Malahide Rugby Football Club was announced as ARLB club of the year at the associations annual dinner on Saturday 27th March. The award, voted annually by the active referees in Leinster has gone to a junior club for the second year in a row, with Ashbourne RFC winning in 2009. Malahide ranked highly in all four categories voted on – Changing Facilities, Pitch Conditions and Markings, Hospitality and Co-Operation of Captains and Teams. They narrowly pipped Clontarf and 2008 winners UCD for the award.
There were over 60 votes cast by the member of the association. Bernard Doyle, active referee of Malahide RFC collected the award on behalf of his club. He said that it was ‘ a great honour for the club to receive the recognition of the referees’ and he hopes that the referees can vote for them again in 2011.