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NVL Super 8 : Polonia and Orcas win again
Posted by Media Team on 2019/3/12 9:30:00 (113 reads)

Week-end of good London results (men's and women's National League)
Richmond advance in men's and women's second division
There were just five games involving London teams on Saturday and a solitary one on Sunday but every one ended with a London win and significant progress was achieved.

There was a demolition job on Essex who had travelled to Brentford to take on IBB Polonia in the men's Super League. They were swept aside by the league leaders who, after losing the opening rally were clearly in no mood to have their drive for the title delayed, racing to 8:1 yet feeling able to rest their captain, Bartosz Kisielewicz for much of the game. He was only on court for a small number of rallies in the entire match . The performance augurs well for next week-end's journey north to play Sheffield Hallam on Saturday and then second place Durham Palatinates next day.

Orcas needed to beat Wessex to take third spot in the women's Super League table and made sure by winning in three sets. They looked the stronger side in a competitive opening set then raised their game to take the second easily before a closer third set during which they tried some more ambitious moves. Meanwhile, second place Tendring beat league leaders Durham Palatinates to give themselves a chance of first place and ensuring a dramatic finale to the women's league season.

Aces move up to third place in men's Division One after Manchester cried off on Friday and conceded the game scheduled for Lambeth Academy. Aces will finish their season away to second placed Sunderland but their hosts will have had to suffer a severe loss of form if the result is to change the teams' positions in the final league table.

Richmond enjoyed more success is Division Two overcoming Team Bristol in three sets in Kingston, winning the first easily before relaxing slightly but sustaining their challenge to City of Bristol for the title.

With two games in hand, Richmond women were favourites to overcome fourth placed Reading Aces in women's Division Two. However, the hosts were reminded forcibly that fourth place is pretty good as they lost a first set tie-break before winning the match in four sets. With Ashcombe losing narrowly but very unexpectedly to Team Bristol in five sets, Richmond's position looks more secure but the team continues to need leaders Oxford Ladies to slip up if they are to grab first place.

There was a single London club in action on Sunday when Dartford entertained Essex at the town technology college sports hall in another women's Division Two match. It turned out to be testimony to the competitive nature of the division as the visitors shaded the first set and came very close indeed to forcing Dartford to play a fifth set to keep their hopes of honours alive.

Super League
Polonia beat Essex, 25:11 25:12 25:14
Division One
London Aces beat Nasze UK Intervolley Manchester, 25:0 25:0 25:0
Division Two
Richmond beat Team Bristol, 25:11 25:15 25:19

Super League
Orcas beat Wessex, 25:19 25:13 25:21
Division Two
Richmond beat Reading Aces, 25:27 25:16 25:18 25:19

Division Two
Dartford beat Essex, 25:27 25:21 25:19 27:25

Brentford Fountains Leisure Centre, Caius House Youth Centre, Dartford Technology College,
Kingston College Arena, Lambeth Academy.

From the side-lines
IBB Polonia London go from strength to strength
There are no equals for IBB Polonia London this season. On Saturday, 9th March the west London played the visitors from Essex Blaze. From the very start, the visitors had no chance. In a lightning fast three set match that would have lasted less than an hour without the technical timeouts, the rivals were turned over 25:11; 25:12; 25:15. With this result, the winning run continues from the very first match of the season and the lead at the top of the Super League table continues.
"The squad played a very dominant match from start to finish. I was so impressed with each of the players at different phases of the match. Rupert Scott played as setter and linked up with each of the players superbly. The outside hitters of Dorian Point and Seain Cook were unstoppable. Cook served up a series of bombs from the first whistle and IBB Polonia were ahead 8-1 at the first technical time-out. The team were as clinical as a surgeon performing an operation but also had the unstoppable power of a steam train. I really have not seen the team playing so well and the bad news for the other teams is that they seem to be improving with each match. With the best player this century, Giba set to join shortly the potential of IBB Polonia London is immense. I can't wait!" – commented Chris Hykiel, IBB Polonia London Director of Volleyball.
The next two fixtures will be played away: 16th March against Sheffield Hallam and 17th March Durham Palatinates await. They return to their home venue on 30th March, but the highlight of the entire season, will be on 14th April at Crystal Palace, when the legend, that is Giba, will appear on court wearing IBB Polonia kit. Tickets for this historic event are available online, but they are already selling like hot cakes. The match will be a superb reward for the players, for whom playing with such an idol will be a dream come true, but in addition there will be numerous amazing attractions running alongside the game.
The Brazilian aims to increase the popularity of volleyball in London. Taking part in the final match of the season is just one of the events that Giba will be doing during his time in London.
Katarzyna Strag

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

Additional information from Charlie Orton

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