Fisheads Get Home Cooking As Rockaway Blasts Monmouth
That was the most frequently uttered word last Saturday at Ft. Tilden, as the Rockaway Fisheads blasted the visiting Monmouth RFC, 48-15, for their second consecutive lopsided victory.
In truth, the match wasn't that close. The locals dominated the visitors in every phase of the game, playing perhaps their most flawless and overpowering game in years.
Anticipating a hard-fought contest against a much-improved Monmouth side, Rockaway achieved the rugby equivalent of a first-round, first-punch knockout of their shell-shocked New Jersey guests.
The Rockaway Blueshirts opened the match with a beautiful multiphase attack that had Monmouth reeling and unable to counter the whirlwind assault unleashed by Rockaway.
Near-perfect loose play, combined with dazzling work from the backs, got the Fisheads out to an early lead. Local family man Tyrone Sperling scampered in for a try in the game's opening sequence.
From there it was all down hill for Monmouth, as they looked to be the Rugby version of Joe Frazier on the night of his unfortunate encounter with George Foreman.
The only thing missing was Howard Cosell bellowing "Down Goes Monmouth! Down Goes Monmouth!" as the visitors simply stampeded throughout the entire first half and barely mounted even a slight threat to the rampaging Fisheads.
Skillful ballhandling by Welsh import Chris, coupled with Brian Ward's deceptive playmaking, opened wide lanes for the Fisheads backs.
The speedsters broke off huge runs, often untouched for 30-40 meters at a clip. Rockaway tackled, passed, rucked, galloped and kicked their way to a 22-3 halftime advantage.
It was capped off by Ron Kemley's try from the front row on a 5-meter scrum near the end of the stanza. "That was serious stuff out there" observed former Fisheads legend "Oouch" Boyland from the sidelines at halftime.
"I have never seen the club play a more complete half of Rugby in my entire time with the club."
Boyland was not the only one surprised by the events of the first half. "That was cracker jack ....absolute cracker jack" said beloved Englishman Wayne Fox, another Fishead legend who was in attendance. "But they need to close the show in the second half."
Close it they did, as the locals continued to lambaste the opposition; much of the damage being done by back-ups who got a shot in the second half. Veteran scrumhalf Kermit Egan used his younger troops effectively, taking quick ball off of penalties, and dishing off to the speedy youngsters.
The points piled up and Rockaway walked off the field feeling better than they have for many years. They even avoided their penchant for penalties as the sin bin remained empty throughout the entire affair.
The most frequent occupant of the bin, Grouch McCann, only smiled when informed of Rockaway's low number of infractions.
Asecond consecutive one-sided affair puts the locals back on top of the heap after an opening week tie and a bitter one-point loss the following week at Montauk.
"Three more points scored and we would be undefeated. But that's rugby" said Mike The Russian. Tim Kelly, he longest-tenured Fishead added: "I like our chances of running the table from here on out. We are just hitting our stride at the right time."
Brian McGiver, Andy Israel, Jaimy, Martin and Luke are all playing exceptional rugby right now. It's scary how good we can be if we keep up the good work."
The resurgent Fisheads continue their fall season this Saturday, as they travel to Randalls Island to take on the Village Lions at 1 p.m.
Rugger Pluggers: Club member of the Week-James Linehart aka Jim Jones aka Jimmy James… The burly, tight forward not only made it to practice, but he also stepped up to rent the van for the trip to Montauk and abstained from refreshments all the way home.
The Fisheads welcomed guests for the season include; Kiwis Brad "Cozzy" Costello, Luke Wellington, Michael" Mr. Big and Pretty" Pearce, as well as Chris "GNC" Roberts from the Isle of Wales.
Has anyone seen Trev Tubridy? After promising to be 'In for the season', the famous DJ on the run has not been seen anywhere in the vicinity of the Fort Tilden Pitch.
Quote of the season so far....." Keep making long runs and hitting kicks and you'll never find out why they call me the Grouch."
Former captain Jim Egan is having a tough time with his new role. Despite requesting to give up the reins, Egan has some difficulty leaving on-field decisions to the new captain. Though his status on the field has changed, his social life appears to be better than ever.
Welshman Chris Roberts has requested the assistance of Rockaway health guru Kevin McGack in cultivating a new "arms and abs" workout regimen.