Tag Archives: Referee

Information Night

The ‘Give Reffin a Try’ information night will take place on Monday 29th April at 7.30 pm in Sligo RFC clubhouse. This event will be of interest to anyone who would like to get involved in refereeing the game.IRFU Referee Development & Education Manager Peter Fitzgibbon will give a presentation on the many facets of his role, including

  • How the referee system works in Connacht and beyond
  • What pathways, supports and benefits are available to those that do get involved
  • How to sign up
  • Q & A session

Members of the ARCB will be in attendance to give an insight in to their experiences as a referee, and we will give everyone a chance to ‘be the referee’ with some interactive work.

Referees have one of the toughest jobs in sport. It is important to remember that the referees are under pressure during the game too, not just the players and we all agree on how much respect referees deserve from everyone who is a part of the rugby family.

As a club, Sligo RFC must also play its part in encouraging and training referees.

Fancy becoming a referee?

The Association of Referees Connacht Branch are holding a one day course tomorrow for people who want to get involved.

Several hours training will cover key areas of the modern game and participants may apply on completion for membership with Connacht’s Referee Association (ARCB).

ARCB are particularly keen to see more women looking to become referees through the Women’s Rugby Pathway Programme.

For more information please visit https://community.connachtrugby.ie/25425-2/

The Female Touch

Last week, World Rugby Referee of the Year, Joy Neville, became the first female referee in charge of a Pro 14 game, when Ulster took on the Southern Kings in Ravenhill.

Last weekend saw another one for the history books, as Sligo RFC hosted the first A.I.L. game to have two female touch judges.

A.I.L. match officials Niamh Toolan, Rob Watson and Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore and Claire Toolan are qualified IRFU referees and they were in command on the sidelines, with referee Rob Watson, the third official, at the reigns.

Lisa is from Sligo and Claire hails from Ballyshannon.

Both touch judges have played rugby for several years and Lisa is a former member of Sligo RFC who currently plays with the women’s side in Castlebar.