Fisheads Start Season Off On Right Foot
The fall rugby season got under way this past Saturday, as Rockaways Fisheads traveled to Morristown New Jersey and came away with a 33-12 victory.
The Fisheads began their autumn campaign by fielding an enormous pack and a veteran backfield, that is sure to find success this season. Rockaways giant pillars of the scrumdown the Kelly brothers, were joined by mammoth l ock and FDNY Football legend Phil"Shrek" Tufano, John"the grouch" McCann, Mike the Russian, and the omnipresent Barry Cowhead to construct a forward pack that resembled something out of Irwin Allens "Land Of The Giants". Add to this mixture, rugby imports Nigel and Stratty from North Harbour New Zealand, and Rockaway Rugby was boasting their most potent pack in a decade. Backfield buddies and Rockaway stalwarts Oakie and Wayno played in the centers together along with Kevin Wrafter, Kevin Stonybrook, Rob Welsh, and rockaways only fast guy Tyrone"I’m Irish" Sperling.
The Fisheads went on the attack almost immediatly, when Wayne Fox put a pop kick over the Morris defense with Tyronne racing it down for an early 5-0 lead. Rockaways pack dominated from the beginning as scrums and lineouts were near perfect with angry John McCann pulling down clean ball and the front row punishing the opposition during scrumdowns. A miscue deep in Rockaway territory lead to a Morris penalty kick bringing the score to 5-3, but the early advantage was clearly in Rockaways favor. The First half ended with another long run for Tyronne, as Cpt. Kermit split the Morris defense and sprung Tyronne down the right sideline. The Fisheads went into the half ahead 23-6.
The Kiwi connection led the way in the second half as Nigel and Stratty acclimated to the American style of play and began to show their abilities. Nigel touched down for a try in the center of the pitch and Stratty kept constant pressure on the Morris fllyhalf. This game was never in doubt as the Fisheads rolled to their first league win of the season 33-12.
The B game saw the emergance of A side substitute Kevin Sacred Heart. Who played a massive game at number 8. Young Tom Twoumey and Ron Kemly tackled well in the backfield, but the Fisheads came up short in this one; despite great performances from Rick Finkel, Torty Johnson, Chris Callaghan, Trevor"I’m allowed out again" Tubridy, Patrick the young winger, and Tom Kellys husband. This week the Fisheads travel to Bayonne New Jersey to take on the also undefeated Bayonne Bombers. Be at the clubhouse by 10:30am please.
The 2nd annual Rugby Alumni/ Family Day will be held on saturday Sept.27th at the Rugby Clubhouse following the Rockaway home game against the Village Lions. This incredibly successful event from last season brought families and friends together at the clubhouse for an array of fun and festivities for kids and adults alike.
This year the incredible traveling Petting Zoo will be back, complete with Rabbits, ducks, chickens, goats, sheep, ponies, and of course Norman the giant tortoise. We will also have the amazing giant fire truck jumping room for the kids as well as a gourmet BBQ, music from D.J. ? and boat races, bat races and more for the the adults. Please join us, all are welcome for this annual club fundraiser. the fun begins at the clubhouse at 5pm.
The Saturday night crowd at the Irish Circle was wowed by a spirited performance of the New Zealand Haka by kiwi’s Stratty and Nigel. Chief of Security Ken Green was on the scene as per usual but when reached by our staff, he had no comment.
Man of the match honors went to Tyronne Sperling for his 3 Try effort. The clubhouse dwelling Sperling was quoted as saying "Man, just gimme the ball and some tasty waves tomorrow and that’s all I need bro."
Oakie received his 1,287th warning for high tackling in the first half, while for the first time in recent years, someone other than John McCann(Nigel) was sent to the sin bin.
Swing Low Sweet Chariot was the song of preference at the party, led by the incomparable Wayne Fox.
Nache and Chris missed the match again; as did Charlie Kinzie, Kevin Coursey, Darren Coursey, Duke Foti, Danny Rutledge, Mike O’hara, Mike Kelly, Tom Leonard, Lenny, Kenny, Tommy, and Timmy Nichtern, John Briody, Jimmy Chess, Martin, Sean, Jamesy, Terrance, J.R., Timmy sr.and jr.,and Big Dan Tubridy.
iam Hurt, Pat Connolly.....Peter North, Charlie Heym.....Joey Fattone (N’sync), Brian Dickesheid...Scott Petersen, Bobby Ingui.....Sylvester Stallone, Bobby McGinn.....Danny Partridge.