2006-09-29 / Sports

Struggling Fisheads Seek To Right Ship At Home

The Rockaway Fisheads came into the fall 2006 campaign as defending co-champions of the Metropolitan Rugby Union. They have found out in short order that yesterday's accomplishments mean little to their present day opposition. "We stumbled out of the gate, but that doesn't mean we can't win the race. It's a long season and we plan on getting it together and taking another trip to the play-offs." So said the always optimistic coach Bob Johnson following a second straight Fisheads loss, this time to the host Union (New Jersey) RFC.

Rockaway opened the season at home the previous week, dropping a close battle to arch-rival Montauk.

"If there is one thing I am sure of, and this has happened year after year, it is that we always make things tough on ourselves. The other thing that always happens is we ALWAYS respond to adversity and win the "must win" matches. This week is definitely a must win."

The Princeton (New Jersey) Rugby Club comes to town this Saturday with big plans for an upset at Fort Tilden. "We have had the lead in our first two matches and slowly saw it slip away" said the controversial Grouch McCann. "It's been a combination of little mistakes, costly penalties and a collective failure to gel as a team. We are going to get the kinks out against Princeton and move on week to week, one game at a time." The Grouch, like the rest of the team, was concerned but not ready to panic just yet.

"We tend to drop a game or two each season. We got them out of the way early and we aren't going to dwell on it, added veteran Kermit Egan. We have a lot of great players and we know we are capable of winning the rest of our matches. Once you get to the play-offs, its a new season and those losses mean nothing." The Fisheads have reason to be optimistic as they have made the play-offs in each of the last three seasons and stumbled at various points during each of those campaigns. Also on the up side, forward Phil Tufano came off the injured list and should be back in form after a mediocre debut at Union. In addition, back in the mix will be speedsters Jim Brady and Brian O'Grady. Add that to the New Zealand connection and a bad attitude and you should see a different Fisheads side this Saturday at home.

"We need the locals to turn out and root us on. If we aren't performing, we need them to give us the business. Whatever gets the train rolling" said erstwhile veteran and Rockaway native Tim Kelly. We dug this hole and now its time to climb out." The match starts at 1:00 p.m. at Fort Tilden with the party to follow at a location yet to be determined. Show up and find out!!

RUGGER PLUGGERS: Mike The Russian was not called for hands in the ruck at Union. No REALLY, HE WASNT!! Also in the believe it or not category, Grouch McCann avoided the "Sin Bin." Rugby Union voting on weather or not to rename the penalty area the "McCann Bin." Former Local Ladies Man Tyrone Sperling returned to action as well. The baby monitor was attached to his waist throughout. Ron Kemly has been outfitted with earplugs this week so he doesn't stop in his tracks whenever he hears his name called. Bob Johnson has instructed him to follow the "Forrest Gump" technique and keep running until he is stopped by opposition. New Zealanders have arrived and look to be the real deal. Rat Man is the White Bob Marley sporting blond dreads with a near albino complexion. Sort of like a reggae Johnny Winter. Oscar Prince, on the other hand has shed the dreads and got a lolly pop from the barber after the job was done. Calling Flip Mullen.....bring out the fans this week. !!!! Where is the 129 Street MIWF??? How about her sidekick "Saucy?" Come down and distract the opposition!!!! Congrats to Mary Mary Egan and Pat/Matt on their engagement...Mary Mary of the famous RVC Egans is the first of her clan to commit to marriage. Could sister Jean currently in a long term relationship with John Briody of the prominent Briody family of Belle Harbor be far behind? Jimmy Brady skipped last weeks match because he didn't want to travel to New Jersey Thanks Jim.

Century Club Costume Party: Will be held at The Cabana in Long Beach on Friday Oct 27th...9pm. cash prizes for best costume as well as the drawing. Tickets are $110 and admit 2 for dinner, drinks, and a chance at the big prize. Contact Bob, Kermit, or the Grouch if interested.

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