Scrum Down News:
Rockaway Rugby’s fall season is underway, and so far the Fisheads are undefeated. With victory against the Princeton A.C. (40-0) and the Lansdown Rugby Club (32-29) under their belt, Rockaway is in first place in Met N.Y. Division Two. This week, the Fisheads take on North Jersey at the new home pitch at 150 street and Beach Channel drive. Game time is 1 p.m. and all friends
and fans of the Fisheads are welcome to attend.
In the first week of action, Rockaway faced off against the Princeton A.C and came out on fire; bolstered by the reappearance of the Kelly brothers and Vladdy the Russian. The Fishead pack outsized their opponent and wore them down by the middle of the first half. Strong backfield running by Wayne Fox,
John O"Connor, Kieth Serper, and Australian rugby sensation Steve "hiney" Hine allowed the Fisheads to penetrate deep into Princeton territory on countless possessions. The outcome of this match was never in question as the Fisheads rolled 40-0.
Last Saturday, Rockaway ventured to the Bronx to take on long time foe
the Lansdown Irishmen. Having been on the short end of their last few encounters, the Fisheads entered this match ready to do battle. After the opening kickoff, scrum half Kermit Egan used an array of forward hit ups to methodically work the ball close to the Lansdown goal line. Once inside their opponents 22 meter line, loose forwards Barry Cowhead, John McCann, and Mike
Geraghty powered into the try zone for an early 5-0 lead. Not to be out
done, Lansdown used their next opportunity to do the same thing to Rockaway for a 7-5 lead. This would become the theme of the match as both sides did an excellent job of maintaining possession. With only a few minutes to go in the half, Rockaway finally got an opportunity to unleash Steve Hine on their
opponent. Hine took a pass from Johnny Oak at midfield and blazed untouched through the Lansdown defense to put Rockaway ahead 22-14 at the half. After twenty minutes of hard hitting action, the Fisheads struck again as Hine leaped for a Wayne Fox pop kick and managed to out wrestle his opposite in the air and score his second try of the match. With the game seemingly in
control, the Fisheads came down with a momentary lapse in their game plan and allowed Lansdowne back into the game with only minutes to play. As tempers flared on both sides and the outcome still in question, Russian Fisheads Mike
and Vladdy rolled strong side off a five meter maul and plunged into the try zone for the game winning score. Afterwards there was much rejoicing.
The bi-annual century club party was a huge success at Connollys this
past Saturday with many winners and lots of laughs. Congrats to Ooch and Annie who are back together again! this ongoing romance has had more break ups and reunions than Pam and Tommy Lee. Rumor has
it that a video will soon be available on the internet. Speaking of the internet, check out www.dukefoti.com for the latest on this neighborhood legend who has mysteriously vanished from the Rockaway night scene.
Much thanks to the well endowed Deejay Teddy who did an excellent job at the century club. George Johnson skateboarded down to Connollys last week, but wisely called a cab home.
Attention ladies: Australian rugby sensation Steve Hine is single,
available and residing at Darren’s place! Call first before stopping by and please honor the do not disturb sign.
Get to practice. Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Ft. Tilden.