The first match of 2018 was a great success for IBB Polonia London. On Saturday, 13th January the players from London took on the visitors from Bournemouth on their home court. The result of this “revenge match” was 3-0 to IBB Polonia London VC (25:23; 25:22; 25:20). The team, once again, showed the world that it is seriously approaching its task of professionalising The Club in all departments. The arena was prepared to professionally reflect the match; this included the laying out of the Taraflex floor; LED scrolling advertising banners, live announcements, musical entertainment and of course, the support of the loyal fans. The London volleyball players certainly played their part by winning the match emphatically, much to the delight of the spectators. All of the events were broadcast live on the internet and via Polsat Sport – top polish TV.
Despite the strong performance against Team Wessex, Head Coach of IBB Polonia London – Piotr Graban said that he will be demanding even more from his players:
“We still have not showed our true level. We still have much more to give, but I’m sure soon we will be able to play to our real potential. Our game was rather party on Saturday, no doubt caused by the Christmas break. Of course we are pleased with our win, and the whole team played their part. Our hard work on the practice court is starting to show and we are delighted that experienced players are rejoining us once again, as well as new players. This gives us greater stability and many more options on court.”
“I’m really pleased with the result. We played well, taking into account the recent break in our trainings. The return to regular training will of course start to bear fruit. I’m really pleased that even more people came to watch our victory and appreciate the hard work that we are carrying out. It definitely motivates us to play even harder.” – said opposite hitter IBB Polonia London Michal Bartoszak.
IBB Polonia London was supported by a great gathering of supporters in the sports hall, while others watched on their laptops and televisions around the world. The eyes of the World were on West London.
“After over a month’s break, we were very keen to get involved once again with supporting our club. The atmosphere was electric and the quality of play was of a high standard. All of the fans joined in with supporting the guys on court and carried them to victory. I think people will be very envious of those that were there.” commented Jan Ploszaj, President of the Official IBB Polonia London Supporters Club.
Fans of volleyball, who could not be there in person, can see the game online. The footage is available here and also on the Club’s Facebook page. More importantly, this wanting to become involved can actually help develop The Club by investing in shares launched by The Club last year. More information is available on http://polonia.vc/.
The next match played in London will be on the 20th January. It will be away match against Sheffield Hallam, who were defeated on the home court 3:1 at the start of the season. The next home game will be on the 17th February against Essex Blaze.