Women’s League Division 4 Pitch 100, Firhouse 20/01/2019
Tallaght took on second placed Greystones in the women’s league Division 4. Greystones scored the first try of the match after ten minutes when they got in after consistent pressure. They converted it too to take a 7-0 lead. However Tallaght hit back straight away with a contender for try of the season from scrum-half Caoimhe Hogan. From a scrum inside the Greystones half she made a break and showed great footwork to break three tackles on the way to a sensational try. She missed the chance to convert her own try but it made the score 7-5 and that was the score at half-time.
In the second half Greystones kept coming at Tallaght but the likes of Ashling “Ash Smash” Pyke, Megan Fogarty and Karen Corrigan kept coming up with big tackles to save the day. Tallaght had their chances too but lacked a bit of composure when they got close to the Greystones line. Eventually Greystones broke away for a try to make it 14-5 and that was the final score but Tallaght kept fighting to the end and Greystones left the pitch knowing they had been in a serious game.
Tackle coach Adam Nolan was delighted with his team’s performance. “When we went down to Greystones earlier in the season they put over seventy points on us. Today they could only score two tries and we probably left a few behind us. That’s because of the effort we made in defence so I’m very proud of our squad today. Several players put their hands up for it but the player of the match is Caoimhe Hogan who scored a superb try, made countless tackles and also snagged a couple of turnovers. Last week and this week we played the top two teams in the league and we showed we can compete with them. We hope the confidence we take from this will help us finish the season strongly.”
Tries: Lee Dawson, Tony O’Loughlin 3, Warren Doyle, Sean Judd
Conversion: Warren Doyle 4
Penalty: Warren Doyle
Metro League Division 11 Lakelands 19/01/2019
The Tallaght/DLSP combined team took on third placed CYM in Division 11 of the Metro League. CYM took the lead with a try but then Lee Dawson went over for a try for Tallasalle which was converted by Warren Doyle for a 7-5 lead. However the lead didn’t last long as CYM scored another try to make it 10-7. But Doyle kicked a penalty to make it 10-all at halftime.
In the second half CYM scored another converted try to make it 17-10 but Tony O’Loughlin came on and scored a try to make it 17-15. CYM kicked a penalty to make it 20-15 but then Doyle intercepred a pass and ran it back for a try which he converted himself to make it 22-20. Sean Judd powered his way over for a try which Doyle converted to make it 29-20. Tallasalle were dominating now and the excellent Tony O’Loughlin scored two more tries to complete his hat-trick, with Doyle converting the last one. CYM scored their fourth try of a really entertaining match to make the final score 41-27 to Tallasalle.
Tallasalle coach Damien Deegan was delighted with the win. “It was great to get back to winning ways. It took us a while to get going but when we did we played some good stuff. Our joint men of the match are Warren Doyle and Tony O’Loughlin who were both outstanding. We now just need to win one more game to be sure of a place in the final.”
Joint Man of the match: Warren Doyle/Tony O’Loughlin
Tallaght travelled over the Liffey to take on third placed Clontarf. The home side had a big experienced pack and they played a hard-running style. They dominated the early part of the match and earned a penalty kick at goal that was missed. However from the restart poor concentration from Tallaght let Clontarf straight through and though they were stopped close to the line eventually they got it wide and scored a try in the corner. They converted to take a 7-0 lead.
Tallaght hit back and Daryl Keogh made a fine run which led to a penalty which was kicked to touch near the Clontarf line. However the Tallaght lineout malfunctioned as it did on several occasions and Tallaght couldn’t take advantage of Clontarf being down a man for ten minutes after they got a yellow card for a high tackle. Tallaght got themselves in good positions to score but every time they undermined themselves with basic errors and Clontarf led 7-0 at half-time.
In the second half Clontarf took advantage of more poor tackling from Tallaght to score a second try to take a 12-0 lead. Clontarf’s lineout was also struggling and Alan Moore was constantly stealing their ball. A good run from winger Rob Hudson got Tallaght into the Clontarf half and earned a penalty which Hudson kicked to make it 12-3. Tallaght looked to have scored a try when Ciaran Keane kicked ahead and appeared to have touched the ball down before the deadball line. But the referee, who had been badly out of position, decided as he couldn’t see the grounding that he couldn’t award the try.
Then with three minutes left to play Tallaght finally got their backline moving and they scored a try through full back Aaron Shanahan to make it 12-8. After another fine run by Hudson was halted by a high tackle, the ball was kicked to touch and Tallaght had a final change to snatch the win. However the lineout malfunctioned again and Clontarf won the ball and kicked it out to end the contest. However the losing bonus point leaves Tallaght two points ahead of Clontarf with a game in hand. When the news came through later that AIB had lost heavily away to Seapoint it meant Tallaght stay on top of the table.
Tallaght coach Tom Leigh saw some positives despite the defeat. “We’ve come away and got a losing bonus point, which could be vital in what’s turning into a tight league. They were a big experienced team but we defended them quite well for the most part. We never quite got our own attacking gameplan going though but we’re still top. However we have to get back on the saddle and beat Seapoint next week.”
Man of the match: Daryl Keogh
15. Aaron Shanahan
14. Rob Hudson
13. Daryl Keogh
12. Padhraig Jones
11. Karl Segrave
10. David Clarke
9. Andrew Rudd
1. Alan Sower
2. Sean Hanlon
3. Tony McManus
4. Colin Morrison
5. Joe Ivers
6. Jack Russell
7. Alan Moore
8. Adam Nolan (Captain)
16. Andy Caswell
17. Kevin Quinn
18. Daniel Pomares
19. Ciaran Keane
20. Ken McGovern
21. Shane Guerrine
22. Brian Lacey
After beating Clondalkin last week the men’s first team are back on top of the Metro League Division 7 with a game in hand on both AIB and Clontarf. They face Clontarf this weekend with the chance to put some distance between them and the third placed Northsiders. Please note the earlier than normal kick-off time of 11.30AM in Castle Avenue.
The early kick-off in Clontarf means we’ll be able to watch both the men’s teams play. The Tallaght/DLSP combined team ‘Tallasalle’ are away to CYM in Division 11 on Saturday. Tallasalle won their first four games of the season but have since lost their last two. However they remain in strong contention to reach the final and a win over third placed CYM would give them a great chance. Kick off is at 2.30pm in Terenure Road North
On Sunday the women’s team take on third placed Greystones. Tallaght acquitted themselves well against leaders Naas last week and will hope to build on that performance. Kick-off on pitch 100 opposite Firhouse Community School is 1PM.
In the youths there is training for Bisto’s ladies Friday at 6.45 at St Marys. On Saturday the Under 18’s bistos travel to Carlow with Kick off at 12pm but subject to change. On Sunday the Under 9’s have a blitz in Blackrock meeting there at 9am. The minis and Under 11’s have training in Firhouse Community College and our older youths travel to Ashbourne meeting there at 10.30am for a kick off at 11am.
Please make your best effort to get out and support all our teams.
Women’s League Division 4 Pitch 100, Firhouse 13/01/2019
Tallaght took on the unbeaten league leaders Naas in their first match after the Christmas break. Tallaght were hampered by losing Angelika Gertz and skipper Ciara McLaughlin to injury early in the match. This forced them to play with one player less than Naas and the home team ruthlessly exploited their advantage out wide. Naas raced into a 28-0 lead at half-time but in the second half Tallaght got it back to 28-14 on the back of two tries from the immense Aisling Pyke both of which were converted by Caoimhe Hogan.
Naas responded like the champions they will surely become. Their coach and Ireland international Jenny Murphy brought on some fresh legs and they ran in a few more tries to settle the game as a contest. However Tallaght showed great heart and refused to give up. They got back down the field again and laid the foundation for Aisling Pyke to force her way over for her hat-trick try which was hugely deserved for her all round performance. The final score was 64-19 to Naas but Tallaght emerged from the game with huge credit for the way they took the match to the Kildare women.
Tackle coach Adam Nolan was delighted with his team’s performance. “Naas are the class team of the league so we were always up against it. Before today they’d only conceded 64 points in ten games combined but we scored 19 points against them. They had the beating of us out wide and like all good teams they exploited that but we really took it to them up front. We scored three tries against them and gave them problems they’re not used to facing. Now we just need to build on this and take this form into our last three league games of the season.”
Try: Daryl Keogh, Adam Nolan, Andrew Rudd, Ciaran Keane
Con: Shane Guerrine, Rob Hudson 2,
Pen: Rob Hudson 2
Metro League Division 7 Tymon Park 12/01/2019
Tallaght returned to action after the Christmas break with a home derby against local rivals Clondalkin. Clondalkin actually did Tallaght a favour last weekend when they beat second placed AIB. However Tallaght weren’t in a mood to show any gratitude and they quickly set about dominating Clondalkin. The pressure paid off after just five minutes when the ball was taken up by the pack and then worked wide for Daryl Keogh to go through a gap for a fine try. Shane Guerrine kicked the conversion to make it 7-0 to Tallaght but the fly-half had to leave the field shortly afterwards after he rolled an ankle making a tackle.
Tallaght continued to dominate though and smart tactical kicking kept Clondalkin trapped in their own half. Rob Hudson kicked two penalties to make the half time score 13-0 to Tallaght. In the second half Tallaght continued to dominate and Adam Nolan went over the line but the referee ruled he’d been held up. They went back for a penalty advantage though and from a similar move this time there was no denying Nolan as he powered over for the try which Hudson converted to make it 20-0 to Tallaght.
Tallaght have been guilty of not scoring enough points in some games earlier in the season but in this match they were relentless. After a lineout move the backline moved the ball out wide and eventually scrum-half Andy Rudd broke through to score a try for the second match running. Hudson converted again to make it 27-0. Tallaght completed their scoring for the day with a fine try from winger Ciaran Keane. The ball was worked wide by the backs again and Keane stepped inside his man and then showed great pace to score his first try for the men’s first team. Clondalkin finally roused themselves to score a consolation try which they converted to make the final score 32-7 to Tallaght which put them back on top of the table with a game in hand over second placed AIB.
Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was delighted with the win and the performance. “It an excellent performance, we stuck to our task very well. Our pack was rock solid and our backs worked really well together. It was great to score four tries but we probably left a few behind us as well so there’s room to improve too. January is a massive month for us with games away to Clontarf and at home to Seapoint coming up. We know if we win both these games, we’ll be in a great position to earn a home final.”
Man of the match: Adam Nolan
15. Daryl Keogh
14. Rob Hudson
13. Simon Collie
12. David Clarke
11. Ciaran Keane
10. Shane Guerrine
9. Andrew Rudd
1. Alan Sower
2. Sean Hanlon
3. Andy Caswell
4. Kevin Quinn
5. Joe Ivers
6. Daniel Pomares
7. Jack Russell
8. Adam Nolan (Captain)
16. Andy Grace
17. Alan Moore
18. Karl Segrave
19. Aaron Shanahan
20. Brian Lacey
After the Christmas break Tallaght RFC are back in business this weekend beginning with a local derby.
On Saturday the Tallaght men’s first team are at home to Clondalkin in the Metro League Division 7. Their local rivals did them a favour last weekend when they beat AIB. They means Tallaght are a point head of AIB and level with leaders Clontarf but with a game in hand on both. With Clontarf away to AIB this weekend, Tallaght have a great chance to return to the top of the table but they need to be wary of Clondalkin whose form have improved since Tallaght beat them at the start of the season. Kick-off is at 2.30 in Tymon Park.
On Sunday the women’s team take on leaders Naas who’ve only lost once all season. But Tallaght come into the match with the feelgood factor of a win in their last match at home to Athy. Kick-off in Forenaughts is 1AM.
In the youths there is training for Bisto’s ladies Friday at 6.30 at St Marys. On Sunday there is training for the minis at Firhouse Community College at 10am and the older youths from 10.30AM.
Please make your best effort to get out and support all our teams.
The St. Stephen’s day game took place again in Firhouse and there was a great turnout for it. There were players from the women’s, men’s and youth’s teams plus a few special guests. The game was played in a fun but safe way so all players could enjoy it apart from Andrew “Van Gogh” Rudd. There was plenty of Christmas jumpers and silly costumes including Nick Ahearne’s fabulous kilt.
With regard to the game itself, it was expertly refereed (from the sideline) by Mr El Presidente Jim O’Connor in a calm yet elegant manner. The game itself was won 19-10 by the team in the bibs.
Thanks to all the players and the family and friends who turned up to support on the sideline. Thanks also to our resident photographer Ann “Kavo” Kavanagh, who got some brilliant photos, a selection of which is below.
The Tallaght R.F.C. St. Stephen’s day game has been a tradition for a number of years now and for the third year running, Tallaght RFC will be host the match on pitch 100, opposite Firhouse Community School.
The game is always played in a fun, festive spirit and is open to all – past and present members, young and old, male and female players. Any kids that come along are welcome to have a run-out too if they fancy it. So pull out those old boots and if you want to wear a onesie or a silly costume, you’re more than welcome to! Please let Adam Nolan know if you can play.
We’re going to meet at 10.30 for a 11.00 kick-off and we’ll make up the teams on the day. Feel free to bring a few beers down to the sideline if you fancy it and afterwards we’ll go back to the Old Mill just up the road.
Tallaght Rugby club are in the final of the Madden Cup for the second time in three seasons.
They head to Malahide RFC for the final which is always hosted there after it was named for the late long-time club member John Madden. When Tallaght made the final two years ago, they lost by just two points to Coolmine in what was a cracking game. This time they will hope to get over the line and they take on a DLSP side who they’ve had plenty of battles with over the years. Tallaght have made the final with two hard fought wins over Guinness and Railway Union while DLSP have beaten AIB and Coolmine.
Tallaght coach Tom Leigh is looking forward to the final. “We have had another very positive start to the season and are top of our league having not hit top form this season as yet. The training been very positive with good numbers and we’ve benefitted from the introduction of our new backs coach Gary Brennan. His enthusiasm and knowledge is challenging the backs to improve their game and it is only a matter of time before it clicks.
“The big challenge this week is to produce a performance and play to our potential. If this happens we have a very good chance to upset the odds. The leadership within the team this year has been excellent and that is bringing their skills levels to a place they haven’t reached before. Again the support on the sideline has been incredible this year with all the club behind us and here’s hoping as always the wider community will support Tallaght RFC this weekend in Malahide.”
Madden Cup Final
Saturday 15th December 2018