Weekend fixtures 9th-10th November

It’s another busy weekend of rugby for Tallaght RFC but obviously all fixtures are subject to the weather.

On Saturday the men’s first team host Trinity College in Metro Division 6. They are looking to stay top of the table after an unbeaten start to the season and kick-off is 2.30 in Tymon Park. The men’s seconds team have arranged a challenge match against Rathoath with a 12.00pm kick-off also in Tymon Park. Then on Sunday the Tallaght women’s host New Ross in Division 4. Kick-off is at 1.00 PM in Tymon Park.

In the youths the the U14s girls are away to DLSP/Seapoint in DLSP on Saturday, kick-off at 12pm. The Bistos under-18s are at home to Mullingar on pitch 100 on Saturday with a 1pm kick-off. That venue will be pitch dependable and may change to CYM. The Under 7’s are training as normal and the Under 8’s and 9’s travel to Westmanstown. Meeting at Firhouse at 8.45 or Westmanstown at 9.10. The Under 11’s have a blitz in Donnybrook, meeting there at 9.45. The under 12’s have a match in Blackrock college (Stradbrook) meeting there at 10.15.

Please make your best effort to get out and support all our teams.

Coolmine 11 Tallaght 1st 21

Padhraig Jones

Coolmine: 11

Tallaght 1sts: 21

Try: David Clarke, Adam Nolan, Padhraig Jones
Con: Rob Hudson 3

Metro League Division 6
Ashbrook
02/11/2019

The Tallaght men’s first team made the trip to league leaders Coolmine in Metro League Division 6 looking to maintain their 100% start to the season. Tallaght made light of the constant rain falling to make a great start to the match when out-half Dave Clarke slipped through a gap to score a try after two minutes. Rob Hudson converted to give Tallaght a 7-0 lead. Ten minutes later Tallaght doubled their lead when skipper Adam Nolan broke away down the line to score a fine try. Hudson kicked an excellent conversion to make it 14-0.

Coolmine hit back with two penalties to make it 14-6 but Tallaght were soon on the attack again. This time centre Padhraig Jones took an excellent line to break free for a try which Hudson converted to make it 21-6. However Coolmine showed they were still in the game when they scored a try from a quick tap near the line to make the half time score 21-11. In the second half Tallaght were playing against the wind and found it hard to get out of their half. Coolmine were shown a yellow card for a high tackle on full back Simon Collie but Tallaght couldn’t take advantage.

Coolmine started to dominate territory and possession and were camped several times on Tallaght’s line. But Tallaght kept tackling until Coolmine eventually knocked the ball on. One time Coolmine did get over the line but the referee ruled that the ball was held up. With Coolmine getting frustrated with their inability to score the game took on an increasingly fractious air with several off the ball incidents. Denny McCarthy got involved in one too many verbal rows with the Coolmine players for the referee’s liking and he was eventually shown a yellow card just before the end of the match. He may wonder why Coolmine’s main instigators were allowed stay on the pitch though despite numerous warnings from the referee. Tallaght’s defence ultimately held out and Tallaght now go top of the table as the only unbeaten team in the division.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was delighted with a third league win in a row. “We’re top of the table now and we want to stay there. It’s always hard to win away in the league so to do it two games on the bounce is exceptional. The first forty minutes was probably the best rugby we produced all season. The second half was more of a defensive slog and we needed to make a lot of tackles. But the lads kept turning up and Coolmine ultimately didn’t score a point in that forty minutes despite all their possession. We probably could have managed the game better in terms of territory in the second half to make our lives a bit easier but we’ll learn from that. We also got involved in some off the ball handbags towards the end of the game and we need to be smarter than that.”

“In terms of individuals I thought our skipper Adam Nolan led by example and Jack Russell, Alan Moore and Kevin Quinn also had strong games. But we picked Padhraig Jones as our man of the match as he led the defensive line with real aggression and also scored a fine try. Once again we showed how important the whole squad is as Padraig O’Ciardha and Wayne Stewart came in to make their first starts for the first team and both made big contributions to help us see the game out. We’ve got a big month ahead of us with Trinity and Guinness at home and Barnhall away before the Christmas break. We are very pleased with our start but we know we need to improve to win a really competitive league.”

Man of the match: Padhraig Jones

Tallaght RFC

1. Alan Sower
2. Andy Grace
3. Andy Caswell
4. Alan Moore
5. Kevin Quinn
6. Niall Mahon
7. Jack Russell
8. Adam Nolan (Captain)
9. Andrew Rudd
10. David Clarke
11. Rob Hudson
12. Denny McCarthy
13. Padhraig Jones
14. Karl Segrave
15. Simon Collie
16. Tony McManus  
17. James Carr
18. Padraig O’Ciardha
19. Aaron Shanahan
20. Wayne Stewart

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh

Weekend fixtures 2nd-3rd November

It’s another packed weekend of rugby for Tallaght RFC.

On Saturday both men’s teams are in action. The men’s first team take on Coolmine in Ashbrook in Metro Division 6. They are looking to make it three wins from three and kick-off is 2.30PM. At the same time the seconds host Railway Union in Tymon Park. Then on Sunday the Tallaght women’s team are on the road as they travel to league leaders Longford in Division 4. Kick-off is at 1.00 PM in CPL Park.

In the youths the U14s girls are away to Roscrea on Saturday. The under 18s Bistos take on Carlow away with a 1PM kick off.
On Sunday the Tallaght boys under-16 team play their second fixture of the Leinster U16 School/Youth Division 1. They take on Clane away with a 12PM kick-off. All other teams have training at their normal times.

Please make your best effort to get out and support all our teams.

Tallaght 12 Wanderers 27

Aisling Pyke

Tallaght R.F.C. 12

Tries: Aisling Pyke, Ellen Crotty
Con: Caoimhe Hogan

Wanderers R.F.C. 27

Women’s League Division 4
Tymon Park
20/10/2019

The Tallaght women’s team took on Wanderers in Tymon Park looking for their first win of the season in Division 4. Tallaght suffered a blow when they lost centre Marta Hoppe to an ankle injury and had to play most of the first half with fourteen players against fifteen. Wanderers took advantage to score two tries to lead 10-0 at half-time.

In the second half Tallaght tried to build some phases of play but they were guilty of over-playing it in the forwards until the ball was eventually turned over. Though they had generally defended well, they began falling off tackles in a ten minute spell which saw them concede three tries to end the match as a contest.

However they did finish the match with the final two scores. First the tireless Aisling Pyke, who had worked hard all day in attack and defence, broke through for a deserved try. Caoimhe Hogan converted to make it 27-7. Then in the final act of the game Tallaght winger Ellen Crotty finally got a decent pass and showed her strength and pace to break away and score a try in the corner to make the final score 27-12 to Wanderers.

Wanderers were deserved winners but Tallaght need to ask themselves why they couldn’t play like they did in the last ten minutes while the game was still a contest.

Tallaght’s coach Colin Keogh and Niall Mahon were disappointed with the result. “We had to play down one player for most of the first half, but when we had equal numbers I felt we did fairly well against them” said Mahon. “I thought in terms of individuals Dara Silva Oliveira put in some strong hits before going off injured and Lisa Connors make a lot of strong carries. But Aisling Pyke led by example today and was constantly involved in both attack and defence so she gets the nod as the women of the match.”

Woman of the match: Aisling Pyke

Tallaght

1. Dara Silva Oliveira
2. Karen Corrigan
3. Martina Fitzpatrick (Captain)
4. Vicky Cobbe
5. Aimee Travers
6. Lisa Connors
7. Seana Greenhalgh  
8. Aisling Pyke
9. Eileen Shanahan
10. Caoimhe Hogan
11. Ellen Crotty
12. Megan Fogarty
13. Marta Hoppe
14. Lisa O’Connell
15. Ciara McLaughlin
16. Louise Lombard

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh

Aimee Travers
Caoimhe Hogan
Megan Fogarty

Terenure 10 Tallaght 1sts 12

Kevin Quinn

Terenure R.F.C. 10

Tallaght 1sts: 12

Try: Adam Nolan, Denny McCarthy
Con: Rob Hudson

Metro League Division 6
Lakelands
19/10/2019

The Tallaght men’s first team made the trip to Terenure in the Metro League Division 6. Tallaght began well and looked set to score the first try of the match after five minutes when good passing from David Clarke and Denny McCarthy put full back Simon Collie clear but he was stopped by a high tackle around the collar ten metres out. Tallaght took a quick tap with the resultant penalty and looked to have scored but were called back for a forward pass and the chance was gone. Tallaght continued to dominate possession but struggled to convert it into points and suffered a blow when they lost their influential flanker Jack Russell to a facial injury early on.

Tallaght’s scrum was dominant against the smaller Terenure pack but their lineout started to struggle and it soon proved costly. They lost a lineout in their own half and Terenure took advantage and won a penalty that they kicked to the corner. Terenure opted to maul the ball and though it appeared the Tallaght pack had done enough to drive them into touch, they just managed to ground the ball in the corner for a try. They kicked a fine conversion to take a 7-0 lead which they held until half-time.

In the second half Tallaght started putting together some good phases of play and were aided by a strong showing from the bench with replacements Colin Morrison and Andy Caswell putting in several strong carries. After 55 minutes the pressure finally told when a good run from Denny McCarthy created space and then Andy Rudd put skipper Adam Nolan through for a try. Rob Hudson converted to tie the game at 7-7. Terenure hit back though with a long range penalty to retake the lead at 10-7 with just over ten minutes left. Terenure were then shown a yellow card for a hit tackle on David Clarke but Tallaght missed the kick at goal that came from the penalty.

Tallaght kept on coming with Kevin Quinn carrying aggressively and Clarke was hit high again with a tackle that was arguably worse than the previous one but this time the referee kept his card in his pocket. Tallaght opted for the scrum and Nolan and Rudd put Denny McCarthy into space and he powered through two tacklers to score a try to give Tallaght a 12-10 lead with five minutes to go. Terenure came hard at Tallaght looking for the winning score but Tallaght’s defence held them at bay and they won a big turnover penalty five metres from their line to seal a tight win.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was pleased with his side’s performance.“It’s never easy to come to Terenure and get a win, so I’m delighted with the result. We dominated the first twenty minutes but left a few scores behind us. Then some basic mistakes started to undermine us and allowed Terenure to take the lead. But the lads showed great resolve in defence and really good discipline too to concede so few kick-able penalties. They didn’t panic and eventually scored two fine tries which was just enough to win the match. So we feel we can still improve massively but we’re delighted to be second in the table with two wins from two.”

Man of the match: Kevin Quinn

Tallaght RFC

1. Tony McManus
2. Ken McGovern
3. Andy Grace
4. Alan Sower
5. Kevin Quinn
6. Niall Mahon
7. Jack Russell
8. Adam Nolan (Captain)
9. Andrew Rudd
10. David Clarke
11. Rob Hudson
12. Denny McCarthy
13. Padhraig Jones
14. Karl Segrave
15. Simon Collie
16. Marc Keatinge
17. Andy Caswell
18. Colin Morrison
19. Joe Ivers
20. Ciaran Rudd
21. Wayne Stewart

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photo: Anne Kavanagh

Weekend fixtures 19th-20th October

It’s a packed weekend of rugby for Tallaght RFC.

On Saturday both men’s teams are on the road. The men’s first team take on Terenure in Lakelands in Metro Division 6 with a 3PM kick-off. At the same time the seconds take on Stillorgan-Rathfarnham in Rockfield Park. Then on Sunday the Tallaght women’s team take on Wanderers in Division 4. Kick-off is at 1.00 PM in Tymon Park.

In the youths on Friday the under-18s Bistos play at Ashbourne for a friendly with a 8pm kick-off. On Sunday the under 12’s meet in clondalkin for a friendly at 9am. Finally the newly formed Tallaght boys under-16 team will finally play their first fixture of the Leinster U16 School/Youth Division 1. They take on Wicklow away with a 12PM kick-off. All other teams have training at their normal times.

Please make your best effort to get out and support all our teams.

Padraig Jones
Ellen Crotty

Tallaght 1sts 29 Seapoint 17

Rob Hudson

Tallaght 1sts: 29

Try: Rob Hudson 2, Denny McCarthy, Karl Segrave
Con: Rob Hudson 2, Denny McCarthy
Pen: Rob Hudson

Seapoint R.F.C. 17

Metro League Division 6
Tymon Park
12/10/2019

The Tallaght men’s first team began their Metro League Division 6 campaign with yet another game against their old rivals Seapoint. Tallaght had beaten Seapoint in last year’s Division 7 final and also in the John Madden Cup earlier this season so were looking to make it a hat-trick of wins. They started the game very positively and dominated the first quarter despite losing prop James Carr to injury early on. They created three great chances for tries and flanker Niall Mahon got the ball over the line but the referee ruled the pass forward. The other chances were squandered through a mixture of poor handling and decision-making.

Tallaght did eventually take the lead after twenty minutes when Rob Hudson kicked a penalty but Seapoint equalised straight from the kick-off with a penalty of their own to make it 3-3. Seapoint then had a period of dominance and had a chance to take the lead with another penalty but it went wide. Tallaght were working hard in defence with scrum-half Andy Rudd making several fine tackles. Seapoint’s dangerous centre broke through a number of tackles and looked set to score a try but Tallaght full back Simon Collie smashed him into touch with a tackle to save the day. 

Eventually Tallaght got back into the Seapoint half off some strong carrying from Ken McGovern and Niall Mahon and were camped on the Seapoint line. The ball went loose but Rob Hudson scooped the ball up and went over for the try which he converted himself to make the half-time score 10-3 to Tallaght.

Ten minutes into the second half Hudson was on the score-sheet again. It was another excellent back-line move with Dave Clarke and Simon Collie involved heavily. Centre Padraig Jones was put clear near the line and he cleverly kick-passed to Hudson who raced away for a second try to make it 15-3 to Tallaght. 

However some poor discipline from Tallaght gave Seapoint a chance and their number eight raced away for a superb individual try. But Tallaght hit back with a superb individual try of their own as Denny McCarthy broke two tackles and then showed a clean pair of heels to the Seapoint defence to score a try under the posts. Hudson converted again to make it 22-10.

Tallaght then rounded the game off with an excellent try as Adam Nolan, Tony McManus and Daryl Keogh passed sharply to put winger Karl Segrave over in the corner. Denny McCarthy then showed his place-kicking skills by knocking over a splendid touchline conversion. Seapoint scored a converted try towards the end to make the final score 29-17 to Tallaght. 

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was pleased with his side’s performance. “We were a bit rushed in the first half and left a few scores behind us. But we addressed the issues at half-time and we were much improved in the second half and won well with the whole squad making a strong contribution especially the lads who come off the bench. Seapoint are a fine team who’ll take plenty of points off teams in this league. We’ve still got plenty to work on but we’re happy to kick off our league season with a fine home win.”

The whole of Tallaght Rugby Club wish to send our warmest congratulations to our player Alan Moore and his wife Clare on the recent birth of their son Finn. 

Man of the match: Niall Mahon

Tallaght RFC

  1. James Carr
  2. Ken McGovern
  3. Andy Grace
  4. Alan Sower
  5. Kevin Quinn
  6. Jack Russell
  7. Niall Mahon
  8. Adam Nolan (Captain)
  9. Andrew Rudd
  10. David Clarke
  11. Ciaran Rudd
  12. Denny McCarthy
  13. Padraig Jones
  14. Rob Hudson
  15. Simon Collie
  16. Tony McManus
  17. Andy Caswell
  18. Alan Moore
  19. Joe Ivers
  20. Daryl Keogh
  21. Marc Keatinge
  22. Kark Segrave

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photo: Anne Kavanagh

Weekend fixtures 12th-13th October

There is just the one senior fixture this weekend.

The men’s first team take on Seapoint in their first match in Metro League Division 6 in a fixture that was originally scheduled for last weekend. Kick-off on Saturday is 3PM in Tymon Park.

The Under 8’s are playing DLSP in Churchtown at 10am on Sunday. All the rest of the youths have training at their normal times.

Please make your best effort to get out and support all our teams.

Weekend fixtures 5th-6th October

There is an action-packed weekend of rugby if the weather allows it.

On Saturday there’s a double header with both men’s team at home in Tymon Park. First up is the 2nds team who take on Clondalkin in Metro League Division 11 with a 1PM kick-off. Then the men’s first team take on Seapoint in their first match in Metro League Division 6 with a 3PM kick-off.

UPDATE: Both men’s fixtures have been postponed due to an unplayable pitch.

Then on Sunday the Tallaght women’s team make a trip to the north side to take on Suttonians in Division 4. Kick-off is at 1.00 PM in the JJ McDowell Grounds.

In the youths the under 18s Bisto girls are playing Clontarf away on Saturday with kick-off at 10am. One the same day the under 14s Tallaght girls are playing Seapoint/DLSP away in Seapoint RFC with a 12 noon kick-off.

There is training for U18s and U16s Bisto girls in St Mary’s on Friday at 7:00 pm. Training for the U14 girls in Firhouse on Sunday from 10 to 11AM. The under 12’s play Barnhall on Sunday morning in Clondalkin weather permitting (Ko tbc). The minis, U7’s, U8’s, U9’s, U10’s, and U11’s have training on Sunday as normal on Pitch 100 starting at 10AM. The boys under-16s are training Sunday morning at 9.45.

Please make your best effort to get out and support all our teams.

Tallaght 17 CYM 27

Aisling Pyke

Tallaght R.F.C. 17

Tries: Megan Fogarty 2, Aisling Pyke
Con: Louise Lombard

CYM R.F.C. 27

Women’s League Division 4
Tymon Park
29/09/2019

The Tallaght women’s team kicked off their Division 4 campaign by hosting CYM in Tymon Park. They got off to a great start when full back Megan Fogarty broke away for a fine try to give Tallaght a 5-0 lead. Straight from the kick-off number eight Aisling Pyke broke a tackle and showed great pace to race away for a second try to make it 10-0. After a great start Tallaght’s performance started to decline. They began falling off tackles and when in possession they were too slow to get to the ball carrier which led to lots of turnovers. CYM hit back with two quick tries. Aisling Pyke managed to block the first conversion but the second one went over to give CYM a 12-10 lead. CYM added a third try to lead 17-10 at half-time.

The second half remained scoreless for nearly thirty minutes. Eventually though Megan Fogarty spotted a gap and raced away for a superb individual try. Louise Lombard kicked the conversion and the sides were level. Unfortunately Tallaght got turned over in their own twenty two and CYM got it wide to score a try in the corner to restore their lead. Tallaght desperately looked for a winning score but instead CYM got the final try of the match to win 27-17.

Tallaght’s coach Niall Mahon was disappointed with the result but were pleased with the effort of his players. “We worked hard throughout and scored some good tries. But our defence let us down and that is something we need to work on in training. Aisling Pyke had a fine game, as did Grainne Flood in her first game of rugby. But Megan Fogarty was our player of the match. She made several great hits and scored two fine tries.”

Woman of the match: Megan Fogarty

Tallaght

  1. Dara Silva Oliveira
  2. Martina Fitzpatrick (Captain)
  3. Karen Corrigan
  4. Ciara Corcoran
  5. Aimee Travers
  6. Lisa Connors
  7. Vicky Cobbe
  8. Aisling Pyke
  9. Eileen Shanahan
  10. Grainne Flood
  11. Angelika Gertz
  12. Louise Lombard
  13. Marta Hoppe
  14. Lisa O’Connell
  15. Megan Fogarty
  16. Ellen Crotty
  17. Seana Greenhalgh

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photo: Paul Cronin