2009-07-03 / Sports

Rockaway Rugby's Battle Of The Ages At Irish Fest

By Alan Shaw

The Rockaway Young Boys vs. Young Men rugby game last weekend at the Aviator Brooklyn Irish Fest was a great time. Thanks to all those who made it out to the match.

Many great legends came back to play and show the youth of Rockaway that they still had it. To the shock and dismay of Timmy Kelly, this game was about speed on this hot afternoon. Oakie showed the young boys he still had wheels, while after the game rumors of a fall season return started up.

The real game changer came when team captain Kermit had nothing but open field in his 50 yard dash. Then to the surprise of everyone in attendance, he dropped a sure score. This surely is not what they are teaching at the athletic club rugby.

The game remained close through the whole 40 minutes of sevens. Young boys like Brendan Fritz and Trevor Tubs showed some dazzling moves that brought the old men back to the days of playing rugby when President Carter was in office.

To the crowd's surprise, a special guest referee's appearance by the legendary Bob Johnson showed many of the players he was still rusty, but can control a game.

Bob was quoted during the game, "I try to make it all about me." This did not surprise anyone in attendance. The game ended with the Young Men taking home the victory. John "The Grouch" McCann was determined to show these young boys that they still have a long ways to go before they can easily beat the old timers. Coach Rob Palmer was quoted as saying "After this friendly game, we will be a team again, but today was battle." Nobody responded.

The rugby doesn't end with the Fisheads this summer; they are holding a summer camp in Rockaway ~ July 13 to 17. If anyone is interested, please check out Rockawayrugby.com. Anyone with questions about joining the team or getting some experience with the club, always feel free to join. The team is always accepting new players, but after the win by the old boys, you will have to earn a spot.

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