2010-09-17 / Sports

Rockaway Rugby Mauls Gotham RFC

By Alan Shaw

Prince in Action Prince in Action Last Saturday, Rockaway traveled to nearby Randall’s Island for the first match against Gotham RFC on the 2010 rugby fall season schedule.

The Fishead team looked like the team of old with old Kiwi imports “Straty” Adams and Greg Bradnam along with Rockaway forwards Tim Kelly, Andy Israel, Mike the Russian and John McCann tipping the scrum scale way over 450 kilos (Sorry, rugby uses the metric system).

After a slow start and giving up the first try, the large forwards dominated all aspects of the match. The big men, aka “the fatties,“ won every line-out and mauled into the try zone for 4 of 5 tries on the day.

First, Scotty Bleustein took a maul ball 10 meters for a try, Mike the Russian then took a “gift wrapped” lineout ball 1 meter for a try and gave the Fisheads the lead at halftime with the score 12-5. The mauling continued with McCann stealing a line-out resulting in a 5-meter walk over, again by Bleustein.

The Backs, disappointed with their lack of participation, decided to actually break the gain line and scored with Brian Ward “duking” the opposing Flyhalf with a dummy pass and scampered into the try zone for the only back score.

Gotham answered back with two quick scores by their lightfooted Wing, who danced around the always reliable tackler, Prince.

The score stalled 22-15 with 8 minutes left to play. Then Fisheads player Straty Adams took the ball 25 meters to Gotham’s 2 meter line and presented the ball nicely to the attacking forwards. Pick-up by McCann and a forward push by Israel gave the Fisheads another try and put the game away for a Rockaway 29-15 victory.

Rugger Pluggers: Did you see it? Labor Day weekend Joe Courtney hired a plane towing a message along the Rockaway and Long Beach beaches exclaiming “Kermit Egan is engaged, back off ladies.” Nice touch, Joe. Congrats Kermit.

Tommy French’s on again, off again relationship has the team’s selection committee spinning. Starting next week, Tommy will be removed from the team roster and be replaced by any Gotham player. This is done to eliminate anymore female issues at his position. Enough is enough.

In the B game, Trevor Tubridy took two long runs into their try zone for a win. His performance dispelled any rumors that he retired last year, the “Tubridy Way,“* fast and young (with the exception of Big Tim,* of course). The Fisheads expect a big year from Trevor, if only he would switch to the Friday day shift at the Bungalow Bar.

While waiting for the youth movement in Rockaway Rugby to appear from West Virginia, the Fisheads were pleased to see some high school players at practice last week. Keep showing up, we’ll wait for ya ’til 2016! The Fishead Nursing Home is nearly full.

After Prince and McCann’s heads collided in the second half ... the sound “Crunch” was heard loud ...

The sound of Prince’s braided Afro getting crushed deafening. McCann had the Afro braid surgically removed at Downstate Medical Center by Dr. Bill Urban.

Let’s paint a picture .... we’re at the Gotham RFC after party, the jukebox was loaded with dollars, and the songs of ABBA and Diana Ross filled the air, “Ooch” Boyland laying topless on the bar with a bottle of Jamesons and a sign, “Bellybutton shots for a Dollar,“ the song “Its Raining Men” plays through the speakers, Bob Johnson explaining he’s not Phil Tufano several times, Tim Kelly thinks his bellybutton hole is the biggest on the east coast and can offer a better deal,

For a rugby party, way too much flesh is revealed, Brian Ward recognizes a few friends with a wink, the Kiwis don’t know if they should join in or book a flight ... they join in. The Gotham players now love the FDNY again ... a mean Rock/Fire. And Ooch walks away with 127 bucks. Good party?

Next match for the Fisheads will be at Fort Tilden vs. the New York Americans RFC, this Saturday, September 18 at 1:00 p.m. Support your local Ruggers!

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