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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 27 - September 2, 1999 - 89 Rugby Continued from page 88 But if you really like to hit, you can learn faster." The Starboard team, made up of "Old Boys" from the Wilming- ton Rugby Club, were fresh off an age group national championship at New York's Saranac Lake where they emerged from a field of 16 teams, having outscored op- ponents 93-0. "We all cut our drinking teeth at the Starboard," said Wild Joe McNicol. Players like Bobby O'Neill, Mike Campbell, John Doherty, John Rendell, Scott Ren- dell and Mike Rendell teamed up "together again" for a run at the Atlantic Cup. "Those old guys need more time to lick their wounds after the Can-Am New York tourname/at," joked Ke.nney. "But give them four weeks to get ready and they'll come after anybody." The Starboard easily handled opponents Plum and the Salisbury Old Boys on Saturday before run- ning head-on into Frederick, last year's "Young Boys" National Champions. Frederick blitzed the Starboard Sunday morning, run- ning through the defense like a quart of Bloody Mary hot mix, winning 34-0. "It was really an easy game," said Huey Campbell. "We could- n't catch anybody so there wasn't much hitting. When we got them into a serum we pushed them but RICK DAY This personal trainer for the Rocky Gorge Rugby Team moved to the states re- cently from the island of_ Bermuda. Day was chosen as the "player of the game  by his team captain after Rocky Gorge upset favored Caribbean Cougars in the Atlantic Cup Rugby Teurna- ment. "Rugby is about sup- porting your teammates both in hitting and moving the ball forward," Day said, who runs through bigger players Hke an NFL running back. I Drove Frederick photo Players from the Starboard team battle for possession of the ball with a member of the Frederick, Md. team during last week's rugby action. they supported each other very well." '. ] The most emotional game of the tournament, without punches thrown, was the Wilmingn Rug- by Club versus the DelaWare Ex- iles.  "Guys on the Wilmington team who played for me dropi off and play on my team," said Kenney. "Guys fly in from all Over the place to play in this game. That's because we will always be fami- ly." Wilmington won the hard hit- ting game three scores to iwo, set- ting up a showdown with heavily favored Frederick for the Atlantic Cup. Frederick defeated Wilmington by 15 points to capture the At- ldntic Cup. MEDICAL TENT - One in- jured player was carefully scruti- nized by a "medic" and lifted onto his feet and given clearance to re- sume play. The medic performed the physical with a bottle of beer in his right hand (it's a rugby thing!). One rugger played with a band of black electrical tape wrapped around his skull not to absorb sweat but to keep his big ears pinned closer to his head. Bobby O'Neill, with a few fused vertebrae in his neck, sus- tained a scary neck sprain an d eye injury in game one but continued playing for two more days and one night (hot tub!) because Bob- by O is just crazy like that! The Wilmington Colts are a high school-aged rugby team that won the East Coast Championship last spring. Most of the players are from Salesianum. S A math major named Gor- don with a math degree from the University of Hull in England elicits a nerd im- age. But Jones is nO nerd. He is a 6-foot-4, 29pound veteran of the wilmington Rugby Club who also runs 4.8 for 40 yards. "I play soc- cer for Conectiv to keep in shape for rugby," said the 41- year-old sweeper. I don't lift weights. I'm already big enough!" i "Jones is just one amazing athlete," said teammate Huey Campbell. MARY BETH ELLIS Like male champ Kevin Danahy of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol, it was fitting for Dewey Beach Patrol's Mary Beth Ellis to capture the female title in the annual J.J. Stein Memorial 5K mak- ing it a lifeguard sweep in honor of a former guard. El- lis, an outstanding swimmer and winner of this year's Recreation Biathlon, domi- nated the female race win- ning by over three minutes in 17:57. Ellis also captured the YMCA 5-Miler in early August. KEVIN DANAHY A seven-year member of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol and former University of Delaware runner, Danahy captured his third race of the summer in a season best of 15:24 in the J.J. Stein Memorial 5K. Danahy, with a personal best of 15.'05, went through the mile at 5:00 and two miles at 1.02 to remain on even splits and extend his lead on the field. "I picked it up the last mile and had the wind at my back on the boardwalk," said Danahy. People Continued from page 88 Three Atlantic hurricanes loom as a threat to tranquil weather. Check the Lloyd's IGA Nutter Butter supply/demand curve for the latest in weather advisories. Congratulations to Renaissance Chef Mark Steele of the Lamp Post - a lineman I coached in high school inspii'ed Steele to grow a pony tail and become artsy for his great seafood buffet, which man- aged to stuff four guys totaling 1,000 pounds. Dave Kergaard, Duane Lawson Bob Moore and myself drew stares from the crowd for our repeated surf and turf forays to the delicacy table, Delaware rugby coach Hugh Ken- ney and big John Manship were also in the house so I'm pretty sure Steele didn't make any mon- ey, but got to feel better about himself watching us "destroy" gourmet creations we can't even spell. Is it cool or uncool to he work- ing out in the gym and getting pumped in your favorite sleeve- less workout shirt only to discov- er that you have incriminating cheese doodle tracks smack be- tween your pectoralis muscles? Real athletes think it's cool be- cause they get hyped on junk food as well, and think a fresh garden salad is six tomatoes and a salt shaker. There has been a noticeable in- crease in wowie-zowie biker peo- ple wearing triathlon sunglasses and Lycra by NASCAR body suits pedaling against the flow of traffic in the DART bus lane on Route i. When the inevitable hit comes it's going to be ugly. The tourists have found the back country roads, which means we locals are stuck on weekends just like everyone unless we reroute all tourists to Pittsville. How about a flashing highway sign on the top of the north bound side of Nassau Bridge for Labor Day Monday. "Did you forget to tip your waiters? Well, here's a tip for you all. "Go on now, git!" Surfing Assoc. to host championships Aug. 28 The Delaware Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) will once again host the Delaware State Surfing and Bodyboarding cham- pionships beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 28, at the north side of Indian River Inlet. This is the only open competi- tion on ESA's schedule, and com- petitors do not need to he an ESA member to participate. The competition features surf- ing, bodyboarding and longboard competition in all age groups. The entry fee is $25 for the first division and $5 for each addition- al division, and $5 extra for beach entries. Entry forms can be picked up at Dewey Surf & Sport. For more in- formation, call 227-4011.