2000-03-25 / Sports

Reegs Classic Tourney A Success

Spring rugby is in the air on the peninsula again, and as usual, your
local Fisheads have jumped right in.
Rockaway Rugby began their 2000 spring campaign on March 4, with a
college tournament to benefit Tom "Reegs" Regan. On March 11, the Fisheads participated in the annual Lansdown Tournament at Van Cortland Park in the Bronx; and this Saturday, the regular season begins with a match at Randalls Island with the Manhattan Rugby Club.

As is always the case, the Fisheads are searching for new recruits.
Anyone interested in joining Rockaway Rugby, please feel free to come to a practice or a game at any time. Experience is not necessary as there are
countless ruggers to assist in teaching the finer points of the game.

The college tournament on March 4 was a huge success as Siena College
led by local star Matt "Head" Frank met Stonybrook College in the final. After a highly contested back and forth match, Siena came out ahead on a last minute try. Earlier in the day, Fairfield University with hometown hero Adam Lynch at the helm, lost a hard fought battle to Stonybrook, while Siena cruised past Iona college. Following the tournament and the Rockaway parade, the Fisheads held a fund raiser party to benefit Tom Regan who suffered a severe spinal injury while a player at Oneonta State University. More than $2000 dollars were raised for Tom to get a new wheel chair. A donation was also made to the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee.

The Fisheads would like to thank all those who participated in the fundraiser, including Bernie Heeran and the Harbor Light and Tom "Nutsy" Ryan, who helped immensely with their donations.

At the Lansdown Tournament on March 11, the Fisheads took the field for the first time this spring. After dropping an early match to North Jersey, Rockaway put out an outstanding effort against Monmouth to win their first game of the year. Strong efforts were put forth by all, especially Jim Egan, Barry Cowhead, Adam Lynch, and Matt Frank.

This Saturday, the Fisheads travel to Randalls Island in the Bronx to
take on the Manhattan Rugby Club in what is sure to be a great battle.
Rockaway Rugby will soon be bolstered by the arrival of New Zealander Brad Conza and South Africa's Dirk Offendale, who will be arriving in New York shortly to assist with coaching and playing. In an effort to reach the next level of play, the Fisheads have sought out help from overseas to try and become a powerhouse in Met NY Rugby.

Spring schedule for the Rockaway Rugby Club will be home from April 8 until April 29 for four matches against Long Island, Danbury, Doylestown PA., and Montauk for all
those interested in seeing some top notch rugby. All are welcome and
encouraged to come down and catch the action. Our home field is located at 150 and Rockaway Beach boulevard in Riis Park.

Rugger Pluggers:

John O'Connor has been missing from early season rugby due to the fact that he is auditioning for a position in the Broadway show Riverdance. Long known for his abilities as a break-dancer, Oak has been taking private lessons from step dancing guru Joe Courtney, in hopes of appearing on stage some time this
summer, Good luck Johnny.

Bon Voyage to Torty Johnson, Tommy Howley, Arthur Fitzpatrick, and Terry Rosenswieg who are embarking on another one of those way out and wacky surfing excursions. This months destination? Indonesia, where the waves are narley and the drinks are cheap. When asked about this upcoming event, Torty was quoted as saying, "Hey man, I hope to hang ten, tube out, and party in the green room". Go get em Guys!

Big things ae happening over at Mr. Rocco's on 116, as he has just
added the world renowned pedicurist Jen Perisi to his already crackerjack
staff. Jen, formerly of Angel Cuts and Curls, is said to be extremely excited
about the prospects of working with legendary salonists Vinzo, Julia, and

Kevin Coursey reached a new level of notoriety last week.

Top five all time break-dancers:
5. Scottie Walsh

4. Beef Timothy

3. Johnny O'Connor

2. Lil John Guitierez

1. DJ Kevy Kev

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