Rugby Update and Fundraiser Notes

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The Rockaway Fisheads Rugby Club will be hosting a fundraiser and awards dinner on the evening of February 10 at The Hibernian (AOH) in Roxbury. As we celebrate 44 years as Rockaway's one and only men's rugby club and prepare for our 2018 season, we need your support!

To bring you up to speed on what's been happening with the club as of late...

The Fisheads have enjoyed considerable success in recent years, but we need your help to make sure that trend continues into the future. Rockaway has represented the Empire Rugby Union in League Championships from 2011-2014 and won the NY South Division in both 2015 and 2016.

Rockaway proved to be a force to be reckoned with in post-season play as well. After defeating Danbury RFC in the quarter-finals, and Buffalo RFC in the semi-finals, Rockaway fell to the Fairfield Yankees by a single point in the 2016 Regional Championship; the latter advanced to win the DIII National Title that year.

After winning the division for the second consecutive year in 2016, Rockaway defeated Lansdowne RFC in the regional quarter-finals before meeting the vaunted Yankees once more in the regional semi-finals, but came up short once more against the defending USA Rugby National Champions.

A tough, but young Rockaway club suffered a disappointing season in the Fall of 2017 in a NY South division filled with resurgent clubs, plus newcomer, Long Island RFC fresh from the ultra-competitive DII. Although the season's outcome fell below the high expectations of ourselves as well as our fans, the experiences gained and lessons learned by the club's youthful players and leadership have helped us visualize the path forward.

Now as Rockaway prepares for its spring and fall seasons, plus Summer Sevens, as well as the famous Rockaway Summer Sevens Tournament, we ask the greater Rockaway Rugby family to help us execute an ambitious agenda. Proceeds will help us complete renovations on our current field (which already boasts fresh top soil and new goalposts), purchase a new set of uniforms, fund recruitment efforts, and fulfill our financial obligations to the league.

Century Club Details:

Tickets available at the door or in advance. Winners need not be present.

While the $100 price of a ticket is considerable, it includes: Live DJ, Dinner, Four Hour Open Ba!, every 1st and 10th raffle ticket drawn wins $100, the 50th ticket wins $500 and the raffle Grand Prize is $3,000!

Presentation of Awards: Back of the Year, Forward or the Year, MVP, Top Scorer, and more!!! MCing this illustrious occasion will be none other than James "Liquid" Doherty and Club President Pat Steffens!

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