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Posted Friday, October 26th 2018

Bristol Flyers - Around The Club 26/10/18

Here's our round up of everything that's been going on around the club away from the Bristol Flyers first team this week.

The home highlight is an afternoon double header of Under-18s basketball at WISE on Saturday. The U18s Conference side open up against Plymouth Raiders (1.30pm) which is followed by the U18s first team against Sussex Storm in the National Cup (4.30pm).


Bristol Flyers II

Flyers II were eliminated from the National Shield competition with an 80-85 loss against visiting Oxford Brookes University last weekend. It was a closely fought game and strong performances from Captain Roy Owen (21 points) and shooting guard David Mann (23 points) kept Flyers in it until the dying seconds.

Flyers II now have an extended break and play again on Saturday November 10th when they are away at Swindon Shock. Victory against Swindon will depend on ensuring solid transition defence, stopping key threats in the half court and improved shot selection on offence.

Coach Khan reflected “We were missing several key players due to injury and we just could not get over the line in our Shield match. We have a couple of weeks off now and that will help us regroup and hopefully allow our players to recover from their injuries. We hope to be rested and ready for our important league matches in November.”


Bristol Flyers Women

Image credit - Harrison Dowling Media

Flyers Women continued their winning ways with a 69-57 victory over visiting Team Birmingham Elite on Saturday. This puts them joint first in the Division One league table, alongside Team Solent Kestrels, with a 3-1 record.

Coach Till commented “We’re really pleased to get our third win of the season. We had a good idea into the type of game it would be. Birmingham played hard and made it difficult for us to play flowing Flyers Basketball. Momentum is growing and we’re looking forward to next weekend’s games."

On Saturday they head north for an away game against Loughborough Riders. The Loughborough Riders team are joint sixth in the league with a 2-1 record. Their sole loss came this week at the hands of Flyers’ pole position rivals Team Solent Kestrels, falling 60-46 on the road. Kestrels do not play again this weekend so a win could see Flyers take the top spot while a loss would put Riders level with them.

The ladies are straight back in action the next day with a home game in the National Cup. They host Division Two side Northamptonshire Titans at Bristol Metropolitan Academy on Sunday October 28th (1.30pm). 


Flyers Under-18s Premier

The mid-season withdrawal of Leicester Riders from Premier Central competition resulted in a late cancellation of Flyers' fixture planned for Saturday. This meant there was an unexpected weekend off for the team this and their undefeated 2-0 record in the league stands. They remain behind Team Birmingham Elite who are 3-0 at present.

The team are back in action for the third round of the U18 National Cup this week. They host Sussex Storm at WISE on Saturday afternoon (4.30pm). The Sussex side are also undefeated with a 5-0 record in Premier South league play. Like Flyers, they progressed with a win in the first round and a forfeit from their opposition in the cup so this is likely to be a closely contested game.

Coach Oakey said “I hope to have a full line up available with a place in the last 16 up for grabs. We narrowly lost out to Solent in a pre-season, who are top with Bears, so the team are preparing for their toughest game of the season so far.”

Flyers Under-18s Conference

The Under-18s conference team rested this weekend. Their South West Conference record stands at 0-2. The team hope to follow the win by the BBL side as they host Plymouth Raiders U18 at WISE on Saturday afternoon (1.30pm). The team are currently 0-2 in the South West conference while Raiders are 0-3.

Flyers U18 II are also playing midweek; they will host Bristol Storm at WISE on Thursday November 1st (6.30pm). The Bristol Storm team are currently 2-0 in the league and beat Raiders this weekend.


Flyers Under-16s Boys

The Under-16 Boys claimed a 67-62 road win at Oaklands Wolves last week, which improves their Premier Central record to 3-2 for third place in the table. They now have a weekend off and will play Surrey Rams on Saturday November 3rd.

Flyers Under-16s Girls

Flyers Under-16s girls hold an undefeated 3-0 record at the top of the South West division. The girls had a weekend off due to postponement of their fixture against Surrey Blue Storm last week and will rest again this week following postponement of their planned away game against Surrey Rams.

Their next game is now Saturday November 17th away against Cardiff Met Archers. Archers eliminated Flyers in the cup and also remain undefeated but have only played two league games so far.


Flyers Under-14s Boys I

The U14 Boys head to Surrey Rams on Saturday, looking to maintain their undefeated record – they are currently top of the Premier South table with four wins. The Rams are 0-4 in the league so far and will be looking to reverse their fortunes back on their home court. 

Flyers Under-14s Boys II

Jordan Nicholls stepped in as Head Coach for Flyers U14s II last week

U14s II claimed a 45-34 win away against Vale Vipers this weekend. Assistant Coach Ben Williams commented: “I’m grateful to guest coach Jordan Nicholls who stepped in to run the show for the game and proud of the boys getting a win on the road.”

U14s II will head to Gloucester for their next Central Venue League tournament on Saturday November 3rd.

Flyers Junior Girls

The U14 girls will join the boys second team as they head to the Gloucester CVL tournament on Saturday November 3rd. U12s and U10s are playing a friendly game against Cardiff Met Archers at Hengrove Leisure Centre on Sunday November 4th.

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