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NVL Super 8 : Richmond Docklands surprise Polonia
Posted by Douglas Barr-Hamilton on 2017/9/30 21:40:00 (71 reads)

Richmond Docklands beat IBB Polonia 25:27 25:16 15:25 25:21 15:12 Men's Super8 (National Volleyball League)
Combination proves significant
The summer's amalgamation of the Docklands and Richmond teams had an immediate impact on the sport on the first day of the Super8 men's competition (30th September) as the combined outfit overcame one of the favourites in a thrilling and fluctuating encounter that had both sides' supporters living on their nerves.

After the game, IBB Polonia's review of the match described it as "A five set confrontation."

"The first matches of the season always cause problems. Teams have no established form and the results are caused by how each team approaches the game, or unusual attributes of the sports hall. Richmond Docklands showed that by combining their forces, the resulting cocktail of youth and experience was very good, and they will be a force to be reckoned with this season. Our young team received a lesson. I am confident we will do our homework and we will take all three points when they play at our home ground. Our fans were amazing, outnumbering the home spectator, and they certainly helped us at difficult times." said Head Coach Piotr Graban

MVP was awarded to Javier Bello from Richmond Docklands. Both sets of fans were brilliant and enjoyed their volleyball after the summer break.

"Our official supporters club couldn't wait for the start of the season. We were desperate for volleyball! We gave everything we could in the support of our team, but Richmond also had their own fans which was amazing to see. We are pleased that each year the number of spectators at matches is increasing at English matches. We want to continue to be the pioneers of volleyball fans in the UK; and for this reason we are ready for some new initiatives. We can't wait for the first home match, where more of us will be in attendance and the atmosphere will be electrifying." added Magdalena Raczynska, President of the Official Fan Club

Courtesy of Katarzyna Strag

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