2003-04-26 / Sports

Rockaway RFC Nips Manhattan RFC

By Allen Shaw
Rockaway RFC Nips Manhattan RFC By Allen Shaw

Last Saturday, the Rockaway Fisheads traveled to Randall’s Island for a match against Manhattan RFC. Since, Manhattan entered Division II, these two teams have battled every single time with 3 wins apiece making for an excellent match & rivalry. This match was no different.

From the first kick-off, Rockaway moved up field fast, but turned over possession with a knock-on at the 30 meter line. With an opposing scrum, Prop, John Turchino, a.k.a. Turch stole the ball, sending the ball to #8, John McCann. After a pick-up, run and a "dummy" pass, McCann eventually passed off to inside center, Kevin Wrafter for a try. Manhattan counter attacked with a try of their own. Rockaway answered back again with a try up the middle by # 13 John "Oakie" O’Connor, who sliced through the opposition, touching down between the posts.

Scrumhalf Kermit Egan’s pop kick down the sideline was chased by blue flankers causing a favorable bounce to Flanker Ben Ross who "corner flagged" a try, just before the half. Halftime score was a 21-20 Fishead’s lead.

Manhattan battled back with two quick trys; one down the sideline and one near the post after a penalty, 5 meters out. Midway through the second half Manhattan led 32-21. But Rockaway kept their composure. After awarded a penalty at the opposing 30 meter mark, #12 Wayne Fox placed a kick out of bounds within 10 meters of the try line. Still with possession, the Fisheads took a lineout to the #2 jumper, McCann. Secure and drive was the plan, ruck-n-roll was the call.

Mike the "Russian-American" placed the ball down with Firefighter Shrek and Tim "Cupcake" Curley in tow. Manhattan answered back with a PK and try, lifting the score 40-29. The Fisheads were pissed and fought back hard. On 2nd phase ball, Fishead’s Kevin Wrafter took a pass from Kermit Egan right up the middle scoring with 2 players on his back. Score 40-36. With 10 minutes to go, Rockaway was awarded another penalty at the 30 meter line. Kermit placed the kick out of bounds and secure and drive was once again the call. Again, #2 jumper receives and a drive by the forwards would provide Scrumie Kermit a spot to slip through in the corner for the try and a lead. Score 41-40.

Manhattan moved the ball down fast while playing in injury time as Rockaway defended their 1 pt. lead.

The green shirts moved toward midfield on 3rd phase ball looking to create a score or a penalty. The ball went wide and as the blue backs played prevent "D". As time expired and ball in play, Rockaway winger Kevin Lynch took the ball handler head-on at the 5 meter line causing a "knock-on" and securing a Fishead win with his "game-saving" tackle. Final 41-40. Honorable Mention must go to Ben Ross, George "Rocket" Johnson & "Turch" Turchcino. The Rockaway Fisheads spring record is 3-1 with 3 home games to go. Next match, Danbury RFC, this Sat. @ home; 1pm.

Rugger pluggers: First, lets’ quote a wise old man; "Believe nothing what you hear and 1/2 of what you see". And if you read it in this paper … you should use your best judgment.

Easter bonnets were out of style this past Sunday, but fashion guru, Joe Courtney sported the NEW wrinkled Easter sweater look. "The sweater should be dampened and rolled in a ball for 20 mins. before wearing", said Joe. George Johnson has recommended sensitivity classes for John McCann after an outburst with fellow ruggers. McCann understands that ruggers have feelings and promises to bake a cake for the club’s next match. Lenny Nichtern still holds the club record for the most insensitive outbursts, 29 total.

Congrats to Tim Curly and Kevin Lynch who will join the ranks of the Villanova Wildcats next fall. Fireman Phil "Shrek" is still complaining about a boot to the chest during the NYAC match. If you need a shoulder to cry on, ask Kermit. Phil, get over it; no blood, no foul.

The Chicago Fire Dept Chief has awarded Rockaway/FDNY Rugby Club a meritorious citation during their March 15th, St. Patrick’s Day, celebration and rugby match in the Southside of Chicago. The award was presented to club president, Bob Johnson on behalf of the firefighters, families & friends of Chicago, Illinois. Thank you. By the way, the Chicago trip was one trip that should not have been missed. The only problem; a few guys brought too much luggage. Excellent job, Bob Johnson, for organizing the trip.

MIA: Stony Brook Chris C. & Brian Nache started new jobs at sendintheclowns.com. They work kiddie parties on Sat & Sun, blowing up inflatable rides and painting flowers on kid’s faces.

Surfer dude, Tyrone Sperling refused to travel with the team to NYAC, due the 2 ft swells along the Rockaway coastline. His whipping boy, Coach Jim "Probee" Brady drove to the "bunny hill" surfing spot. They discussed one another’s injuries for several hours, while waiting for the heavy surf to subside.

Guys, guys guys … enough already, stop revealing "road trip stories" to your wife or girlfriends. It will only make it harder for the rest of us to leave on the next road trip. FYI: they talk to each other.

Pat "Finkel Rick" Megaro missed last weeks match due to website reconstruction. Rob OMEX" Mrotzek has misses the last two seasons while he trains for the Coney Island Hot Dog Contest. He’s now Bill Kelly’s size only two feet shorter.

Will the real Tim Kelly show up to a game. Since when does a doctor tell Timmy he cannot play Rugby. If so, he should have retired at age 12. Rumor has it, that he lost more than his appendix. Hey Bill Kelly; your league suspension was over 3 games ago. Please show up, unless Timmy needs you to listen to his tool-time stories.

Mark your calendar: Sat., May 17th is Family Day at the Rugby Clubhouse. 4pm: after a home match against the Village Lions RFC. *Kiddie rides & games, BBQ, Horseshoes and more. *It’s the only way to get Chris & Nache to a game. HELP WANTED: CLUB SCRIBE.

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