2008-08-01 / Sports

RBVL Ends July In Style With Perfect Night At Beach

By John Sica

When the committee meets in February and starts to plan the bar schedule, they save the outdoor decks for late in the season when the weather is supposed to be calm. Things don't always go as well as planned.

But The Wharf laughed in the face of the Weather Channel, which predicted thunderstorms would rain on the RBVL weekly parade to the post game party. The Wharf outdid themselves with friendly service, and plentiful delicious food. Their trademark French Dip Sandwich was delicious; the "servers" even dipped it in for you.

The spread also included quesadillas, sausage and peppers, two pasta dishes, and a fresh salad with red onions. Maureen Collins should be congratulated on the extra effort she put into setting this whole thing up. She is a Wharf treasure.

After Timmy "Smitty" Smith served four aces in a row, he felt it was time to end the boycott of the after volleyball party in hopes someone might recognize him. He couldn't wait to tell anyone who would listen about using the wind to his advantage. There is no need to bring a dictionary to the beach. Timmy was ready to define the word "ace" for anyone who would listen.

Brooklyn Windows and Doors rolled to a 4-1 victory to solidify their position as the number two team, carried by the excellent play of the girls and Cubby, who has raised his game.

To clarify last week's mention of Cubby being stood up, it related to his usual yearly drink out with Misty May Trainor at the AVP event in Coney Island. After three consecutive years of the post event party with Misty May and members of the RBVL this year, Misty was a no show. She was possibly putting the Olympics ahead of a good time with her Rockaway friends. There is always next year.

Perhaps Cubby will show up in Bejing. Lucky for Cubby though, another favorite volleyball woman from the past showed up to drink his beers this week, Colleen McManus, the Iron Women. Colleen has just completed an Iron Man competition at Lake Placid. Three cheers for Coleen.

Love Tournament Continues

The Bayswater All-Stars and Rock da Fellas continue to battle for first place supremacy in the Love, Peace and Unity Basketball Tournament at Inwood Terrace Park. In the tournament standings, the Bayswater All Stars and Rock da Fellas are tied for first place with a 6-1 record.

Rounding out the standings are La Familia, who is in third place at 4-3, 211 Money is tied with G- Force in fourth place at 3-4, Led Burn is fifth with a 1-6 mark. Heartbreakers and Bombs Away each lost their first game. The first place team will get a bye and all of the squads make the playoffs.

The tournament continues tonight at 6 p.m. with a doubleheader. La Familia will take on Ledburn and on court #2, G-Force will take on Rock Da Fellas. For more information, contact Jeffrey "Jazz" Moye at 347-993-2546.

Simon Sez Sea Bar welcomes back Reene off the injured reserve. Don't worry Reene; you still have plenty of summer left. It's not even halfway over. She helped them to a 3-2 victory over Last Call.

The Flip Cup All Stars won a grueling match over Coppersmiths, winning 3-2, with many games going to overtime. Once again good play by Gambino, Bodey, and the Sica brothers led the team to victory. The two Kateys, Trish and Liz set the men well despite heavy winds. Papa John got the last point on his first spike of the night.

The Sunrise Senior Sharks were counting on a sweep over the Bayview Barracudas since the Barracudas came from the lower division this year. The Sharks needed some heavy wins to get into playoff position but only managed one win. John Maroney Esquire is preparing a lawsuit against the league to keep the better teams out of their division. The Senior Sharks playoff chances are in tough shape now.

Casino Towing took four from Jameson's. After Joe McGiveny put on a serving clinic he was benched resulting in Casino's only loss.

The Bayhouse Babes and the Beachhouse had the match of the season. Even the ref, Pat Moore, commented on the high level of competition. Sorry Beach House, but Janet and Patty had to take you down for old-times sake. The Babes won 3-2 and every game was close. The Beach House has come a long way. The Bay House wants to thank the Conklin House Babes for their late entrance support that brought them back to victory, especially for Joanne's great cheerleading. It was inspiring.

The RBVL committee wants to thank the future RBVL players for eagerly handing out flyers for the awards party. Thanks to the Cummings twins, Tara and Hana; Lauren Moule; Megan Shevlin; Victoria and Nicholas Rivara; and Emma Meade.

Lobster House nosed out Le Greann, 3-2. Le Greann welcomes back the always congratulatory Jim Hen Dog Henning. Kudos go out to team Mohan for taking the LIRR from West Babylon. Mary G. had some unstoppable serves tonight, along with her consistent and admirable team spirit. Le Greann sends out well wishes to Daddy Brian Grace.

The Cheese Fries Stella Girls are back in town. After seeing their team fall behind 3-1, the old Stella Maris team from 1999 kicked the men off the court and took matters into their own hands. The six women took game five, and are thinking about making this lineup more permanent. (The "A" team) Remember what Billy Joel says, Catholic girls start much too late. Don't worry boys; you can supply the beers and cheer. You look cute on the sidelines. It is now obvious, Becky it's not you.

Sands Point Physical Therapy and the Breakaways battled through four overtime games including the deciding game five matchup, and a 3-2 win for the Breakaways. Sands Point rose to the occasion, as the eighth seed made life difficult for the three seed. Those games are crucial as they try to hang on to the last playoff position.

Thank God no one was injured as Walter was flying all over the court trying to learn every position at once. Allen thought the team could have done better, and was right, as the team had too many crucial service errors. For the Breakaways, Christina and Elaine think the rest of their team needs physical therapy because they lack support at the post game party. Perhaps a little mental therapy is in order. Lighten up and realize it's about the social event; it's a four hour night, not two.

The easy women from the Easy Knight have to report again they had such a great time with Happy Hour. It's so nice to sit on the same side of the court and party with opposition. They don't call them Easy for nothing. Easy won 3-2 but that didn't matter. Paul Fitz played phenomenally. Deborah Munns did a great job casting the crew to the victory. They always have to eat hors d'oeuvres and get drinks like they usually do.

The Federations' Tom Ford goes away with the family and what happens? Want to buy a vowel? W_N!! With George on Mary's shoulders and Ellie on Brian's left cheek, the ball didn't have time to hit the sand. Sean and Danny were at their best as usual. And did I hear Ryan and Tommy? Or should I say, see them smile? In addition the Federation would like to thank Kay and her team of cheerleaders… the Fed couldn't have done it without you. The Sand Spikers put up a great fight with most games ending up as close battles, but the Federation won 3-2.

The Pier 92 lost four close games, but close doesn't count. Only in horse shoes and something else we don't remember. This time, though, it was the wind. Not to mention the ref ignored a slaptastic game from Team Margarita. But in all fairness, Team Margarita played well. The Pirahana's warn though, even if they don't make the playoffs, they will be there. It wouldn't be a party without the best partying team.

The Brooklyn Transplants missed Irekiashe and David, who stayed with Mike and Jen as part of the Wounded Warrior program. The weekend was way too short, saying goodbye was the hardest part. Good luck in your August wedding. Hope to see you over the holidays. Rockaway misses you.

Speaking of the Transplants, Jamie Resker did not inform the captain he would be in Florida this week as they fought for the final playoff spot. And all for a woman to boot! Where's your priorities man? He will be fined upon his return. Pat Crow states that he plays volleyball four nights a week. Yet he still can't get the ball inside the lines. He said he played volleyball, didn't say he played it good. Rumor has it the tasty waves at the Jersey Shore and the thoroughbreds.

Jameson's Turtles took three from the Cheese Fries. Marie's serves are still as frosty as the drinks she serves on Friday afternoons. Stop by and down one of her serves. The broads from Cheese Fries taught the Turtles what happens when you put your men aside. They start to do everything right.

Last week Sire served six aces for Robin Shapiro Realty Island. The only reason I bring it up is because it kicks his Uncles butt of only serving four aces this week. That's what's up with his serve. Colleen wants to know who wants to play the fifth game. Jack, drop the pretzel, the ball is coming! Belated Happy Birthday to Matty and Bobby, and to Donna. Robin Shapiro Reality Island made sure that their first place lead would only grow tonight, knocking BHYC down a notch to third and further away from the lofty first place.

Mark, Jack and Bernie of Freedhands Yankees are thinking of renaming the team Freedhands Beach Champs, since they have dethroned Cubby and Jimmy Mack as the latest team to leave the beach.

Reminder: RBVL Awards Party- Friday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus. More information next week. The final Wednesday is upon us, with the party at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club. It's always a great party, so be there!

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