2004-07-16 / Sports

Rains Wash Out Rockaway Beach Volleyball Night

By John Sica

Rains Wash Out Rockaway Beach Volleyball Night

By John Sica

Unfortunately the volleyball article once again is going to begin with a weather report. The storms arrived somewhere between game three and four depending upon how fast the teams set up the nets. One thing for sure the nets came down in record time as Bugsy made the announcement "get the bravest people on your teams to take down the nets." Since this article is incomplete, you can get the finished article and updated standings by logging onto the league website at http://members.tripod.com/rbvl.

The Pier 92 Pirhana’s took the initiative and made their shirts, quite creative. Casey Brouder, Vinny Bonanno, Mary Cunneen and Tara Vasselman were behind the great design and may take over the design department of the league next year. They are very cool. Pier 92 by the way hosted a great party, and the food is one of the best on the circuit.

The Bikini Bottom All Stars got off to a strong start before the sky opened up and washed away their hopes of a sweep against the depleted Connolly’s squad. The youngsters, Mike Sica and TJ Toohey led the way.

Danny Sugrue was still suffering from the runs from the Shepards Pie that he had eaten earlier and was a no show. Let’s hope he ate wisely on Thursday. Bobby Sugrue was on a roll, getting hot finally, for the first time in his life until the volleyball gods opened up the skies and ended his resurrection. The rain came and Pier 92 left the Brooklyn Transplants to practice under the tent alone.

Liegh Ann Scalia’s serve was too much for Freehands Court Champs to handle so they were lucky she wasn’t on the roster to finish what she started. Speaking of not finishing what they started, Maria herself was overheard trying to negotiate a settlement with the Kerry Hills over a two for one trade off on the Thursday make up games because of scheduling conflicts.

With the heroic efforts of Frank McGrory, the Kerry Hills Killers had a shocking comeback in the second game for a big win. They continued on their winning ways in the third game until the rains came. If truth be told, when the Hill was way down, it was Robyn Stathis’s great serve run that brought them way back despite the men’s taking the credit. Can Michelle please return Annie’s lightning proof umbrella? Welcome goes out to Alisha from Dublin. The Hill plans on having a strong second half to make Jimmy and Carmel proud.

The girls Jeanie and Dotsy carried the Irish Circling Sharks. They helped carried the Sharks over the Harbor Light in the two games they got in before the rain. Perhaps they didn’t come out because they had to tend to Mike Egan’s face after Dotsy served a smash into his cheekbone. Perhaps it could make an improvement. The Sharks want John to know they don’t need Allison Bagel anymore even if he thinks so.

It’s All Good TBG and Cement Shoes are MIA after the game. Marybeth carried the team with her serves winning the first three games before the postponement.

The rains did not wash the party at Pier 92 away as the food, music, and company was top notch as usual. The question though this week as with every week is, where is the Harbor Light team? When are they going to realize that the volleyball night does not end on the beach? Perhaps that message can go out to other teams especially in the top division that is being carried in the post game celebrations by Bernie and the Kerry Hills squad.

Shout out to the BOE girls, Debbie and Alice. They were sorely missed though at the QE party.

The Ramblers and Gamblers did not play due to the passing of some of the players’ mom, Ann Walsh. The team along with the entire league sends our condolences and prayers to the family.

The story may not be complete tonight for two reasons. The rain of course is one. But Cubby has announced that he will no longer talk to the press after the treatment he has received in The Wave over the past few weeks.

The schedule was completed on Thursday night, too late for press time, with unfinished games having to be started over.

Next weeks party is at the Rugby Clubhouse, with good weather and their large backyard, it should be a rocking time.


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