Leinster Schools Cups – The Referees Favourite time of year.
This article was in the recent Leinster v Bennetton Treviso match progam.
Many thanks to all who contributed.
The first thing most referees look forward to after the Christmas period is the Leinster Schools Senior and Junior Challenge Cups. The draw in December kicks this off but it is the selection of referees that is greatly anticipated. Refereeing a schools cup game, be it in Donnybrook, the RDS, or any other club in Leinster is one of the highlights or any referees career. Not every referee gets to do one so being selected makes it a bit more special. Some referees may never have played to that level in schools, some may not have played rugby in schools at all and some are reliving past glories on the D4 pitch. Whilst any schools cup game is special for the players, it is equally special for the referee. Some referees may never be lucky enough to referee a game in front of a big crowd again, others may never referee on TV again, so it is an opportunity to be cherished.
I’ve been lucky enough to referee a few schools cups games both in Donnybrook, on TV and towards the later stages of the competition. These are games I will always look back on when I retire with fond memories. Some went better than others, I made some mistakes, but I thoroughly enjoyed every single one of them and refereed some great players who have moved into the Leinster setup such as Jerry Sexton, Ian Madigan, John Cooney to name but a few.
One of my first memories that will stick with me will be my first venture onto the Lansdowne Road pitch in 2006 where I touch judged the semi-final between Blackrock and Belvedere with Dudley Philips where Donal Courtney was in the middle. As we left the dressing rooms the pitch was covered in snow and it was snowing heavily. Dudley and I made the wrong decision to wear shorts. It was a super game and Lansdowne was packed. Needless to say I can’t remember who won but I have great memories of the day.
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This article appeared in the Scarlets match program
2012 comes to an end it gives us a chance to look back at our achievements for the year so far. Our annual Laws Seminar in August had the biggest attendance ever, so a big thanks to all the participants. Our season really kicks off at this important event as it gives referees of all levels a chance to meet and exchange stories.
We are delighted that our Area Representatives this season, Declan O’Rourke (Gorey RFC/South East), Ronnie McCann (Clondalkin RFC/ North Midlands) and Mark Power (Boyne RFC/North East), Paddy Curran (Roscrea) Midlands, and Dan Wallace (Terenure College RFC/Metro) continue the good work with the management and development of our new recruits in the Areas. We have had a number of new recruits pass their trial matches and have another few lined up to complete their trial this month. It’s great to report that the reps have all hit the ground running and the number of new referees so far this season is encouraging.
At the moment we have approximately 40 trial referees going through the evaluation process and it is hoped to have them all evaluated before the end of this season. The referee recruitment programme in Leinster is under the stewardship of David O’Brien, IRFU and the amount of work David manages to get through in the season is immense. The monthly Area Meetings and General Workshops are being well attended by our members and many thanks again to all the IRFU Referees for their input to these.
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This article appeared in the Connacht match program
With Christmas the domestic season takes a short break but for our National Panel referees the break is a short one. Many are coming off Heineken Cup games in Europe and will be straight into the Rabo Direct Christmas season. Most games held at this time of year are derby games which will see Irish referees referee Irish provinces. At any one game 4 or 5 referees from Ireland will be involved. They will be taking it easy on the sherry this year.
In Leinster, following a successful start to the season, the referees will be meeting up for our annual Christmas party. The location, time and date is a secret. We are also looking forward to our recruitment day in January. If you are interested in referee please get in touch through our website at www.arlb.ie.
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North East – Boyne RFC – Tuesday 12th at 19:30
Metro – Terenure College RFC – Wednesday 13th at 19:30
South East -TBC
Midlands – TBC
North Midlands – TBC