Fisheads Get On Right Track With 32-22 Victory
Rockaway Rugby got back on the right track this past Saturday with an impressive victory over the Village Lions by the score of 32-22. A large crowd of Rockawayites and rugby fans gathered at Ft. Tilden to watch as the Fisheads looked for their second win of the season against a strong Lions team. The next home game will be on Saturday at Fort Tilden at 1 p.m. against Montauk
With a lot at stake in the standings, the Fisheads stepped onto the field with an impressive side, featuring a slightly different look, with team captain Jim"kermit" Egan at a new position (flyhalf) and Xavier high school stand out and teen heartthrob Danny Lunny on the wing. Missing from action for various reasons were John McCann, Kevin Wrafter, and Wayne "I’m busy every thursday" Fox. Without these key players, Rockaway decided to rely more on the play of their forwards and kept the ball tight for the first 20 minutes. A penalty at the 40-meter mark allowed Kermit to kick the ball out at the Lion 5 meter mark, where Phil Tufano drove the ball into the end zone with the help of the Kelly bro’s, Mike the Russian, and Adam Lynch. Jim Egan’s conversion gave Rockaway the early 7-0 lead.
Keeping the pressure on the opponents, The Fisheads mounted another attack and for the first time in the match spun the ball out to Johnny Oak, who’s patented stiff-arm put him through the defense. a ruck at midfield won by the kiwi connection Nigel and Stratty had the Lions on their heels. Partime scrumhalf Bob Johnson fed the ball out to Kermit who found a gap in the defense and scooted untouched for a 14-0 lead.
After a penalty kick made it 17-0, the Fisheads got comfortable and allowed the Lions to mount a comeback. A strong play by their backfield saw the weakside wing come across and take a ball from the flyhalf and score up the middle of the field. The Fisheads went into the half up by ten points, but visibly upset by the lapse in play.
The 2nd half was a fine display in ball retention and smart decision making by the home team. Workhorse forwards Chris Cingari and new guy Rob Sacred Heart was all over the pitch. Barry Cowhead moved to center when an Oakie high tackle landed him in the sinn binn.
Despite some interesting officiating, the Fisheads remained in control and won by the score of 32-10. The Fisheads are home again this Saturday. Game time is 1pm at Ft. Tilden.
The B game saw the return of many rugby stars of yesteryear...including Real Jim Coyne, Andrew Marley, Lenwood Nichtern, and Mikki Martinasi. This group merged with future legends of the game Paul Surferp, Patrick Benn, Ronny Kemly, Tippy Tipaldo, Trevor Tubridy, Chris Callaghan, Glenn Bighouse, and Kevin Sacred Heart to form an eager and aggressive side. Despite some great play by Real Jim and some shuckin and Jivin by Lenny, the B babies came up short. Thanks to T.A for reffing the B game and a quick C game as well.
Family day was a huge success with dozens of little ones running around and enjoying the great backyard at the clubhouse. Stay tuned fans. Lots more fun on the way this season