2001-05-05 / Sports

Scrum Down News: Fisheads Split Saturday

Scrum Down News: Fisheads Split Saturday

Scrum Down News: Fisheads Split Saturday

Contributed By Keith Hermann

April 28, 2001

Rockaway RFC A's - 17

NYRFC A's - 27

You can see from the result above that it wasn't all roses on Saturday.  You'll see below that it wasn't all bad either.  To be very honest, there was nothing bad about it at all.

I've only recently started writing Scrum Down News, so I am still "finding my legs", or more accurately, my voice.  I'm supposed to write about rugby, but to give a play by play description of 2 rugby games would not only impossible, it would be dreadful.  What I am going to do is just tell you about Saturday.  It certainly had more to it than rugby.  Hopefully by the time you're finished reading this, you'll realize there is more to rugby than just the game itself.  And more importantly, there is something for everybody.

So, you see, The Fisheads are a rugby club.  That's why we were in the park on Saturday.  Same goes for NYRFC.  The operative word here is club.  Sports in America have developed an identity of their own, and with it, their own customs.  The teams we see on TV - The Devils, The Mets, The Knicks, The Giants - they're not clubs.  Comparable teams from overseas - Manchester United, Cork Constitution or Harlequins - they're clubs.  That is not to say that they just take anybody.  But, there is more to them than their first and "farm teams".  They have several teams starting very early in childhood.  Can you imagine distinguishing yourself in little league and then wearing Yankee pinstripes?  David Beckham started playing for Man U before his voice changed.  Look at it the other way around.  Say a pro ball player - 3rd baseman - goes home after losing in the playoffs.  Do you think he'll play in a bar league?  Maybe, but probably not.  Last year, there was a fellow named Adam Sherrard who was working in Long Beach for the summer.  He plays for Cork Constitution.  He came to practice a few times - just for fun, to stay in shape, whatever.  He would hang out with us afterwards - talk about game plans, strategy, girls, tell jokes, have a beer.  Cork Con are presently 9-3 in AIB - All-Ireland League Div. 1.  Their fly-half - Ronan O'Gara - is on the Irish National Team and has been selected for "The Lions" (the best British, Irish, Scottish and Welsh rugby players) tour to Australia.

So, what does this have to do with Saturday?  In my admittedly obtuse logic, I feel it has quite a bit to do with Saturday.  It all ties into the spirit of the game (game is another operative word).  The Fisheads have a couple of players from overseas - like Adam, not Ronan.  NYRFC, I'm sure, have a few also.  We currently have 2 Aussies, Jarrod and Jules, playing with us who reside in Manhattan.  One is a lawyer, the other an engineer, both are hurt.  They've played some distinguished rugby at home.  Now home is here.  We also have 2 younger foreign players - another Australian named Jarrod and a Canadian named Lloyd.  They'll be going home when their visas expire.  Like when the Kelly Brothers returned from the Harlequins a number of years ago, they'll have some nice stories to share with their teammates.  Like the one about this Saturday, for instance…

It started pretty well.  Dave "Skid Row" Lonnegan performed a feat few people try around here.  He kicked a drop goal.  3 points.  We would score more this day.   7 points from a penalty try and conversion earned by our

Forwards. Seven more from John McCann's try and conversion in the corner. Regrettably, they scored more than we did.  A word of commendation should go to flanker Jarrod "Spicy Brown" Gould who played a  notable game at scrum-half.  Kermit who?
Rockaway RFC B's - 39

NYRFC B's - 14

This match went markedly better (indicated by the "39").  Canadian Lloyd Piehl had a 16 point afternoon.  2 tries and kicking 3 for 5 on conversions.  Pete O'Hara - First Game Ever - 3 tries.  Cheeky #$^@*%.  The special event of the game was the reunion of  the Kelly brothers.  Joe, Tim, and Bill all played in the B-side pack and did whatever they wanted.  You stop them.  That's another point I'd like to make.  We are the Rockaway guys come and go from near and far, but the building at 113-06 Rockaway Beach Blvd is always there.  Most of the players are from the neighborhood (see Kelly Brothers above).

Every summer at Fort Tilden we have a 7's tournament with about 50 teams from all over the world.  This Saturday at Riis Park we have another game at 1 p.m.  That night we have the "Century Club" at the Irish Circle - $110 per couple, open bar and dinner (e-mail JmcCann42@aol.com for more info).  Unless you're going to Cancun, spend this Cinco de Mayo in Rockaway.   We are a neighborhood team.  Do you realize sons are now playing for the team their fathers founded?  All we hope for now is to see more of you at the games.  By the way, we are spending a lot of money to improve the field at Fort Tilden. Not just to play on it, but so people can sit alongside of it.  And cheer.
What does this mean to you?  I'm not sure, but I know you'll find something.
Rugger Pluggers:  Tom Leonard bleached his hair.  Later, he was to be seen running after Kermit calling him "Mini Me".  Injury Report:  Kevin Wrafter - ingrown toenail; Jarrod Brooks - Haircut; George Johnson - Surfer's Elbow; Pat Haggerty - spoon ache; Brian and Chris - reliving past glory; Kermit - Acute Spasmodic Torticollis; Lloyd Piehl - currently suffering separation anxiety due to the loss of his sideburns.

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