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Posted Thursday, March 1st 2018

Around The Club – Weekend Preview

The free home highlight this week is Bristol Flyers II vs RCT Gladiators on Saturday, March 3rd.

Head over to the SGS WISE Arena for a 4pm tip to show your support! The game is followed by the BBL clash vs Cheshire Phoenix at 7:30pm (tickets required). If you have tickets for the evening fixture already then this is a great opportunity to get warmed up for the big game. If you miss out on a ticket for the BBL game then come along to still see some Flyers basketball this weekend.


THIS WEEKEND AT WISE

Bristol Flyers U14 vs Worcester Wolves U14
NBL Under 14 Boys Midlands West Division
Saturday, March 3rd (11:45am).

Bristol Flyers U16s vs South Dorset Jurassic Coasters
NBL Under 16 Boys South West Division
Saturday, March 3rd (2pm)

Bristol Flyers II vs RCT Gladiators
NBL Division 4 Men South West
Saturday, March 3rd (4pm)

Bristol Flyers vs Cheshire Phoenix
BBL Championship
Saturday, March 3rd (7:30pm)


FLYERS ON THE ROAD

London Westside U18 vs Bristol Flyers U18
NBL Under-18 South Premier Division
Saturday, March 3rd St Pauls Boys School

Pontypridd Panthers U14 vs Bristol Flyers U14
Under-14 Girls South West League
Sunday, March 4th - Pontypridd

Huish Taunton Tigers U18 vs Bristol Flyers U18 II 
Under-18 South West Conference
Sunday, March 4th (11am) – Richard Huish College

Essex Blades vs Bristol Flyers Women
NBL Division One Women
Saturday, March 3rd (5pm) – University of Essex

Huish Taunton Tigers U14 vs Bristol Flyers U14
Under-14 Girls South West League
Sunday, March 4th - Pontypridd

Reading Rockets II vs Bristol Flyers II
NBL Division 4 Men South West
Sunday, March 4th (1:30pm) – John Madjeski Academy


JUNIOR BOYS FLYING HIGH IN THE NBL

A packed day of action at the WISE Arena begins when Coach Christian Hill’s Under-14s team face Worcester Wolves in the NBL Midlands West Division on Saturday at 11:45am. This is the first of four games on the day. I’ll be there for all four between table officiating, coaching and recording statistics and I’ll be impressed anyone who manages the same!

The Flyers won a 116 to 16 point victory over the Wolves when they visited the University of Worcester on December 2nd. Worcester will be looking to validate the hard work they have continued to put in and challenge for a closer game this time out. The Flyers team will need to show that they have also been working hard in practice and continuing to develop the skills they need to succeed.

The Under 14s are second in their league with 14 wins and 2 losses and will want to maintain the gap between them and third-placed Abingdon Eagles who have lost just four games themselves. I’m sure the Flyers will be inspired by the determination and teamwork showed by the BBL team when they defeated Worcester Wolves at WISE in February.

Coach Ieuan Alex-Jones’ Under-16s team play South Dorset Jurassic Coasters in the NBL South West  Division on Saturday at 14:00. This is a big challenge for the Under-16s as the Coasters are top of the league table with 19 wins and just one loss. Flyers are fourth with a record of 12 wins and 7 losses. Last time the two teams met in Dorchester and the Coasters defended their home court well, gaining a 99 to 71 win. Coach Jones will challenge his team to do the same thing and defend their home court to even the season series.

Flyers' Under-14s will take inspiration from the BBL side's 82-74 victory over Worcester Wolves

DOUBLE HEADER FOR FLYERS II

Bristol Flyers II head into the waning weeks of the season with every match still being a must-win for the team in order to top NBL Division 4 South West. The team will look to continue their home form against RCT Gladiators on Saturday, March 3rd at the WISE Arena. 

Flyers II have the number one ranked defence heading into the game, allowing just 61.5 points per game on average. In this fixture the team that manages to impose their will and set the scoring pace is likely to walk away with the win. Flyers came away with an 88 to 70 win when they visited the Rhondda Valley on November 19th. Coach Khan will be looking for his team to keep up their impressive defence on Saturday. The team thrive on the strong support they have had at home so far this year and I hope you can be there to cheer them on again on Saturday at 4pm.

Flyers II head East on Sunday March 4th for a second Division 4 game, this time against Reading Rockets II. A different style of play is expected in this one as Reading are close behind the Flyers in defence, ranking second in the league in points allowed. Last time out Reading were effective in limiting Flyers scoring and left WISE with a win 50 to 59 on September 30th. Flyers cannot afford to drop another game so need to even up the series record when they visit the John Madjeski Academy at 1:30 pm.


WOMENS AND GIRLS TEAMS IN ACTION AROUND THE COUNTRY

On Saturday the Bristol Flyers Women travel to Essex for a pivotal NBL Division One game. The Essex Blades remain top of the table with 15 wins and 1 loss. Flyers are in second place with 12 wins and 5 losses but will be buoyed by the knowledge that they are the sole team to beat Essex, handing them a one point loss at WISE on November 25th. Coach Gareth Till’s team had a tough loss on the road against Southwark Pride last weekend but were missing key players. Centre Hannah Watkins returned from injury last month and has really begun to find her form again in recent weeks, getting back to double figure scoring so will be one to watch in the match.

The Under-14s girls head over to Wales on Sunday for a pair of fixtures in the Under-14 South West league. Coach Emma Seria-Walker and the Under-15s had a tough day at the Gloucester Central Venue League last weekend and she highlighted a need for the girls to put to use the skills they have worked on in practice during game situations in order to see better results. Coach Seria-Walker will be looking for the Under-14s to learn the same lesson and use their practices to inform their play as they face off against Pontypridd Panthers and Huish Taunton Tigers over in Pontypridd.


UNDER-18s TEAMS IN A TRIO OF FIXTURES

Coach Chris Bourne will take his Under-18s first team to the capital again on Saturday, March 3rd. They face London Westside in Under-18 Premier South. Flyers are third in the league with a 14 win, 7 loss record while Westside are in tenth place with 6 wins and 13 losses. Flyers had a solid win against Southwark Pride last weekend and will look to carry that form forwards. Last time Flyers and Westside played the Flyers won 81 to 71.

On Sunday, the Under-18s second team travel South to play local rivals Huish Taunton Tigers in the NBL South West Conference. Tigers are in sixth place with 7 wins and 6 losses. Flyers beat Tigers 61 to 50 in their first league game of the season back on September 23rd and will look to close out the season series but will not take anything for granted as Tigers have had another six months to play together since that initial clash.

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