As we reach the tail end of the Super 8 season, IBB Polonia London is becoming a force of nature. On the 3rd of March, the next three points were added to the league table. Local rivals Richmond Docklands were the next team to be brushed aside at the home venue. The match was over on four sets 3:1 (18:25; 25:18; 26:24; 25:23).
“The match was very demanding as the visitors sets the bar high, with high risk serving: they were determined to make life as difficult as possible for us. I’m sure it was a great game to watch for the fans and I’m confident that our approach to the game was good to see despite illness and injury to a large portion of the squad. Most importantly, despite the deficit in numbers, the players were able to work together and take all three points. The substitutes contributed immensely to our win which is a good sign for the future.” – said IBB Polonia London Head Coach, Piotr Graban.
A key player for the home team was Vitor de Oliveira, winner of the Top Renovations MVP award.
“I was delighted with the way that Vitor, middle blocker for IBB Polonia, played on Saturday. He entered the fight in the second stand made an immediate impact. His great serving and attack as well as very solid blocking really helped the team. At key moments, he took it upon himself to bring the team together with his inspired play and motivated the entire squad. Thanks to this the emotions in the stands reached fever pitch.” – said Jaroslav Yaro Kowalczyk, the representative of Top Renovations – the match sponsor.
Despite the “Beast from the East” the faithful fans were drawn to Brentford like moths to a light. The drums were deafening and the atmosphere electric. The Official Fan Club danced by the court wearing their official club shirts and cheers the winning team on to the very end. IBB Polonia London started retailing personalised match shirts via the internet shop. All fans can now buy their very own shirt with their name on the back. This season the shirts bear the logo of “Niepodległa”, because the 100 years of independence is commemorated in 2018.
In the meantime the team from West London can now focus on training as there is a break until 25th March before they play the next Super 8 league match. The match will be in the one venue against London Lynx. The start of the match is planned for a 4pm start. Tickets are available online.
“Now we have a two week break from matches and we will focus on technical issues that need tweaking. We play the last match of the regular season in a couple of weeks and then we focus our efforts towards the play offs and National Cup. We are the current Champions and will not give up these titles easily. We are positive that we can count on our fantastic fans from England and Poland live beside our court and also online and at their television sets.” – concluded Graban.