Weekend fixtures 23rd/24th August

Philip “Bisto” Preston

Tallaght Rugby is back this weekend after the summer break.

The men’s first team are back in action first with the third staging of the Philip Preston Trophy as they take on Guinness RFC. The legend that was “Bisto” Preston left us all too soon three years ago and the game is played in his memory as he was a stalwart of both clubs on and off the field. This is the first time the game will be played in Tallaght after previously being held in the Iveagh Grounds. Kick off is 12.30 on Pitch 100 opposite Firhouse Community College and afterwards both teams will go to the nearby Old Mill pub to have refreshments and watch the England v Ireland match.

All are welcome especially the friends and family of “Bisto”.

Leinster Rugby run kicking session at Tallaght

Leinster Rugby did a kicking session with the Tallaght men’s team on pitch 100 last Tuesday. Massive thanks to Damien McCabe (Leinster Rugby) for doing the session. He focused on punt kicks, spiral and drop kicks from restarts and place kicks at the end of the session. Damien will also be back in August to see how  far the lads have progressed.

Tallaght RFC Awards 2019

Alan Moore – Player of the year

The annual club awards were held at the Old Mill bar on Saturday the 18th of May. First up were the women’s team and Ellen Crotty was given the award for try of the year. Then Seana Greenhalgh and Karen Corrigan were given a joint award for Best Newcomers after they both only took up the sport this season. Finally Martina Fitzpatrick was named player of the year. Martina led from the front and was one of the most consistent players in the team.

Then it was the men’s turn and young Tony O’Loughlin was awarded the seconds team player of the year. Padhraig Jones was given the award for the try of the season for his fine effort against Bective. Rob Hudson was then given the Most Improved player award for his outstanding scoring this season in terms of tries and kicks. Then head coach Tom Leigh presented Alan Sower with the player’s player of the year award. Sower is a player who can play anywhere in the pack and his consistency of performance won him the players’ admiration. Then Alan Moore was awarded the player of the year award. Moore rejoined the club this season and his power in the second row and his lineout ability was crucial in Tallaght winning the league and cup double.

Director of Rugby Luke Tyrrell then presented the Philip Preston award for outstanding work with youths to Aileen McGovern who has done great work coaching the Bisto’s girls team this season. Then Tyrrell presented the club person of the year award to club captain Adam Nolan for his tireless efforts off the field including coaching the women’s team. Conor Montague was also named youth’s coach of the year. Young Elliot Leigh was also voted supporter of the year and the award was accepted on his behalf by his father Tom.

Finally thanks to all the staff and to Shauna Power and Aoife Davoren for organising a great night in the Old Mill and also to Anne Kavanagh for taking the photos.

Ellen Crotty Try of the Year
Seana Greenhalgh – Joint best newcomer
Martina Fitzpatrick – Player of the year
Adam Nolan – Club person of the year
Aileen McGovern – Philip Preston award
Tony O’Loughlin – Seconds player of the year
Padhraig Jones – Try of the year
Rob Hudson – Most Improved player
Alan Sower – Player’s player of the year

Mary Norton R.I.P.

Everyone at Tallaght Rugby was greatly shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing last week of Mary Norton, the mother of our former player Emmet.

Our deepest sympathies go out to her three sons Cormac, Darragh and Emmet. She was also a cherished Nana to Ciaran, Ronan, Maya, Cillian, Lucy and Zoe. Mary will be sadly missed and forever loved by her sons, daughters-in-law Helen, Denise and Louise, grandchildren, extended family and friends.

Reposing at Massey Bros. Funeral Home, Clondalkin Village on Thursday between 5 pm and 7 pm. Funeral Mass will be held in the Presentation of our Lord Church, Knockmitten, Clondalkin on Friday at 11 a.m. followed by burial in Bohernabreena Cemetery. All enquiries to Massey Bros., Ph 014574455

Tallaght 1st 18 DLSP 10

Tallaght 1sts 18

Try: Ken McGovern 2
Con: Rob Hudson
Pen: Rob Hudson, Adam Nolan

DLSP: 10

John Madden Cup Final
Malahide RFC

The Tallaght men’s first team took on DLSP in the John Madden Cup final in Malahide looking to make it a double for the season after they won the Metro 7 league last week. It was an incredibly cold and windy day out by the coast but Tallaght chose to play into the breeze and they put together some good early phases. After some powerful running from Andy Grace, Jack Russell and Joe Ivers, Tallaght earned a penalty near the DSLP line. Skipper Adam Nolan opted against kicking for points and instead took a quick tap. He was stopped but after a couple of phases hooker Ken McGovern forced his way over the line for a try. Rob Hudson converted and Tallaght led 7-0.

Tallaght continued to dominate with centre Padraig Jones making good yards on each carry. Second row Alan Moore was also terrorising the DSLP lineout with several steals. Their pressure eventually led to a penalty near the posts which Rob Hudson converted to give Tallaght a 10-0 lead after 25 minutes. Tallaght perhaps got a little complacent after that and DLSP fought their way back into the game. DLSP had some very dangerous backs and Tallaght were finding it hard to put them down in the tackle. Eventually the pressure told and DLSP went through for a try in the corner and then kicked a superb conversion to make the half-time score 10-7.

In the second half Tallaght had the wind at their backs and they had a clear plan to kick for territory and pin DLSP back in their own half. It didn’t quite work out like that though as Tallaght’s discipline fell off a cliff and they conceded penalty after penalty to allow DLSP to dominate the first twenty minutes of the half. Eventually they won a penalty in the Tallaght half and kicked it to level the match at 10-10. Tallaght were under pressure now and they suffered a blow when vice-captain Simon Collie, who had been immense in defense, had to withdraw due to a knock to the head.

But they regained their composure and they won a penalty just inside their own half. With the strong wind behind him, Adam Nolan decided to take it on and he sent an excellent kick which just clipped the left post as it went over to give Tallaght a 13-10 lead. DLSP came back strongly but replacement back row Daniel Pomares was putting himself about with some massive hits to maintain Tallaght’s lead. Scrum-half Andy Rudd and centre Dave Clarke were also putting in a series of excellent tackles.

Nolan put Tallaght is a good position with a fine kick into the DLSP twenty two from a penalty. Tallaght’s pack took over and eventually Ken McGovern, aided by a strong shove by Andy Caswell, forced his way over for his second try of the match in an outstanding performance. The conversion was missed but at 18-10 Tallaght were two scores clear. The referee insisted there was enough time for the restart and after some comically chaotic scenes Tallaght couldn’t quite find a way to kick the ball off the pitch. Eventually DSLP knocked on and the referee blew up to spark celebrations on the Tallaght sideline.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was again delighted for his players. “We probably weren’t at our best today. We had a good start but then we get a little sloppy. But I think the win last week was crucial in terms of our belief. Even when things weren’t going great, we didn’t panic or throw the towel in. Instead we took the blows and came back stronger which I believe is a mark of the maturity of the team. Fair play to DLSP, they gave us a tough match like always but it was played in a fair spirit.”

“A lot of players played well today but man of the match was Ken McGovern who came up with two tries and was big in defence like he always is. But I want to thank all the extended squad, some of which who didn’t get to play in the last two weeks. Their commitment to training has been amazing and it’s driven everyone else on. I also want to thank our medical team, the mighty duo of Emma-Louise Doyle and Mark Keogh who look after both our men’s and women’s teams. Their passion and dedication to our players’ health and well-being is incredible and they’re an invaluable part of the set-up.”

“I also want to thank our backs coach Gary Brennan who has come in this season and really challenged everyone to improve their skills and general decision-making. Our chairman Luke Tyrrell has also played a major role again and also I want to thank all our committee for their hard work over the season. Lastly I want to thank our amazing supporters again who make the long trek out to Malahide and stood in the freezing wind to support the lads. This isn’t just a sports club, this is a family and we really appreciate everyone who made the time to come out to support us over the whole season. It’s been great to have the success but this is just a beginning and we’re already looking forward to moving up a division and seeing how we adjust to a higher level. We also want to have two Tallaght teams next season and we hope anyone who’s been inspired by our success will come up to play for us next season as new players are always welcome.”

Man of the match: Ken McGovern

Tallaght RFC

15. Simon Collie
14. Rob Hudson
13. Padraig Jones
12. David Clarke
11. Aaron Shanahan
10. Daryl Keogh
9. Andrew Rudd

1. Tony McManus
2. Ken McGovern
3. Andy Grace
4. Joe Ivers
5. Alan Moore
6. Alan Sower
7. Jack Russell
8. Adam Nolan (Captain)

Substitute Positions

16. Colin Morrison
17. Daniel Pomares
18. Sean Hanlon
19. Andy Caswell
20. Kevin Quinn
21. Karl Segrave
22. Luke Brady Deegan

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Mark Luttrell

Adam Nolan makes the tackle

Jack Russell

Ken McGovern

Tony McManus

Weekend Fixtures 13th/14th April 2019

After winning the league last week, the Tallaght men’s first team are hoping to make it a double this Saturday in the John Madden Cup final against DLSP. Kick-off is 3PM in Malahide Rugby Club and you can read the match preview here.

The older youths have training tonight at 6pm – 7pm. Tomorrow the Bisto Ladies have training at 6.30pm in St Marys. On Sunday training is at 10am for the minis’s, Under 8’s, Under 11’s and the older youths travel to St Catherine’s Park for a friendly with Coolmine. Kick off is at 11am. Also the Heineken Cup will be present for Sunday training up at pitch 100 if anyone wants a picture taken with it.

Please make your best effort to get out and support the lads if you can. 

John Madden Cup Final Preview

Tallaght 1sts v DLSP
Madden Cup Final

Saturday 13th April 2019
Malahide RFC
Kick-off 3.00PM

The Tallaght Rugby men’s first team 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 their late long-time club member John Madden. Tallaght travel in great spirits after they won the Metro Division 7 League Final last weekend by beating Seapoint 13-12 in a nail-biter of a match. After losing four finals in the last two seasons, the win lifted a monkey off their backs and it was the first league title in the short history of the club.

When Tallaght made the final two years ago, they lost by just two points to Coolmine in what was another cracking game. This time they will hope to get over the line and they take on a DLSP side with whom they’ve had plenty of tough battles over the years. Tallaght have made the final with two hard fought wins over Guinness and Railway Union while DLSP beaten AIB and Coolmine to get there.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh is looking forward to the team’s second final in a week, especially after their win last weekend. “Last week was amazing and it was such a relief to finally get over the line in a final. But now we want to develop a winning habit in finals and a league and cup double would be just reward for these lads after all the hard work they’ve put in. We know DLSP very well as a club and we partnered up with them with our seconds team to form the Tallasalle team that went very well and made the Metro League Division 11 final. But when the whistle blows there will be no love lost and we’ll expect the usual fierce contest.”

“Last week the support out in Seapoint was just amazing. There was so many of our supporters there that we genuinely felt like the home team. We asked them to support us in a lot of finals over the last three years and even when we’ve lost, they’ve always backed us from the first minute to the last. So we were delighted to finally reward them with a trophy and we’re asking them to follow us out to Malahide if they can and hopefully they can watch us complete the double.”

Greystones 53 Tallaght 19

Ashling Pyke scores

Greystones 53

Tallaght R.F.C. 19

Tries: Aisling Pyke, Eileen Shanahan, Ellen Crotty
Con: Caoimhe Hogan 2

Dr Hickey Park

Tallaght took on Greystones in the Paul Cusack Plate. Asling Pyke scored Tallaght’s only try in the first half as Gretstones took a 33-7 half-time lead. Greystones made the game safe in the second half but Eileen Shanahan got her first try for the club and then Ellen Crotty scored the last try of the match. Caoimhe Hogan kicked two conversions as well.

Tallaght coach Adam Nolan “The season has been tough this year but it was great to finish on a positive note with those last two tries. I want to thank all the players who’ve worked hard all year. It’s been an up and down season but hopefully with the players we’ve brought in this season, we’ll seen an improvement in results next season. I also want to thank all the coaches and the supporters and our sponsors Therapie Ireland.”


15. Megan Fogarty
14. Lisa O’Connell
13. Ellen Crotty
12. Eileen Shanahan
11. Anne Kavanagh
10. Aisling Pyke
9. Caoimhe Hogan

1. Martina Fitzpatrick (Captain)
2. Lisa Kennedy
3. Karen Corrigan
4. Aileen McGovern
5. Seana Greenhalgh
6. Vicky Cobbe


16. Jacinta Purcell

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Cathy Ready/Anne Kavanagh

Ellen Crotty

Seapoint 12 Tallaght 1sts 13

Seapoint 12

Tallaght 1sts 13

Try: Rob Hudson
Con: Rob Hudson
Pen: Rob Hudson, Adam Nolan

Metro League Division 7 Final
Kilbogget Park

Tallaght took on Seapoint in the Metro League Division 7 final looking to win the trophy at the third attempt after losing in the two previous finals. Seapoint had been in excellent form since Christmas scoring points freely and they gave Tallaght a taste of their offloading game from the start when they broke free out wide and only failed to score due to some last ditch defending. Tallaght settled down though and out-half Daryl Keogh was finding gaps in the Seapoint defence. The backs released full back Simon Collie and the Australian broke through on a great run and looked sure to score a try but for a high tackle that was penalised. Rob Hudson kicked the resulting penalty to give Tallaght a 3-0 lead.

Seapoint didn’t wait long to respond though. They moved the ball out wide and again their outstanding offloading left Tallaght short of numbers on the flank and they scored a try in the corner. They kicked an excellent conversion too to make it 7-3 to Seapoint. Tallaght hit back well though and dominated the next twenty minutes without getting any reward on the scoreboard. Despite playing into the wind they kept Seapoint pinned in their own half with Andy Grace, Tony McManus and Alan Moore carrying strongly but the crucial last pass let them down.

Seapoint eventually got out of their half and broke away through more great offloading in a move that looked certain to end in a try. But Tallaght’s defence didn’t quit and first Simon Collie and Dave Clarke make last ditch tackles but the Seapoint player was still diving over the line to score only for flanker Jack Russell to swooop in at the last minute to rip the ball away and prevent a certain try. Even at the time it felt like a game-changer.

Seapoint weren’t finished though and they spent the rest of the half hammering away at the Tallaght line with pick and drives from the pack. But the tenacious Tallaght close-in defence, led by Ken McGovern, Al Sower and Joe Ivers, kept Seapoint out and Tallaght survived and were happy to be only trailing 7-3 at half-time.

Tallaght started the second half strongly and when a ball ran loose Ken McGovern picked it up and carried strongly in typical style. But McGovern also spotted Seapoint’s defence were lacking in numbers and instead of going to ground he spotted winger Rob Hudson on his shoulder and found him with a beautiful offload. Hudson took the ball in his own half and easily beat his man and couldn’t believe his luck as there was nothing but open space between him and the try line. He sped away and scored under the posts and then converted his own try to make it 10-7 to Tallaght.

Again though Seapoint didn’t take long to hit back and they smashed away at the Tallaght line until their number eight spotted an under-manned ruck and went over for the try. Crucially though, the conversion was missed to leave Tallaght only two points behind at 12-10. Tallaght reacted well though and their lineout, which was excellent all day, was the key. Ken McGovern’s throw was superb and the maul started just inside their own half and basically just kept trundling on into the twenty two until Seapoint were forced to collapse it and concede the penalty in front of the posts.

With Hudson off the pitch Adam Nolan took over the place-kicking duties but to everyone’s disbelief, he shanked the kick to the right of the posts. Nolan was disgusted with himself but two minutes later Tallaght were awarded another penalty much further out to the right hand side. After missing such an easy kick, Nolan could have opted for a kick to touch as an easy option. Instead he put the pressure back on himself and pointed to the posts.  He then nailed a superb kick to make it 13-12 to Tallaght with ten minutes left.

Seapoint came back hard at Tallaght but their defence was excellent and Padraig Jones and Aaron Shanahan made some massive hits to keep them at bay. Replacements forwards Colin Morrison, Kevin Quinn and Sean Hanlon were also making their presence felt with big hits and scrum-half Andy Rudd was making countless tackles often against bigger men but always bringing them down. Seapoint broke free and their dangerous outside centre had a two on one but Simon Collie didn’t buy his bluff at passing and smashed him in the tackle to end the threat.

Seapoint kept coming though and they won a long range penalty and opted to kick at goal with only five minutes remaining. The kick looked good but at the last minute it drifted left and came back off the posts. Daryl Keogh regathered the ball and took it into contact but the support was too slow to get to him and he was penalised to give the Seapoint kicker another chance. The kick was closer in but at a wider angle and with Tallaght hearts in their mouth, it drifted wide. Tallaght still had defending to do though and Seapoint again looked dangerous out wide but replacement winger Karl “Moonbeam” Segrave made a crucial tackle to force the knock-on and it turned out to be the final play of the game. The referee checked his watch and to Tallaght’s relief and amazement, he blew the whistle to spark wild celebrations from Tallaght and their huge travelling support which had been loudly vocal for the whole game.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was thrilled for his team. “I came here four years ago and from day one, I believed we could win this league. It’s taken a lot of hard work and we’ve had some heartbreak along the way but those defeats just make today’s win all the sweeter. All credit to Seapoint, they’re an excellent team and they pushed us all the way today. It was a great cup final, played hard as both sets of players put their bodies on the line but also in a fair spirit that was great to see. If Seapoint keep going as they are, it won’t be long before we see them in Division 6. But I’m so delighted for our players today. We took a bad beating at home to Seapoint in January but it forced us to take a long hard look at ourselves and we came back stronger which is a mark of their character.”

“As for man of the match, we discussed this long and hard but there was so many players who came up with big moments that it was an impossible choice. There was Jack Russell’s rip to prevent a certain try, Adam Nolan’s kick to win the match, Ken McGovern’s offload for the try and Rob Hudson’s brilliant finish. There was Simon Collie’s crucial defending which saved us on a couple of occasions, Dave Clarke’s and Andy Rudd’s countless tackles and Alan Moore’s typical powerhouse all round game. In the end we just decided to give the award to the whole squad as they were all terrific.”

“Finally I just want to thank our amazing support today. We’ve asked them to come out for finals a few times in the last three seasons and their support was brilliant even though we couldn’t get the win they so desperately wanted. So we’re delighted to reward their fantastic support with the trophy today. This is a reward not just for the players and coaches of Tallaght today but for all the countless people who’ve worked down through the years to put Tallaght where they are today. We have the Madden Cup final next week in Malahide and hopefully we’ll finish the season with two trophies to our name, but regardless of the result of that match, it’s been a fantastic season either way.”

Man of the match: The whole squad

Tallaght RFC

15. Simon Collie
14. Aaron Shanahan
13. Padraig Jones
12. David Clarke
11. Rob Hudson
10. Daryl Keogh
9. Andrew Rudd

1. Tony McManus
2. Ken McGovern
3. Andy Grace
4. Joe Ivers
5. Alan Moore
6. Alan Sower
7. Jack Russell
8. Adam Nolan (Captain)

Substitute Positions

16. Colin Morrison
17. Daniel Pomares
18. Sean Hanlon
19. Sean Judd
20. Kevin Quinn
21. Karl Segrave
22. Ciaran Keane

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh

Adam Nolan

Joe Ivers

Padraig Jones

Rob Hudson