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General Volleyball : New European challenge by Polonia
Posted by Douglas Barr-Hamilton on 2017/8/18 16:50:00 (241 reads)

NEVZA Trophy in their sights (Northern European Zonal Volleyball Association competition)
Success will bring top club teams to London
IBB Polonia has been accepted into the NEVZA men's club championship for the coming season. The club tells us that the decision was taken because of the strictness of the European Federation rules which a relatively small club found onerous. This should prove a challenging alternative.

The letters will be familiar to volleyball followers but the trophy should not be confused with the similar sounding competition in Kettering in October. That will be for under-19 national teams, boys and girls. IBB Polonia has entered a club competition for adult males. The letters stand for the one of five zonal associations of the European federation (there is also a small countries division) and NEVZA is dominated by the Scandinavian countries.

We do not yet know the exact format as the rules seem to allow the organisers a reasonable amount of flexibility to ensure plenty of matches. What there must be is three stages, the second of which should produce four teams to compete in a final four-team round-robin tournament with two matches played on a Friday, two next day and the last two on Sunday. The dates will be decided by the NEVZA General Secretary and we look forward to letting you know when they are as soon as possible after the announcement. Suffice to say, Polonia's ambition is not only to make the final four stage but also to organise that final stage in London.

After the magnificent match they gave us at Crystal Palace early this year, we look forward to their success and to seeing them challenge for the trophy.

With thanks to Katarzyna Strag for club material

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