2002-09-28 / Sports

Rock Rugby Fisheads

Off To Smashing Start
By Bob Johnson

By Bob Johnson

Rockaway Rugby is off to their best start this fall in years, with victories in their first two matches. The Fisheads, the only rugby team in Queens, are 2-0 in Interleague play so far this year, and they'll be at home in Ft. Tilden at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

After winning on the road at Union, New Jersey on the 14th, the Fisheads defeated Bayonne New Jersey last Saturday and are now tied for first place in the Metro New York Rugby Union. Boasting a wide array of local talent ranging in ages from 17 to 39, Rockaway has added to their arsenal by bringing over Australian Rugby sensations, Col (not coal) McKell and Clifton (Wildman) Wilder.

Both players have added a tremdous amount to the vaunted Fishead attack. With these new additions added to the mix of veterans such as  Jim "Kermit" Egan, Johnny "Oak" O'Connor, Angry John McCann as well as the Kelly bro's, the Fisheads have become an offensive force. They have scored 39 and 41 points respectfully in the first two matches.

This week, the Mighty Fisheads take on the Lions from Morris County at 1pm within the friendly confines of Ft. Tilden. Please come down and take a look.


The Fisheads will be holding their first ever Oktoberfest Party/fundraiser at the rugby clubhouse on October 19th. Please join us in our player drive and help us raise money for several local charities. Scheduled so far, there will be a German polka band....Jaegermeister shot girls, Fine Bavarian refreshments and much much more. More info to follow in next weeks article...but mark it now on your calendar.


Congrats to George "torty" Johnson on being eternally waxed at Madame Toussauds wax museum along with his 2 FDNY flag raising buddies, Danny McWilliams and Billy Eisengrein. This caps an amazing year for Torty, whose life has most recently been compared to Forrest Gump. Congrats to the guppies!! Winners of Saturday's bat races, the old boys quickly found out they were set up. As one of the young boys proudly pronounced, "We've been practicing all summer".

  Welcome back to Fisheads of the past Turch, Nick Reale, and Chris Post, who have all returned to the squad. Has anyone seen Matt "head" Frank?

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