2008-10-03 / Sports

Soggy Fisheads Take Bus To First Loss At Princeton

By Alan Shaw

Young rugby players take over Young rugby players take over The Metropolitan N.Y. Union Rugby League has parity amongst the teams. Now, anyone can beat any team, on any given Saturday. Well, the Rockaway Fisheads learned that last Saturday and had their first league loss against the Princeton Athletic Club ... ever.

The Rockaway team took the "infamous' bus ride down to Princeton, NJ on a rainy-miserable day.

Once there, the Fisheads were prepared to play one of their "easier" matches of the year. The match started off very well, but poor weather conditions and a sloppy field made it difficult for both teams to get any offense going their way.

Late in the first half, the referee issued a red card to Tom Ambury for an illegal tackle and put Rockaway down a man for the rest of the match.

On the next play, Princeton hit a penalty kick and led the game at the half, 3-0.

The second half didn't change much. Both teams battled back and forth through the mud and PAC managed to convert two more penalty kick on Rockaway mistakes.

Losing 9-0 into the final 5 minutes the Fisheads tried to create some offense, but only managed to get to the 10 meter line before the opposing kicker erased great field possession with one kick down field.

In the final minute, the Fisheads gave up and let Princeton finish the game with a try.

The final score was 15-0.

Rugger Pluggers: The "old" rugby clubhouse was destroyed over the weekend and the rugby players and fans had nothing to do with it ... this time. The Fisheads took their outrageousness to Jamisons. Marty, Eric & Keith are sorry for the disruption. Patrons Pat Conroy and Larry Maguire still owe the cover charge for the entertainment. Uncatchable Craig Carey was injured in the post rugby match bar dive. He was rushed to the next bar and listed in stable condition on light Heineken. Oakie O'Connor mentioned he would come out of retirement if the young guys continue to leave their [rugby] balls at home.

We like to thank Brendan Lunny for volunteering to clean the uniforms this week and Bob Johnson for actually cleaning them. Correction: Jim Jones is actually 326 pounds, not 325 pounds. New rule: No Fishtails!, NO Nakedness on bus trips.

Seen on the field: In the B game .... Prop Robert Palmer ran 20 meters, passed to second rower Jim Jones for 10 meters. Jones passed the ball back to Palmer ,who passed to Prop Eddie Velton. Jamie Prosser remarked, "that was the fattest try ever scored." Great observation.

Overheard on the sidelines: If I were President of this club I would ... If I was Captain I would do .... and If my friend Bugsy was in this stove, would I turn on the gas ..... Oh, you might rabbit, you might .......

Results of the Thursday Night Rugby Elections will be in next week's Wave. There will also be Tale of the Tape: Older Fishead vs. Younger Fishead.

Kermit Egan was forced into retirement for the 14th straight time with a shoulder injury. He blames 12 of those injuries on the Grouch. Tommy French went to New Orleans over the weekend for a bachelor party. Tom came home with over 500 sets of well earned beads.

One of the highlights of Long Beach Irish weekend this Saturday will be to join the Fisheads at THE CABANA for the festivities all day & night.

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