Stewart penalty.  Old Wesley hit back in the second half with a penalty of their own to make it 3-all.

Wesley had a chance to take the lead with a relatively easy penalty in front of the posts with ten minutes to go, but remarkably it was pushed wide.  Tallaght hit back and when Stewart was given the chance to win the game with a penalty two minutes from time he nervously took it.


Tallaght R.F.C.

15 Alan Bernes

14 Emil Wyrebiak

13 Dave Clarke

12 Jack Russell

11 Stephen Heaney

10 Ciaran Stewart

9 Aodhan Tinney


8 Simon Sweeney (captain)

7 Aaron Morgan

6 Sam Lawless

4 Paul Cunningham

3 Declan Malone

2 Ollie Murphy

1 Sean Judd



Simon Cumiskey

James Maher

Darran Kearney

Stephen Kelly

Colin Malone

Joe Ivers


Jim O’Connor ©

Picture: Dave Kelly