2003-05-23 / Sports

Beach Volleyball Exhibition Night Rained Out

By Joe McGivney
Beach Volleyball Exhibition Night Rained Out By Joe McGivney

Should we have expected anything different? After one of the worst winters ever, the 2003 Rockaway Beach Volleyball League got off to a slow and wet start, as a continuous driving rain kept the three hundred players plus off the beach for another week. Fortunately though, it was only Spring Training and would not have counted in the standings anyway. In true Rockaway fashion though, the bad weather could not dampen our spirits. Many players and team captains made their way to the Kerry Hills Pub, where they took care of some administrative duties, and were served some great food, courtesy of Kerry Hills. The Beach Division was the only one to have perfect attendance with every team represented. They take the early lead for the Party championship.

Team Captains got a first hand look at the new divisions and schedule, which appear now on this page. With the new four divisions, games should be more balanced and competitive. The divisions will now go by names, not colors. The divisions, top to bottom, are called: Ocean, Wave, Beach, and Boardwalk.

The Ocean Division picked up two teams, last year’s White Division winners, Kerry Hills Eiele, and a new team, Marie’s Traitors. Both teams are split-offs from last year’s top two division winners. Marie’s Traitors split from Coppersmith’s Bar & Grill, after it was determined that they had gone over the Ego Cap, established in 1997. The Kerry Hills Eiele was a case of the kids feeling its time to leave home and start a life of their own. Led by Kenny Kearns, Eiele, wants to follow up on some bold predictions made at last years awards party. Perennial kid, Peter Kearns is the only member who doesn’t need to carry proof. The squad was seen in the backyard planning their attack against their oldest rivals, Abbracciamento’s. They mutually agreed that simply showing up should be enough strategy to defeat the long-in-the-tooth gang.

The Wave Division has the bottom four from last years Red Division along with two top teams from the White Division, the Rugby Fisheads and Fillmore Insurance. People have already come to label this group 1B since the level of play is so close to the top teams. With both teams from the Rugby Club included, spirited rivalries are guarantied.

The Beach Division starts off with the top four finishers from last year’s Blue Division and is supplemented with three "new" teams, on which many former players can be found. Former champions It’s All Good, Irish Circling Sharks, the Beach Club, Kerry Hills Pub and the Beach House all know how to win, promising to make this battle a free-for-all. Watch out for the youthful, athletic Tap & Grill Cheese Fries who took their nickname a little too seriously and showed up at the meeting with cheese fry yellow jackets.

The Boardwalk Division is comprised of the bottom four teams from both the old White and Blue divisions. With another year of experience under their belts and with eight evenly balanced teams, expectations are high for an exciting title race. The drinking title could be even closer but keep an eye on Connolly’s Island and their motivational drinking funnel. The new Irish Tunes squad attempts to join two separate groups of men and women and turn them into a team. Haven’t men and women been unsuccessfully trying to do this for centuries? Maybe Wonder Woman and Boom-Boom have the secret formula for success!

Next week, 5/28, is opening night and nets will be available for set-up at 5:45 p.m. so that the games can begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Daylight is still at a premium so get to the beach early. The post-game party will be at the New Irish Circle and there are rumors of an exciting, upgraded menu for the players and referees. (The refs are the ones at the front of the food line.) More than a rumor is the fact that DJ Teddy will be spinning and a good time is in order. "Any teams that did not make it to the meeting should contact Bugsy ASAP and pick up their team packages during the week."See you on the beach and at the Irish Circle.

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