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Owen Parker


Posted Thursday, October 18th 2018

Bristol Flyers - Around The Club 18/10/18

We round up all the action taking place this weekend away from the Bristol Flyers first team.

The home highlight this weekend is a double header from 2.15pm onwards. Bristol Flyers Women are action first as they look to extend a two game winning streak against Team Birmingham Elite, shortly followed by the men's second team, who look to make it past Oxford Brookes University in the National Shield competition.

Bristol Flyers II

Bristol Flyers II dropped to 1-2 on the season last weekend following a defeat to Essex Blades. Flyers came out a little flat and allowed Blades to get off to a quick start building up a 29-20 lead in the first quarter. Flyers composed themselves and some defensive adjustments allowed them to chip away at the lead going into the final quarter down six, 56-62.

Strong outside shooting from Blades sealed the victory as Flyers were unable to catch them. David Mann netted 21 points and Louis Luparello had 14 points and eight rebounds. Nestor Saa made a big contribution from the bench with 19 points and five rebounds. Flyers remain third in the league for now, but with many teams below them having played less than three games it's a fragile hold.

This weekend sees Flyers II face Oxford Brookes University in the National Shield knockout competition on Saturday (4.30pm tip-off). Flyers II registered a 118-68 win when they opened their league campaign against an undermanned Brookes on 29 September 2018. Brookes will have completed their roster since then and Flyers II must be ready for a stronger team this time around.

Bristol Flyers Women

Flyers Women won an 83-66 statement victory in their away game against Ipswich last weekend. Captain Fiona Fox led the way with 19 points, shooting an efficient 66% from the floor, whilst Cristina Bigica had a 17 point, ten rebound double-double and Liisa Juul added 15 points and six rebounds of her own.

Coach Gareth Till reflected “We’re delighted with the win. I think it’s a testament to Ipswich how much this win means to us. They’ve had a brilliant run and have played some really good basketball. We had a game plan and executed it well. We’re growing quickly as a group and I believe there’s a lot more to come.”

Flyers join Ipswich at the top of the table with both teams now having a 2-1 record. Flyers play Team Birmingham Elite on Saturday, who have a 1-1 record so far.

Flyers Under-18s Premier

The Under-18s Premier team claimed an 81-61 win against City of Birmingham Rockets in their home debut. This sees them improve to a 2-0 record in the Premier Central Division.

Head Coach Darren Oakey summed up the victory “It was great to see all the work done on the training court this week paying off. We knew Rockets would come with a very aggressive press which was something we struggled against in pre-season. The boys took on everything we worked on this week and broke the press with confidence. Credit has to go to Coach Culliford this week. The work he has been doing on the offensive movement really made a difference, we really moved the ball and created lots of good opportunities. Overall a good team performance against a Birmingham Rockets team who came to us unbeaten. This has taken us to a run of 20 games unbeaten at WISE in the regular season.”

The team’s planned away fixture in the National Cup on Sunday was forfeited by Sussex Bears this week. Flyers progress into the third round and will play at home on Sunday November 11th against either Sussex Storm or Milton Keynes Trojans.

U18 Prem are back in action next weekend for an away game against Leicester Riders. Riders fell to City of Birmingham Rockets 72-48 on the road in their season opener so will look to reverse their fortunes in their home opener.

Flyers Under-18s Conference

The Under-18s conference side made their home debut on Saturday, falling short 42-56 to the visiting Cardiff Met Archers. The team showed positive signs and were able to put together a competitive three quarters but a big run from Archers in the second quarter put the game out of their reach.

The team have a weekend off this week and will play again on Saturday October 27th at Plymouth Raiders.

Flyers Under-16s Boys

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The U16 boys beat visiting Harrow Falcons 75-65 on Saturday, improvingtheir Central Premier division record to 2-2. They hit the road next week, facing Oaklands Wolves on Saturday October 20th. Wolves are joint second with a 3-1 record after beating Leicester Riders this week.

Coach Ieuan Alex Jones commented: “It was good to get the win, we need to be more consistent as we made this one harder than it had to be. Some really positive performances from Marc Marota, Jayden Edwards and Rio Oakey.”

Flyers Under-16s Girls

Flyers Under-16s girls maintained an undefeated 3-0 record to stay top of the South West division this weekend. They hosted Poyntypridd Panthers and claimed a 59-58 overtime win. Cardiff Met Archers, Surrey Blue Storm and Wiltshire Demons also remain undefeated but have only played one game each so far.

Coach Emma Seria-Walker said “The girls showed their grit and determination today against a tough and well drilled Pontypridd Panthers team who never gave up. I’m delighted with their resilience and the way in which all the girls contributed today."

The Flyers girls have a weekend off next week due to postponement of their fixture against Blue Storm. They will wait for results from around their league to come in and ready to play again on Saturday, October 27th against Surrey Rams.

Flyers Under-14s Boys I

Bristol Flyers U14 Boys won a 77-54 road victory against Sussex Storm on Saturday. The boys have a 4-0 record in the Premier South division and maintain their position at the top of the table. London United and Sussex Bears are close behind them – both teams are similarly undefeated but played fewer games so far. 

The team have a weekend off this week and will then head to Surrey Rams on Saturday October 27th. Coach Christian Hill commented following the game “Another good win. However, we have to work on our consistency playing well over a full 40 minutes and continue to improve as a team.”

Flyers Under-14s Boys II

Flyers U14 II had a weekend off this weekend after winning twice in their opening CVL tournament. They next play on October 20th away against Vale Vipers. 

Coach Gear commented on the upcoming game: “The boys have made a fantastic start to the season. Results aside, their determination on defence and positive attitudes have already made them a great team to coach. Looking forward the rest of the season! Good luck team and Coach Ben Williams in my absence.”

Flyers Junior Girls

The U12 girls headed up to Gloucester College to compete in a CVL tournament on Saturday October 13th. They had a great day and came away having won three of their four games. There are no fixtures for the other junior girls’ teams this weekend.

Coach Becky Harris said: “In our first tournament of the season the girls narrowly missed a clean sweep of all four matches, losing the first game by just two points. The girls showed real aggression and confidence, consistently forcing the opposition into turnovers. It was a strong performance by all, beginners and experienced players alike. This is a great start and the team shows real promise for the rest of the season.”

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