Scrum Down News: Three In A Row!
Scrum Down News: Three In A Row!
By Jack Ashore
Rockaway RFC - 13
Long Island RFC - 0
It was a great day to say the least. The weather was great, and for an away game, Rockaway fans were out in numbers. Thirty-five players, plus family and friends showed up. Things for the Fisheads are starting to look the way they used to.
From the start of the first half, both teams showed great spirit and ability. But it wasn't a stalemate, and it wasn't in Rockaway's favor. Long Island RFC had offensive momentum. The Fisheads, for most of the first half, were reacting to their strong and varied attacks. LI had a strong pack and an agile backfield. Despite this, Rockaway's defense was able to adapt, stopping the opposition four times within 5m of the try line. First half offensive success for Rockaway usually comes from fast breaks after two phases of play. Thus, by penetrating into the home teams side of the pitch, LI showed they were equally determined to keep Rockaway out of their in-goal. Regrettably for LI, their tenacity yielded two penalties within 35m of their posts to which Fly-Half Kevin Wrafter easily kicked the ball over.
The closing minutes of the half showed little else. For the Fisheads and their 6 point margin, however, there was still 40 minutes remaining to prove if their lead was indeed tenable.
The second half proved equally exciting, with Long Island and Rockaway still quite determined. Events of the following 40 minutes included some memorable moments, like John "I love you, man" McCann and his signature fake gaining 30m (good) and the same fellow being sin-binned for retaliating (bad, but funny if you were watching).
Jim "Kermit" Egan showed incredible ability and presence of mind when a LI ball carrier crossed into the Rockaway in-goal and prevented a try by diving in between the ground and the ball. The crowning achievement of the afternoon goes to Wing Tyrone Sperling and his 45m run for the only try of the game. The final two points of the game go to Kevin Wrafter's conversion.
The B-side played a great game as well, but sadly will not have a repeat of last seasons one loss record. With a final score of 32-30, it came down to fickle winds of the late afternoon blowing conversion kicks wide of the posts. All in all, the day was a lot of fun. LI hosted a great party and hilarity ensued.
Tim Kelly brought his new toy to the match last Sat. A somewhat mint condition compact V12 Jaguar. Only one problem - he must remove the driver seat and leave the window down to fit in it while he screeches down Skid Row.
Has anyone seen Brian McIvor? The U.S.M.C posted a color guard next to his membership card at the clubhouse. Ken Stokum was seen strolling the sidelines in Long Island this past weekend before meeting his future in-laws. After a six-pack and a little indoor plumbing, he was ready for that dinner party. FYI: he's back in January. Flip Mullen Jr. joined the Fisheads for a 5 minute cameo appearance as winger. Flip cited a hurt shoulder but we think it was Turch's 5 a.m. last call at The Turtle Shell for his rugby demise. DO NOT worry; he left with a personal nurse. A few milestones: Mr. Five ended his 3 year scoring drought with a 8 man pick up and Kevin Slakas has played rugby safely in 5 straight decades (1968-2001). Now that's dedication.
Get out your excuse book. Oakie O'Connor left Saturday without attending the post match festivities to "clean out his gutters." The "kids are sick" works much better. Visiting Aussie Jarrod Gould turned 21 years old. While planning his all night celebration at the rugby party with his fellow ruggers, he fell asleep. Youth is wasted on the young.
Injury report: Kermit Egan (knees,again), Flip Mullen (Headache), Tyrone Sperling (Broken Hand), Tom Leonard (Ankle) and Tusch Coyne (Ego). This Saturday, 21 April, is a very big day for us. It is a playoff match at home (Riis Park at Beach 150th Street) v. Union RFC. Kick off is at 1 p.m. It is a very important game and home support is vital. There will be free refreshments at the field and a barbeque (Bob Johnson at the grill) and social at the clubhouse (113-06 Rockaway Beach Boulevard) after the game. It promises to be a great afternoon and will be so much the more so by your attendance. Hope to see you there...