2006-11-03 / Sports

Fisheads Try To Lock Up Homefield For Play-offs

As Yogi Berra famously said: "It's like Deja vu all over again." Such will be the case again this Saturday at 1:00PM as the hometown Rockaway Rugby Fisheads re-visit a familiar scenario. The locals need only win their match against the visiting Village Lions to wrap up a second place finish and a home play-off game.

Seems easy enough right? WRONG. Last season found the locals with a similar scenario and a chance to finish in FIRST PLACE, UNDEFEATED, and wrap up homefield throughout the play-off tournament.

As you may or may not know, Rockaway couldn't close the deal. They lost the match 10-8 to visiting Union, blew an undefeated season and ended up in a three way tie for first that sent them on the road for the play-offs. The Fisheads let it all slip away with mental mistakes and in the opinion of the many in attendance that day, they choked under pressure.

"There are a lot of guys who still have that Union match from 2005 sticking in their craws" said Kiwi sensation "Ash the Flash". I happen to be one of them. I remember the match and the sickening way we lost it. If there is one thing you can be sure of it is this: We will win the match or we will get beaten by the Village Lions who are a very good team. We WILL NOT beat ourselves as we did last time we had this opportunity." Fellow Kiwi's (visiting New Zealand players) Ratman, Drew, Chase and Brendan agreed and want to make the Fisheads happy they invested their resources and brought them over to the U.S.A. for the season. "We will be looking to smack these guys around and finish them off early" said Brendan "the lineout machine." Ratman and Chase had other motivations.

"Drew broke his arm against Union and can't be a part of this on the field. He decided to stay anyway and cheer us on instead of going home. He was a big part of this season and we want to win it for him." Drew's injury was a big disappointment to the Fisheads and the entire squad shares the idea of drawing strength from him during the final and most critical showdown of the season.

"Having him on the sidelines will be huge for us" said the HUGE veteran Tim Kelly. Rugby is a violent game and you never know how you will come out of it on any given day. You have to play with intensity and cannot hold back. When you do, that is when you risk injury. Drew's injury will have a motivating effect on our club during the match. Having him there will be a reminder that we have to give everything we have on every play, just like Drew does." The Lions are looking to take away Rockaway's hopes and steal second place for themselves. The match promises to be hard hitting and full of excitement.

"This is it, and these are the games you love to play in" said Oakie O'Connor. I can't wait to get out there.

"That seemed to be the prevailing attitude when I caught up with the Fisheads during their Halloween costume Gala at Bob Johnson's Cabana restaurant in Long Beach last Friday. The team is loose but also anxious to right a wrong that has been simmering for over a year now. "Union beat us last year and we haven't forgotten it. Unfortunately, the Lions are going to be the recipients of that anger when we meet on November 4th" said a dressed in drag Grouch McCann.

The Grouch never seemed so serious despite the outrageous costume. Ditto for the whole team. Match begins at 1:00 p.m. at Fort Tilden on Saturday, November 4th. BE THERE!!!!

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