Leinster Club News: Silence is golden as sideline trial is a hit
In Wicklow last Sunday morning an eerie silence hung over Ashtown Lane. The cause turned out to be nothing more sinister than a trial of the IRFU's 'Silent Sideline' initiative for the U-11s and U-12s who welcomed teams from St Brigid's and Seapoint respectively.
The idea behind Silent Sidelines is to allow players play their own game and make decisions for themselves, to promote positive sideline behaviour from those in attendance and to give their approval through clapping rather than shouting.
Whilst parents and coaches, who were given lollipops to help keep them quiet, found the silent sidelines a challenge, the players prospered and enjoyed being able to play in a different atmosphere where they had to read the game and make up their own minds.
Wicklow U-11s fielded two teams against visiting sides from St Brigid's. Both served up entertaining contests and showed their development as players and their grasp of the game without prompting from their coaches.
The U-12s took on Seapoint and showed that their years of training had paid off. They delighted their silent parents and coaches with their skills.
As the game progressed, the only adult voice to be heard was the referee as the boys took over the communication to score some excellent team tries for both sides.
Old Wesley salute Slam hero Porter
Old Wesley played league leaders, Ballynahinch, last Saturday at home, and at the pre-match lunch, club president Paul Short was delighted to host the Six Nations and Triple Crown trophies .
To accompany this glittering array of silverware, the club were honoured to have Grand Slam winner Andrew Porter in attendance, along with his dad Ernie in addition to IRFU president Philip Orr.
This was a very proud occasion for all in attendance, as Andrew played all his mini rugby in Old Wesley, following in the footsteps of his dad, himself a former Leinster senior interprovincial and Leinster Cup winner in 1985. To have the current IRFU president, himself an Old Wesley member, also in attendance further embellished a very proud day for the club.
Most importantly for the spreading of the game, many kids, big and small, got their photographs taken with the trophies and celebrities, and visiting clubs on the day, Ballynahinch and Tallaght, also availed of this unique opportunity.
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Leinster's 'Volunteer of the Year' award, supported by Bank of Ireland, gives clubs a chance to recognise exceptional contributors with 23 being honoured before the Leinster-Benetton match:
Asbourne - Sinead & Kevin White; Arklow - Tony Gordon; ARLB - Pierce Fitzpatrick; Athy - Martin Nolan; Balbriggan - Sean Malone; Birr - Alan Purcell; Blackrock - Ken Healy; Cill Dara - Paul McGrath; Clane - John Ryan; Coolmine - Peter Taaffe; Co Carlow - John Shirley; Edenderry - John Thompson; Midland Warriors - Eileen Johnston; MU Barnhall - Billy Goodburn; Naas - Michael Dempsey; Navan - Eddie Lyons; Newbridge - Barry McCann; Normans - Gerard Murphy; Seapoint - Brian Murphy; St Mary's - John Bainbridge; Terenure - Bernard Molloy; Tullamore - Paul Cronin.