The Montauk Rugby Club’s players were hard-pressed this past weekend, given that a match with Bayonne was sandwiched between the weddings of two club members, Tek Vakalaloma and James Rigby.
Saturday’s 50-15 loss dropped the Sharks to 0-5 in Empire Union play — a record that has not been customary for a side that within the past decade has competed for national championships.
“Again, we lost to a mediocre team that we shouldn’t have lost to,” said Rich Brierley, Montauk’s coach. “Times are tough here. Our veterans [Garth Wakeford, Gordon Trotter, John Glennon, and Paul Jones among them] are very competitive, but [because of the lack of younger players] they’ve had to push their playing time beyond what they would be comfortable with.”
“Meanwhile,” said Brierley, “some of our new guys, like Brendan Cosgrove, Rob Porter, and Niall Toomey, who was our ‘man of the match,’ are gaining valuable experience.”
Montauk is to play its division’s top-place team, Lansdowne, of the Bronx, at Herrick this Saturday at 1 p.m.
A Hallowe’en party is to be held at the Sportime Arena in Amagansett Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Mike Ritsi, the manager there, has said there will be “a bounce house, face painting, a costume contest, music, basketball, and dodgeball. It’s free; we’re hoping for a great turnout.”
East Hampton’s entries, which have yet to lose a game, continue to head their divisions in the Long Island Soccer Football and Suffolk Men’s Soccer Leagues.
In the 7-on-7 league at East Hampton’s Herrick Park, Maidstone Market and Tortorella Pools were tied, each with three wins and no losses, going into last night’s action. Maidstone and Tortorella were to have met in the second game, at 7:25 p.m.