“All Terrain Fisheads” Win Big In The Van Cortlandt Mud
The Rockaway Fisheads became the Rockaway Mud Puppies this past Saturday as they splashed and slashed their way to a convincing 40-7 win over the New York Police Dept Rugby Club amidst torrential rain in Van Cortlandt Park (The Bronx).
The locals were the much more seasoned team and didn’t let the mud and the slippery ball affect them very much. Using solid forward play and conservative passes and ball handling, Rockaway was able to throttle the Police from the outset and the outcome was never in doubt.
Rockaway opened the scoring early as “Army Dave” (fresh from Gitmo) scampered in for an early try from 30 meters out. “Shoeless” Gifford New Zealand did the same a few minutes later and the locals were out in front 12-0. Kevin Wrafter was unable to convert the first extra points, but managed to nail the second, plus a penalty goal, giving the locals a 15-0 lead at half.
Rockaway got moving in the second half as the pack dragged a try over from a 5 meter set scrimmage as Hayden New Zealand covered the ball for the points. Wrafter made the conversion and the Fisheads led 23-0.
Up 28-7,Oscar Prince fed Phil Tufano from 10 meters out and the big forward smashed through opposition for a try. Tim Kelly added another score and the Fisheads spent the remainder of the afternoon fine tuning themselves for this weeks play-off game at Hartford Connecticut against the Hartford Wanderers(1:00 PM).
The locals look ready to go and should perform well in this, their second consecutive trip to the ERU play-offs. The wild card Fisheads were beaten soundly by a superior Newport Rhode Island side last year but have improved and look to make a big splash this year. . The team bus leaves the Rugby Clubhouse (113 Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd) at 9:00 Saturday morning. Any local fans who want to make the trip can try to climb aboard or join the caravan and follow the team up I 95 to Hartford. All supporters are welcome.
RUGGER PLUGGERS: Is it a coincidence that Rockaway was called for 70% fewer penalties this past week, or did the absence of Grouch McCann have something to do with it? Tyrone Sperling (Former local ladies man) has become the Rockaway version of Bigfoot. There’s an occasional sighting here and there, but no proof that he actually exists at this time. Will he make the match in Hartford? Tooch Coyne also MIA of late… Probably too busy smoking cigarettes. George “The Icon” Johnson has yet to make an appearance either. The return of Omar the Tentmaker is a welcome addition. Lunny and his brother “Explosion Head” not around, while Manchild and Adam Lynch remains reclusive and elusive. PLEASE SHOW UP. We
miss you all even though we are winning. Show up and play......dont waste your youth or your talent.