As the business end of the season approaches our thoughts turn to our summer activities. If you wish to stay active, maintain fitness, socialise with fellow referees and gain some all-important match practice then IRFU Tag Rugby is the game for you.
Sign up to participate this summer and you will receive a full set of Volkswagen Tag Ref kit and become a member of the Referee Rewards Scheme. This scheme entitles referees to an Elverys Sports voucher up to the value of €100 at the end of the Tag season.
You can find a lot of information on the website, www.irishrugby.ie/tagrugby , where you can find a dedicated Referee section. You can also register to become a Tag referee here.
International Refereee Peter Fitzgibbon is the Development Officer for Tag referees. Feel free to contact him (firstname.lastname@example.org or 086-8322987).
As outlined at various meetings / forums by our President and others, this season we have been concentrating on making sure that these important educational events address the issues that are actually arising for our referees in their game management.
We are pleased to be offering Referee Fitness training starting April 2nd over the summer months. This is a great opportunity to train with your Colleagues and be pushed to the best of your ability.
Days: Mondays and Wednesdays
Time: 7pm – 8pm
Venue: Railway Union RFC, Park Avenue
Date: Starts April 2nd
The training will include different sessions including Cardio, Kettle bells, Plyometric & Boxing Pads among other things. This will help you lose weight, tone up and will massively increase your Anaerobic ability.
If you are interested, we will run 2 x 1hr sessions per week, at a cost of €40 per month. So for those of you on a budget, have two less pints a week and you are sorted . There will be a variety of trainers available to keep you on your toes with a multitude of backgrounds. If you want to get fit and have a bit of craic this is where to do it.
Sessions will all be outside and based in Railway Union. E-mail Eanna below if you are interested so we can organise numbers.
The President, Ciaran O’Brien cordially requests your attendance at our annual dinner. This is the social highlight of the season and we are encouraging a full attendance. You may also wish to invite your friends and club colleagues to come along and join us for the evening. Places are limited and will be on a first come basis.
A great turnout of 70 plus referees attended the General Members meeting in St Mary’s College RFC last night (06/03/2011). We were delighted to welcome Chris Pollock (NZRFU) to the meeting. Chris was in Dublin to referee the Ireland v Scotland 6 Nations game. Peter Fitzgibbon, International Referee and IRFU Leisure Rugby Office was also in attendance. Peter gave an overview of the forthcoming Volkswagen tag rugby and IRFU touch rugby tournaments being held this summer and encouraged referees to sign up. Those interested can sign up here. It is a great way to keep fit in a social environment over the summer.
History was made earlier this year for NUIM Barnhall as both Julie Clifford and Antoinette Jago took to the pitch to referee their first ever games, and in doing so became the first ever woman referees in the clubs 43 year history.
Julie and Antoinette attended the referees recruitment course with David Keane (IRFU) earlier this year. Both Julie and Antoinette are members of NUIM Barnhall’s A.I.L. Women’s team and currently train the NUIM Barnhall Angel’s mini girls team. They have refereed numerous tag games and have shown a keen interest in refing. Julie and Antoinette had been approached by NUIM Barnhall’s newest ARLB referee Jonathan Geoghegan to participate in the course. Jonathan Says “ I’ve been actively seeking possible new recruits within our club and when I spoke to both the Ladies about the possibility in getting involved with refing they were very interested. We’ve been lucky in the fact that we have recruited 4 refs in the past 6-8 months, Julie, Antoinette, Mark Maher and Eoin Tighe. Both Eoin and Mark are currently awaiting assessment and Julie and Antoinette are both currently trial members.” Jonathan went on to add “ We have been lucky in the fact that there are more girls from the Ladies team looking to go on a refs course to be able to ref within the club and I will be hoping to help them along to becoming ARLB refs”