The Association of Referees, Connacht Branch, in conjunction with Connacht Rugby and the IRFU recently held two courses for new referees. The course gives participants an insight in to what is involved in becoming a referee with Connacht Rugby, outlines the benefits of being a member of the ARCB and gives an introduction to the key elements of successful refereeing. Over the course of the weekend of the 6th & 7th of September fourteen prospective new referees attended the courses in Claremorris and Galway.
Led by IRFU Referee Development Manager Peter Fitzgibbon, supported by various members of the ARCB, those attending were given an opportunity to learn about the process of qualifying as a referee, player safety and welfare, planning & preparation, communication skills and on-field referee positioning. Technical elements covered on the course include refereeing the scrum and the role of the touch judge.
Thanks to ARCB members Jason Craughwell (President), Paul Cronin, Paul Gannon, Joe O’Donnell, Jason Cairns, John Martin (Secretary), Claire Toolan, Katie Kilbane and Mossy Moran for their contribution to the weekend. Connacht Rugby wishes those that attended the very best in their refereeing careers. For further information on how to become a referee in Connacht go to www.arcb.ie or contact Referee Development Manager, Peter Fitzgibbon (086-8322987 or email@example.com).
The annual ARCB AGM was held Friday 24th of May in the Ard Ri hotel in Tuam. Outgoing President Tom Reilly thanked the committee and Regional Development Manager Peter Fitzgibbon for their support and work over the season before presenting the awards to various members for their outstanding efforts and achievements throughout the season. The winners on the night were as follows:
Senior Referee of the Year – Shane McElwee
Most Improved Referee of the Year – Andy Fogerty
Emerging Referee of the Year – Joe O’Donnell
Presidents Award – Mark Fitzgerald & Des Roche
Two of our members, Peter McCarthy & Pearce O’Malley, also hung up their whistles at the end of the season and were presented with a token of appreciation by the President for their commitment to the association.
We also welcome in our new committee for the 2019/20 season, the following members were elected on the night:
President – Jason Craughwell
Senior Vice President – Charlie Bourke
Junior Vice President – Christy O’Sullivan
Honorary Secretary – John Martin
Treasurer – Daithi Flood
Ordinary Members – Mossy Moran & Tom Horkan
Thank you to the outgoing committee and President for their efforts through out the 2018/19 season, and the very best of luck to the incoming committee.