2010-11-05 / Sports

Fisheads Beat Old Maroon To Advance In Playoffs

By Alan Shaw

Fisheads player Kiwi Greg takes a line-out uncontested against Old Maroon. Fisheads player Kiwi Greg takes a line-out uncontested against Old Maroon. On Saturday, the Rockaway Rugby Club faced Old Maroon from the Bronx in the first round of the Met NY RFU playoffs at nearby Fort Tilden. After a slow start in which Rockaway RFC gave up the first 5 points, the team responded by scoring 63 unanswered points.

Rockaway captain TJ Mahoney lead the team in all phases of rugby. Scotty Bleustein left the match early after getting his bell rung. Andrew Palmer almost had a nice try until he spiked the ball in the try zone. Kiwi Greg kicker breaks Fishead RFC conversion record going 8 for 8 from the tee.

The referee, Greg Gilliam summed it up quickly by stating, “The score is sufficient testimony. Both sides seemed to start a little flat. An opportunistic try by the visitors saw them take a 5-0 lead in the first 15 minutes. This seemed to awaken the hosts who answered with 63 points of their own.”

Rugger Pluggers: Great turnout for Rockaway players this past weekend. Good youth movement and some fresh new talent led the way to a big victory. The rugby party ended back at the Irish Circle with FDNY Prop James Turch behind the stick. Stratford Adams playing a key role in the Fishead success this season.

“Straty” is looking to stay in the US indefinitely and the Fisheads need him. All we need is a wife and a job for him, he can be found on the corner bar stool at the Cabana, LB, anytime. Kiwi Greg has installed a “take a number” machine in his apartment due to the crowd at “after hours”.

Grouch McCann left the game early to attend a BelleHarborCove.org meeting. Kermit Egan postponed his training schedule to cheer on his former team. Mike Lugano arrived 1 hour early, only to be 15 minutes late for the game. Mike blamed pre-conditioning routine in the parking lot for his tardiness. Good Luck Fisheads!

The championship game is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

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