2005-05-20 / Sports

Fisheads Close Spring: Big Saturday Ahead At Fort Tilden

The Rockaway Fisheads’ topsy turvy spring season came to an end this past Saturday with a 15-7 home loss to the visiting Danbury Mad Hatters. Rockaway went into the game at 6-5 and decided to get a glimpse into their future.

Player coach Bob Johnson started 10 returning college players who developed with the Fisheads and were home from school for the summer. As the spring season is only for exhibition has no significance with regard to standings or division placement, player coach Bob Johnson decided to play his future and see how they did against an experienced men’s side.

“This is what the spring is for” said Johnson of his somewhat unorthodox decision. “We need to see where we are going to be in two years when these guys return home from college Rugby and take the torch.

I liked what I saw and don’t regret having done it. Besides, we have a VERY big match this week against the Welsh Dragons, who are coming all the way from Wales to play us this week at home. A lot of the vets needed to gear up for that one and needed the rest. At the same time, the young guys got a good taste of men’s rugby and gave a very good account of themselves. We were guaranteed to finish at .500 (6-6) even if we lost, so what’s the down side?” As usual, the svengali like Johnson was, on further review, correct.

In fact the young Fisheads dominated the match in nearly all phases but their lack of experience cost them numerous chances to run away with the game.

Rockaway won the field position, possession, and lineout battles and even controlled most of the loose play and set scrummages. What they could not do was penetrate the last few meters of a very tough Danbury defense.

Time and again the Fisheads pushed deep into Danbury territory only to be turned away a few meters from the goal line. Mike the Russian put the Fisheads up 7-0 early via a lineout, drive and score play. Rockaway spent the rest of the game in Danbury territory, but to their credit, the Mad Hatters stiffened every time the young Fisheads threatened. Eventually, the experience of the Mad Hatters carried the day and Danbury scored on two breakaway tries and a penalty goal. The final score was 15-7.

As the old adage goes, “When you let a team hang around, they will hang you out to dry.” Such was the case as the statistical battle went to Fisheads, but the match to the Mad Hatters.” An investment toward our

future success” said the perennially optimistic Bob Johnson and he may be right. The locals used a variety of different line-ups this spring and still finished 6-6. The losses were excruciatingly close and the wins hard fought and well earned. On balance, it was a VERY good spring season.

ATTENTION ALL RUGBY FANS AND PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN: This Saturday at 1:00 PM, the Fisheads host the Welsh Dragons at Ft. Tilden.The match promises to be great, but the post game festivities should be even greater. The Fisheads will be welcoming all visitors to the Rugby Clubhouse (Rockaway Beach Blvd and 113 Street) for FAMILY DAY. Among the attractions will be a huge water slide, games, cotton candy and other

carnival fare, and an exotic animal show. Everyone is welcome and it is a big hit with kids every year. Bring your little ones for a great time at the Rugby Clubhouse and support the Rockaway Fisheads. Also on tap will be live music with “Inda-Culture” as

Mulvanity and Butler crank out all the great rock and roll from both the present and the past. The Fisheads look forward to seeing you at the match and the Family Day festivities!!! Dont miss it!

Rugger Pluggers: For the 3rd time in 4 weeks, an elephant has disappeared right before our eyes....and he knows who he is. With the aforementioned party and Grouch Mccann both absent this past week, the silence was absolutely deafening. No arguing with the official, no yellow cards, no angst of any kind. Even the rule bending Russian (AKA Boris Badenov) was in a sportsman like mood and not called for his usual plethora of infractions. Curly, Callahan, and the kid who jumped at # 1 (Whose name escapes me) all played

excellently as did Omar, Prince, Glen and Kemly. Phil Tufano captained the Baby Fisheads and provided steady play and needed leadership. SHAME ON YOU DAN LUNNY.

Need we elaborate, or is that enough information? Bob Johnson is indeed the PT Barnum of Rugby. Show up at Family Day and you will see why. Chris Sengari another disappearing act. Tooch Coyne has officially been listed as a missing person with the FBI. Barry Cowhead turning to manure as he also seems to have abandoned his mates of late. Wrafter needed a manicure and couldn’t play this past week. That’s all Folks!!

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