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Posted Friday, March 1st 2019

Bristol Flyers - Around The Club 2/3/19

There's a whole bunch of basketball going on this weekend to get your Flyers fix.

This week’s home highlight is a double header of senior national league basketball at WISE on Saturday, as Flyers Women get us started at 3.30pm against Southwark Pride, before Flyers II take on Barking Abbey at 5.30pm. 


Bristol Flyers II

Flyers II are currently third in the Division Three South table with a 9-4 record. They have won their last six games on the bounce and are raring to go after a weekend off. Saturday sees them host ninth place Barking Abbey (3-11) at 5.30pm.

Last time out Flyers scraped a 59-54 road win in November. That time it was Nestor Saa who led Flyers in scoring with 15 points, while Barking centre Tomas Sowoolu dropped 12 points. Barking’s Stephen Akpan has been on good form in recent games and will be one to watch in the match-up having missed the previous game with an injury. With play-off spots only going to the top four teams in Division Three South, this game is a must win for Flyers II to realise their goal of securing a spot in the post season.


Bristol Flyers Women

Flyers Women suffered a tough 81-74 road loss in East Anglia on Saturday evening. The team currently hold onto the top spot in Division One with a 12-3 record, while Anglia Ruskin University improved to 10-3 on the season and are looking dangerous to unseat Flyers as they now hold the head to head result; If both teams finish the season with the same record the team with the better result in their head to head games will take the top spot. Flyers need to focus on their own business first and foremost and win as many of their three remaining games as they can.  

Thew team have a chance to get back to winning ways when they play Southwark Pride at WISE on Saturday (3.30pm). Southwark are in sixth place with a 7-8 record. When Flyers visited London in November they claimed a 51-78 victory against the Pride.


Flyers Under-18s Premier

Flyers improved to joint second place in the Central Premier division with an 8-2 record. Their 86-76 road win against West Bromwich Albion last Saturday puts them level with Team Birmingham Elite in second place.

This weekend Flyers head to Birmingham to face Elite in a game that will be crucial in determining the final standings in the division. The two teams faced off at WISE just two weeks ago and Flyers prevailed with a huge fourth quarter comeback to complete a 70-67 victory. They will hope to keep their momentum from that win as they attempt to repeat the outcome. 

Flyers Under-18s Conference

Image credit - Rachael Symons

Flyers U18 II fell to a 3-13 record in the South West Conference. They had a tough game at Bristol Metropolitan Academy last Saturday, losing to the visiting Vale Vipers 38-78. The team have a weekend off this week then play a midweek game on Thursday March 7th, where they host Huish Taunton Tigers at WISE (6.30pm).


Flyers Under-16s Boys

Flyers U16 Boys improved to a 14-4 record in the Premier Central division with another road win on Saturday, marking back to back victories away in Essex. This time they defeated Chelmsford Lions 45-94 on Saturday February 23rd.

With a further four games to play and with one game in hand over Milton Keynes Trojans (14-5) every game is important in determining their final position in the league. The boys are back at home this Saturday, hosting Ipswich for a 1.30pm tip at WISE.

Flyers Under-16s Girls

Flyers Under-16 Girls maintain their position at the top of the South West division, with an 11-1 record. They defeated Surrey Blue Storm 85-44 at Bristol Metropolitan Academy last Saturday.

A crucial test of their development comes this Saturday as they host Cardiff Met Archers at WISE for an 11.30am tip.

The Flyers girls were defeated 72-46 when they visited Archers Arena in November. Flyers’ sole loss to Archers may still cost them the top spot as the 9-0 Archers have games in hand. 


Flyers Under-14s Boys I

The U14 Boys remain third in the Premier South division at 11-5. The team lost 89-74 on the road to second place Sussex Bears (14-1) this weekend. The boys are back at home on Saturday against Winchester City Royals (11.30am). The Royals have a 10-6 record and Flyers beat them 57-69 away in November.

Flyers Under-14s Boys II

Image credit - Anna Wenham

Flyers U14 II host a tournament with Cardiff Met Archers and Torbay Tigers at the Oasis Academy Brightstowe on Sunday. The tournament tips off at 12.30pm.

Flyers Junior Girls

The U14s had a busy weekend last week playing Saturday in the South West league and then Sunday in the Girl's Glos CVL. The U12s and U10s are hard at work in training to prepare for their games later in 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.

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