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Report: Barking Abbey UEL 43-62 Bristol Flyers’ Women

Bristol Flyers Women continued their winning form with a 62-43 win away to Barking Abbey UEL in the Quarter-Finals of the Division One Women’s play-offs.

Predictably, the first quarter was a tense affair with both teams trading equal baskets. Flyers' Liisa Juul found her range early, scoring a couple of threes in the early exchanges. Flyers finally manged to break ahead in the eighth minute and establish a slender four point lead at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter proved to be an influential ten minutes for the Flyers. Some solid pressure defence and good work inside by Hannah Watkins enabled the Flyers to stretch the lead to 13 going into the half.


"Coming into the game on the back of eight straight wins has really brought cohesion to the team and self-belief in what we can achieve."

Gareth Till


“We’re playing with great confidence right now,” head coach Gareth Till told bristolflyers.co.uk.

"Barking were a very dangerous opponent, we had two tough battles during the regular season and just lost out on fourth spot to them. It’s a bench mark for how far this team has come.”

“We’re looking forward to the Solent game, it will be the toughest test playing the league champions in their own backyard. We’re under no illusions we will have to be at our very best if we want to make it through to the final.”

The Semi-Final will be played on Sunday 9th April in Southampton at St Marys Leisure Centre.

Amani Clark's 17 points led Bristol Flyers Women to the Play-Off Semi Finals. (Photo by Billy East)

A youthful Barking Abbey team refused to let go of the game with the dangerous Armanu continuing her good season form by hitting back to back threes to reduce the deficit. However Flyers duly responded with a couple threes from Clark and Zilbeti to keep the hosts at arm’s length. 

Trailing by 18 going into the fourth quarter, Barking continued to press the ball with the intention of forcing turnovers and easy baskets. Flyers however, remained in control and concluded the game with a final three by Juul, edging the low scoring quarter 10 points to 12.

Amani Clark once more led the scoring stats for Flyers on 17, closely followed by Juul on 16 and Watkins on 10.  For Barking, Armanu finished on 16 and Sherest on 11.