IBB Polonia London eye European redemption
4th December 2019
Seeking European redemption, IBB Polonia London will travel to the Omnisportcentrum in The Netherlands next week for the first leg of their last 16 CEV Volleyball Cup match against Draisma Dynamo Apeldoorn on Wednesday 11th December.
Qualifying for the CEV Cup following their Champions League exit at the hands of Croatian champions Mladost Zagreb, Polonia will be hopeful for a result against a team who finished third in the Dutch national league last season.
Dynamo currently sit first in the Eredivisie with nine regular season games under their belts and one week out from the European fixture have only two losses on their record for 2019/20, both at the hands of the same team in the domestic league and cup.
And the Dutch leaders are due to play their bogey team, Active Living Orion, tonight, where Polonia will surely be keeping a close eye on the performance of a side that has shown they can unlock Dynamo’s style of play, despite the Apeldoorn based team conceding only 5 sets and scoring 743 points in the Dutch league.
In favour of the first leg hosts, Apeldoorn have had a previous taste of silverware at this level having won the competition, which was previously known as the CEV Top Teams Cup, in the 2002/03 season besting Lokomotiv Kharkiv 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-19) in a final contested for the prestigious club title second only to the Champions League.
An old European adversary
In a bid to upset the apel-cart and approaching the fixture with an unbeaten domestic record in 2019/20, Polonia will be hunting for double European redemption as Dynamo were the team that brought their history making 2016/17 CEV Challenge Cup campaign to an end.
In early 2017, on the back of a hard fought 3-1 loss (25-20, 25-16, 27-29, 25-17) away at Apeldoorn in the last 16 of the CEV Challenge Cup, an unforgettable second leg that went the distance followed: Polonia beat Dynamo 3-2 (22-25, 25-23, 18-25, 25-20, 15-9) in front of a full house of 1200 ecstatic spectators at Crystal Palace.
Unfortunately, over the two legs and at Polonia’s expense, Dynamo Apeldoorn progressed to the quarter finals, where they faced and eventually lost out to Turkish side Ziraat Bankası – a result that Polonia will look to redress this December.
The return leg
Following the away fixture in The Netherlands on Wednesday 11th December, Polonia will host Dynamo back at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre (SE19 2BB) from 7pm on Thursday 19th December.
The event is set to be another fantastic chance to watch European volleyball on English soil and tickets are available from IBB Polonia London from £1.99 for children under 12, from £17.99 for adults and special group and family ticket packages are also on offer.
Main picture credit: CEV