On saturday 28th January, IBB Polonia London faced London Lynx in the quarter finals of the Knockout Cup of England. In the end it was the players under the guidance of Piotr Graban who proved the stronger. The result 0:3 (18:25, 19:25, 21:25) takes them through to the semi finals; the opposition will be Wessex.
– The match started nervously. Both teams knew that there is only one chance and somebody will be knocked out at the end of the game. The first set started quite equally until the second technical time -out. After this point we managed to fine tune a couple of issues and we pushed ahead strongly. In the second set we were in control and stayed that way for the rest of the match. The fine result was due to our strong and accurate serving. – commented Patryk Selep; assistant coach of IBB Polonia London.
The team from West London returns to defend their title at the end of February. Before that there will be a series of very tough games. This Wednesday 1st February at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre (Ledrington rd, London SE19 2BB) the 1/8 round of the CEV Challenge Cup match takes place at 7pm. The opposition will be from Holland: Draisma Dynamo Alepdolrn. The visitors won the first leg 3-1 (25:20; 25:16; 27:29; 25:17).
– The home leg will be different. The mere fact that we will be playing in front of our own fans will be a massive help. In Holland we did our best, but we have gained a lot of information about how our opponents play. We have been working hard in trainings to ensure we are fully prepared for the match. – added Patryk Selep.
– The match this Wednesday looks to be a very interesting one. We know the opposition is very demanding, and this will ensure a great spectacle. We are motivated and have a positive outlook for the game. We hope that the fans will join in and help us to achieve the „next miracle”. – said Marius Ciortea captain of IBB Polonia London.
Tickets to match which decides on progress to the quarter finals of the CEV Challenge Cup the are available on https://polonia.eventbrite.co.uk/
Pic. Pawel Piotrowski