Annual Rockaway RUGBY Parade Day Games A Huge Hit
The unofficial start to the rugby season was last Saturday, with the now annual parade day ritualofmorning rugby followed by afternoon and evening fun.
This year the local Fisheads (Tied for 1st Place METNYRFU) battled the Richmond Rugby Club from Limerick City, Ireland while the FDNY and NYPD squared off as usual.
Despite freezing temperatures and gusting winds, the games went off as expected and good sound rugby was witnessed by many. Richmond jumped out quickly on Rockaway with some crisp back play which was even more impressive considering the winds. The Fisheads quickly reverted to their successful strategy of ball control; mauling down the field and using their size and strength. After tying the game at five apiece, The Fisheads caught a good dose of the Richmond speed as a ball carrier darted through some open space and had 3 or 4 options in support, resulting in a go ahead "Try" for the Irish.
The rest of the game followed suit as a younger Limmerick team went on to victory against the Wily Fisheads. But the rugby was just a prelude to the day as both sides congratulated each other and settled in to watch the Battle of the Badges.As has been the case for some time, many of the Rockaway players had to quickly change jerseys and get back out there to represent themselves as TheNew York City Fire Dept. Notably going the extra mile were Lt. John O'Connor, Lt. Phil Tufano, and firefighters Ronny Kemly, Kevin Wrafter, Jimmy Coyne, Robbie Ostrander and Tim Kelly. The FD dominated this match with surprising continuity for a club thatdoesn't play together enough and rarely practices. Pete Connolly was extremely effective in both the forwards and the backfield, scoring 2 tries. Johnny, Oak, Tufano and Kemly also scored as the final was 29-0. Welcome back to rugby Seanny Heeran and Pete Hayden..A great day was had by all.
The post parade party was a huge success at The Belle Harbor yacht Club. Thanks to the efforts of Commodore Joanna Ostrander and her incredible staff, Country Tyrone Pipes and Drums, Rita Mullall and the Parks Rangers at Gateway. Three cheers to Fishead and yacht club member Grouch McCann for helping Marge these forces for a terrific time. Also thank you to Shilelagh Law and Inda Culture for outstanding musical performances. This Saturday the Fisheads travel to Randalls Island to take part in the 4 Leafs Tournament.. details here next week.