On saturday 30th September, IBB Polonia London played the first match of the season 2017/18. It was the beginning of the Super 8 league under the guidance of Head Coach Piotr Graban, and was played away against Richmond Docklands. It turned out to be a five set confrontation, during which the home team came out on top 3:2 (25:27; 25:16; 15:25; 25:22; 15:12). IBB Polonia London had to be content with a single point from the game.
“The first matches of the season always cause problems. Teams have no established form and the results are caused by how each team approaches the game, or unusual attributes of the sports hall. Richmond Docklands showed that by combining their forces, the resulting cocktail of youth and experience was very good, and they will be a force to be reckoned with this season. Our young team received a lesson. I am confident we will do our homework and we will take all three points when they play at our home ground. Our fans were amazing, outnumbering the home spectator, and they certainly helped us at difficult times.” said Head Coach Piotr Graban
MVP was awarded to Javier Bello from Richmond Docklands. Both sets of fans were brilliant and enjoyed their volleyball after the summer break.
“The official supporters club couldn’t wait for the seat of the season. We were desperate for volleyball! We gave everything we could in the support of our team, but Richmond also had their own fans which was amazing to see. We are pleased that each year the number of spectators at matches is increasing at English matches. We want to continue to be the pioneers of volleyball fans in the UK; and for this reason we are ready for some new initiatives. We can’t wait for the first home match, where more of us will be in attendance and the atmosphere will be electrifying.” commented Magdalena Raczynska, President of the Official Fan Club of IBB Polonia London
The next match will be on 7th October in the Cup. The match takes place in Brighton (Brighton University Falmer) against Sussex United and starts at 1.30pm. We return to our home venue on 14th October and look to take on the second placed team from last season Sheffield Hallam. Free tickets are available here.
pic. Paweł Piotrowski