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NVL Super 8 : Men's semi-final in Brentford
Posted by Douglas Barr-Hamilton on 2017/4/15 13:10:00 (185 reads)

Semi final play-off matches (Men's and women’s Super8 - National Volleyball League)
See the Star at the Fountain
Both of London's women's Super8 teams have reached the semi-final stage of the competition but, to their fans' disappointment, both will be playing away in the north-east in the two-leg contest on each day of next weekend (22/23rd April) Pulsepoint Orcas against league leaders Northumbria and Polonia Sideout against runners-up, Durham.

Given their performance in the recent Cup Final when they frightened the same opposition, Orcas will be looking to go one better this time while Polonia will be especially motivated as they are defending the title they won last year to many people's surprise against opponents who beat them home and away in the league stages in well contested matches.
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There will be huge interest at IBB Polonia's men's semi-finals against Wessex because of the introduction of Krzysztof Ignaczak brought out of retirement and out of Poland to add to the experience of the squad. One of Poland's high profile sportspeople, Krzysztof, known as "Igla" (the needle) was born in 1978 and is a reigning World Champion, ex-European Champion and winner of the Champions League. For most of his career he played as libero but the club has discussed him starting his second volleyball life as receiver. He has now been in London for a couple of weeks and says, " I had already retired but thanks to President Luszcz amongst others, I have decided to return to training. The work that the players and back-room staff have carried out at IBB Polonia London deserves to be recognised. The guys train hard and for the love of the sport are building something phenomenal in England, a country where our sport isn't very popular. I want to support them in the only way I know how: I think a team can be built in London that can win European trophies. I had always wanted to play overseas and now I have the opportunity."

Bartek added, "We anticipate a huge level of interest in our club and our sport thanks to the transfer. I am sure that this season we will be playing in front of sell out crowds. Mr Ignaczak is such a popular person that, apart from playing, he is also a journalist, commentator and blogger: he is one of the most popular sportspeople in Poland. As a consequence, I am sure that his presence will push English volleyball forwards and be a huge asset for marketing it. The players have welcomed him into the squad with open arms, but also as rivals within the team. For people who juggle work commitments around their volleyball dreams it will be a great pleasure to have him on board."

Head Coach, Piotr Graban, looking forward to his contribution to the team, explained, "He is technically outstanding and could play every position on court. I’m thinking about receiver as his primary role and he will show us what he can do as an attacker. My players are working very hard, to show him that they can also play volleyball. It's not going to be easy, but I am looking forward to seeing the intense rivalry for the places on court."

London volleyball will have two chances to see his baptism of fire over the weekend: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April at Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre near Kew Bridge. Start time for the warm-up is scheduled for 2.30 on both days. The number of spectators is expected to be large and the hall holds a maximum of 800. The importance of the matches should increase crowd size and emotion in the sports-hall. The club is using an airline pricing policy with the ticket cost rising from zero to £8.00. They are available from www.polonia.eventbrite.co.uk and the price has already reached a fiver (on 15th April) so get on line quickly if you want to join one or both these rousing afternoons.

Fixtures
Saturday
Women
Northumbria v Pulsepoint Orcas
Durham v Polonia Sideout

Men
Northumbria v Sheffield
IBB Polonia v Wessex, Brentford Fountain L C, 2.30

Sunday
Women
Northumbria v Pulsepoint Orcas
Durham v Polonia Sideout

Men
Northumbria v Sheffield
IBB Polonia v Wessex, Brentford Fountain L C, 2.30

Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre, 658 Chiswick High Road, Brentford, TW8 0HJ (nearest station Kew Bridge), 22/23rd April

IBB Polonia press release material from Katarzyna Strag

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