2010-09-24 / Sports

Youth Excels As Fisheads Destroy Americans RFC

By Alan Shaw

Trevor Tubridy goes for the score Trevor Tubridy goes for the score Last Saturday was a beautiful day for rugby at Fort Tilden. The rugby players of Kingston, New York came to the beach last weekend as the Americans RFC took on the Fisheads in league play.

The Fisheads took control early in the match with scoring coming from all areas of the pitch. Kiwi import, Greg Bradnam, started the day with a 25-meter penalty kick and then the Fisheads scored 41 unanswered points with tries coming from both the forwards and the backs. The Fisheads had a commanding lead at halftime with a score of 44-0.

The second half was much of the same with the Fisheads turning the match into a team clinic. The team changed their game plan to work on several new plays and fundamental rugby. Several new players had a chance to learn the game and play along with the veteran “A” side players. Fisheads went on to win the match 77-0 putting Rockaway RFC (2-0) in first place early in their league season.

The best part of this rugby day happened prior to the Fishead game when youth rugby took center stage. The youth rugby program conducted by Play Rugby USA was very well attended and featured many up and coming rugby stars of the future.

Some young rugger stand-outs in-clude Johnny and Joe O’Connor, Matty and Brian Ostrander, John Moran Jr., Kyle Strehle, John McMorrow Jr., Connor Buckley, Mike and Timmy McGuiness, Aiden Smith, Kevin Bar-rett Jr., Kyle Connolly and Michael Bucholtz, just to name a few.

All players showed off their “flag” rugby skills and, hopefully, will continue to play our great game of rugby. Brian O’Grady, Jim”Kermit” Egan and Christian Mayo provided the excellent coaching. If anyone is interested in finding a new sport for your child and introducing them to the fun game of rugby, contact: Christian.mayo@playrugbyusa.com.

The Rockaway Youth Rugby Club has started their fall practices on Saturday mornings from 10 - 11:30 a.m. at the Fort Tilden Rugby Field. All equipment is provided ... just come dressed for the weather and bring a drink. Contact Christian for any “flag” rugby cost or tournament fees.

Rugger Pluggers:

Here’s a first for me ... captain for a day Scotty Bleutstein decided to keep the ball on a drive, only to get stopped short of the try line. The referee, Ms. Lafontaine, was quick to tell Scotty, “If you weren’t so greedy, your team would have scored.” When this report-er asked teammates for a comment, the common reply was “That’s Scotty, we’re used to it.” Mr. Bleutstein replied, “greed in good.” He then left the game early to get home before sundown.

Andy Israel took it on the chin, getting 9 stitches from a head-butt. He stayed past sundown.

Another sin-bin (penalty box) tenant last weekend, Mike Lugano, joins Tim Kelly with sin-bin honors after talking too much to the referee. Mr. Kelly received his penalty for giving a Gotham player some “love taps” in Week 1.

Post game social was at the Sand Bar. Beach bums vs. Country bumpkins in bat races provided the entertainment for the crowd.

Residents of the Park Nursing Home who watched the fun, tried to explain ... they played “bat races” when they were younger.

Game over!

New rugby fan Mark Gentile helped the Fisheads close the infamous beach bar for the season.

Join the Rockaway Fisheads at OKTOBERFEST tonight at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club.

The next home game is on October 2 vs. Brooklyn RFC.

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