2012-10-12 / Sports

Rockaway Rugby Fisheads Thrash Montauk Sharks

By Alan Shaw

The Fisheads are currently in third place in the Empire Rugby Football Union standings. The Fisheads are currently in third place in the Empire Rugby Football Union standings. An overcast day in Fort Tilden turned out to be an outstanding day for the Fisheads as they handed Montauk their first loss in three years. Early this season, Rockaway lost to Montauk away on a tiny pitch in the Hampton Bays. Well it was time for redemption, as the two teams meet again on the new “New York Geographical Rugby Union” schedule. It means the closest teams play home and away games against each other.

The rivalry that has built up for years, became paramount last Saturday when the new young Fisheads took the field against the older Montauk squad. No, this is not a misprint. The other team is old and the Fisheads are “new and younger” with the exception of veteran cornerstone Tim Kelly.

To sum it up quickly, Kiwi Ray drove in for a 5-meter try, Montauk answered back with two tries, losing 7-12 at half, after a Montauk yellow card, Scotty Blutstein barreled through the center posts for a try, still attacking TJ Mahoney scored over two Shark defenders, all kicks from Kiwi Mike so far are all good and Rockaway is winning 28-12 at this point.

Brendan Fitzgerald placed a squib kick down the sideline, into the try zone and was tackled without the ball, penalty try awarded. With time running down, the Fisheads gave up an “indifference try” to the Sharks.

The Fisheads win by the final score, 35-19 and Rockaway’s league record improves to 4-1, while the team also earned four bonus points.

Montauk actually tweeted their demise “@MontaukRugby. Oops that’s one for the Fisheads 35-19 #Montauk 4- 1. First loss since Nationals could make things interesting.” Yes, that is very interesting!

Overheard on the sideline … We’re winning lineouts again; good thing O’Grady has his mother’s height. Triggs says the team looks good, but then again everyone looks good to Triggs. Grouch McCann is one step closer to getting off the disabled list ... he’s starting again at touch judge but his wife isn’t happy about his pending return. Rugby Bob Johnson hosted both teams back in Long Beach for an excellent post game social with Shilelagh Law and a thousand people dressed in green.

Mike the Russian provided great Irish jokes and George Johnson passed around “Irish dip” to everyone. Great party!

This weekend, the Fisheads are playing their last home game of the season, against the Rochester Aardvarks in Fort Tilden. It’s Family Appreciation Day so come out to the game and support your Fisheads. Food and beverages will be available behind the rugby and soccer storage area. Create your music playlist now for entertainment and “like” us on Facebook ... Rockaway Fisheads.

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