2002-06-08 / Sports

Beautiful Conditions Makes A Great Start For Rock Volleyball

By Joe McGivney
Beautiful Conditions Makes A Great Start For Rock Volleyball By Joe McGivney

Beautiful Conditions Makes A
Great Start For Rock Volleyball
By Joe McGivney

(Due to a technical error, this article was originally to be printed in the June 1 edition of the Wave newspaper.)

The season got underway for real this week, under beautiful conditions. The wind was mild and the air was warm as the players worked through their old aches and pains

When Connelly’s coach Steve Gifford asked John Sica for one of the ringers he pulls out of his phone book, he didn’t expect he’d supply one before their opening day match up. Jackie Kanell shined in her first appearance, leading Connelly’s to a 3-2 victory. Despite the assistance of Sica, Coach Steve brought another ringer on his own, for one Corona. He bartered the beer for Donna Ward of Fillmore, and a shot to be named later. In Donna’s defense she was looking for more playing time. The Bikini Bottom All Stars (formerly Gen X&Y) experienced growing pains after going through a radical roster change, losing "All (my own) World" Rich, and Gen "Y"ers Bri and Trish. There is still time to come back. (Not you Rich). Youngsters Mike and Eva excelled in the loss. And for Connelly’s New Tom (the California Kid) made the team forget about Old Tom, the disgruntled Greek. The fact that new Tom’s mom knows Bo "10" Derek had nothing to do with the dumping of "one-lung-old Tom". Also the addition of young TJ Toughey, who played phenomenally, makes them the new Gen X&Y.

Won One will have to wait to fulfill the promise of their name, as the Beach House swept them 5-0. Despite the win, The Beach House was playing shorthanded because one of their players broke a cardinal rule of Rockaway, never practice before the season. That is why no one in Rockaway has ever practiced before the season. The team improved when they talked newcomer Gary Lamboin, former high school captain, into getting a divorce so he could play. Both teams were happy with the refereeing from a new ref to Rockaway from Long Beach who was very laid back. He called himself "The Referee, Formerly Known as the Volleyball Player Known as Coach."

Where is Liam (mouthpiece) Bolgeras? Moral for Kerry Hills was at an all time low missing his abuse. In his place he sent two spikers from Ireland. Meanwhile the heavy hitters, Allen and John, have never played before. However they know something about his abuse. The team would like to welcome them along with Trish and Brian; and Lena from Sligo. The Hills rolled 4-1, over the Rugby Fishheads, and would like to remind everyone that they will be gracious hosts next week at Kerry Hills.

The featured match up of the week was the defending champions of the top Red Division, Coppersmiths, against perennial powerhouse Abbracciamento’s. The Coppersmith twins Claire and Marie (a.k.a. the Gatorade sisters) are feeling a little under the win, as their sister Regina sits atop the league in first place with Just Healy’s. Marie say’s let them have their moment because it will be short lived. She also wants to congratulate Mark Aiken (Jameson’s) for being Number Two! The match was well played and very competitive with Abbracciamento’s taking the first two games, both going to overtime. The new addition of the Dempsey sisters, Jeannie and Cathy, provided a very important spark for the aging Abbracciemento’s team. Many people may be confused as to how their roster can change after five years of stagnation, but after so many game losses, and the loss of Rocky’s wife Tricia, who quit despite Rocky’s objections, and Patty to pregnancy, they gave in and picked up the sisters. In doing so they gave the reigning champs a run for their money. Coppersmiths, being the champs they are, fought back valiantly after falling behind 0-2. Behind the play of Jack Bradley, who is confidently back as the "King of the Beach", the champs stormed back despite the absence of TC Sullivan. (who can be seen sporting the Coppersmiths championship Sweatshirt.) They took the next three and almost lost the most important Gatorade sister when Marie was pummeled by "All (my own) World" Rich, who apparently didn’t think Marie’s head was important as the ball. Scooty (Scotty) was thinking of throwing him in the bush club for his negligent behavior…time and 25 Coors Lights for Scooty will tell. The final word on Coppersmiths for the week is that after all the post game ribbing, their thinking of changing their name to U.Y.A. (see JJ Butler for the translation of this abbreviation.)

"Is there another division higher up that we can play in?" overheard in the Just Healy’s team huddle during their 5-0 route of the Federation.

Even though Chooch and Boom Boom failed to make the game due to their domestication, (making dinner for the man of the house), TNT did their best to win. It wasn’t enough. The two new players added to the team, Wubs and Groatie, said they will return to the team despite the 3-2 loss. Since the balls were flying everywhere, maybe next time they’ll wear their underwear, and maybe they will keep their balls in place. As for Wonder Woman she promises to make an appearance by the end of the season. Maybe by then Marty will take his shoes off and will feel what every Rockaway residence feels, the sand between his toes, unless he has webbed feet.

Fillmore started off the same way they ended last year, winning without Jimmy "the Cheap Bastard" Katen. The team is hoping long may he have to work Wednesday nights. There’s a strange wind blowing in the air as the team is required to wear dresses this year, Fillmore is the answer to the little black dress. We know who wears the pants in the family, everyone.

"I want everyone to start calling me Lou", overheard in the rugby clubhouse team huddle during the tightly contested matchup between Jamison’s and the Rugby Clubhouse. Probie O’Rouke is afraid newly promoted Lt. Johnson would reprimand him dedcided to try and keep things close. The only problem is that O’Rourke is not on Johnson’s team. As always enough cannot be said about the emergence of TC. After seeing the new star wars movie, TC says he now understands the power of the force and how to harness and use it on the volleyball court.

The after-party was at the beautifully renovated New Irish Circle. The turnout was great, and the league had another first when they were served delicious Salmon as well as other delicacies. Highlights included Scotty and Claire dirty dancing to the beat of DJ Teddy (AKA super MAAAHOOSH KA). Jack Bradley was also getting into the swing of things dusting off some of his best break dancing moves. Jamison’s star of the Circle goes to powerhouse Keith Green. The way he utilized the new smoke machines and disco lights at the Circle to pull off the electric slide was outstanding, and from what the ladies were saying, "very hot". Good show Keith!!

Next week the party will be at the fabulous Kerry Hills. Bring your thirst and your appetite.

Don’t forget to visit the Rockaway Beach Volleyball Web site at http://members.tripod.com/rbvl/ for more league news and pictures. If you do not have your teams story in this week’s Wave, it is because you didn’t visit one of our cub reporters at the post game party. Make sure to visit next week and bring a beer for the writer.

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