2002-06-15 / Sports

Thunderstorms Give Way To Perfect RBVL Night

By John Sica

Thunderstorms Give Way
To Perfect RBVL Night
By John Sica

As thunderstorms passed through the New York area, the Rockaway Beach Volleyball League web site; http://members.tripod.com/rbvl/, had a record number of hits. At 5:08 p.m. the message was posted, "GAME ON". Remember the web site is the best way to check on up to the minute information, but everyone should note that there has only been one rain out in the last seven years.

Wednesday’s storm left behind a perfect volleyball night, little wind, heavy humidity and a thirsty group.

The after party at Healy’s was festive, as they provided a great spread of food. Dancer provided the firehouse delicacies, and Healy’s had their usual great music, and okay people. (just kidding about the people).

The team sponsor of the year has to be Mr. Hills, Kerry for short, owner of Kerry Hills, (aka Jimmy O’Sullivan and his lovely wife Carmel) who has come to watch his team every week. This week he even brought a bonus, Chili Dog, who was instrumental in watching the lines this week. They haven’t let the owner down as they have compiled a 14-1 record. But the real bleacher bums that inspire the team are Phyllis Kearns and Leigh Ann Salica. Their support has been instrumental in the teams success. The Hills is eagerly awaiting the showdown on July 3rd, against 15-0 "The Beach House." This week the Hills swept again, but the Arizona Diamondbacks had as much to do with it as Kearns, Gambino, Walsh and the Dish’s sets. TNT’s Marty, Karen and Angel (the PR man for the team), showed up late and drunk after watching the D’backs beat the Yanks at the Stadium.

Where is Liam Bulger for the fourth week in a row? He even called from the Palm Gardens to tell the Kilkenny boys the games were canceled. Team members have speculated that he is trying to secure the Palm Gardens as a sponsor for next year.

Fillmore redeemed themselves winning all five, although still playing sloppy. The "I Got It" sisters don’t "got" their act together. We would like to say a special thanks to Lt. Jim’s wife for coming out and showing her husband how to set, bump and we’re still working on spike. We hope Rich has healed from running into the net all night long. Maybe Rich should wear his favorite dress from last year. Jimmy the Cheap Bastard on his 20th anniversary was too cheap to come out and buy drinks. Although he didn’t score tonight we hope he’ll score at home tonight. Kerry Hills here we come.

‘It’s All Good" has a message for TBG. Take your socks off! You live in Rockaway. And another thing, lay off the sausage. Although your stomach might have scared off Son’s of Beaches. It’s All Good posted a 5-0 forfeit win.

"One Win" finally really lost it all. One win is not a necessity, it’s just a goal. But "No Beer" cannot be tolerated. Their supplier, George Murphy was noticeably absent this week. They didn’t miss his play, only his cooler. "One Win" would like to thank Fillmore for supplying the cold ones in his absence. They would surely trade five losses for a couple of Buds and Coors.

Coppersmith has a message for Joe and Rocky. Get a life!

The Bikini Bottom All Stars finally got back on track as they posted a 4-1 victory over the Federation. The score did not indicate the competitive level of the match as Maureen Tracey, (softest server and kisser in the league) benefited from her new weekend "two’s" tournament play. Jay was also raising his game to new levels for the Federation in the losing effort. For the "All Stars" Colleen McManus is playing her best volleyball ever, and Sean Higgins contributed immediately to the wins.

Some overall observations on the year thus far. Although most teams remained remarkably stable there were a number of notable changes going into the 2002 season. Connolly’s coach, Steve Gifford asked John Sica for one of the ringers he pulls out of the Southern California phone book every year. He didn’t expect he’d actually supply one but he did and Jackie Kanell has been a welcome pick up. Steve also bartered a beer and a shot to be named later for Donna Ward from Fillmore. In an exchange of same names, Connolly’s picked up New Tom (the California Kid) and lost Old Tom (the Disgruntled Greek). People wonder if the fact that New Tom’s mom knows Bo "10" Derek had anything to do with dumping "One Lung" Tom. When TJ Toughey was added the final piece of the championship puzzle was in place. (At least that’s what Steve thinks.)

The Bikini Bottom All-Stars (formerly Gen X&Y) lost "All (my own) World" Rich, Brian and Trish; and Stevie and George haven’t been seen lately either. To compensate they found an old new face and a new young face in the father-daughter team of Jack and Eva, which also gives them the inside track to the Polish National Volleyball Team for many years to come. The Sica Kids moved over to the Kerry Hills Pub, who also added heavy hitters, Allen and John as well as Lena from Sligo.

Is TNT losing Chooch and Boom-Boom to the evils of domestication? (They have missed games to cook dinner for their men.) Thankfully, they have added Wubs and Groatie to the squad. The Beach House talked newcomer Gary Lamboin, a former high school captain, into getting a divorce so that he could play. Gary may be the most over qualified player in his division.

In the Red Division, the aging Abbracciamento’s squad added the energetic Dempsey sisters, Jeannie and Kathy when coach Rocky couldn’t stop his wife, Trish from quitting the team to sip Chardonnay on her deck and couldn’t prevent Patty Melt from getting pregnant. They have been an invaluable addition. Coppersmith’s re-activated Jack "King of the Beach" Bradley but almost lost the MVGS (Most Valuable Gatorade Sister), Marie when "All (my own) World" Rich pummeled her at the net during week one action. Just Healey’s added Tom Dalgish and claim they have resurrected Hall of Famer, Rich McDade. However, the closest Rich has been to the beach has been to the baby changing station in the rest room juggling the diapers of his triplets.

Finally, a move that did not happen- Joe "Seal" Moore remains with It’s All Good. According to an unnamed postal delivery source who will simply be referred to as TBG, he is going to be there a long time. So everyone back off! Apparently Rocky’s attempt to land Seal and reunite him with his brother, Billy, the league’s premier spiker from 1990-1994 has been foiled.

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