RBVL Holds Final Rocking
By Joe McGivney
On Friday night, September 6, the Rockaway Beach Volleyball League held its annual Awards Dinner at the Beach Club on B. 116th Street. This gala event brought the 2002 season to a happy and successful conclusion. Kenny and Steve Goode's staff outdid themselves and reminded all of the 110 partygoers why their place is always among the most popular stops during the summer. Thank you, Theresa for insuring a smooth, trouble-free evening.
Head Over Heels supplied the live and diverse music, which had the joint jumpin' until 2:00 a.m. A special thanks goes out to bandleader and guitar player, Eddie Sarkis, who has a longstanding relationship with the league. Eddie always seems to be able to come through for his volleyball buddies. If you need a band for an upcoming function check out www.headoverheelsband.com - you will not be disappointed. Tell Eddie that Rocky and Joe sent you.
Just as he did last year when he sang "Brown Eyed Girl", Bugsy kicked things up a notch with his rendition of "Into the Mystic." The dance floor filled up and the party took off. Leading the celebration was Ricky, formerly "Cement Shoes", currently "Fred Astaire Shoes" Flanagan. If he could move even half as well on the sand as he did on the dance floor, his team might have been victorious quite some time ago.
Instead it took until 2002 for It's All Good to claim their first title after years of close calls. MVP Allison looked ready to don a red tank top or sweatshirt to match her red pants. Her choice of pants color was no accident as she prepares to move to the top division. Has Don Rocky Corleone already made her an offer she couldn't refuse? Why did Bugsy have a horse's head in his bed when he went home Friday night?
The MVP of the party might have been Joey "Seal" Moore whose top quality serving and spiking skills were actually surpassed by his writing prowess. The former newspaperman wrote a succinct and moving tribute to his longtime buddy, Keith "Bugsy" Goldberg that had everyone nodding their heads in agreement. Even the league's roving reporters had to tip their caps to Seal for his Joycean vocabulary and Shakespearean syntax, but most of all for his sentiments, which truly came from the heart.
Two repeat champions claimed sweatshirts for their efforts in the playoffs. The powerhouse of the Red Division, Coppersmith's, was led to the podium by the Gatorade Sisters, Marie and Clair while the White Division's Kerry Hills Pub were led by their sponsors and charter RBVL members, Jimmy and Carmel O'Sullivan. Their play showed that they are ready to step up to the top level next year and their drinking showed they will probably remain for many years. When handed a microphone, Kenny Kearns threw down the gauntlet by challenging the old guard Red Division squads. It should make for interesting match-ups down the road.
In the spirit of good, clean fun several specialty awards were given out. Charlie Brady was given the M*A*S*H award for playing an important match only 8 days after an emergency appendectomy, still stitched up. He was given a needle and pink yarn so that he could sew himself up if his stitches ever bust. TBG, Tim Murphy was awarded a package of Mrs. Jones Breakfast Sausage (the best!) to get him back on track. He really needed it after all the bad sausage he had in August.
Kerry Touhey won the Sponge Bob trophy for the squarest pants on the beach. Although Peter Kearns didn't win the MVP title as captain and leader of the triumphant Kerry Hills Pub squad (That went to Trish Sica, unanimously.) he did claim the OVP award. - Oldest Valuable Player! For his efforts he was given a cane to help him get around the court as well as a bottle of Viagra to keep him young when he's off the court.
Craig Carey couldn't resist calling for a vote to switch to a 4-man format in 2003. Although the crowd wasn't really in a decision-making mood they soundly defeated the proposition. Rest assured that the Wednesday night Co-ed league we all know and love will remain a 6-man format. However, talks are under way to try to add a four's night during the week. If a strong leader (Mark Aiken?) emerges it might happen as soon as the upcoming season.
Player movement has started already with many rumors of trades and free agent acquisitions being circulated throughout the evening. General Managers, get those long-term contracts signed if you know what's good for you. Many of the players hibernate during the winter but many others play in various corporate and recreational leagues. Captains can take it easy until February when rosters will be formed and deposits will be collected. If you like, you can mark your calendars early. Volleyball nets will be available at Riis Park on Wednesday, 5/21 for all teams to use and play exhibition matches. On that same night, teams should pick up their uniforms and schedules. The first night of official league action will begin the following Wednesday, 5/28. Of course, notices of meetings and deadlines will be sent to all well in advance.
Commissioner Patty thanked her entire committee (Denise, Steve, Joe, John, Rocky and Bugsy) for their hard work throughout the entire year, not just the summer. Thanks to Simon for his understanding and assistance, enabling Patty to lead the RBVL effectively.
Good luck to Joe McGivney and John Sica as they embark on a new endeavor as Coaches of the Brooklyn College Varsity Women's Volleyball Team. Do you think they'll be recruiting for next year's summer season or what?
Many of the revelers were planning to go out to Long Beach to the Michelle O'Neill tournament on Saturday. We can only guess how many actually made the early morning call to action. Let's just hope that Kerri didn't punch Tommy out again en route. You could tell the night was coming to an end when back flips were being turned off the bar stools at the Irish Circle. You could also tell by looking at the clock on the wall - 4:00 a.m.
Last but not least, we offer collective thanks to Patty Moule, whose tireless efforts have resulted in two of the finest seasons the RBVL has ever experienced. Patty's calm, cool demeanor handles all controversies smoothly and her steady application of good old common sense always seems to lead to a good decision. Who else, but Patty, has the dedication to take her newborn baby, while still nursing, to the beach to be close to the league she loves so much? Gratias! Multa gratias!
Enjoy the Fall and Winter. We'll see you in the Spring.