2006-06-16 / Sports

Fisheads Hosts Rockaway Rugby Classic This Saturday

The annual rites of summer are once again upon us. Along with warm temperatures and outdoor family fun comes another perennial summer tradition of the Rockaway peninsula: The Rockaway Rugby 7's Classic. This year, as usual, some of the finest clubs from around the country and the world will descend upon the grounds of Ft. Tilden and compete for one of amateur Rugby's most treasured crowns starting at 10 a.m.

The Fisheads have captured the crown for 2 consecutive years and the locals are looking to make it a threepeat.

Said Fishead veteran and tournament organizer Grouch McCann: "This year the tournament is once again an East Coast Qualifier and that speaks volumes about the respect that this tournament garners around the country. The fact that we have taken it the last 2 years speaks volumes about the Fisheads. We have been a play-off team 3 years running, tied for the Met Union Title last Fall in our 15 a side regular season, taken this tournament 2 years running and continue to get better every year. Can we make it 3 in a row? ABSOLUTELY."

The Grouch was oozing with optimism and actually seemed in good spirits, but the fact of the matter is the competition will be very stiff as usual. Perennial powers like the NY Athletic Club, Old Blue New York, and Boston will once again be gunning for the locals and trying to wrest the title from their grasp. Also featured will be Ladies and College Divisions as well as a mid-level Club Division bracket. A 12-15 years old youth division will start at noon. A clinic run by USA 7's coach Al Caravili will also start at noon. Over 40 teams will be competing and the action is not to be missed.

The games will get underway around 10:00 a.m. and the action should be as good as ever. Take the family down to Ft. Tilden this Saturday and enjoy all the speed, thrills and excitement of "7 A Side Rugby."

It really is something to see and if you haven't been here before, you surely will be again once you see this great sport for the first time. A post tournament party will follow at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club, with DJ Teddy among the performers, and promises to be a premier social event as usual. You are all invited so please join us and support your Rockaway Fisheads as they defend the coveted Rockaway 7's crown. BE THERE!!!!

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