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Posted Friday, March 15th 2019

Bristol Flyers - Around The Club 15/3/19

Here's a look at what's going on this weekend away from the Bristol Flyers first team.

Bristol Flyers II round off a successful first season in NBL Division Three South with their final regular season game against undefeated London BC Medelynas at WISE on Saturday. The team have secured a playoff spot, but a win could see them take second place in the league. The top two teams get home court advantage in the play-offs and are eligible to apply for promotion to Division Two.


Bristol Flyers II

Photo Credit - Jess Cairns

Flyers II are currently third in the Division Three South table with an 11-4 record. They have won eight games in a row to climb back up the standings. They claimed a crucial 74-86 road victory against Cardiff Met Archers last Saturday to guarantee themselves a playoff spot.

They host first place London BC Medelynas on Saturday. Like Flyers II, Medelynas were promoted into Division Three this year after winning their Division Four regional title last season. Flyers II fell to Medelynas 93-69 on the road in London last December; the last time the team lost a game. Medelynas are undefeated in league play but hold a 12-1 record having forfeited a game earlier this year.


Bristol Flyers Women

Flyers Women sit atop Division One with a 13-3 record. They won a nerve wracking 47-45 victory over Southwark Pride two weeks ago and will finish out the season with a pair of home games. They host Team Solent Kestrels on Saturday at WISE (12.30pm tip). They will then close the season against Loughborough Riders at WISE on Saturday March 23rd.

The Kestrels are dangerously close behind Flyers in joint second with a 12-4 record. Flyers won the road game 66-72. Cristina Bigica (18 points) and Hannah Wallace (17 points) had big scoring performances last time. Kestrel’s Geena Gomez had a 20 point outing against Flyers and is coming off a 35 point game against Barking Abbey so will be one to watch in the match-up.


Flyers Under-18s Premier

Flyers came from behind to win the Central Premier division title with an 9-3 record. The team finished the season with an emphatic road win against Northants Thunder. Flyers’ record ties that of Oaklands Wolves and Team Birmingham Elite, but because both of the other teams forfeited a game they have one less league point than the Flyers.

This is the third league title claimed by this group of players in a row. They started the streak with the South West Conference title at Under-16s in the 2016/17 season. Last year they claimed the Under-18 South West Conference title. Over these three seasons they have a 44-6 league record and a rock solid 24-1 home record.

Flyers first place finish guarantees them home court advantage in the first round of the play-offs. They will face the league runners up with the highest winning percentage from the central section of conference competetions. The central section comprises the East, South I and South III conferences. With games left to play in all three conferences they will keep a close eye on the results over the next two weekends. Their first round playoff game will be at WISE on Saturday March 30th.

Flyers Under-18s Conference

Image Credit - Rachael Symons

Flyers U18 II finished their season with a win, improving to a 4-14 record in the South West Conference. They held off a late comeback from the visiting Worcester Wolves Academy to secure a 67-59 victory at WISE last Saturday. SGS Academy student Wiktor Pokorski led all scorers with 13 points. He was joined by Ewan Strover with 11 points and Leo Molyneux with 10 points.

The win sees them improve to joint seventh in the standings and ensures that they will finish ahead of Wolves who now have a 2-15 record. They will not make the play-offs this year as only the conference winners and regional best runner-up go forwards from the conference competitions.

Many of the team will be back for another year (or two in some cases) of Under-18 competition and the hard work the group have put in all year will pay dividends as they continue to play.


Flyers Under-16s Boys

Image credit - Rachael Symons

Flyers U16 Boys improved to a 16-5 record in the Premier Central division adding to both the wins and losses columns on a long road trip this weekend. They lost out to league leading JMA Reading Rockets 62-54 on Saturday. They bounced back with a 64-85 win against Leicester Riders on Sunday.

The boys complete their season on the road this Saturday, heading East again to face Surrey Rams. A win will guarantee them second place while a loss could see Milton Keynes Trojans (14-6) and/or West Herts Warriors (15-6) catch up to their record and potentially overtake them. Surrey sit last in the standings with a 2-19 record and Flyers defeated them 76-60 at WISE in November.

Flyers U16 players Jason Soodeen and Louie Tucker were both selected to the England U14s and U15s squad last week and they will approach the game with added confidence.

Flyers Under-16s Girls

Flyers Under-16 Girls finished their regular season campaign at the top of the South West Conference with a 13-1 record. They won their last game 78-26 against the visiting Wiltshire Demons on Saturday. 

They are not yet guaranteed the league title, as Cardiff Met Archers are right behind them with a 12-1 record and hold the head to head result over Flyers. Archers will play Wiltshire Demons for their final game of the season on Saturday March 23rd.

The Flyers girls have secured a play-off spot which is very impressive in their first season of national league competition. Their seeding is dependent on the final records across the three regional girls conferences - North, South East and South West. The North division standings have been determined but there are still games to play in the South East conference that may affect the final seeding so the girls will be watching for results around the country for the next two weeks. As with other junior competition playoffs the first round game will be on the weekend of Saturday March 30th.


Flyers Under-14s Boys I

The U14 Boys have secured a third place finish in the Premier South division with a win in their last game of the season. They beat Team Solent Kestrels 84-48 at WISE last Saturday. Their 13-5 record will see them go into the play-offs with home court advantage.

They will host the central section league winner with the highest winning percentage. The central section consists of the East, Midlands East and Midlands West Conferences. Their opponents are looking very likely to be Milton Keynes Trojans from the Midlands West Conference but there are still games to play in the central section and the playoff match-ups will be announced by Basketball England after the regular season has concluded. The first round playoff game is planned to take place at WISE on Saturday March 30th.

Flyers Under-14s Boys II

Image credit - Anna Wenham

The Under-14 Boys second team are planning their next South West Regional Central Venue League event on Saturday March 30th. The hosts are expected to be Vale Vipers and Plymouth Raiders should also be in attendance.

Flyers Junior Girls

The U14 Girls will head to Penryn for another South West Regional Central Venue League event this Saturday. The tournament will pit the Flyers against the hosts, Penryn Saracens and fellow visitors Plymouth Raiders.

Community sessions for junior boys and girls are also available across Bristol - check out the community section of the website for more information.