AIL LUNCH NOVEMBER 26, 2016 D.U.F.C. v Cork Constitution LUNCH STARTS EARLY AT 12am for 12.30pm
PLEASE NOTE EARLY K.O.
12am for 12.30pm
SPEAKER: BERTIE SMITH
A native of Timoleague in Co. Cork, in his playing days Bertie excelled at a number of sporting pursuits, namely rugby, athletics, hockey and Gaelic football.
Competing for Bandon AC, as a triple-jumper his accolades included the Irish U16 title in 1967 and the Inter Schools triple jump record of 13.38 metres in 1969. Winning representation with Munster Schools in hockey, he was also a member of the Carbery team that won the 1971 Cork Senior Football Championship.
Bertie was first introduced to rugby while attending Bandon Grammar School, later joining Bandon RFC and playing in the 1973 Junior Cup Final against what would be his next club – Cork Constitution.
Following his move to Con, Bertie won representation on the Munster Junior team and by 1975 was a member of the Munster Senior side, playing in the province’s 13-15 loss to Australia in 1976 having also represented the first Ireland B team (now Ireland Wolfhounds) against France the previous year.
Following retirement as a player Bertie joined the Munster Association of Referees in 1982, taking charge of his first Senior interprovincial – Ulster v Leinster – in 1986 and running the lines as a touch judge in the first Heineken Cup Final in 1996 before refereeing his first International – Scotland v Wales – a number of months later.
Upon his retirement from refereeing in 2002, Bertie was invited to join the Irish Referee Committee, part of a new coaching structure for referee development and was later appointed to the performance review panel for those officiating in International and Heineken Cup games.
Joining the Munster Branch as Junior Vice President in 2013 , Bertie last became the 118th Senior President of the Munster Branch in the following year.