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London Volleyball : IBB Polonia storm to final
Posted by Media Team on 2019/2/25 11:20:00 (85 reads)

Semi-final results (Men’s knock-out Cup and Shield)
Other London cup sides miss trip to Kettering
Orcas went down in four sets to Cup holders Northumbria, Polonia Sideout fell to favourites Durham; both London's women's teams were out. Durham men overcame Richmond Docklands and Polonia beat Malory Eagles in an all-London semi to make the Cup final. The only other London representative on Finals weekend will be Inter who beat Ashcombe in the women's Shield.

Open in new windowWith the NEVZA trophy on display at a match sponsored by the Polish Tourist Organisation, Brentford Fountain Sports Centre was filled with the usual volume of sound for home volleyball matches and a couple of hundred supporters cheered IBB Polonia to a well earned victory over Malory Eagles. The home side always looked as though it had something in hand although Malory made them play hard and caused lengthy concern in the third set which they led from 3:4 to 13:all and from 16:17 to 19:20 when a serve that landed inches long seemed to restore Polonia confidence and they raced from 21:all to claim their place in the men's Cup Final.

Durham were too powerful for Richmond Docklands and showed why they are enjoying so successful a season although, having been forced to switch the fixture to Kingston Arena because of a venue booking mix-up, they took a couple of sets to recover from the long journey while Docklands opened by winning the first set and continued in a determined mood with some excellent play.

London's last two representatives in the women's Cup had to make long journeys for their semi final match. Orcas travelled to Northumbria to challenge the Cup holders, who withdrew from the National League at the start of this season and who have stormed through this competition. The London team refused to be cowed and, despite losing the first two sets, battled to success in the third with some excellent volleyball and held their form until late in the fourth when home advantage seemed to tell.

It was Durham for Polonia Sideout where they were to face Super League pace-setters. Polonia played close to their very best in the opening set which the hosts shaded but badly lost confidence on changing ends and the match slipped quickly from their grasp.

There was an incredibly close match in Essex to decide the Men's Shield finalist. After five demanding sets, the home side, Tendring, secured vital rallies late in the deciding set to deny Aces their chance of glory this season.

By contrast, there was joy for Inter in the Women's Shield. Also playing away and facing one of the stronger second division sides, they had to produce their very best narrowly to win sets three and four after losing the second to Ashcombe.

Saturday 23rd February
Men's Cup
Durham beat Richmond Docklands, 25:22 21:25 25:17 25:17
IBB Polonia beat Malory Eagles, 25:15 25:21 25:21

Women's Cup
Northumbria beat Orcas, 25:15 25:17 21:25 25:19
Durham Palatinates beat Polonia Sideout, 25:22 25:13 25:16

Men's Knock out Shield
Tendring beat Aces, 17:25 20:25 25:22 25:21 15:12

Women's Knock out Shield
Ashcombe lost to Inter, 18:25 25:16 23:25 22:25

From the side lines

Durham end Richmond Docklands' cup dream
Richmond Docklands' KO cup run came to an end in the semi finals after a battling display against Durham Palatinates. After a mix up over Durham’s venue booking the tie was switched to Kingston but Richmond Docklands were unable to make home advantage count against a powerful and athletic Durham side.
Richmond competed with the team currently in second place in the Super League but couldn’t find the required consistency to maintain the pressure on the visitors. Richmond’s highlight was undoubtedly set two when they played some of their best volleyball of the season. Outside hitters Noah Goalen and Panos Karagiannis starred on the wings whilst Vuk Kosanovic brought energy and power to the court. The home side took the set 25:21 to level the match at one set all.
But the tall Durham middle blockers Ben Sebastian and Kevin Owens were able to out range their opposite numbers, and despite some valiant fight from Richmond, Durham were able to book their place in the final with a 3:1 victory. They will face Polonia who demolished Richmond Docklands’ next opponents Malory Eagles in the other semi final.
Black Knight: Noah Goalen
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Men’s Division, our under 15 boys team qualified for the last 8s without dropping a set in the first two rounds. Well done to coach Peter Soczewka and the team.
Andy Hopper

IBB Polonia London make it to the National Cup Final
There have been no teams to match IBB Polonia London for the entirety of the 2018/19 season. The run of good form continued on Saturday, 23th February. Simon Loftus' athletes played an outstanding semi-final of the National Cup and swept local rivals Malory Eagles aside to gain yet another chance to win the Cup that has found its home in the trophy cabinet in West London a number of times recently. The final score of the match was 3:0 (25:15 25:21 25:21) for IBB Polonia.
Open in new window"We started very strongly and the opponents didn't cause us much of an issue. We were very confident and displayed quality throughout the game. There was a short phase during the second set when we lost focus and allowed Malory to catch us, but this was a brief hiccup and soon re-established the control of the match winning in three sets. We served very well, which helped us significantly and caused chaos on the other side of the net" commented Dorian Point, outside hitter for IBB Polonia London.
MVP of the encounter was Team Captain – Bartosz Kisielewicz.
“Bartosz Kisielewicz played so well this Saturday. His distribution was magnificent throughout the game who exploited the other team's weaknesses. As the captain he motivated his players and led them to victory. The whole team played such a precise match and with such power, the entire sports hall was overawed with the result. The emotions were running highland the crowd were super vocal throughout. This was my first home match at an IBB Polonia London event and I was in awe of the occasion. I hope we can organise another volleyball event in the near future" said Iwona Bialobrzycka, the Director of the Polish Tourist Organisation, the match sponsor.
The fans were equally excited about the win, who were very vocal throughout. The atmosphere was red hot at all times and the people who came had a lot of fun all afternoon thanks to the variety of attractions.
“Saturday’s game was very successful as we secured our place in the Final by beating Malory in three sets and I want to heartily congratulate the players for the win. Together with the Polish Tourist Organisation, the match sponsor, we prepared some attractions for the fans. The latest fun was a light and smoke display at the start of the match which the players enjoyed very much. The display of the NEVZA trophy continued as part of the #TrophyTour. We had the trophy on display and this gave opportunities for multiple selfies throughout the afternoon with the historic win" said Bartek Luszcz, the Chairman of IBB Polonia London VC.
"On Saturday our fans were spectacular as usual and drowned out the visiting spectators' noise. Their cheering and encouragement urged us on. When we are playing I can’t describe how it makes us feel. I really want to thank them for all that they do. It makes me so happy that more and more people are coming to our games. I met some new faces yesterday when they were congratulating me after the game. The interest in the sport is growing in the UK and if we keep doing what we are right now, then the momentum will continue and the future will be very good for volleyball" concluded Point.
The Final of the Cup will be played on Saturday, 27th April. We know our oppositions Durham Palatinates beat Richmond Docklands 3:1 (25:22; 21:25; 25:17; 25:17).
"Durham is a very tough team who is close on our heels, but we are not scared. We will continue to train very hard to secure, not only the National Cup, but also the Super League title. It is not going to be easy, because the standard of volleyball is improving in the UK all the time. I am really happy to witness this, but most of all I am happy to see how our team is improving. This is thanks to The Club that is investing in our evolution" added Point.
Before IBB Polonia London has a chance to secure the Cup title once again, there are a number of league matches to contest. The next event is on Saturday, 9th March against Team Essex in the Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre. The game will start at 4.30pm local time and tickets are available on line. As usual there will be a number of special attractions for all of our fans.
Katarzyna Strag

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

Pictures DBH and Sandsphotos.co.uk

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