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Preview: Barking Abbey UEL v Bristol Flyers Women

Bristol Flyers Women begin their NBL Division One playoff run on Sunday, when they take on Barking Abbey UEL away from home.

The Flyers finished fifth in the league and won their last eight games of the regular season, so will have plenty of winning momentum going into the championship round.


“I can't praise the team highly enough! It's fantastic we've made it through to the post season, the only team in the southwest to do so.”

Head Coach Gareth Till


The playoffs follow a single game-elimination format, where teams will be out of playoff contention upon defeat. Barking Abbey narrowly won the home court advantage for this quarterfinal matchup. 

“There is an added pressure, you win or go home,” head coach Gareth Till told bristolflyers.co.uk.

“It's a brutal competition in terms of getting it right on the day and there are no second chances.

“Barking are a good team and going away is always trickier than playing at home, but we're on a good roll and we feel confident going into the game.”

Barking Abbey have been a troublesome opponent for the Flyers this season, with both encounters being tight affairs: the Flyers beating Barking Abbey at home by one point and losing the away fixture by three.

Victory against the London Borough side will see the Flyers advance to face either the eighth seed Reading Rockets or first seed Team Solent Kestrels, who go into the playoffs having only lost once during the regular season.

Keep up to date with the Flyers’ Women throughout the playoffs on their official Facebook page and at basketballengland.co.uk