Rugby Revival In Full Swing
By Bob Johnson
Rockaway Rugby's return to the limelight continued this past Saturday, as 40 club members gathered at Ft. Tilden to take on Morris County NJ. The locals were again victorious beating their division rivals by a score of 34-6.
In the first match it was young guppie Tim "Cupcake" Curley, who began the scoring with a weakside attack off of a 10-meter ruck. Wayno Fox the wily veteran notched the conversion for an early 7-0 lead. The timeless Kelly brothers led the Fishead pack (a colossal mass of humans). These bookend props put an immediate hurting on the opposition, dominating set scrums and lineouts. Joining them in the front row was the equally brawny Mike the Russian.
After taking a quick lead, the Fisheads fell in to a bit a bit of a funk and spent the next twenty minutes foolishly trying to score on first phase ball. Instead of working the ball up the field methodically, they tried to force it out to Aussie center Clifton Wilder. It wasn't until the 30th minute of the half that Rockaway found the end zone again. After Flyhalf Col McKell strategically kicked into the Morris end of the field, center Johnny "Ghetto" McMorrow burst threw the Morris backline and fed Wilder for the 2nd Try of the half. Minutes later, scrumhalf Kermit Egan touched down for a halftime lead of 21-3.
The second half saw the emergence of Argentinean hooker/flanker Omar Lagos. The 150-pound Lagos continually took down the biggest of the Morris ball carriers as well as controlling Rockaway possession when the Fisheads had the ball. Omar, along with salty dog Mike Geraghty and Barry Cowhead kept the Fisheads in control of the ball throughout the 2nd half. More scoring was put on the board as the Fisheads put the game away with Tries by McKell, Egan and Keith Serper. The final was an impressive 34-6. Great Rockaway defense kept the opponent from scoring a single try. The revitalized Fisheads are now 3 and 0.
The B game was a joy for the older Rockaway players to watch, as 15 fresh legs took the field, led by archaic second rower Tippy Tipaldo. Young guns Lunny, Fritz, Callaghan and skid rows relatives, joined forces with Tipaldo, Dave from Ladder 9, Chris Post and many others to form an exciting side. Unfortunately for the hometown boys, they lost a close one. Young winger Fritz again touched down to continue his scoring streak.
The Fisheads are home again this week. Game time is 1pm at Ft. Tilden.
Don't forget the first ever Oktoberfest party under the huge Fishead tent at the rugby club on October 19th. All are invited to enjoy: live German music, refreshment by Warsteiner, and fine German cuisine, as the Fisheads recreate the Munich Hofbrau House scene.
It was great seeing many Rockaway notables in attendance last Saturday, including Cliff "The Hulk" Shevlin, Spike Walsh, Bernie Haag, Tom McGinn, and of course Mr. Ryan and Mr. Bender. Good Luck to Canisius Ruggers and Rockawayites Brendan Lunny, TJ Mahoney and Seany Tubridy who are dominating the upstate NY rugby scene. Mike the Russian would like to know if anyone has seen his cleats. After correcting his spelling, the club sent out a missing items report to MetNy rugby. If anyone sees celebrity bar manager Brian Dickesheid on the streets, please do not try and stop him to say hello, he's much to busy.