The most recent match was played on 18th November at Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre against table leaders, Team Northumbria. Sadly, IBB Polonia London – the host of the game – was unable to break the visitors down and lost 3-0 (22:25; 22:25; 19:25). Both teams showed great standards of volleyball. The live broadcast on top polish sport TV – Polsat and over the internet gave the possibility to show wider audience that there is lots of potential in English Volleyball.
First set was very level: both teams played point for point to the first technical time out. Quickly after, the visitors took a lead of several points, a lead that was hard to claw back. The last few points of the first set became exciting due to the high level off competition, but the northerners were not to be beaten. The second set saw IBB Polonia London taking the initiative, but Northumbria drew level and finally overhauled the home team and got their noses ahead at the end of the set. The third set was very difficult for the Londoners, and the visitors really found their rhythm. The match was over in three sets and handed Team Northumbria their next victory.
„Yesterday’s match was a festival of English volleyball. The two best teams in the UK over the last few years faced each other on court. It was definitely a spectacle! There were many great rallies, strong attacks and a high standard of volleyball. The fans were amazing and the atmosphere electric. Unfortunately the result didn’t go our way, but the progress we have made is evident. I am very proud of the team ethic and the fight until the very end; all of my players gave their very best. This is good news before the next few matches.” – said IBB Polonia London Head Coach, Piotr Graban.
The organisation of the match was evidence of the approach that the London club has towards their new project – to popularise volleyball in Great Britain. Once again, Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre became the centre of British volleyball. Taraflex, LED banners, live transmission in Polsat and over the internet, music and announcers made the event even more of a spectacle. It was an amazing promotion of volleyball and of the highest quality. All match is still available at IBB TV channel.
„The event was amazing. There were huge numbers of fans who loved the atmosphere and joined our official Fan Club. Everyone joined in and encouraged the team throughout the match. It was great family fun in the stands and enjoyed by all. The only thing missing was the result. However the loss won’t alter the fact that IBB Polonia London is the best club in England. We can’t wait for the next match.” commented President of the Official Fan Club of IBB Polonia London, Jan Ploszajski.
Up to now, the aims of the Club established recently have been going in the right direction. The next factor that will increase the attraction to the public, is the return of the good form the club has seen in recent years. IBB Polonia London is doing everything possible to promote itself and volleyball in England. This type of work takes additional financial investment, and for this reason investment opportunities have been created for business people and also fans of the sport. Shares are currently available and this will help the Club to become the first fully professional club in Great Britain. There are many benefits from the purchase of these shares. More information is available on the website IBB Polonii Londyn.
In the meantime, Piotr Graban’s players must prepare for the next league encounter. On Saturday, 25th November, the team travel to Wessex in Bournemouth. The next home match is on 2nd December against Malory Eagles. More information about the matches will soon appear on the club’s website.