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IBB Polonia v Sheffield Hallam

Volleyball royalty meets Crystal Palace as Giba takes to the court for IBB Polonia against Sheffield Hallam in the National Super League.  Match starts at 4.30pm and tickets are available.

IBB Polonia have already had a season to remember sitting proudly on top of the men’s Super League and they are finishing with a real flourish as they welcome Giba to their line-up for the final league home match of the season against Sheffield Hallam.

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Photo: IBB Polonia

It promises to be an occasion to savour as an all-time legend of the sport of volleyball graces the court at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.  Olympic gold and silver medallist, multiple times World Champion and multiple times World League gold medallist there is very little in the sport that Giba (aka Gilberto Amauri de Godoy Filho) has not achieved.  And this afternoon the Brazilian will showcase the skills that saw him win MVP at the Olympic Games in Athens and cement his place as one of the most popular players in the history of the sport.

The inclusion of Giba is a demonstration of his commitment to develop the game globally alongside IBB Polonia’s exciting plans to stamp London’s presence firmly on the volleyball map of the world.  Polonia are committed to popularising the sport in England and becoming a fully professional club so that ultimately the club is added to the world elite.  It’s a bold mission however today’s match could not be a bigger statement of intent – don’t miss it!

Match starts at 4.30pm.

Tickets in advance are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.

Tickets on the door subject to availability.  Checking the IBB Polonia Twitter feed before travelling is recommended.

About the Super League: The Volleyball England Super League is the top division in the National Volleyball League (NVL) which comprises of four divisions for both men and women.  Namely the National Super League, National Division 1, National Division 2 and National Division 3.  The NVL is the top volleyball competition in England for clubs.

The Super League was launched in 2018 to replace the Super 8s as the top club tier for volleyball in England.  The men’s and women’s Super Leagues are played in a split-league system.  All teams will play each other once, before the division splits into two halves.  The top half then will play each other twice for positions one to five, while the bottom half will play each other twice to compete for sixth to tenth position in the league. The team which finishes bottom will be relegated while the team in ninth will face a play-off against the team which finishes second in NVL division one.  Points won in the first half of the season will carry over into each team’s total points tally.  However, teams from the bottom half cannot overtake teams from the top half.

The Super League men’s teams for season 2018/2019 are Durham Palatinates, IBB Polonia London, Malory Eagles UEL, Newcastle Staffs, Richmond Docklands, Sheffield Hallam, Southampton Volleyball Club Mens 1, Team Essex Blaze and TeamBU Wessex

(Super League information courtesy of the Volleyball England website).