Helen O’Reilly appointed to Women’s 6 Nations

Helen O’Reilly has been appointed to two IRB Women’s 6 Nations games in 2015. Helen will referee Scotland v Italy on February 28th and England v Scotland on March 14th.

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Well done to Helen.

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Ken Mills (RIP)

The President, Pat Carolan, on behalf of the Association of Referees, Leinster Branch,   extends our sincere sympathy to the family of Ken Mills, former President of the Association (1974 – 75), on his recent passing.

MILLS Kenneth (Ken), SC (Ballyboden, Dublin) – October 26, 2014 (peacefully) after several years in the tender care of the staff at Sally Park Nursing Home. Predeceased by Dot. Will be sadly missed by his loving children Carol, Paul and Gillian; grandchildren Owen, Fiona, Conor and Kevin; extended family including Sean, Olive and Mieke, and his many friends and colleagues from the world of sport and the Law Library.

Reposing at Fanagans Funeral Home, Main Street, Tallaght this Wednesday.  Funeral Service on Thursday in Rathfarnham Parish Church of Ireland at noon, followed by cremation at Newlands Cross Crematorium. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu, if desired, to the IRFU Charitable Trust.

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Leinster Match Program – Article 4

This article appeared in the Wasps Champions Cup program.

So what is it like starting out as a referee? Learning to referee rugby games is largely a trial by fire process. On the field there is only one referee (although there may be a few on the sidelines), that referee cannot change a decision once made, and no-one else can help you (although they can complain.)

To start, you need a whistle obviously, a watch, a law book, a few cards red and yellow in colour, a thick skin, and a love for the game of rugby. You’d be surprised how often referees forget things like whistles and cards running on to the pitch. You get caught up trying to get everything else right and forget the minor, import details. I ran on the pitch for my first AIL game with no score cards or red or yellow cards. I was in Munster. I was going to need them. Luckily the touch judge had a few which I duly used. Knowing your laws is important. The law book should be read and then enforced more than the traffic laws in Dublin, but less than the traffic laws in Germany. A love for the game of rugby gets one through times that one’s skin is not sufficiently thick. The first place a referee will try using a whistle and a new understanding of the game from having actually read the law book (which most of us never did while we were playing), is during a club practice. Learning how to watch the game as a referee; find ways to stay close to, but out of the way of, play; get used to blowing a whistle and starting play are important aspects of growing into refereeing. In Leinster we start referees off with underage, youth’s games. It gives them a feel for the game at a slower pace with often more obedient subjects, although the sidelines can be the hardest bit to overcome.

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Leinster Match Program – Article 3

This article appeared in the Munster Match Program.

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The start of the season usually sees the referee’s first social outing of the year. This year was no different as the annual golf outing took place in Dun Laoghaire Golf Club outside Bray in Wicklow. Over 40 referees hit the tee boxes for the afternoon onc they found the course after a number of road diversions. The course was in absolutely superb condition with the referees hacking through the lower and upper course. A torrential downpour set a few more prominent former referees back to the clubhouse early, but many braved the conditions and played on.

The winners on the day were as follows:

Winner Brindley Cup – David Bolger

Jim Dolan Memorial Plate – John Montayne

Muggs Cup – Patrick Mann

Visitors Prize – Pat Harrington

Longest Drive – David McHugh

Nearest Pin – Ray Ryan

Following the golf, the referees retired to the excellent clubhouse facilities and enjoyed a barbecue feast and the Connacht Leinster match. The President Pat Carolan handed out the prizes and thanked Dun Laoghaire for hosting the outing as short notice. Many thanks also went to Simon ‘Nigel’ Owens for his excellent organising of the event along with the administration committee for their efforts.

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Helen O’Reilly promoted

Congratulations to Helen O’Reilly who has been promoted to IPAS with immediate effect. This comes on the back of Helen’s great performance in the Womens Rugby World Cup 2014 and her continuous hard work and dedication to her refereeing.

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Helen joins the other Leinster representatives – Tim Towend, Aidan Fogarty and Colm Dawson on IPAS. We wish them all well as the season continues.

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Autumn International Match Appointments

Congratulations to Dudley Philips who will touch judge England v New Zealand on November 8th (N Owens Ref) and Wales v Fiji on November 15th (P Gauzerre Ref).

Well done also to our MAR colleagues John Lacey and George Clancy on their appointments and our USRFR colleagues Simon McDowell and Marshall Kilgore on their TMO appointments.

The full appointment list can be found on the IRB website.

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Leinster Match Program – Article 2

This article appeared in the Cardiff Match Program – thanks to Helen for her time and input into it.

This week we speak to Helen O’Reilly about her Womens Rugby World Cup 2014 experience.

Settling back into “normal life” after the World Cup is something that comes as a little bit of a shock to not only the players and management of International Teams but also to referees.  Having taken up refereeing in 2010 after retiring from a 12 year playing career, Helen O’ Reilly immediately fell in love with being in the middle of the pitch.  It wasn’t long before it was clear to not only Helen, the Leinster Rugby Referees and the IRFU that it was a realistic goal to referee at the top level.  Within 18 months of refereeing, Helen, took to the field in her home club of Ashbourne RFC, to referee her first International match – Ireland v Spain.  A further 18 months later, with 9 caps under her belt, Helen travelled to Marcoussis, Paris in July of this year to referee in the Women’s Rugby World Cup.

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Similar to the players who travelled to Paris, Helen also has put in an enormous amount of time training both on and off the field.  Early morning gym/pitch sessions before work with her strength & conditioning coach Marian Earls, technical workshops after work with Dave O’ Brien, IRFU Referee Development Officer are just some of the methods of Helen weekly preparation in a bid to get herself to the WRWC.

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Leinster Rugby Referees Annual Golf Outing

The annual golf outing took place e in Dun Laoghaire Golf Club outside Bray in Wicklow. Over 40 referees hit the tee boxes for the afternoon onc they found the course after a number of road diversions. The course was in absolutely superb condition with the referees hacking through the lower and upper course. A torrential downpour set a few more prominent former referees back to the clubhouse early, but many braved the conditions and played on.

The winners on the day were as follows:

Winner Brindley Cup – David Bolger

Jim Dolan Memorial Plate – John Montayne

Muggs Cup – Patrick Mann

Visitors Prize – Pat Harrington

Longest Drive – David McHugh

Nearest Pin – Ray Ryan

The President Pat Carolan handed out the prizes and thanked Dun Laoghaire for hosting the outing as short notice. Many thanks also went to Simon ‘Nigel’ Owens for his excellent organising of the event along with the administration committee for their efforts.

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IRFU Concussion

I attach a link to the updated IRFU Concussion Guidelines Video below.  This has gone live on the IRFU website this week.

http://www.irishrugby.ie/referees/concussion_advice_for_referees.php

 

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Leinster Rugby Program – Article 1

Welcome back to a new season. Whilst most of us were resting over the summer and enjoying the long sunny days a few of our referees were still hard at work. Dudley Phillips was in action in Japan at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo where he assisted John Lacey from Munster for the Japan v Samoa game in early June. His summer did not end there as he took a trip to Tbilisi for the IRB Tbilisi Cup, a competition between Georgia, Spain, Emerging Italy and the Emerging Jaguars. He was one of a team of three match officials at the tournament, the others being Luke Pearce (RFU) and Andrew McMenemy (SRU).

Pride of place of course goes to Helen O’Reilly. We mentioned back in April that Helen was selected as one of the Match Official for the 2014 Womens World Cup in France. Helen spent the summer refereeing and preparing for the World Cup. She refereed England v USA twice in a week in July and also refereed Irelands friendly with Wales in Ashbourne a few weeks later (highlights on our Facebook page). We were all glued to our screens at referee HQ every time Helen took to the pitch during the World Cup. To say she did amazingly would be an understatement. Helen is only in her second year as a referee so to even get to the World Cup was some achievement. Helen refereed the hosts opening game against Wales on day one and followed that with Canada against Samoa in round 2. She was then selected to referee the World Cup Semi Final between France and Canada – a result of her consistent performances in the pool stages. In front of a packed house in the Stade Jean Bouin in Paris, Helen excelled, in an extremely difficult game. Everyone involved in Leinster Rugby Referees are immensely proud of Helens achievements. It’s onwards and upwards from here for Helen.

France v Canada - Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final

A lot of our referees were busy with other activities over the summer, mainly touch rugby and tag rugby with a large number involved in the IRFU Tag Rugby competitions over the province including the All Ireland Finals in Old Belvedere RFC. Aoife McCarthy and Mark Scoyne also refereed at the European Touch Rugby Championships in Swansea in August.

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