On Saturday 7th October, the players from IBB Polonia London played the first match in the 2017/18 English Cup. It was an away match against Sussex United from Brighton. In the end it turned out to be disappointing for the home team from the coast. The players under the watchful eye of Piotr Graban easily beat the hosts 0:3 (15:25; 18:25; 18:25) and progressed to the next round. The team from London played well at the opposition’s venue, who despite giving it their all, failed to win a set.
“There were times that the game was very stop start, when the hosts became overawed of the Champions of England and tried something unusual to win a point. They worked hard for every ball, for which we congratulate them. We focussed on our own game and specifically to improve specific aspects that previously had caused us problems in order to make progress for the next match. We achieved 80% of our targets, and so we still have something to work on. We have made another big step forwards, but to play at our true potential, we still have a number of these steps to make. In time, we will keep moving forwards. There is no rush, as we have a very young team and many new players” said IBB Polonia London Head Coach, Piotr Graban.
The next round of the cup will take place on Saturday, 11th November against New Forest at the home venue of IBB Polonia London (Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre). The winners move on to a place in the quarter finals. In the meantime, the Londoners prepare for the next Super 8 league game.
“After a very short break, we start work again on Monday. We have a game against Sheffield; we want to play well and take all 3 points from the match. I would like to invite all fans. Your support will help us very much during this game” added Graban.
This coming Saturday (14th October), will be like a volleyball festival in West London; especially for our fans. In Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre (TW8 0HJ) there will be two matches in the Super 8 division. After a long break, IBB Polonia London will play the first home match of the season, which we anticipate to be a cracker. The reason is the second placed team from last season; Sheffield VC, will be the opposition. The match starts at 3.00PM. As an appetiser, there will also be two women’s teams playing: Polonia SideOut London and Team Durham who start their game at 1PM. Tickets are for free, but please register on this site. There will be many changes next Saturday for the home team and also British Volleyball. The match will be presented in the style of a professional match from Europe: this is the next step in the development of this sport in Great Britain.