1999-10-02 / Sports

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Fishead Hits North Jersey

Continuing along on their undefeated season, the Rockaway Rugby Club breezed past North Jersey this past weekend by the score of 31-10. In this highly anticipated match-up, the Fisheads used superior open field tackling to take North Jersey out of their game plan, and than capitalized on mistakes to cruise to victory.

The Fisheads are now 3 and 0 in league play as they head to Eisenhower Park on Saturday to take on Long Island Rugby for sole
possession of first place. After awaiting the arrival of several tardy ruggers, Rockaway took the field and got right to work. This week they wasted no time spinning the ball
to the backfield, as flyhalf Wayne Fox quickly figured out the weak spot in the opponents defense. Winger Rob Bonneventure had several early scoring opportunities, and along with fellow backs Keith Serper and Billy Kelly, kept Jersey pinned in their end. After maintaining possession from a 10 meter ruck, Scrumhalf Kermit Egan went weak side to Mike the Russian for an early
7-0 lead. Aussie legend Steve "hineyman" Hine followed this with another of his high speed jaunts through the heart of the defense to give Rockaway an early 14-0 lead. After giving back five points, the Fisheads settled into their defense and casually made tackle after tackle until North Jersey would cough up
possession. The half ended with Rockaway in control of the ball and a 14-10 half time lead.

After a rousing speech by second rowman Ken Stokum, the Fisheads began to maul the ball in the second half and use the foot of Wayne Fox to their advantage. The crafty Fox had determined that the back 3 of North Jersey could be exploited; and that putting them under the pressure of the high ball would open up opportunities for his scrappy teammates. True to his word, a muffed catch by the Jersey fullback ended up in the hands of Kermit Egan and shortly after in the try zone for 24-10 lead.

Desperate to mount some kind of an offense, North Jersey tried to run
into the strength of the Fishead defense. Centers Johnny Oak and Hine put punishing hits on their opposites and thwarted all attempts at breaking through the defense. With the game winding down the Hiney man found another hole in the backfield and again bolted in for his sixth try since joining the Fisheads. Kermit Egan tacked on a 50 meter run after a beautiful weakside attack from Barry Cowhead and John McCann to bring the final score to 31-10
Rockaway. The Fisheads are now in first place and head to Long Island for their final match before the World Cup tour of England, Ireland and Wales.

The B game saw Vladdy the Russian reappear for his second match and combine with Tippy Tipaldo and Ooch Boyland to give Rockaway a sizable pack. Kermit Egan, Mike Conicelli, and Kevin Slakus also helped keep the Fisheads
competitive but unfortunately they fell 22-20.

Rugger Pluggers:

George Johnson has been speaking to neighborhood politicians about constructing a skateboard park for 35s and over. Other adults interested in this project are Billy Hila, Ed Shevlin, and former wave editor
Kevin Boyle.

Spots are still available for the Fishead World Cup tour, departing for England on October 7. Contact John McCann at the club house if you are interested.

Has anyone seen Jamesy Tubridy?

Practice is Thursday at 7 p.m. at Ft. Tilden........GET THERE!

The Fisheads say "LET'S GO METS"--we're sticking by our team because we are loyalists. Anybody who is still playing for the Fisheads is definitely a loyalist!!!!!

This past week Aussie/Fishead sensation Steve Hine was spotted at Giants stadium for the Jet game, Madison Square Garden to see a Ranger match, and Shea to catch the Mets...New York New York..It's a hell of a town.

Three cheers to Tippy Tipaldo who gave his all for 40 minutes of
Saturday’s A game. And also the multi-versatile Jerry Hunt who has played center, flyhalf, fullback, and hooker for the Fisheads Ken Nichtern and Tusch Coyne were in attendance on Saturday, hopefully they'll be back on the pitch soon.

Meet at clubhouse at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Cars will be leaving at 10:45.

The Rockaway Rugby Club celebrates 25 years of Rugby Excellence 1974-1999 Dinner Dance at Knights of Columbus Hall, 333 Beach 90 street, on Saturday, November 6 at 8 p.m.

Contact the clubhouse at 474-1725.

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