2005-07-08 / Sports

Rockaway Fisheads Rugby Club News

The Rockaway Fisheads Rugby Club turned fate on its “HEAD” on June 18, as the underdog Fisheads won the Rockaway 7’s in spectacular fashion.

The capitalized “HEAD” in the previous sentence refers to local product Matthew “HEAD” Frank and his Xavier Old Boys. The heavily favored Xavier squad was suspended by the Fisheads 32-7 in a surprisingly one sided final. Combining the speed of Mark the Cougar and Irish boys Dara and Connor, coupled with the wisdom and guile of 7’s guru Kermit Egan, the Fisheads took it to all opponents and were never threatened throughout the day.

The locals trounced all opposition and rolled to the title. After a somewhat disappointing spring season, Rockaway got just the tonic they needed. Barry Cowhead, Lenny, Boner Geraughty and Oscar Prince rounded out the championship crew and all did a great job. 

“We needed a shot in the arm and we got it,” said Rockaway player/coach Bob Johnson. “Beating Xavier was sweet because we were able to soundly defeat talented players like the Lunny brothers, Burns, Flippy Mullen, and of course the fiendish “Head” Frank.

Head took a cheap shot and got ‘‘sin-binned’’ (forcing his team to play short) for his efforts. Coupled with his sometimes irritating demeanor, it seemed like poetic justice that the “HEAD” cost his team the match. Despite that, we still love those guys. All of them have played for Rockaway in the past and probably looked past us and started sipping the champagne early. It was great to beat them.”

Johnson looks forward to possibly luring many of those defeated foes back to the Fisheads. “We have

the Old Boys Vs. Young Boys game on Saturday July 23, followed by the Irish Fest at the Clubhouse. We

are hoping that a few of the Xavier boys will remember that the Fisheads are still a good club on and off the

field and might consider returning to the team,” he said.

Speaking of the Irish fest, this year’s lineup features clubhouse favorites Shilelagh Law and The Ruffians, who will crank out traditional Irish and contemporary American music. Irish step dancers, games, and food vendors will also be on the premises. Again, July 23 is the day, so mark it on your calendars. Catch the Old Boys Vs. Young Boys Rugby match at noon (Ft. Tilden), and take it on over to the

clubhouse for an afternoon of fun for the whole family.

We will also be announcing the winner of the “Why I Want To Be Like Grouch McCann” Essay Contest. Contestants had to write a 2,000 word essay explaining why they admire the Grouch and how he helps make America a better place. A lot of entries are still being read and its tough to pick a winner.

RUGGER PLUGGERS: Congrats to local family man Tyrone Sperling and his girl Melissa on the birth of

their daughter. Fasten your seatbelt guys, its gonna be a fun ride. FDNY 7’s Rugby Club (featuring many Firefighting Fishead players) finished fourth in the World Police Fire Games in Quebec last week. A narrow loss in the bronze medal game to Vancouver (29-21) stopped the Bravest from medaling. Local product James Coyne will be the new spokesman for Timex watches thanks to his “timely” performance at the games. You are getting off easy Mr. Coyne. Make sure you suit up for EVERY game this fall or the world will know.     

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