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Posted: Friday, June 11th 2021
Friday, March 22nd 2019
Here's a look at what's going on this weekend away from the Bristol Flyers first team.
This week’s home highlight is the title deciding game for Bristol Flyers Women. They are currently in second place in the WNBL Division One table. A victory in their final regular season game will see them reclaim the top spot and win the league title. They host Loughborough Riders at WISE on Saturday.
Flyers II finished third in the Division Three South table with a 12-4 record. They won nine games in a row to climb back up the standings and achieve their goal of securing a spot in the post-season. They finished the year in style with a 88-81 victory against the previously undefeated London BC Medelynas. Both David Mann and Roy Owen earned Division Three top scorers recognition for the win with 26 points and 22 points respectively.
A slight disappointment came later in the weekend when Team Solent Kestrels held on to the second spot by defeating Essex Blades; Flyers II matched their record but gave up the head to head having suffered a big defeat on the road at the start of the season. Medelynas will still win Division Three South but the victory was important to keep the Flyers momentum building heading into the post season and demonstrate the improvements they have made over the course of the year.
Flyers II will head up the M5 to face the second place team from Division Three North in the play-off quarter finals. Team Derby Spartans look to have secured the second place spot in the Northern table but the final play-off match-ups are still to be confirmed by Basketball England. Like Flyers the Derby team have had a strong first season in Division Three having been promoted this year. The fixture is to take place on Saturday April 6th or Sunday April 7th. Flyers II will be watching with interest as the Spartans complete their regular season campaign against WLV Albion this Sunday March 24th.
Flyers Women close out the season against Loughborough Riders at WISE on Saturday (3.30pm). A crucial 85-71 victory against the visiting Team Solent Kestrels last weekend saw the Women’s record improve to 14-3. They were nevertheless displaced from the top spot in Division One by the Anglia Ruskin University Rhinos. The Rhinos won back to back games last weekend to finish their season with a 14-4 record to take the top spot as they hold the head to head result over Flyers.
Flyers must win their final game of the season to get back in front of Anglia Ruskin. They will need the full backing of the Flyers family at WISE to see off the visiting Loughborough Riders who have had a successful year of their own in the league. Riders are currently fourth with a 10-6 record and won the Women’s National Cup in February.
After coming from behind to win the Under 18 Central Premier division, Flyers are eagerly awaiting their first round play-off opponents. Flyers’ first place finish guarantees them home court advantage throughout the playoffs.
In the first round they will face a league runner up from the conference competitions (which are the tier below the premier divisions). Their opposition will be either Thames Valley Cavaliers from the South I Conference or London Youngbloods Lions Nitros from the South III Conference. With both teams finishing their regular season this weekend Flyers will soon know their opponents for their first round play off game. The game will be played at WISE on Saturday March 30th.
Flyers U18 II finished their season in seventh place in the South West Conference with a 4-14 record. They missed out on the playoffs 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.
Several of the team garnered more success this week with a win for the SGS Flyers II in the in the Association of Colleges (AOC) Sport South West league. They defeated the visiting Plymouth Raiders 83-77. Flyers U18 II players Suhayb Sharif, Henry Rawcliffe and Remi Dickinson all had strong performances in the game with 17, 13 and 10 points respectively. The game marked the end of the AOC SW season and the team finished with a 1-7 record.
Flyers U16 Boys finished their Premier Central division with a 17-5 record. An important final 77-99 victory on the road against Surrey Rams confirmed their second place finish. They will play the central region conference winners with the third best winning percentage in the first round of the play-offs. The Birmingham side were the winners of the Midlands West conference with a 15-1 record.
The first round play-off game will be played at WISE on Saturday March 30th.
Flyers Under-16 Girls finished their regular season campaign at the top of the South West Conference with a 13-1 record. They are not yet guaranteed the league title however 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.
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 this weekend. As with other junior competition play-offs the first round game will be on the weekend of Saturday March 30th.
The U14 Boys have secured a third place finish in the Premier South division. 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 and then the highest points differential. Their opponents are looking very likely to be Milton Keynes Trojans from the Midlands West Conference. The first round play-off game is planned to take place at WISE on Saturday March 30th.
The Under 14 Boys second team are planning their next South West Regional Central Venue League event on Saturday March 30th. The hosts are Vale Vipers and Plymouth Raiders will also be in attendance.
The U14 Girls were in Penryn for a South West Regional Central Venue League (CVL) event this Saturday, March 16th. The tournament saw Flyers win against the hosts, Penryn Saracens and also defeat fellow visitors Plymouth Raiders.
The U10 Girls were also in action this weekend, competing in the Glozball CVL. The girls faced off against mixed teams in 4x4 games including multiple Gloucester Saxons teams, Abingdon Eagles, Stroud Sharks and Worcester Wolves. They won four out of six games in a fun day of basketball. The U12 girls are back at Gloucester College for another Saturday of Glozball competition this week.
Community sessions for junior boys and girls are also available across Bristol - check out the community section of the website for more information.
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