2008-10-10 / Sports

Rockaway RFC Bounce Back To Beat Montclair RFC

By Alan Shaw

Haden Kose and Tim Kelly defend. Haden Kose and Tim Kelly defend. Well the answer is ... Rockaway needs a sunny day and a dry field to utilize their backs properly.

The Fishead backs ran circles around the favorite Montclair RFC last Saturday. After taking two losses on rainy days with no offense, Rockaway moved the ball very well against a solid backline.

Moving Haden Kose from the forward to the backs added much needed tackling and offense. Mike the Russian came out of retirement in order to show the young guys how to maul properly. He scored the go ahead try off a line out.

Brian Ambury and Scotty Blutstein had spectacular runs all day setting up many scoring opportunities. Tommy French was given two nicely wrapped trys at wing. Even Tim Kelly had a 20- meter run by carrying three players on his back.

All in all, it was a great rugby day as the Fisheads were finally able to play good solid rugby. Good forward movement and breakthrough runs by the back made the match fun to play and watch. Andy Israel, stated, "Its good to make a tackle and not have to retreat backwards anymore. Moving forward is always easier."

Seen from the sideline

Haden Kose had a great pass off a tackle and directly to his opposing Montclair center for a try. Fitz tried to kick the ball out of bounds to end the half and completely missing the ball giving up a 50-meter try to the opposing winger. Grouch McCann was getting scolded for taking the ball directly into the opposing players. Good play but the Grouch forgot to take attendance before running solo into the other team. The referee, Jack Dibble was trampled by Tyrone Sperling early in the first half. The referee returned the favor catching Sperling in the eye with his whistle causing lost vision and blood loss.

Rugger Pluggers: Bob Johnson, unable to make the match, called in all the plays from his cell phone. He gave the halftime pep talk via speakerphone. T.J. Mahoney canceled his game-time appearance due to a broken pinky finger. When asked what happened, Mahoney stated he could afford to have another rugby injury. Well TJ, playing beer pong and breaking fingers, while giving high fives, is not really a rugby injury. Especially when you're playing beer pong against yourself.

Tyrone got knocked unconscious for three minutes from his own player's (Scotty) knee. Pain medicine, neck brace and doctors orders were all disregarded to attend Irish Day in Long Beach. We guess he's OK ... physically. Tippy Tipaldo made a rare away game appearance; there must have been a break in his soccer schedule.

For all those who think the rugby team started a fire to collect the insurance money please stand up ... Now everyone sit down. For the record, the Fishead Realty Company sold the property in June and has no affiliation with the current owners. We just wish we considered a fire sooner. We hear the building is set to be demolished in the next few weeks to make way for an office building.

The next and final home games are October 25 and November 1, so please support your Fisheads.

Metropolitan New York Rugby Football Union - Current Standings: Morris 4-0; Lansdowne 3-1-1; Montclair 2-2-1; Rockaway 2-3; Village Lions 2-1; PAC 1-3-1; Montauk 1-3; Momouth 1-2; Bayonne 1-2-1.

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