2005-07-15 / Sports

Catch Rockaway Fisheads At Work And At Play

The Rockaway Fisheads Rugby clubs are fresh off a championship sweep in the Rockaway 7’s and are in a celebratory mood. On July 23 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the famous Rugby Clubhouse (114 Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd), we will open our doors for a day of Irish music, dancing, food and games.

Everyone is invited to join the Fisheads as we celebrate the culture of Ireland and Irish America. Musical sensations Shalaleigh Law and The Ruffians will top a day of great entertainment that should not be missed.

Also featured will be Irish Step Dancing and carnival type games and attractions. This is the biggest bash of the summer and was a huge hit last year. A great time was had by all and all are welcome this year. Bring yourself and bring your friends!! 

If you want to get started early, head over to Fort Tilden at 11:00 a.m. and catch the Old Boys vs. Young Boys Rugby Match. This annual battle pits age and treachery vs. youth and speed in a classic duel of contrasting styles. Last year, the young Fisheads were well on there way to a win, but were worn down late by the rough stuff of the veterans. The game ended in a 36-36 draw with both sides opting to call it a day and forego overtime. 

Both sides have vowed that they are not leaving the field without a victory this time. “Ties are like kissing your sister” said local family man Tyrone Sperling in a recent interview.

“Very little satisfaction there. I may end up on the old side this year” said the aging former local ladies man. “Either way, I’m in it to win it.” Those sentiments were echoed by Kevin Stony Brook who wants to teach the old timers a lesson. “Youth will be served and speed kills” said Kevin.

“The Old Guys can only win with brutality and have very little athleticism left. If they can’t catch me they can’t beat me. That’s the way I see it and that’s the way its gonna go.”

Veteran Phil Tufano added these jabs: “We have the edge. We will be on time and ready to play. We know how to lure them into an alley fight and that’s a game they cant win. Besides, they may lose the game in the saloons the night before. If they show up with enough players, and that’s a very big if, they can only win with speed. If you are out too late the night before, speed disappears in the 2nd half. That’s when we take them into the deep water and drown them, as the saying goes.

The old guys will win....you can take it to the bank.” Grouch McCann grunted his approval of Tufano’s assessment and seemed to be in agreement. The battle lines have been drawn and the action promises to be intense. Las Vegas Line: Old Guys -5 1/2. The bookmakers see the vets as a slight favorite. 

It promises to be an exciting day of Rugby, music, food and drink, so don’t miss it! Make the game and make it to the clubhouse for a great day of family fun.

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