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Posted by Media Team on 2018/10/28 9:30:00 (39 reads)

London teams' matches (Men's and women's National League)
Three Sheffield teams lose in London
All the London teams playing at home in the National Volleyball League over the past weekend faced a team from Sheffield. IBB Polonia playing near Kew Bridge at Brentford Fountains Leisure Centre entertained the club's first men's team while its first women's team took on London Orcas at Caius House Youth Centre in Battersea and London Aces challenged the men's second team in a first division match at Lambeth Academy in Clapham.

First on court with a noon start were Aces. Their opposition were bottom of the table and without a win but both losses were to the teams currently first and second in the division and one of them, Leeds had needed a fifth set to beat them. Aces had won once but lost to newly promoted Tendring. The game was spoiled by the visitors' late arrival but, once in action after forfeiting the first set, they played very well indeed and Aces struggled to contain them although, in the end, they succeeded albeit by the smallest of margins. However, they were better prepared for the third set and kept them at bay for a valuable win that takes them to third in the league table.

Later in the afternoon at a time to suit Polish television, came the time for the big one: IBB Polonia. Their opponents, Sheffield beat bottom of the table Southampton a week ago but seven days earlier taken a set off top of the table Essex. Unbeaten in its only match so far against Richmond Docklands, Polonia were expecting strong opposition and they got it. After a dramatic presentation to suit the television audience, Polonia built a healthy lead by about a third of the way through the set only to find a great fight back by the visitors won them the set. Both sides were at their best in the second and, with tremendous support from their home crowd, Polonia levelled the score. That set them up for the third set in which they ran away to lead 13:0 with Seain Cook serving although from that point there was little between the teams. It was Sheffield who started the better in the fourth set but, in an increasingly noisy Brentford Fountains, the hosts seized back the initiative and closed the gap before winning the vital final rallies. Third in the table, but IBB Polonia are just one of four unbeaten sides in the division. An exciting season looks in prospect!

Finally an early evening match started between Orcas and Sheffield women. Sheffield had lost to Tendring in mid October and then easily beaten Bristol who had taken Orcas to five sets. A challenging match was certain.
Orcas' unbeaten record was on the line and, from the very start, it was clear they were determined to keep it, winning the opening set conclusively. Sheffield played better in the second although Orcas always seemed to be in control but they played even better in the third in which Orcas may not have been a ruthless as they needed to be although they won it well in the end and stay second in the division.

Meanwhile, playing away, Polonia Sideout were in Durham: top of the table with two wins against bottom of the table with two league losses so far. Although Polonia played well enough in the third set to come away with some encouragement, they had been outclassed in the first two. Their next game will be on 3rd November against Birmingham, a must win occasion for which everyone's fervent support is sought.

Competing in Division One, Inter were in Cambridge to play Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University. The London side were joint top of their league with three wins in three matches whilst the university were bottom after losing their only game so far, a close one against Hertfordshire. Despite that difference, the match was an extremely close one. The home side won the first set but, having settled down, Inter played very well and took the next two and had their chances to seal the fourth too. However, their failure to do that and the university's delight at drawing level so raised and reduced confidence that Aces return to London with their first reversal of the season although they remain in second place to the University of Nottingham which is now the only unbeaten side in the division .

Results
Saturday
Men
Super League
IBB Polonia beat Sheffield, 22:25 28:26 25:11 25:22
Division One
Aces beat Sheffield 2, 25:0 25:23 25:18

Women
Super League
Orcas beat Sheffield, 25:14 25:23 25:18
Durham beat Polonia Sideout, 25:14 25:18 25:19
Division One
Cambridge & Anglia Ruskin University beat Inter, 25:19 17:25 16:25 26:24 15:8

Brentford Fountains Leisure Centre, Caius House Youth Centre, Lambeth Academy, 27th October. 2018.

From the side-lines
Polonia win 22:25 28:26 25:21 25:22
But the score line only gives part of the story.
Despite effort the seating at Brentford still not fixed.
A new addition was a large (7m tall) inflatable White Eagle. The players entered the arena through it !!
The first set Polonia started strongly leading 8:3 at the first technical time-out, but dropped behind to lose.
The second set Sheffield were leading 4:8 and 11:16 at the technical time-out, but Polonia managed to claw it back to just take victory in an exciting finish.
Then came the shock - Polonia just marched forward to a 13:0 lead - Yes thirteen - zero. The server Seain Cook. Sheffield did well to almost catch up.
The forth set started well for Sheffield 2:8 up at the technical time-out but Polonia caught up to lead 16:15 at the next technical time-out and then win the set and match 25:22.
The man of the match for me was Seain Cook, but Sheffield nominated the Polonia captain Bartosz Kisielewicz. Seain Cook deserved it not just for his service but for power hitting from front court and Back court and then some brilliant reception as well.
Charlie Orton
On Saturday, IBB Polonia London won its second Super League match out of two. This time the against Sheffield Hallam 3:1 and the match showed a large element of control and three league table points as a result.
"The start to the season has been beautiful. Saturday's game was a good example of this. In the first set, we allowed ourselves to be taken by surprise and the opponents took advantage of the situation. Despite this, the players showed fortitude and the level of our play was very high," commented IBB Polonia London Bartek Luszcz.
The encounter between two of the top teams in the UK was witnessed by loyal supporters as usual, who were very vocal throughout.
"The sport shall was awash with emotion. The support from the fans was amazing, as was the presence of the newest sponsor and buoyed them to victory. The scoreline resulted in laughter, smiles and joy amongst the fans and Top Renovations who eagerly joined the team of team sponsors. Their company logo will be proudly worn by the libbers this season. We are very grateful to them for their belief in our project in promoting volleyball in the UK." added Bartek.
As usual, there was no shortage of other attractions court-side. There was a surprise for both fans and players from both teams alike. The appearance of an enormous Eagle that had landed in Brentford brought gasps of surprise from all. The new mascot in the form of an Eagle created a huge tunnel through which the officials and players entered the court for the match.
Thanks to the win and the good times spent on court, the week of training before the next match should be a positive one. The squad will now focus on the next challenge that awaits them: an away match against Team Essex Blaze that will take place on Saturday, 3rd November. The team return to their own sports hall the following Saturday (10th November) when the next round of the National Cup will be played against Onyx London. Tickets and other details are available on: https://ibb-polonia-london-onyx-london.eventbrite.co.uk. Everyone is invited to come and to support us and to watch some great volleyball.
Katarzyna Strag

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