Tallaght Stadium showcases local talent on uplifting day
It was a proud day for both Clondalkin RFC and Tallaght RFC when Tallaght Stadium recently played host to the cream of local rugby talent.
The day was organised by Leinster South Dublin CROs Damien McCabe and Ken Moore and was a huge success as regards showcasing the clubs involved, community rugby and promoting the fastest growing sport in South West Dublin.
The sun was shining, the football posts replaced with rugby posts and the day commenced with a seven-a-side U-15 girls game between Clondalkin RFC and a combination of Tallaght RFC/St Mary's RFC while the men's teams warmed up for their showdown.
Then the men's teams took to the pitch and played out an enthralling, entertaining and closely fought game, Clondalkin just pipping their neighbours in the end.
During the half-time break, both clubs' U-10 and U-12 mini-rugby teams got their time to shine on the main pitch and played off against each other- and entertain the decent crowd of spectators who had come along to enjoy the rugby on display on such a lovely day.
It was fantastic to see the players of both the adult teams leave their dressing-rooms early so they could clap the young players and future of both clubs, off the pitch before re-commencing the second half of their game.
Overall, the skills, talent and general rugby on display from all participants was a joy to behold and all players should be very proud of their efforts.
There are a number of people to thank: South Dublin County Council, Nicola Coffey and her staff at Tallaght Stadium, Brian and Evan Tyrell for pitch marking, all referees and officials on the day and Tom McKeown (Leinster North Midlands CRO) for assisting and assuring the event went off without any glitches.
Most importantly, a massive thank you to all the players, coaches, officials, spectators and volunteers both young and old, from both clubs who took part and made the day what it was.
This was the inaugural SDCC community rugby event and next season we hope to expand the net and give even more players the opportunity to experience rugby in the stadium.
The future of rugby in South West Dublin is bright and both clubs are always open and welcome new male and female members of all ages, ability or playing experience.
For more details check out www.clondalkinrugby.com & www.tallaghtrugby.com