Area Meetings

Midland’s Area Meeting,

Tullamore RFC,

Wednesday August 26th,

at 8pm

Agenda

  • Welcome new members
  • Presentation by David O’Brien
  • Open forum

Please note that some of this meeting may take place outdoors (Weather Permitting) please come prepared

 

North Midlands Meeting   

Monday September 7th.

KO 7:30.

Silken Thomas, Cill Dara

Presentation by David O’Brien

 

Presidents Address – in case you missed it

6 August 2015; Wayne Sheridan, President of the Association of Referees Leinster Branch. Leinster Rugby Branch Referee Photos. Bective Rangers, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

I am honoured to be elected President of the Association of Referees Leinster Branch for 2015/16 and will continue to strive and ensure its good standing is maintained within the IRFU.

I have inherited the Presidency of an Association which is in a very strong position under the management of the Hon Secretary Pierce Fitzpatrick, Treasurer Bryan O’Neill and Chairmen of various committees and, my goal with the assistance of all Members, is to bring it to maintain this high standard.

A proud Member of Old Wesley for 38 years, for the last 30, I have refereed and touch-judged throughout Ireland and at times abroad – although still blowing my whistle, nowadays I assist new referees as they progress up the ranks. It is my hope that they will gain as much enjoyment as I continue to do from the game of rugby football.

The ARLB has structures in place to help aspiring referees reach their goal of officiating at the highest level within the province and thereafter, the IRFU will provide additional opportunity to progress further. Attendance at the excellent Workshops given by Dave O’Brien is expected especially if one harbours ambitions of advancing up the refereeing ladder.

It is with great pleasure that I congratulate Gary Conway following his appointment to officiate at this summer’s World Rugby Under 20 Championship – Gary rose through the ranks to become Leinster’s Referee of the Year in 2013/14 before joining the Pro12 refereeing circuit.

Gary, best wishes for a successful Tournament and, I know you will do both yourself and the ARLB proud.

One of the main aims of the ARLB is the recruitment of referees and I will be ensuring this continues. New blood is the future of the Association and without additional referees, we will not flourish. In the past, dependence was upon the Clubs to put forward names for consideration but as this well has almost run dry, I appeal that if you know a suitable person, please ask them to seriously consider taking up the whistle.

I look forward to working as a Team of 3 with Dave MacDonald and Conor Byrne, my respective Senior and Junior Vice Presidents during the year ahead.

Fellow ARLB Members, I thank you again for the trust placed in me – I will not let you down.

Wayne Sheridan
President
Association of Referees Leinster Branch 2015/16

North Midlands boys training hard

The North Midlands Refs had a ‘boot camp ‘ last week in Athy RFC where we were put thru our paces by Athy 1st team coach Joe Carbury.   This is a photo of the ‘cool down ‘ session in Clancys,  Athy.

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Pacific Nations Cup, Round 3 – Officials

Pacific Nations Cup, Round 3

USA v Tonga
@ BMO Stadium, Toronto, Canada
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (France)
Assistant referees: JP Doyle (England), TBC (Canada)
Assessor: Alain Rolland (Ireland)

Fiji v Japan
@ BMO Stadium, Toronto, Canada
Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
Assessor: Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)

Canada v Samoa
@ BMO Stadium, Toronto, Canada
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Luke Pearce (England), Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
Assessor: Donal Courtney (Ireland)

Bank of Ireland – Leinster Rugby Referees

I hope you have been summering well and following Paul Haycocks fitness program. As you may be aware, Leinster Rugby, signed a large deal with Bank of Ireland last August where the Bank extended their sponsorship of the Leinster Rugby brand from grass roots level right up to the professional senior team (details at http://www.leinsterrugby.ie/domestic/12301.php#.Va-HPLNViko)  .

As part of this the Leinster Referees are included and therefore will now be sponsored by Bank of Ireland. We are very excited by this partnership.

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