Posts by bobaas

    I think Bergamo's coach should be fired already, they won't make it to play-offs and it's disappointing. Their team is pretty good on a paper, but they can't deliver at all.

    Those are exactly my thoughts too. Imo, he is not that good coach and the team is underperforming. The good thing is that Smarzek will end season at the end of March and then will have time to rest and prepare for VNL and tons of attacks in each match :rolll:

    I don't know if it will be exactly like this. Poland is also the host of WCH 2022, not only the Netherlands.

    Lodz has their 2 main OH players injured plus Stysiak can't play CL.

    They play Polish Cup this weekend. Brakocevic probably won't have time to recover and they depend on her to win.

    I'm not sure if they can win against Russians.

    No, the Polish Cup is not this weekend, it is in March 9-10.

    Wow. Montreux ends on May 19, VNL starts at May 21 and later we have Olympic Qualification, European Championships and World Cup...

    There is no other date to squeeze in Montreux. But I expected it to be before VNL. Nawrocki once said that it could be good for teams as preparation to VNL.

    From what I heard Górecka is planning to leave LSK in the next season. She thought about it earlier but stayed in Poland because of the matura exam.

    She moved from Mogentale to Dolata and I am sure that they will know what is the best path for her. I think that it could be for her a bit to early to leave Poland next season.

    You wrote that Stysiak is the tallest OH ever. I don't know if it's true but for example Jana Kulan is 198 and plays as OH.

    Thanks to you, I started checking how tall are the girls from U-16 polish NT. I see there is MB - Anita Libera 196 cm (16 yo), OH/Opp - Zofia Lis (16 yo, 196 cm), OH Karolina Drużkowska 191 cm (16 yo), setter Wiktoria Kowalczyk 188 cm (16 yo), OH Natalia Szmajduch 198 cm (16 yo).

    Plus a lot of players 185-190 at the age of 14.

    They finally understood that it is important for the girls to be high and physical. Let's hope that some of these girls will make it to high level. There are also some other girls with over 185 cm playing as OH (Czyrniańska, Piasecka, Lijewska, Szlagowska and Szczurowska) which is not bad.

    Kasia is doing amazing in Brazil. Best score of the league...she`s done with the NT....but who knows...if she would be willing to help the NT just by playing these 3 games .....that would make Poland even stronger.

    On which position? There is absolutely no place to fill in by Skowronska at the moment. She won't be first opposite over Smarzek. she won't play as OH either.

    Latests news claim that Group I with Serbia, Thailand, Puerto Rico and Poland will be hosted either by Poland, Serbia or...Switzerland. There are rumours that FIVB doesn't want to give it to Serbia because they don't like Boricic (CEV president). Switzerland become interested because they can't find date for Montreux Volley Masters and in this way they will be able to do it at this date, however then only 4 teams will participate? :whistle:

    The lates news regarding the Group I of qualification is that after FIVB asked Poland to organize it, a new offer from "neutral" country came in. Poland still is interested but maybe they will give it to this country. I assume that it is someone like Qatar.

    Group A(Ankara): Turkey, Serbia, Bulgaria, France, Finland, Greece.

    Group B (Łódź): Poland, Italy, Belgium, Ukraine, Portugal, Slovenia.

    Group C (Budapest): Hungary, the Netherlands, Croatia, Azerbaijan, Romania, Estonia.

    Group D (Bratislawa): Slovakia, Russia, Germany, Belarus, Spain, Switzerland.

    I think the groups are well-balanced. Hard to tell which is the toughest. IMO the weakest is pool C then D and B and A. Germany once again very lucky with drawing ;)

    Obviously everything depends on who is gonna play or not in some of the NT. Bulgaria can be very competitive if Rabadzhieva, Vasileva will be there.

    Does Martina Samadan can play for Busto after She was in roster for Conegliano in CL ?

    She can. It is the same case as last year with Balkestein. She couldn't play in the same competition but in CEV Cup she can.

    If they switch the 3rd Round to 8 teams instead of 6, then I can see the reasoning for second city. You play 2 matches a day in 2 venues.

    But with 6 teams, you only play 2 matches a day.

    The thing about helping a bid for an Olympics in 2036, is just ridiculous. Hell cities are not wanting to bid for them now, especially the Winter Games. So you are saying that you are trying to help a bid 14 years out? I have a purchased a house in space as well at this time.:rolll:

    But it doesn't matter the number of matches per day in the same venue, what they want is to engage as many fans and european countries as possible. That's also the reason that each team will residue in one of the cities nearby Arnhem and the inhibitants will serve as a supporters of this team in order to avoid situation of empty venues when the host team isn't playing.

    I don't think it is about helping with the bid. 2036 is so far away even in 2022 ;) I believe that this is only excuse and they think that if they want to organize OG then maybe they will be interested in helping with the volleyball WCH. I don't know. For me there is no need for another countries to participate in this. Let's wait how it will end. For now Netherlands and Poland are the only one organizers.

    Let's wait for the final decisions. At this point there is a project and they say that it something unique whatever it means. I think that it has to be something good if the FIVB decided to not give it to China. For sure Netherlands and Poland were not able to pay as much as them ;)

    I read somewhere that it was the Netherlands that made a bid so the most of the tournament will be there. However they wanted a help from other european country and that is why Poland is a co-host. I think it is because of the fans and also know-how how to do a big volleyball events (WCH 2014). At this point only Netherlands and Poland are for sure the hosts, however they will try to engage Dusseldorf which is candidate to organize OG 2036 and by doing so they want to promote volleyball in Europe giving the chance to more nations to see some big volleyball event.

    It is also said that the formula should be the same as in 2018. So I don't know how they want to do second round in 3 countries... Maybe they are talking about 2nd and 3rd round. For instance one 3rd round pool and only 3 matches in Dusseldorf (closer than Poland and the reason why they are not the "hosts"), the other pool in Netherlands and then semifinals in Apeldoorn and finals in Arnhem.

    This is how I see it:

    1st round: 4 groups: opening matches of all 4 groups in Arnhem (I believe 3 pools in the stadium and 1 pool in the hall) and after that polish group will proceed in Poland. The rest will stay in Arnhem or another dutch city.

    2nd round: Rotterdam and Poland

    3rd round: Apeldoorn and Dusseldorf (?)

    Semifinals: Apeldoorn

    Finals: Arnhem