Bar-B- Que Night
Rockaway Beach Volleyball League concluded the first half of its season on
Wednesday night, 7/3 with a full schedule of games and an old fashioned family
barbecue. The weather was spectacular at Riis Park and presented a perfect stage
for several key divisional battles. In the Red Division the top two teams faced
off, with defending champs Coppersmith’s spanking the second place Healy’s
gang 4-1. The Gatorade Sisters were up to their usual tricks (not turning
tricks) in sparking the victory. Healy’s missed ace Kevin O’Malley and
promises that the results will be different in their next meeting.
the White Division the long awaited duel between the Kerry Hills Pub and the
Beach House did not live up to the hype as the House went down 1-4, including
games in which they scored 1 and 0 points. The youthful crew from Erin are back
on a roll and gunning for a second consecutive title. They even have the Red
Division teams worried about the prospect of facing them in the very near
future. Watch out Abbracciamento’s!
powerhouses, the Circling Sharks, It’s All Good and the Beach Club all swept
to 5-0 blowouts in Blue Division action, maintaining the top three positions in
the standings. Look for key match-ups in the upcoming weeks between these three
model franchises. Only one can finish on top.
highlight of the evening was the BBQ held right on the boardwalk for all of the
players, their families and friends. The shindig was funded by money saved
throughout the year when referees were not available for individual matches.
League executives thought it would be a good way to spend the “found” cash
and from their response the players seemed to agree. 300 hotdogs and 200
hamburgers disappeared rather quickly when the hungry throngs finished up their
grueling volleyball games and made their way to the grills. However, no sausage
– no TBG!
sight of referees, Mike and Ralph cooking up a storm surprised some folks but if
you think about it, guys that eat as good as our refs do should be able to cook.
Well they sure can! Thanks for your efforts. The sight of Tommy Kearns working
side-by-side with referees (for any reason) sent some old teammates into shock.
He and brother, Steve showed they were no strangers to the inside of a kitchen
as they took turns flipping burgers. The Blue Division seemed to put forth the
most volunteers and It’s All Good led the charge with Dennis and Seal doing a
fine job. The only slight problem occurred when the left-handed Seal was called
in from the bullpen and found that all of the spatulas were right-handed.
Seal’s claim that he goes “both ways” put everybody at ease. He did the
best he could under the circumstances.
the executive branch had their share of volunteers. Since President Patty Melt
was busy gestating her unborn infant, First Lady Simon Moule stepped up to the
plate and worked tirelessly all night. A special thanks goes out to Steve and
Rocky who did tons of work during the afternoon preparing for the big event. How
they find time to balance a busy work schedule with their volunteer efforts is
amazing! Finally, a party without music is -
well, it’s just dinner. DJ Bugsy supplied his usual mix of great tunes
to entertain the troops right to the stroke of midnight, at which point he
seemed to disappear. (and turned into a pumpkin?)
all who helped out, to all who took part in an orderly, friendly fashion, to all
who cleaned up, thanks. Let us know if you want to do it again next year;
perhaps this can be an annual event.
The Rugby Club
provided an outstanding buffet including lobster ravioli, Peking duck, baked
clams, a whole roasted pig, chilled vodka and lovely ice