2004-05-28 / Sports

Rockaway Volleyball Hits the Beach For Season Opener

By John Sica

Rockaway Volleyball Hits the Beach For Season Opener

By John Sica

On a cold winter’s night in Riis Park, the Rockaway Beach Volleyball League got off to a surprisingly active start as hundreds of players elected to set up the nets and play despite the frigid temperatures. After a long winter, players were anxious to get out and bump, set and spike as eleven nets were set up.

Afterwards, the Grassy Point Grill of Broad Channel was gracious hosts, as players flocked to enjoy their home cooking and hospitality. Broad Channel’s mayor and owner of the Point treated the league great and made new friends. The barbeque grill was going non-stop and the interesting memorabilia and décor of the bar kept the players satisfied all night. The potato salad might have been the best of all time.

Many Rockaway residents who have driven by the Grassy for decades have never been inside and were happily surprised at the overall experience. The Grassy also has a horseshoe league on Monday nights where horseshoes and drinking are prominent.

Maybe some of the older members of the RBVL should look into it, judging by their play early at the beach. And on top of all that Grassy has to offer, they also have a nicely lit dartboard, pool table and a hot bar maid who is a beautiful canvas for tattoo artists. Not all tattoos were visible but our investigative reporting staff was able to identify the following tattoos: Sun, Shamrock, Flower, Japanese Signal, A name – wonder who?, Heart w/ triangle, Grateful Dead, and Heart.

Dickie Flanagan flashed his AARP card but was denied a discount on his Budweiser. TBG should have his finest season as one of the younger members of "It’s All Good". As usual, there was a good turnout by the lower divisions and a bad turnout for the top two divisions. Let’s get it together folks!

The night was just a warm-up though; the real action begins next week when the top match is a rematch of last year’s championship in the Ocean Division, Healy’s and the artists formerly known as Marie’s Traitors and now known as Freed Hand’s Court Champs. Healy’s will host the party next week.

Look for Dancer to cook up some of his specialties.

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