On Saturday 14th October, IBB Polonia London Volleyball Club took on Sheffield Hallam in the first home game of the Super 8s. Grain’s boys defeated the visitors 3:1 (20:25; 25:15; 25:22; 25:17). The event was evolution for British volleyball. The new look of volleyball in UK, which includes taraflex, music, match broadcasted by Polsat (on Polsat Sports News) and over the internet, officially launched the Club’s new philosophy: to build the first fully professional volleyball club in Great Britain.
„I think we did everything possible, to present the match as professionally as possible. This shows how seriously IBB Polonia London is taking the project: „professional volleyball in London”. With every match we want to be even better organised and to be able to play a better level. These are our objectives: to build a fully professional club in London and to play at professionally organised events.” – commented Chairman IBB Polonia London, Bartek Luszcz.
The four set encounter saw several changes in the lead which added to the excitement. Sheffield won the first set, which from the get-go was a showcase of concentration and determination. The second set was quickly taken by the London club to level the scores. The third set started slowly for IBB Polonia London, and were trailing by 5 points but soon turned it on to take the lead. The final set was an emphatic show of power and control with the home team taking the match 3-1 in the end. The presence of a full set of TV cameras did not phase the current Champions who in the end took all three points from the encounter.
„A better sporting spectacle, we could not have imagined for the first transmission of volleyball at our „home”. The match was full of drama. Losing the first set motivated the team to push harder and the fans’ support was spectacular! We were a little worried during the third set too, but the fight was epic and in the end we were totally dominant.” said Jack Ambrozy, owner of IBB Builders Merchants: the Club’s strategic sponsor.
„Maybe only the start caused us pressure, but the players soon showed concentration and the game started to flow. They were not distracted by the show taking place around them, and I am pleased with how we played. We have a very young team, and we have to work very hard to play perfectly.” commented Piotr Graban IBB Polonia London’s Head Coach.
The match produced a lot of emotion in the hall amongst the fans as well as those watching on the internet or television. It will be possible to watch in this manner forthcoming matches. The match is available of the Facebook channel UNILAD Sport.
On Saturday, 21st October at 2.30pm IBB Polonia London will play Team Northumbria in the next league match. This will be an away fixture, and on the 11th November there will be the next home match. This will be a Cup game against New Forest Volleyball. The prize will be a place in the quarterfinals of the Cup.