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London Volleyball : Three London finalists guaranteed
Posted by Media Team on 2020/1/27 11:40:00 (70 reads)

London teams' latest results (National Volleyball Cup and Shield)
With a chance of five!
There will be one competitor in the men's final, IBB Polonia and Malory Eagles having succeeded in the last eight over the weekend. There may be another as Richmond Docklands will play either Northumbria University or Durham who will stage their tie on 1st February. The semi-final match will be in the north-east. London could have no semi-finalist in the women's Cup however, but Polonia SideOut are in with a chance. That said, there will be a London finalist in both Shield competitions: Onyx will play Aces in the men's semis and IMKA Polonia face Lionhearts in the women's

In the Men's Cup on Saturday Richmond Docklands travelled to Bournemouth to play Wessex and overcame their host in a competitive game in which they lost the third set. However, overall, they proved the better side and thoroughly deserve the chance to force an all-London final.
On Saturday 1st February Durham twice came from behind to beat Norhtumbria 25:20 21:25 26:24 14:25 16:18 to earn the right to host Richmond Docklands in the next round.

It looked like Goliath v David when two London sides, KS Osemka and Malory Eagles met in Ealing but there was to be no biblical style outcome as the Super League side overcame the non-leaguers in three sets and earn a trip to another part of the borough to challenge IBB Polonia in a repeat of last year's semi final, won by Polonia who went on to lift the Cup.

Playing at home, Sheffield put up a magnificent display for two sets against visiting IBB Polonia but faded badly in the third as the visitors from London took complete control as they strove towards the goal of winning the Cup for the third successive year. They will now play Malory in one of the semi-finals scheduled for 22nd February. this after Malory Eagles' comparatively easy victory over London's giant killers KS Osemka.

With another home tie in the men's Shield and drawn to play at home again in the next round, London's Onyx made short work of eliminating Tamworth who failed to make double figures in either the first or third set. So it will be Aces next.

Going very well in the second division and playing at home, Urbond Portsmouth were expected to make first division London Aces work hard and so it proved after the hosts had suffered a disastrous opening set. However, in the end they are probably happy to have made the London club battle for victory. Aces will be playing away in the next round but will have to travel only as for as Latimer Road to play Onyx.

The Women's Cup semis might have featured three London sides but Inter Orcas had a tough fixture away to Wessex. League results from the first half of the season suggested a gap in standard between the two halves of the Super League so it was an impressive display by Orcas, playing away, to take the home side to 20, 22 and 23 points in the three sets played.

It was close at Malory Eagles too where visiting Nottingham University suppressed the home side after narrowly losing the first set and set up the opportunity to host a visit from Wessex.

Polonia SideOut earned their semi final place with a determined display against Tendring. After narrowly losing the first set playing at home, they performed very well indeed to triumph in the three following sets. They will travel to Durham in four weeks time to play a side that enjoyed a walk-over as Salford withdrew last week

There were close games in the women's Shield too but both London challengers proved successful. IMKA Polonia, playing at home, overcame Birmingham in four sets to earn another home fixture in the semis.. They lost the second set badly after fairly easy success in the first but got on top in a thrilling third to maintain their superiority in the fourth.

It was an away fixture to play for an away fixture for Lionhearts, however, and they enjoyed success against Wessex 2 despite rather over-relaxing in the third set after comfortably taking a two set lead.

Men's Cup
Wessex lost to Richmond Docklands, 19:25 22:25 25:14 19:25
KS Osemka lost to Malory Eagles, 13:25 16:25 11:25
Sheffield lost to IBB Polonia, 23:25 22:25 12:25

Men's Shield
Onyx beat Tamworth, 25:8 25:16 25:8
Urbond Portsmouth lost to London Aces, 9:25 21:25 23:25

Women's Cup
Polonia SideOut beat Tendring, 22:25 25:21 25:16 25:20
Inter Orcas lost to Wessex, 20:25 22:25 23:25
Malory Eagles Lost to Nottingham University, 25:23 23:25 21:25 21:25

Women's Shield
IMKA Polonia beat Birmingham, 25:19 15:25 28:26 25:20
Wessex 2 lost to Lionhearts, 16:25 15:25 24:26

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

From the side lines
IBB Polonia London VC advance to the Semi Finals of the National Cup
The game on Saturday was the first in the 2020 calendar year. IBB Polonia London beat Sheffield Hallam in three sets to book their tickets in the final four.
Following the festive season break after the CEV Cup, Polonia returned to court in the domestic Cup. 25th January 2020 witnessed the long drive north to Yorkshire to take on the second best team in the country. Initially the two teams were evenly matched and each team took the lead by a single point, however at the end of the first set it was the Super League champions who maintained focus and reached 25 points first. The second set was a repeat of the first, but with a margin of three points reached. The third set was a different picture, with the hosts seemingly thrown in the towel at 6-16 down. IBB Polonia London coasted in to take the third set 12-25 and the match 0-3 (23:25; 22:25; 12:25).
"Our form, after the break, was not as it was a month previously. We have been training very well and we tried to transfer this into the match. The first two sets were challenging, with the home team pushing us hard. But thanks to our greater physical fitness and experience, we closed the match out" said Bartosz Kisielewicz, Captain of IBB Polonia London.
The Semi Final takes place on 22nd February 2020 and the opponents will be Malory Eagles, who beat neighbours KS Osemka Ealing 0-3. The details of this fixture will appear on IBB Polonia official website and social media sites shortly.
"Our local rivals Malory play us in the Semi Final. They will be as tough to beat as Sheffield, and so it will be an exciting match for us and our fans. Of course, we are positive about the match and the outcome and I hope our fans will be dancing afterwards, like they always do! I hope that we will win and this victory will take us into the final of the event once again" concluded Kisielewicz.
Katarzyna Strag

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