The Tallaght women’s team played their second game of the season away to Greystones.
Tallaght began well and the excellent centre Chloe Conroy made a powerful burst through the middle and raced away for a try under the post. Grainne Flood converted and Tallaght led 7-0. They held that lead for fifteen minutes when Greystones scored a try to make it 7-5.
Tallaght were under pressure for the rest of their half as their failure to support the ball carrier in contact led to many turnovers. They defended bravely but finally gave away one too many penalties near their line and the referee awarded a penalty try to make it 12-7 to Greystones at half-time.
In the second half Greystones hit Tallaght with a double whammy of tries. They first scored a try to make it 17-7 and then from the restart they intercepted a loose pass to run a try under the posts and at 24-7 the game was over as a contest. However Tallaght didn’t let their heads drop and Chloe Conroy made another great burst to get Tallaght into the Greystones 22. Tallaght showed good patience and after strong carries from Laura Dalton and Aisling Pyke, scrum-half Eileen Shanahan darted through a gap for a deserved try. Grainne Flood converted to make the final score 24-14 to Greystones.
Skipper Martina Fitzpatrick was encouraged with the performance of her team. “We started and finished the game very strongly. It was the period in the middle that let us down. But this is the first time we’ve come to Greystones and not shipped at least fifty points so the girls can feel proud of their performance. There is tonnes of stuff we can improve on though so it’s important we work on that stuff in training. On behalf of the players I just want to thank all coaching staff for their hard work so far. Laura Dalton played her first ever game of rugby today and played well. Roisin Doyle played her first game in over two years after maternity leave and tackled like a demon. But Chloe Conroy was exceptional with the ball in hand today and is a deserved woman of the match.”
Leinster League Division 3 Cup Semi-final Tymon Park 12/09/2021
The Tallaght men’s first team took on Ardee in the Leinster League Division 3 cup semi-final in their first competitive home game in Tymon Park in over eighteen months.
Like last week Tallaght began slowly again and were tackling way too high and were too slow off the line. Ardee had lots of powerful ball carriers and they made ground easily as Tallaght soaked too many tackles. They didn’t have to wait long to take advantage as they scored their first try after four minutes to take a 5-0 lead.
Ardee kept the pressure on and looked likely to score again in the corner but wing Rob Browner saved the day with a timely interception. In the second quarter of the first half, Tallaght finally got going and started to earn some decent territory. Finally the pressure told when prop Al Sower was put away to score in the corner to make it 5-5.
However Ardee hit back with a superb individual try as their inside centre took the ball in his own half and beat several Tallaght tacklers to score. Ardee converted to make it 12-5. Tallaght hit back with some positive carries from Ken McGovern and Andy Caswell. Ardee also had a man yellow carded for a high tackle. Then from a scrum Adam Nolan broke from number eight and passed to Nick McGuinness who offloaded to David Clarke who showed good hands to put wing Rob Hudson away for a try to leave the half-time score at 12-10.
Tallaght got a boost in the second half when Ardee were show a second yellow card, and then a straight red card, both for high tackles. However the referee then quickly showed Tallaght skipper Adam Nolan a yellow card, also for a high tackle. Despite the one man advantage, Tallaght couldn’t make it count and the game devolved into a very scrappy affair. Ardee broke away again through more poor Tallaght tackling and finally scored out wide and converted to make it 19-10. Tallaght were dominating the scrum but couldn’t make anything of it and the game finished 19-10 to Ardee who will now play Dogos/AIB in the final next weekend.
Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was unhappy with the performance. “We never really got going to be honest. Our linespeed and our tackle height just weren’t good enough and that cost us throughout the game. When we focused long enough to get through some phases we were able to score easily enough. Our set-piece generally went well again too. But there’s a lot of issues we need to address and we need to get the numbers up in training to fix them. Good luck to Ardee in the final.”
Man of the match: Al Sower
1. Alan Sower 2. Ken McGovern 3. Andy Caswell 4. Mark Keogh 5. Joe Ivers 6. Josh O’Brien 7. Kevin Quinn 8. Adam Nolan (Captain) 9. Andrew Rudd 10. Darryl Keogh 11. Rob Browner 12. David Clarke 13. Nick McGuinness 14. Rob Hudson 15. Ciaran Rudd 16. Andy Grace 17. Mick Corrigan 18. Graham O’Brien 19. Niall Mahon 20. Jordan Corrigan 21. Josh Sweeney
Tries: Dave Clarke, Gavin McKeon, Adam Nolan Con: Adam Nolan Pen: Adam Nolan 2
Leinster League Division 3 Cup Jamestown College 05/09/2021
The Tallaght men’s first team took on Ratoath in the Leinster League Division 3 cup in their first competitive match in eleven months due to Covid restrictions.
Tallaght began slowly and were fortunate that several missed tackles didn’t lead to a Ratoath try. Tallaght suffered an injury blow when they lost second row Colin Morrison after ten minutes with a shoulder injury. Their luck ran out on the twenty minute mark though when Ratoath forced their way over for a converted try to lead 7-0. Skipper Adam Nolan kicked a penalty to reduce the deficit to 7-3 but then Ratoath kicked a penalty of their own to make it 10-3.
In the last ten minutes of the first half, Tallaght finally got going and started to dominate possession. Al Sower and Mark Keogh made big carries and finally Dave Clarke broke through a gap to score a try under the posts. Nolan converted to make the half-time score 10-10.
Tallaght started the second half strongly but then suffered a blow when losing centre Rob Browner who took a knock to the head making a fine tackle that helped save a try. But then from a scrum that disintegrated Ratoath were able to force their way over for a try to lead 15-10. However the Tallaght scrum were about to get their revenge, winning a penalty at the next set-piece. Nolan kicked the penalty for Tallaght to reduce the deficit to 15-13.
Tallaght were now in the ascendancy off the back of some great tactical kicking from out-half Daryl Keogh. Flanker Josh O’Brien, making his first Tallaght appearance, was immense in defence leading the tackle count. Tallaght won a penalty that was within kicking range but Nolan decided to kick for touch instead for the lineout. The lineout was lost initially but Tallaght managed to retrieve the ball and set up an attack. Darryl Keogh and Clarke both went close but then replacement flanker Kevin Quinn put winger Gavin McKeon over for a try in the corner with a smart pass. Tallaght now led for the first time in the match 18-15. Rathoath were running from deep and nearly broke away for a try but Ciaran Rudd got back to execute a superb cover tackle to save the day.
With ten minutes left Tallaght got into good territory again. From a lineout Nolan got the ball and showed his strength to get the ball over the line for a try to give Tallaght a 23-15 lead. Ratoath didn’t give up and scored a converted try to make it 23-22 with a couple of minutes left. It made for a nervous finish for Tallaght but they kicked deep again and defended well. The game was finished when Nolan stripped the ball in the tackle and Tony McManus kicked the ball out.
Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was satisfied with the win. “We were missing twenty odd players due to injury and unavailability so we had to ask a lot of lads to step up from the seconds. To a man, they were excellent. There is a lot to work on and we were far from perfect. But when it was put up to us, we responded with guts and smart rugby. Al Sower and Darryl Keogh had fine games today but my man of the match was Josh O’Brien who tackled himself to a standstill. We’ve got Ardee at home next week in the semi-final and we’re looking forward to that already.”
Man of the match: Josh O’Brien
1. Alan Sower 2. Tony McManus 3. Andy Caswell 4. Patrick Toth 5. Colin Morrison 6. Josh O’Brien 7. Mark Keogh 8. Adam Nolan (Captain) 9. Andrew Rudd 10. Darryl Keogh 11. Mick Corrigan 12. David Clarke 13. Rob Browner 14. Gavin McKeon 15. Ciaran Rudd 16. Kevin Quinn 17. Wayne Stewart 18. Graham O’Brien
The Tallaght women’s team played their first competitive game for 18 months after the covid enforced break. New head coach Sean Bishop sent out a team with six players making their first senior start.
Tallaght began brightly and captain Martina Fitzpatrick led from the front with some forceful carries. Wicklow were the first on the scoresheet when their speedy backs broke away for a try which they converted to make it 7-0. They followed up with two more tries, one of which they converted to make it 19-0.
Tallaght didn’t let their heads drop though. Chloe Conroy and Emma Irvie both made strong breaks and challenged the Wicklow defence. The Tallaght number eight Aisling Pyke took a quick tap from a penalty and broke two tackles to score an excellent try to make the half-time score 19-5.
In the second half Wicklow threatened to break away to score a few times but Tallaght kept tackling well to keep them scoreless until five minutes from the end when Wicklow scored the only try of the half to make the final score 24-5. Unfortunately both Grainne Flood and Emma Irvin took heavy knocks towards the end of the game and hopefully they will both make swift recoveries.
Head Coach Sean Bishop was delighted with the performance of his team. “Considering it was our first game in 18 months and several of the team were playing their first game of rugby, I was delighted with how we went. That was a strong Wicklow team but we competed really well with them for long stretches of the game. There is definitely plenty we can improve on so we need to get everyone training to work on those areas. Emma Irvin made her first senior start and was excellent and was so unlucky to get injured at the end of the match. Eileen Shanahan tackled very well but our woman of the match was Aisling Pyke who was phenomenal as is as tough as nails.
Welcome back! Tallaght RFC are back in competitive action this weekend after a year’s break due to Covid restrictions.
The women’s team are back first, playing Wicklow in the Paul Cusack Cup. Kickoff is on Sunday the 5th of September at 1PM in Tymon Park. Later that afternoon, the Tallaght men’s firsts play in the Leinster League Division 3 cup first round. They take on Ratoath away at 3PM at Curragha Road.
Please come out to support the teams if you can while following government recommendations around social distancing.
Tallaght Rugby Club was set up in 2002 as part of the “Tallaght Project”, an IRFU initiative designed to introduce rugby in non-traditional areas. Over the last 19 years the club has come on leaps and bounds with the inclusion of a second senior men’s team, a women’s team, under 16 girls, under 16/18 boys and an ever expanding youth division ages 5 upwards. Although our club is growing in numbers and flourishing, we have yet to find a permanent safe place to call “Home”.
Over the last number of months our club has been at the receiving end of several anti social behaviour incidents which has led to our club property and council provided pitches being damaged. Most recently upon welcoming back our Senior teams to training, we discovered our pitch in Tymon Park was callously destroyed by vandals. Our posts were knocked down, a car burned out, the pitch scorched rendering it unusable. We have no idea when we will get to use this pitch again. Having no control over our ground is not feasible long-term. As a club we have decided that enough is enough. The time has come where we need to find a safe secure space for our rugby family. This is why we are launching the “Tallaght RFC Forever Home Campaign”.
We are asking to kindly help us raise funds so that we are in a better position to look at securing a space to call our own. The funds we raise might get us as far as a deposit for grounds to create a pitch or even (dreaming big here) develop a clubhouse.
No donation is too small as you are helping realise big dreams for our rugby family. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to when we can welcome you to our new home in the hopefully near future.
If you can’t donate please share our story with your family and friends. We are also always seeking new players to join our club from ages 5 upwards! No experience necessary. Feel free to contact us on our social media pages for more details.
Everyone at Tallaght Rugby Club was greatly saddened to hear of the passing this week of Michael (Mick) Caswell, the father of our long-standing player Andrew.
Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife Doreen, children Michael, Sandy, Neil, Jacqueline and the late Derek, his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his friends and family.
In line with Government/HSE advice, a small private funeral will take place. Mick’s family would ask that over the coming days, everyone who knew Mick would take some time to light a candle or say a prayer in his memory.
The Tallaght men’s awards for the 2019/20 season finally took place on a cold and wet December evening after training. They had been delayed since the season was prematurely ended in March in the hope the whole club could come together to celebrate as normal by now. However Covid 19 had other ideas but the Tallaght management wanted to mark the achievements of the season before they faded too much from memory.
It was an excellent season for both the first’s and second’s mens teams. The firsts only lost one game in the league as they topped the table and were awarded the Division 6 Metro league title when the final was cancelled. In Division 11 the men’s seconds team competed gamely to finish second to a dominant Clondalkin team who were awarded the title when the final was cancelled.
Hooker Ken McGovern was chosen by the coaches as the first team’s Player of the year. He was also chosen by his peers as the Player’s Player of the year, the first Tallaght player to be awarded both awards in the same season. Head coach Tom Leigh felt the double award was a measure of the respect Ken has in the club. “Ken was immense last season. His set-piece work was excellent and his ball carrying was superb. But where he really stood out was his defence. So many times we were under severe pressure on our line and Ken would be there time and again making massive hits. He was also a real leader off the pitch helping and advising younger lads.”
The second’s team player of the year was centre Jordan Corrigan. Second’s team captain/coach Simon Gaskell said Corrigan was a deserved winner. “We had a lot of new players who made a big impression so this wasn’t an easy choice. But Jordan came in and was quality from the start bringing power, pace and aggression from midfield. Unfortunately as second’s coach I mightn’t have him much longer as he’s starting to break into the first team squad now this season, but it’s going to be great to watch him progress and fulfil his potential.”
Finally the try of the season was awarded to Australian full back Simon Collie for his effort away to Barnhall. Collie has been one of the club’s standout players and characters since joining five years ago. His pace, strength and balance have seen him score countless great individual tries on the counter attack so it’s ironic that he’s awarded try of the season this time for a great team effort.
The move started with a perfectly executed lineout just inside Tallaght’s half. Then half backs Andy Rudd and Dave Clarke worked the ball to inside centre Denny McCarthy who had been in rampaging ball carrying form that day. But he surprised the Barnhall defence by turning to his right and executing a perfect cross field kick that landed into winger Aaron Shanahan’s path.
Shanahan showed all his Gaelic football skills to soar and take the ball and then offload it, all in the same movement. Collie didn’t even have to break stride as he took the offload and broke through stepping the Barnhall full back on his way to score under the posts. It was a try any team at any level would have been proud to score.
Well done to all the winners and hopefully some day soon we can do these awards together in nicer circumstances.
Happy Christmas and a happy new year to everyone at Tallaght RFC and all our friends, family and supporters!