Please help our refereeing colleague Damian Poder in his brave fight against cancer. Damian was diagnosed with bladder cancer in October 2016. He underwent an 11 week period in hospital where he had a kidney, his bladder and prostate removed. After this surgery another tumour was discovered in his bowel. He is currently at home and under the care of the community care team in Blackrock hospice. Damain will hopefully be taking part in an immunotherapy clinical trial due to start in early May.
As you know, we regard our Annual Dinner as one of the main highlights of our year. It is a celebration of the 2016/17 season that, so far at least, has been highly successful for the ARLB. That success is entirely due to your efforts, both on and off the pitch. The Dinner is also where we get to meet up with the other members of OUR club and renew friendships that are otherwise not easy to maintain. We will also honour 3 deserving members of our Association with Awards.
This year, the Dinner is taking place on Saturday April 1st, in Lansdowne FC, just a few hours after we watch Leinster play Wasps in the Quarter Final of the ERCC. Amongst others, we will be joined by the President of the IRFU, former International Referee Stephen Hilditch, who is also an excellent speaker. “Legendary” rugby player Ross O’Carroll Kelly will reply to the toast on behalf of the guests, which should be interesting!
We’ve had a busy start to the year in Leinster Rugby Referees HQ. On January 21st we ran our first recruitment course of 2017, in Terenure College. We had 24 eager new recruits attend the day long session. David O’Brien, the IRFU referee officer for Leinster was the main presenter on the day with our Vice President Conor Byrne welcoming the group in the morning. The main topics that David covered were broken into two components. The morning session saw us cover Game Management. This included: player safety / welfare, control, communication, materiality and advantage. The afternoon session saw us cover the technical modules such as scrum, lineout, the breakdown and offside.
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Leinster Rugby stalwart Prof. Arthur Tanner, so long an integral part of Leinster Rugby. A true gentleman of the sport and medical profession. Our deepest sympathy to his family and his wider Leinster Rugby family. RIP.
An extremely warm welcome to today’s match official JP Doyle. It is widely known that JP is a Dubliner and a referee who has consistently improved and moved up the referee ladder since his move to the RFU many many years ago. It is great to see him in the RDS today. I remember him refereeing on the hallowed surface of Terenure College many years ago as I plied my trade on the adjoining pitch. Obviously JP ended up being the better referee, but then again he doesn’t write great article. A warm welcome to his assistants also, Wayne Barnes, Simon McConnell and Stuart Terheege. Have a great game gentlemen.