Golf Outing Winners

Pat Carolan was the Brindley cup winner with 37 points
Brian McNeice was active referee winner
Paul Delaney was visitor winner
David Petherbridge longest drive
20150529_173959 20150529_183451 photo 2Kevin Beggs won the Mugs cup 

2nd place Frank O’Dwyer
3rd place Bryan O’Neill
Front 9 Brendan Glennon
Back 9 Tommy Glennon

IRFU Panel Changes

Congratulations to Tim Townend who was promoted to the IRFU National Referees panel and Helen O’Reilly who was promoted to the ‘A’ Panel in the recent panel appointments.

Congratulations also to Joy Neville who was promoted to the panel from Munster.

RWC refs start preparations

The 2015 Rugby World Cup match officials are busy with their first preparatory meeting ahead of the showpiece event which runs from September 18-October 31.

According to the SA Rugby Referees website, the gathering is taking place in Arcachon Bay on the southwest coast of France.

All of the match officials have gathered there with Joel Jutge, World Rugby’s manager of referees.

At the meeting are the 12 referees, seven assistant referees and four television match officials who will be involved in the World Cup matches in England and Wales.

The most experienced Test referee is Nigel Owens with 50 Tests, followed by Wayne Barnes (57) and South Africa’s Craig Joubert (55).

Rugby World Cup officials:

Referees (12): Wayne Barnes, JP Doyle (both England), Romain Poite, Jerome Garces, Pascal Gauzere (all France), George Clancy, Jonny Lacey (both Ireland), Glen Jackson, Chris Pollock of New Zealand), Craig Joubert, Jaco Peyper (both South Africa) and Nigel Owens (Wales).

Assistant referees (7): Federico Anselmi (Argentina), Stuart Berry (South Africa), Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Angus Gardner (Australia), Leighton Hodges (Wales), Marius Mitrea (Italy) and Mathieu Raynal (France).

Television match officials (4): George Ayoub (Australia), Graham Hughes (England), Ben Skeen (New Zealand) and Shaun Veldsman (South Africa).

President Sheridan on Recruitment

President Sheridan on recruitment

“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.”

President Sheridan on Gary Conways appointment

President Sheridan on Gary Conways appointment to the World Rugby U20 Championship

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.”

Presidents Address – Wayne Sheridan

IMG-20150424-WA0003I 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

U15 Premier League Final T.O.T.

U 15 Premier League Final Replay in Portlaoise.

3 man team Jason Meaney( sub ref) John S Dunne (Referee) and Nigel Fitzpatrick (TJ)

Well done Tullamore who came out on top against Naas 15-10.

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