1999-07-10 / Sports

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7s Tournament A Big Success

Rockaway Rugby's 23rd annual 7's tournament was another huge success this year as the Fisheads hosted 40 teams from across the nation. The event was once again held in Gateways Ft. Tilden, where matches were played on 4 different fields from 9am until 6pm. The tournament saw 36 mens clubs play in an open division and 4 womens teams compete as well. For the seventh year in a row, a youth division was held in which 20 kids ranging in age from 13 to 16 were introduced to the basics of the sport of rugby.

For the second time in the past 3 years the Worcester Rugby club was awarded the cup as the overall tournament champion, defeating Montauk in the final. Worcester received much crowd support from the local fans in attendance who cheered vigorously for the New Englanders while also heckling several former Rockaway ruggers now playing for Montauk. The plate division trophy went to the Long Island Rugby club and the F.B.I won the bowl championship as the best of the worst. For the second straight year New York Rugby were winners of the womens division.

Rockaway Rugby again came up short on their own tournament, losing a tough match in the semi finals. Rockaway was led by captain Kermit Egan, Boner, and Mikey Geraghty, former CFL Football star John "Spike" Walsh, Breezy Point’s Bobby McKee, and teen heart throb Matt "Head" Frank.

The Fisheads were severely weakened by the absence of Darren "Chucks Boy" Coursey due to injury; and by the loss of Johnny Oak and Barry Cowhead to family commitments.

The Fishead B-side was captained by perennial complainer George Johnson who got a taste of how tough making selections can be. Torty’s side consisted of up and comers like Tyrone Sperling, Tom Stitches, and Jimmy Higgins, as well as wily veterans like Joe Kelly. Tusch Coyne’s rebel rugby side the Rockaway Rogues (sponsored by Jim McCann nemesis Bernie Heeran) featured former disgruntled ruggers and stars of yesteryear like Lenny Nichtern, Mickey Martinez, and oddly enough one of the Fishead Board of Directors. Neither of these sides fared well in competition but enjoyed themselves none the less.

The Rockaway Fisheads would like to thank Gateway National Parks Ft. Tilden unit for doing a great job in helping run this annual event. Rockaway Rugby would also like to thank sponsors Anheuser Busch and Evian Water, all our youth rugby sponsors including Jamesons and Martels and Flynn and Flynn, youth rugby coordinators Bob Johnson and Jerry Hunt, field crew Tim Kelly, Rat McGowan, George Johnson, Tippy Tipaldo, and Ooch Boyland, tournament

chairmen John and Jim McCann (no relation whatsoever), the 69 Precinct Community Council, the 100 Precinct, Audrey Pheffer and everyone who helped make this event a success.

RUGGER PLUGGERS:

Laura O'Connor has stated that her

husband’s bender is over and he is officially on the wagon.

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