2000-09-23 / Sports

Fisheads 1-1 Open Fall 200 Season Rockaway Rugby Fisheads opened their fall 2000 Division 2 Metropolitan NY season with an impressive victory over neighboring Long Island RFC at Riis Park on Saturday, September 9.

Fisheads 1-1 Open Fall 200 Season
Rockaway Rugby Fisheads opened their fall 2000 Division 2 Metropolitan NY season with an impressive victory over neighboring Long Island RFC at Riis Park on Saturday, September 9.

The local Rockaway Rugby
tribe is looking to climb to the top of Division 2 with a strong showing this
fall after a successful spring season.
With the home pitch under extended renovation in Ft. Tilden the Fishead
home games are being played on the football field in Riis Park near 150 street and Rockaway Beach boulevard. A field conflict with the Annual Chris Cory Softball Tournament resulted in a later than usual start for the rugby match but the transition went smoothly and the game got underway without incident.

Rockaway jumped out to an immediate three-point lead after a penalty kick from flyhalf Kevin Wrafter split the uprights. Wrafter, a recent Rockaway recruit from Rockland, ran an aggressive and varied attack from the Rockaway backfield. Longtime hometown favorite Johnny O'Connor rammed the ball (and his forearms) down the throats of Long Island's defenders all afternoon. Rockaway Super-Stud Tyrone Sperling contributed with his lightning speed and extremely aggressive tackling. The Rockaway pack of forwards led by John McCann, Mike Geraghty, Timmy Kelly and Rob Mrotzek completely dominated the opposing scrum. Rockaway won ball in all their line-outs and consistently drove upfield, providing clean ball and room to run for the backfield. After a 10 year "experiment gone bad" George Johnson has abandoned his attempts to play in the backfield and has returned to the 'tight five'.

Rockaway won all of their scrum downs and even stole a few from Long Island. The Big Blue Scrum pushed Long Island down field on their heels all game. Speedy Wing Keith Serper brought across two tries in the first half to give Rockaway a 17-7 advantage at intermission. After a lengthy injury delay for a LI player the second half got underway. Rockaway utilized all six of their allowed substitutions and after some early breakdowns in rhythm, the fresh legs proved to be an advantage. James Turchiano played a full minute and a half before being relegated to the "Sin Bin" for a 10-minute penalty. Flippie Mullen, back from Australia, played with a fervor heretofore unseen. Wrafter posted two more penalty kicks in the second segment and Mike the American (formerly known as Mike the Russian) pulled a ball from a ruck and dove into the try zone to cap Rockaway's scoring and secure the victory. Comrade Vladimir nodded his head, stamped his feet and shouted approval as Mike danced in the afternoon sunlight. Long Island brought across two inconsequential tries late in the game during "Garbage Time" as Rockaway held on for a 30-20 victory.

The following Saturday did not bode as well for our local heroes. An
exceptionally small contingency of Fisheads gathered at the clubhouse for the trek to the North Jersey pitch in Montclair. Several key Rockaway players were unavailable for this contest for a variety of reasons, some acceptable, some not (i.e. Cowhead). Several other Rockaway Regulars were not "up to par" after The Reegs Classic Golf Tournament festivities ran into the wee hours of the morning. In the first minute of the game Rockaway again jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a Wrafter penalty kick. That would be all the scoring the Fisheads would manage on this afternoon. A blown opportunity for a try in the next minute would be the last time Rockaway even approached the North Jersey goal. A couple of Rockaway miscues on North Jersey kicks and missed tackles on the
ground lead to three quick NJ tries and a 21-3 Rockaway deficit. At this
point the Fisheads all but gave up and stood witness to a parade of scoring put on by their opponents. Rockaway re-grouped and came out strong to start the second half but a couple of near scores that turned around the other way seemed to drain the Fisheads and the drubbing wore on. The final score was
NJ: A lot Rockaway: Not so many.


--The newly re-vamped version of Tom Briody was on display on the beaches of Rockaway Labor Day Weekend. The semi-diesel Briody is back on the peninsula after a year of small town life in Pennsylvania. Amazing what not having your "suds happy" friends around can do for one's physique.

--While we're on the subject of Tom Briody, it seems that he may finally have his apartment back after the ever so slow move of Chris O'Sullivan, out of the Cave and into the Coop, appears to complete. Osie, obviously at a loss for things to do now, was actually seen jogging on the boardwalk. One can only assume that the Sega remains on 124 street with Johnny Goggles.

--The absent minded professor Brian Geraghty, believe it or not, teaching science in a Brooklyn school, was seen wandering around Waldbaum's parking lot unable to remember where he had parked his car. This after a five minute, afternoon stop at Ciro's for a quick slice.

--Gender Bending Boner is also rumored to be moving into a small, Manhattan one bed apartment with giant New York rugger and Wall street bachelor Bill-Ding. Hmmmmmmmm?
--For the umpteenth time Rockaway forward Barry Cowhead came up with the lamest of excuses for missing last weeks game: A bachelor party. No sense in playing the game and catching up with the party at 3 or 4 p.m.. That's way too late. Past Cowhead excuses and notes from his mother have included such farces as: An engagement party, a card game, and a picnic. Next week he may
have to re-do his sock drawer.

--A big Fishead and Johnson Brothers thank you to Annie Ooch for so staunchly defending our honor in last week's Bag of Mail against the tyranny and slander of John Ronayne. Albeit unnecessary we appreciate the support. Ronayne's comments could actually be interpreted as a compliment, left handed of course.

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