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General Volleyball : Orcas win in League and Cup
Posted by Media Team on 2019/10/7 16:50:00 (178 reads)

Women's Super League and round 2 results (men's and women’s national knock-out Cup)
Osemka sensation
Is it to be Cup or Shield? This weekend teams were taking their next step in the competitions towards the finals which are in the calendar for the last weekend of April next year This weekend (6-7th October) was set aside for the second round of the national Knock-out Cup but there was one national league game too.

With London's Inter Orcas and Bristol being the winners of the only two women's Super League matches played so far this season, their decision to play each other on Saturday proved an attractive one. Bristol having not entered the Cup and Orcas playing their cup fixture on Sunday, Inter Orcas and Bristol met at Caius House YC in Battersea the previous day and Orcas go top of the table after winning the match by three sets to none.

The sensation of the day in the men's cup round on Saturday was KS Osemka eliminating men's Super League opposition, Essex Blaze. After a great first round away win against UEL, the London League first division team had another tough draw even at home at St Benedict's, Ealing. They fought back from a set down after winning the opening set then, after a minute short of two and a quarter hours, held their nerve and their form to win the fifth set. Osemka will next play away against Cambridge & Anglia Ruskin University who beat London Lynx, a London League Premier Division side.

Lynx had had a relatively easy win over Hertfordshire League's Watford in the first round but went down in three close sets in their away second round match, playing Cambridge & Anglia Ruskin University who compete in the first division of the national league. The success over the Londoners entitles them to another home game on 9th November, the scheduled date for third round matches.

In contrast with Osemka, men's first division Aces suffered a hugely disappointing five set loss away to Cambridge of the third division (Central). Twice they recovered from a set down but, after winning the fourth by the tiniest of margins, rather faded in the fifth as their hosts' determination increased. Cambridge will now play away against Malory Eagles in early November.

Richmond Docklands who have made a promising opening to the national men's Super League season had to set off early for a mid-day start in Staffordshire where they were to play men's division two, north, side Tamworth Spartans. It took them the first set to adjust from the journey struggling a little to secure it as their hosts threatened to make it a long match. However, that set duly won, they strode through the rest of the game showing their superiority of class. and earn a home tie against Black Country in the third round scheduled for 9th November.

It was a home fixture, however, for London rivals in the Super League, Malory Eagles UEL who were playing Guildford, another second division side but from the southern section. Played at Ernest Bevin Academy in Tooting, Malory's superiority was clear from very early on and they ran out comfortable winners. Victory secures a home tie against Aces' vanquishers Cambridge in the next round.

Weymouth Beach keep on winning and lead men's Division Two (South) so the club will have welcomed testing itself against IBB Polonia, the reigning Super League champions. It was a real test too as London's top men's side were determined to start their season and the build up to European club championship competition, showing what they had been training for over recent months. They duly won in straight sets but the side from the lower division made them work hard.

One men's cup game was played a day later on the Sunday when Tendring had a fairly straightforward win at home to London's Black Bears after the London League side had produced a skilful and determined performance in the first set. Tendring will play in Ealing against IBB Polonia in the next round.

There was one women's cup match on Saturday in which Premier League Wessex outclassed London Premier Division side Polonia IMKA. Following a fairly close opening set, the favourites ramped up their game to subdue their visitors in three sets.

There were four women's Cup games on Sunday. The difference in standard between the Woman's Super League and the first division of the London League was even more evident than in Wessex when Tendring, the women's Super League champions last season, and UEL met in Essex and the students were outclassed as they went down in three sets.

The same spread between league competition levels also applied at Caius House Youth Centre in Battersea where Women's Super League Inter Orcas were entertaining White Bears from W1A of the London League who had beat Portsmouth in four sets in the first round. In contrast, however, White Bears put in a classy performance after a tentative first set in making Orcas work hard for their win which means they will play away against Onyx in the next phase of the competition

A closer contest had been expected at the Harrow Club for Onyx who play in the Premier Division of the London League had shocked Birmingham over five sets in the opening round. Now they were at home against Darkstar Derbyshire of the National League's first division at the Harrow Club in Ladbroke Grove and the match went to four sets. Onyx started very strongly and finished in impressive style too but had to work hard in the middle two sets, losing the third 19:25.

It was Women's Super League v Second Division at Ernest Bevin where Malory Eagles from the top flight took on division two's Lionhearts and enjoyed a comfortable victory despite relaxing somewhat in the third set, allowing Lionhearts to win eighteen points. The result means that Malory will be away in the third round to either Richmond or Plymouth Mayflower who play in Kingston next Saturday (12th October)

London's other representative, Polonia SideOut will play Milton Keynes City at home the following day to earn the right to a trip to the Midlands to face Coventry and Warwick Riga.

Saturday 6th October
Women's Super League
Inter Orcas beat Bristol, 25:13 25:4 25:21

Men's Cup
Tamworth Spartans lost to Richmond Docklands, 23:25 12:25 12:25
Malory Eagles UEL beat Guildford, 25:12 25:13 25:16
Cambridge beat Aces, 25:13 22:25 25:22 24:26 15:9
KS Osemka beat Essex Blaze, 25:19 16:25 18:25 25:19 15:12
Cambridge & Anglia Ruskin University beat Lynx, 25:22 25:1925:19
Weymouth Beach lost to IBB Polonia, 17:25 12:25 17:25

Women's Cup
Wessex beat Polonia IMKA, 25:18 25:14 25:8

Sunday 7th October
Men's Cup
Tendring beat Black Bears, 25:21 25:7 25:8

Women's Cup
Tendring beat UEL, 25:9 25:12 25:12
Inter Orcas beat White Bears, 25:14 25:21 25:23
Onyx beat Darkstar Derbyshire, 25:9 25:23 19:25 25:11
Malory Eagles beat Lionhearts, 25:14 25:3 25:18

From the side line
KS Osemka plans success
We had a game plan for this game and stuck to it very diligently. We knew it would be the toughest challenge we have ever faced in our thirty year history but we were determined to fight with blood, sweat and emotion. The team really stepped up and delivered. I am so proud of all of them, every single one gave it their all. It was an absolute privilege to coach this very exciting and talented team which was hungry for success. We had on the bench five very experienced players but my decision to keep faith with the starting six throughout the game proved to be decisive.

At times we played some electrifying volleyball at a pace we have not been accustomed to. The Super League team Essex Blaze showed why they are playing in the top tier of English volleyball but it was always going to be our day. KS Osemka had been so looking forward to this encounter from the moment we found out we would play one of the best teams in England. The small contingent of supporters we had were so vocal and helped to ensure that victory would belong to us. The well deserved celebrations continued well into the night on this emotional and historic night for the club. We have a great squad of players here at KS Osemka and are looking to be a big threat to all we face. This result shows we can compete with anyone and cause major upsets. It also shows that underdogs are a very dangerous opponent to face and that such a challenge should never be taken for granted.
Gabriel Dan
Head Coach

What a night!
The club decided on some fundamental changes at the end of last season and are seeing the rewards already. Hosting a KO Cup match for the first time in the clubs 30+ year history was no mean feat.

KS Osemka came into this match with nothing to lose and forced Team Essex to take timeouts at 9:12 and 12:20 in the 1st set, eventually winning it to 19. Team Essex were clearly rattled and stepped up a gear, and their fast plays earning them a 2-1 lead by taking sets 2 and 3 to 16 and 18 respectively. KS Osemka came out fighting in the fourth set, hungry to take the match to a tie breaker. At 7:6 up, Damian Skrok stepped up to serve and Team Essex struggled to contain him, extending the lead to 14:6. The team now knew that a tie breaker was in our sights. We continued piling on the pressure, not letting Essex gain any traction, knowing that a strong finish would give us confidence and momentum in the final set. We closed out the set to 19. True to our word, KS Osemka came out in the 5th set, full of energy, and established early dominance with Dominik Maslach on top service form, taking the team into an immediate 6:1 lead. At 12:7 up, it was clear this was a big moment, nerves on court started to show and Team Essex pulled back to within one point trailing KS Osemka 11:12. However, KS Osemka knew that one final push would see us triumph and create the shock of the round, and finished the fifth set with a score of 15:12. Jubilant scenes erupted in the sports hall from the small but very vocal and vociferous crowd. I think it still hasn't quite sunk in that a London Division 1 team has knocked out a national Super League team in the National Cup. What a night and what a game!
Tad Dan
Chairman and Club Captain

The Champions of England, IBB Polonia London, begin their historic season with a victory
IBB Polonia London, the reigning Champions of England, returning to court this weekend. On Saturday 5th October, the 2019/20 season started with a bang. The away match against Weymouth ended with a win for Vangelis Koutouleas' players, who made it through to the next round of the National Cup with a simple 3-0 win. The win bodes well for the forthcoming matches on the international stage with a game against Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle before starting the Champions League adventures.

With a bye in the second round of the National Cup, IBB Polonia never gave the opposition a chance to win. It was clear during the game, that the players were eager to show what they had been training over the last few months. The match concluded quickly 0-3 (17:25; 12:25; 17:25) for the team form London and gave everyone concerned an optimistic outlook.

This season, the domestic champions will not restrict themselves to matches on home soil. IBB Polonia London made the decision to test themselves against the best teams in Europe. Already, in the preparatory phase of the season, the team trained with and played two competitive matches against GREENYARD Maaseik in Belgium. The next big challenge and a huge step upwards, will be the task of playing Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle in Poland. The match will take place in Poland on the 19th October at 2.30PM and will form part of an entire weekend of volleyball events. The details will be available on the usual media of both the Polish and British teams. Joining IBB Polonia London, will be GIBA, the Olympic gold medallist and multiple World Champion – a true legend of the sport, who is very excited about the upcoming events.

"I can't wait to rejoin IBB Polonia London once again. I am delighted to be part of the team that has such high dreams and aspirations. I hope that the event will help the club to prepare fully for the Champions League season. I will bring as much as I can to the team and hope that many people will come to watch and I am sure that they will support both teams. Polish matches have the hottest atmosphere on the planet, and so I am confident that it is going to be amazing. Goodbye and see you in Kedzierzyn-Kozle" commented Giba.

The match with the Champions of Poland will be the final preparatory phase before the flight to Croatia, where the first ever Champions League match for a British club will take place. The match in Zagreb will be followed by the match in London on Wednesday 30th October 2019 in the Olympic Park Copper Box. Once again, it will be another historical moment in British volleyball. Details of the event and tickets are available at https://clm.ibbpolonia.com/. The club encourages all volleyball fans to come and take part and to support the team in such a prestigious international match. One of the aims of the season is to bring world class volleyball events to London.

"The club has set the bar very high and is taking part in the Champions League. I love their ambition and the desire to develop, not only their own level, but also the whole country's level, something that is in my heart. For that reason, I have my fingers crossed and will do everything I can to help realise these dreams" concluded Giba.

Katarzyna Strag

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

From the side line, Gabriel Dan, Tad Dan, Katarzyna Strag.

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