2004-10-15 / Sports

Rugby Fisheads Gear Up For Long Island

Kiwi Lee Osbourne taking a lineout vs. Union RFC.
Kiwi Lee Osbourne taking a lineout vs. Union RFC. After a bitter and disappointing loss at Union New Jersey last week, the Fisheads are counting on huge fan support this weekend as they take on undefeated archrival Long Island. Refreshments will be served on the sidelines at Fort Tilden (Saturday, 1 p.m.) for all those interested in coming down to support the Fisheads. A win would catapult Rockaway into a virtual 3-way tie for 1st place, while a loss would drop the Fisheads out of playoff contention.

Last weekend, the Fisheads came from behind in dramatic fashion to take the lead in the second half of their match with Union, only to watch it slip away in the waning moments. Despite the absence of key Rockaway back fielders John “Oak” O’Connor and Tyrone Sperling, the Fisheads put forth and admirable effort. Many delivered tremendous preformances, most notably Kiwi sensations Lee Osborne and Haden Koze, who went hard for 80 minutes despite having a fun filled Friday night.

Legendary rugby performer Wayne Fox kicked the Fisheads out of trouble on numerous occasions while his former roommate Jim Egan steadied the ship through many rocky moments. Once again, the pack out shined their mates on the wing. Though the brightest moments of the day came from the man known as Oscar the Prince who had 2 tries and countless awe inspiring tackles.

All hands will be needed this week as Long Island has compiled an impressive 4-0 record while out scoring their opponents by leaps and bounds. On top of all of this is the fierce rivalry between these 2 teams, as the years have brought on many memorable duels.

Please come down and support the Fisheads this Saturday at 1pm in Ft. Tilden.

Rockaway Rugby would like to send their deepest condolences and sympathies to Arthur Boyland and his family on the passing of his father Arthur Boyland Sr.

RUGGER PLUGGERS:

Rockaway Rugby’s 30th anniversary party will be held on Nov 13th, at the Belle Harbor Yacht club and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.  The list of those attending is growing by the day and can be viewed by going to ww.rockawayrugby.com, click on 30th anniversary party, and scroll down to view the list of illustrious guests who will be attending.

Get Well Soon to Rockaway player/ coach Iron Mike Geraghty who suffered a very serious injury at the Lions game two weeks ago. All the Fisheads wish you the best Mike !!

New Zealand mates Lee and Haden have been enjoying life in the Rockaways and are especially thankful that good buddy Kealin is along to tutor them on rugby and gallivanting as well.

After 20 years of rugby, Bob Johnson spent his first 10 minutes in the sin bin after a controversial call landed him there in the second half of the match in Union. A formal protest will not be rendered.

Grouch McCann welcomed new players the McCormack brothers to the club in his usual fashion. Tippy “Lone Wolf” Tipaldo split from Union with an empty car, leaving Seanie Calhoon, The Prince, Cleveland and a few others to chose between squeezing between the Russians and the Kellys....tough choice.

MIA this season: Adam Lynch, Mark Couger, Jason Teneyck, Keith Serper, Jack Acierno, Danny Rutledge, Jerry Hunt, Pat Brady, Pete Brady Sr., Pete Brady Jr., and Duke Foti.

Not yet seen around the rugby pitch:  Iona RFC superstar Craig O’Reilly, Verizon employee of the month, Rob Bostelman, Duke Foti, or Mike “Dr. Crusher” Galvin. All of whom were seen at the Rockaway Kite Festival.

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