2011-09-16 / Sports

Rockaway Rugby Fisheads Dance on Danbury

By Alan Shaw

“Look who was at the game!” “Look who was at the game!” The Rockaway Fisheads started the rugby season off with an all-around solid victory against Danbury. The match started out close as the two teams fought for field position.

With new coach and fly-half Douggie McConnell, Rockaway looked poised to build off last season’s success. Tommy “Or is that Bryan?” Ambery had two long tries down the sideline to help put away the game. The forwards made sure to play physical, typical Fishead style. “With the momentum from last year, I am so psyched for this season,“ said forward player Rob Palmer. In the last minutes of the match Danbury made it close by two last minute scores. The final was Rockaway winning 32-30. With such a convincing win, Danbury’s coach was questioning the ref after the game to make sure that Rockaway wasn’t a team made up of just foreigners. The drink up proved the team was truly from Rockaway. Danbury coach was quoted as saying, “Imported ruggers don’t act like that.“ The protest was rescinded, but birth certificates are required for next week’s match.

The team’s next match is this Saturday, away against Landsdowne. Practice continues to be a great turnout every Thursday night at Fort Tilden beginning at 7 p.m. The team welcomes anyone in the community to come out and get a run in with the Fishead legends.

Old or new players are always welcomed. Bob Johnson personally guarantees his rugby teachings will have Team USA looking at your skills in the next World Cup. Ruggers Pluggers:

Speaking of Bob …Congratulations to Bob Johnson for attending a friend’s wedding. It’s the first wedding Bob has attended since his pre-shrum days.

Tom French gets the B.S. “Try” award for running out of bounds and back into play before passing the ball off to Ambry for the score. Nice acting job, Tip-Toes.

Ambry? Ambry? .... Tom or Byran scored a try and spiked the ball to the dismay of Captain TJ Mahoney. That’s a no-no on all levels of rugby and basic good sportsmanship.

President Johnson wanted the game moved to 2 p.m. to accommodate Ambry’s football coaching schedule. When asked if this was possible, one teammate questioned the request ... “Were going to change the team schedule for two players who overslept for the USA National Championships matches?”

Mike the Russian refused to play on Saturday. When a fellow player said, “you s#!t”, Wayne Fox’s German Sheppard, Foxie, thought he said “sic!“ Mike’s calf muscle is now the choice meal for dogs everywhere. Mike Lugano tried to subdue the dog but was overcome with emotion.

Grouch McCann was sin binned for making a tackle ... enough said. Brendan Fitz states he’s only good for one game. “Starting B Side for the Fisheads, at #6 .... Brendannn Fitzz. It was a lot of new faces at the game, a pleasure to see.

One person missing was local T’J’ Carroll who decided to play another season with Div. 3 Old Maroon. Trying to relive the glory days at Fordham will not sit well with the Fishead forwards. Old Maroon vs. Rockaway next June, tickets on sale now.

Welcome to the Fisheads, Marcus, now kick the ball through the goal-posts, wanker! Overheard on the sidelines: We’re paying players now?

How you doin, Mary Ellen? If Tim Kelly was any slower, he’d be running backwards. “My wallet is in the car,“ doesn’t work anymore ... deadbeats! “Want a cold one,” he replied. “Yes a soda please.” “WTF!!”

Check out Rockaway Rugby.com for our next home game and practices.

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