Once again, Newcastle, the home venue for the second place team, turned out to be unlucky for the players of IBB Polonia London Volleyball Club. On Sunday 23rd October 2016 the first defeat of the season took place. Team Northumbria beat the team from London 3:1 (23:25, 25:13, 25:18, 25:23) and as a result took the lead in the Super 8 League table.
– On Sunday we met a tough opponent. The first set was ours, and then we lost focus giving the advantage to our opponents. We will analyse our game and improve those aspects which let us down. We lost the game, but we have an outstanding team who will do battle for the title. – informed the Head Coach of the London team, Piotr Graban.
– Today, the other team was better than us. We made too many errors and gave away the initiative and that is what hurts the most. We return without any points, but we will work hard for the next match. We have a short break and then we get back to taking the top of the table position. – commented Marius Ciortea, team captain IBB Polonia London.
– In the league, there are some tough teams, so factors such as lengthy journeys, and unusual sports halls contribute to results of matches. The result often is determined by the events of the day; I imagine every team can beat every other team in the league. The season has only just started, and I am sure that many emotions will come our way. The club and the fan club are already waiting to welcome Team Northumbria to London! – said President of IBB Polonia London, Bartek Luszcz.
Last week, members of IBB Polonia London, as well as players from the junior football and volleyball sections of the club, met the Minister of Sport from Poland, Witold Banka, while he visited London. The meeting took place in the Embassy of Poland in London. The Minister was presented with a personalised souvenir match shirt. He took the opportunity to chat with players from The Club about sport in Great Britain.
In the coming weekend, the players and coaching staff have the chance for a break from volleyball. They return to play on the 5th November 2016 to the home venue of Brentford Fountain leisure Centre at 3pm when they host Solent Volleyball Club in the next match of the Super 8 League. Free tickets are available online at http://polonia.eventbrite.co.uk/
Pic. Monika Jakubowska