2006-09-01 / Sports

Rockaway Beach Volleyball Plans Awards Dinner

By Joe McGivney

Steve Gifford (left) and Bobby Fash (right), two of the founding members of the Rockaway Beach Volleyball League, are not aware of the waves that will crash down on them. Steve Gifford (left) and Bobby Fash (right), two of the founding members of the Rockaway Beach Volleyball League, are not aware of the waves that will crash down on them. The Rockaway Beach Volleyball League will celebrate the completion of their 17th season at a gala awards dinner on Friday, September 15 at the Beach Club on 116th Street. Players love to visit the Beach Club, which has been a long-time sponsor of the RBVL, and a good time is predicted for all attendees. All of those folks who are still gun-shy from the deluge of rain we had this summer, you will be all happy to know that this party is indoors and the weather forecast is for a dry and air-conditioned night!

A great party band, Souled Out, will provide live music. Of course, you will provide the dancing. Admission is $70 and will include a buffet dinner as well as an open bar.

Many people have already responded, paid for their tickets and formed tables and this is your last chance to get a ticket. If you haven't done so already, please call Rocky at 718-338- 3951, Denise at 347-866-4570 or Bugsy at 347-413-3563 to make your reservation. Even better, drop your cash or check off at Bugsy's house. Money talks! Our maximum capacity was 180 people and we are trying to expand that by a few but the physical space of the room will not allow much more.

Awards will be given out to the 6 division champs, Freedhand's Court Champs, Killa Hills, Connolly's, Coppersmiths, Sand Spikers and Suns of Beaches and some surprise awards will almost certainly follow. Bring your dancing shoes or your "Cement Shoes", whatever you need to kick up a storm. Bugsy recommends wearing footwear that you can kick off easily. Dress any way that makes you feel comfortable. Last year the fashion ranged from casual beach to elegant chic. Several outstanding Hawaiian shirts showed up as well as some classy dresses and you can expect more of the same this year. Maybe we'll even see some referees for a change. They'll be the ones with the striped shirts and whistles

Some of our members cannot accept the fact that the season is over. Last week, champions, Connolly's and Suns of Beaches got together at the Casa di Gifford for a night of volleyball, beer and BBQ. The only things missing were a referee and pressure and a great time was had by all. Special thanks go to hostess, Debbie and financier, Kevin (You didn't think Steve paid for the spread, did you?). Rumors abound at other team gatherings to celebrate the completion of another successful RBVL campaign. That's what it's all about, people. Good on you.

After the big dinner-dance you can take six months off and not think about volleyball until February, when the planning begins for 2006. We hope to see everyone back for another go at this sport we love so much. Your enthusiasm and sportsmanship make the league so great! The games are over but summer is not, so we'll still see you on the beach (Maybe at the Michelle O'Neill tournament in Long Beach.).

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