2002-06-15 / Sports

Rockaway Rugby Tournament Commences At Breezy Point

By John McCann

Rockaway Rugby Tournament
Commences At Breezy Point
By John McCann

At Fort Tilden in Breezy Point, the 26th Annual Rockaway Rugby 7's Tournament will begin promptly at 9:00am on Saturday, June 15th.  This year’s competition will consist of 42 teams from the Northeast. Some clubs will use this test as preparation for the USA Rugby 7's National Qualifiers later this summer while other will compete for the love of 7's rugby. The Social division has been the most sought after division this year while the college and women's brackets will have the same number of teams as in past years.

Finals will begin roughly at 4:30pm prior to the post tournament party 8pm at the clubhouse. The band Wine with Sue will entertain the rugby crowd while DJ Blinky mixes the CD's between sets. President Bob Johnson will MC the awards ceremony and recites the "I have a Rockaway Dream" speech to all who have not heard it yet. George, of course, will watch the flag raising ceremony.

The first 100 patrons will receive his postage stamp.  Jim "Kermit" Egan will strip/bar dance to the delight of the single ladies and unhappy wives in the crowd.  

Tom Leonard is willing to shave his head...again. Tyrone will tell you about all his injuries even though you've heard it over and over and over......Mike the Russian will show up expecting a 15's match.  Ooch

Boyland will be past out by 9pm next to a baby carriage.  Maggie Allen will have her hair bun as tight as possible.  The Xaxier High Team will paid for their entry fee with IOU's.  Jim (not John) McCann will complain about something either in person or via phone.

We are guaranteed at least 24 volunteer barbacks this evening. We will have a pitball sleeping next to the fence during the party.  A goal post will fall down and Tim Kelly will blame Ratman.  Horseshoes & Bat Races will take place; dodgeball is a maybe. Kevin Wrafter will have his home phone number available in exchange for a hug. Keith Serper will have his fingers taped up, not because of injury, but because "chicks dig it". Alot more will happen, see it for yourself......

Empire State Games:  Men's Rugby Tryouts are also taking place during the tournament. See John McCann for details. Father's Day Gifts: T-SHIRT ARE AVAILABLE; The annual tournament t-shirt with new design and an FDNY t-shirt which is red with ROCKAWAY RUGBY on the front left, the number 343 on the sleeve and the infamous "firemen photo" raising the flag at ground zero on the back. The wording is "All gave some, some gave all".  All profits will go to THE BRAVEST FUND (George and Dan's charity) See attachment of artwork.

This year we did not solicit our usual contributors, sponsors or advertisers for donations because of the tremendous support they have given the 9/11 charities and the help during the American Airlines tragedy in our community.

Instead we have dedicated this years tournament to the past players and rugby friends who are directly or indirectly related to the Rockaway Rugby Club.

There will be 4 Rockaway Rugby Teams wearing the following names as a tribute to them and their families & friends: Rockaway 1: Charlie Heeran (player; started in our youth program and rugger at Scranton U.) Sean Lugano (former player for Rockaway RFC and NYAC)

Rockaway 2: F.F. Terry McShane (former LIRFC player and police officer of the 100 Pct., Rockaway) Matt Burke (brother of NYRFC's Paul Burke; member of the Breezy Point community. Rockaway Old Boys: FF Dan Suhr (brother of clubmember FF Chris Suhr) Capt. Pat Waters (former Rockaway RFC player) Rockaway College: F.F. Jim Riches (brother of clubmember Tim Riches) Lt. Kevin Dowdell (father of clubmembers Kevin and James Dowdell) FDNY - NYPD - PAPD (all the firemen and police officers on our club who endured 9/11)

The youth program will begin at 2pm in Fort Tilden, please register at the headquarter tent beforehand to receive instructions. Why should parents consider Rugby as a sport for their children to play? A significant part in the development of children's self esteem is their level of accomplishment in school, sports and other extracurricular activities.  If children do not perform in such traditional sports as basketball or baseball, it may be because their talents lie in RUGBY.

In the sport of Rugby, everyone gets to run with the ball, everyone is a decision maker and since rugby is a non stop sport, the cardiovascular workout is excellent to burn fat and calories while helping increase your child's metabolism.

Is Rugby a dangerous sport?  In youth rugby, we instruct and demonstrate the techniques of rugby.  Touch rugby is introduced slowly until each child in comfortable with contact.  No contact rugby until 16 years old.

This weekend, Rockaway Rugby Club would like to introduce your child to the sport we love to play.  We hope to see you and your family at the tournament.


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