2005-03-04 / Sports

FDNY/NYPD To Clash In St. Patrick’s Rugby Battle

By Phil Tufano


Spring is approaching and along with the trees, the birds and the flowers... ...rugby will once again rear its sometimes ugly head. On Saturday, March 5 at 11:00 a.m., the Bravest and Finest will battle for rugby supremacy and bragging rights for 2005. The match will be held at Ft. Tilden in nearby Breezy Point, site of last year’s battle which saw the Bravest prevail 30-20 in a very well played, close until the end struggle.

Fire Department of New York aptain Bob Johnson, (also the player coach of your Rockaway Fisheads Rugby Club) predicts a hard fought battle again this year. The New York Police Department just re-assembled a squad last year after a few years of inactivity. They will compete in the Metropolitan Rugby Unions Third Division this year as well as battling the arch rival FDNY twice this spring. The March 5 match will be the “one that counts” according to Johnson.

“We will mean business on March 5”, Johnson said.

“The NYPD should be much improved, and they were pretty tough last year to begin with. We will have our hands full, but I think we will come out on top.”

Many of the firemen are also Rockaway Fisheads Rugby players. Among them are: John “Oakie” O’Connor, Robby “The Tycoon” Ostrander, Kevin “The Ladies Man” Wrafter, Phil “The Bald Eagle’ Tufano, Ron “Mighty Mite” Kemly and of course, Bob “Barnum and Bailey” Johnson and his famous brother George “The Icon” Johnson.

The Rockaway St. Pats Parade will follow and then a bash at the Rugby Clubhouse at 114th Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd. Irish bands, headlined by Shilelagh Law, will play from mid afternoon to late evening. The match and the party are not to be missed. Show up at both!!!!!  

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John “El Groucho” McCann and all the Fisheads would like to congratulate Keith “Bugsy” Goldberg for being honored as Deputy Grand Marshall in this year’s parade.

John spent several moments reminiscing about the good times they shared at the old Rockaways is Rock n Roll Club Night Club. “10 bucks was good for the whole night !” recalled the always shrewd McCann. Ken “Kenwood” Nichtern is so excited about bringing Shilelagh Law back to the Rugby Club for this years parade that he has been seen practicing his old Stomp Dance around town.

Also featured under the Fishead tent at this years party will be an arm wrestling competition between Mike the Russian and Arthur Boyland, Hot Yoga lessons from John Nash, young boys vs. old boys bat races, and a talking Llama, you will also be able to have your picture taken with legendary workout guru Kevin McGack...this is gonna be one for the ages.

Harping on the family’s good name, part time disc jockey Trevor Tubridy has a new moniker he will now be known as DJ Tub-a-Booze whilst spinning.

The Sorrentino Recreational Center/P.A.L first annual 2005 “In The House” Basketball Tournament finished another exciting championship game. Sorrentino B defeated Arverne 76-62 to win the 14 and under championship and advance to citywide tournament. The consolation game saw a thrilling comeback victory by Sorrentino A as they defeated Reverend Mason, 49-46 in overtime.

The 12 and under playoffs start Saturday with Sorrentino A taking on Reverend Mason at 2:30 p.m. The secons game at 3:30 p.m. features Sorrentino B and Hammels.

The Sorrentino Center will host the N.Y.C. Teens At Parks/City of N.Y. Parks and Recreation 19 and under tournament starting on Tuesday. The games will take place every Tuesday and Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. The St. John’s Boys Home will represent Rockaway as they play at the Roy Wilkins Center in Jamaica on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

The Sorrentino Center, at 18-48 Cornaga Avenue, will hold a baseball clinic for boys and girls ages 12 and under on April 16. The Center will also feature a soccer tournament that starts on March 10. For more information contact Stan Brown, sports director or Robert Lindo, coordinator at 718-471-4818 from 2.- 3 p.m. Mon-Fri and 9 - 10 a.m. Saturdays.

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