2003-05-30 / Sports

Rockaway Beach Volleyball Opening Night Rained Out

By Joe McGivney
Rockaway Beach Volleyball Opening Night Rained Out By Joe McGivney


Beach Volleyball League officials Joe, Patty, Bugsy, and Rocky during dryer times.Beach Volleyball League officials Joe, Patty, Bugsy, and Rocky during dryer times.

Rain and lightning forced the cancellation of RBVL volleyball games Wednesday night for the first time in years. Charter members Bernie O’Connell and Jimmy Mack could not even remember the last time they were forced to leave the beach because of weather. Conditions were unplayable at 6:30 p.m. and the executive board decided that a postponement of action was the safe and prudent course to take. All matches are scheduled to take place Thursday night as this newspaper goes to press. (A recap of week one will be combined with next week’s article.)

A large gathering of players huddled under umbrellas and any available coverings, hoping to play the game they wait all winter for. It just wasn’t to be. Ironically, the storm passed at about 6:45 p.m. and left behind mild temperatures and no wind, ideal conditions. However, at that point there would not have been enough daylight to set up all of the 14 nets and play all 5 games.

Commissioner Patty made the most of the time together with a referee’s meeting to review rules and assignments while Bugsy gave out the remaining uniforms to team captains. This might be the right time to remind everyone of the league policy regarding rainouts. If feasible, a rainout will be declared as early as possible and details will be posted on the website. (http://rbvl.tripod.com). More likely, the decision will be made at the beach. All teams should be ready to go in case the decision is made to play. Remember, the conditions at the beach are often different (and playable) than other parts of the city.

Many veteran players showed up with full coolers and wasted no time in starting the first tailgate party in league history. Players took over the parking lot and made the best of a tough situation. Many took the trip to the Irish Circle, where the scheduled league party was to take place. Thursday saw the re-scheduled party at the Irish Circle and at this moment we can only guess what hijinks ensued. I’m guessing that a good time was had by all. (Read all about it next week in the Wave.)

The Kerry Hills kids placed the old-timers of Abbracciamento’s in their cross hairs but were denied their shot at the veteran club. They have another shot at it on Thursday when Abbracciamento’s will be even older than the day before. This only works in the Kerry Hills favor. Perhaps they’d like to postpone the match until 2018 when most of the old guys will be collecting Social Security. Several teams have spun off players into new teams and those rivalries heated up during the night with polite trash talk. Several of the split teams play in the same divisions and that should make for spirited play.

The divisions, top to bottom, are called: Ocean, Wave, Beach, and Boardwalk. Ocean will be playing on Courts 1-3 Right; Wave will be on Courts 1-3 Left, Beach is on Courts 4-7 Left and Boardwalk will play at Courts 4-7 Right. (I think that’s right.) By the time next week’s article is published, each team will have finished two matches and champions might start to emerge from the pack. Watch closely.

The drinking title will probably be the closest contest. Already many squads started strong and one can never overlook the Circling Sharks, led by Cubby. This sure-fire first ballot Hall-of-Famer simply flipped up his hood in the rain and knocked one out of the park. He was last seen enjoying a cold beverage and quoting from "Caddyshack" as nightfall came. Long live the King!

Next week, 6/4, the 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 Connolly’s. If you’re looking for a tasty frozen cocktail this is your stop.

Due to a change in her work schedule Commissioner Patty Moule can no longer be reached in the hours leading up to the matches on Wednesday night. At that time please call Bugsy on his cell phone at 917-680-3891.


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