Fisheads Nipped By New York
Rockaways Fisheads dropped a hard to swallow decision to the New York Rugby Club this past weekend by a score of 35-27. Despite traveling to Randalls Island without the services of forwards John McCann and Tippy Tipaldo and losing feisty Johnny McMorrow to injury, the Fisheads went punch for punch with their Division 1 opponent before falling short in the final minutes.
In one of the most interesting scenarios of the year, longtime Rockaway rugger Timmy Kelly locked heads with younger (but larger) brother Billy of New York for 80 exhausting minutes. With dinner table bragging rights at stake, the two front row monstrosities smashed, crashed and abused each other all
over the field while elder brother Joe kept score from the sidelines. Lost in
this personal battle was the fact that a great back and forth rugby match was taking place in which the Fisheads had comeback from a 12 point deficit.
After hitting an early penalty goal flyhalf Kevin Wrafter brought Rockaway back to within three points with a beautiful pop kick into the try zone which he touched down for the score.
Fishead centers John O'Connor and Keith Serper were doing a fine job of
crashing the ball and tackling in defense and Kiwi Brad Conza took charge of the forwards at each breakdown. Young Fisheads Tyrone Sperling and Tommy Leonard were again having strong all around games as were Rob Omex, Barry Cowhead, Kermit Egan, Torty Johnson, and Dirk Diggler. Despite a tremendous effort by all, the Fisheads dropped a tough decision to a very formidable
This week the Fisheads are entered in the annual Long Island Tournament. Cars will be leaving the clubhouse at 7 a.m.
A festive post match celebration took place inside Downing stadium immediately following the games. Dirk Diggler had his best match as a Fishead, making many open field
tackles and playing with inspiration. Afterwards he put on perfume and hit the town for a night of socializing.
Darren Coursey, Paul Enright, and Megan Cowhead were in attendance
cheering on the Fisheads. The Great Kazoo once again blew off the game.