2011-08-26 / Sports

Rockaway Beach Volleyball League Wraps Up A Successful 2011 Season

By Joe McGivney

On Saturday, August 13, volleyballs flew all day on the sands of Riis Park until champions were crowned in each of the graded divisions of the Rockaway Beach Volleyball League. The weather was an ideal 84 degrees, sunny and virtually windless and the quality of play seemed to match the quality of the playing conditions. Nine different division champions were crowned by day’s end.

The mood was both festive and bittersweet as the 2011 season ended and the joy of another terrific year was offset by the sadness that many friends would go their separate ways over the next ten months, not seeing each other quite as regularly anymore.

Commissioner Patty Moule outdid herself again although she selflessly deflected credit to her committee of Rocky, Steve, Denise, John and Joe for a job well done. Thank you all for making the season a great success and making the playoffs one of the RBVL’s most spectacular events ever. Your camaraderie and friendship elevate the league to heights no other league enjoys. Thanks again to Beach Bagel for the delicious sandwiches and wraps and to DJ Brian from the Tubridy stable for rocking out the finals.

Thanks to Bud Light who provided the team uniforms (and some frosty beverages) in 2011, and thanks to all the sponsors who contributed financially. Your help is essential. And special mention must be made of first-time sponsor Rogers Pub, which threw one of the best parties all season. Richie Rogers used the old school method of great home cooked food, a dynamite juke box and extra bartenders to keep the packed house thrilled. Who did he learn from, his pub neighbor, Carmel at the Kerry Hills? Once again, Carmel out-cooked the entire peninsula as she usually does each year. Keep up the good work, guys. And why was this the first year Rogers sponsored a team? Amazingly, it was the first year anyone asked.

Congratulations to the nine champions of the different divisions of the RBVL. Some outsiders ask why there is no playoff to determine a grand overall champion, but if you watch the matches carefully you already know the answer. The grand champion would be Freedhand’s because the Ocean division is by far the toughest and best in the league. (Maybe in NY, maybe on the East Coast, maybe in the U.S., maybe in the world, maybe in the galaxy.) Here are the 2011 champs:

Ocean Division-Freedhand’s; Oean Breeze Division-Dig This; Wave Division Wharf Rats; Beach Division-Miley Home Improvement Posse; Boardwalk Division-Rock Fam; Sun Division- Breakaways; Sun Ray Division-Sands Point Physical Therapy; Moon Division- White Horse Tavern Beach Posse; Star Division-Rockaway Breakers.

This year’s annual RBVL awards party will be different from previous years since no one has come to the league dinner the past few years. The sweatshirts will be given out at the beach this Saturday, August 27. Please send at least one representative to the beach at 127 Street between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to pick up your hard earned shirts.

A net will be set up and volleyball games will be played all afternoon. You and your team are welcome to join in. Bring your coolers, beach chairs, and sunscreen and have fun playing some pick-up games if you have time. Or just grab the sweatshirts and run. That’s OK, too. What’s not OK is not sending someone from your team to get the shirts on Saturday. The RBVL is not in the sweatshirt storage business and the shirts will be left on the beach if no one comes by. You will probably need a miracle for them still to be there when you finally come over but that’s your call.

Once again, Chris from It’s All Good Tees is working OT to make this all happen on time. Every year he comes through for us and we can’t thank him enough. See you on Saturday afternoon.

Mr. Happy remains happy even when his team plays crappy and would like to happily thank sponsors, Jeff and Kerry Ann, for sticking with the Connolly’s dysfunctional band of misfits through the good volleyball times and the bad volleyball times. And there have been a lot more bad times recently.

Sands Point PT won their first crown for owner/sponsor Tim Rohrs and extends their heartfelt thanks to him for his support of the team through both the ups and downs of competition. Sands Point used an unusual tactic this season, sending Captain Tommy T. and Carol to Florida for the playoffs, where they won the title in absentia while sipping Coronas at Rocky’s pool on the Intercoastal.

Tommy has played a lot of music for the RBVL over the years but he has not won a coveted sweatshirt since 1996 when he played for Hercules. Casino Towing’s younger players want to know how often a casino really needs to be towed and where do you get a tow truck big enough to do the job, towing the whole casino, including slot machines.

Casino was one of the younger teams in the Ocean Breeze division, averaging 36.1 years of age. However, when you notice that the women average 18- years-of-age, mathematics tells us the men must average around 60. Ouch! That’s not so young. Just because the RBVL season is over doesn’t mean the fun is done. Last Tuesday night, your old friend Joe McGivney’s band, Gearth, Wind & Fireman, played at the Kettle Black in Bay Ridge and entertained many of the singing party animals of the RBVL. If you are in Bay Ridge on Tuesday, September 13 stop in for the next monthly extravaganza (and 2 for 1 burgers). To be continued next week.

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