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Friday, September 28th 2018
Here's your weekly preview of everything that's happening around the club this weekend away from the Bristol Flyers first team.
Flyers II are next in action against Oxford Brookes in their Division three south debut on Saturday at WISE (3.30pm). They follow-up with an away game against Division 2 team Myerscough College on Sunday in the National Cup (2pm).
Flyers Women returned from Archers Arena with a loss in their pre-season friendly last weekend. Head Coach Gareth Till said the fixture against the WBBL Cardiff Archers was a useful way to get the whole team some game time and to highlight the areas where they need to focus ahead of the season in Division one. The team will open their league campaign away against Barking Abbey on Saturday (4pm).
The team claimed a road win at the Wildcat Arena to open their league campaign last weekend. They beat Nottingham McDonald's Hoods in the Central premier division 70 -86. A 24 point opening quarter saw Flyers build a lead that they did not relinquish through the rest of the game.
The second quarter saw Hoods start to come to terms with the pace that Flyers had set and went on a mini 8-0 run. After a quick time out, Flyers regained their composure and held the lead for the rest of the game. Flyers dominated the boards on both ends, leaving Hoods no way back into the game.
This weekend sees the Under-18s Premier team out on the road again. They face Folkestone Saints on Sunday (2.20pm).
The Under-18s conference team are almost at the end of their long lead in to the season, but have one more week to wait before they play their first game. They are away against Gloucester Saxons on Saturday, October 6th.
The Under-16s team made their Central Premier division debut with an 84-77 loss against Milton Keynes Trojans away from home. They had a three point lead heading into half-time, but fell behind in the fourth quarter.
Coach Jones told bristolflyers.co.uk: “Today was a really positive performance in what was a competitive game from start to finish. We need to be more consistent on the defensive end but I am very encouraged by what I saw today and this group’s potential.”
They are back at home this weekend, hosting Northamptonshire Titans on Saturday for a 1.30pm tip at WISE. Titans also lost their season opener last weekend in a closely contested game. Both Flyers and Titans will be looking to bounce back in this fixture/
They also face Richmond Knights away on Sunday in the U16 Cup. This is their first game of the knockout competition and tip off is at 3pm.
Saturday will mark the very first game for the new Under-16s girls team. This expansion to the women’s basketball arm of the organisation will be the first time the Flyers will be represented at junior level by a female team. They face fellow new team Exeter for an 11:30am tip at SGS WISE.
The team will playing in the South West Under-16s league, and are anticipating tough opposition throughout their first season.
Following their league debut, the team host Cardiff Met Archers in the U16 Cup on Sunday (11.30am).
The Under-14s Premier team took a 74-40 victory against London Thunder at WISE last weekend. Flyers were particularly successful at forcing turnovers and generating fast break scoring.
"It was a great first performance and I was really pleased to be able to field my full rotation," said head coach Christian Hill.
"There is still much that we can improve on as a team as the season goes on.”
They follow-up with a trip to the John Madejski Academy Sports Centre to face Reading Rockets for their next league game (11.30am).
The Under-14s regional team begin their season by hosting a Central Venue League with Cougars and Jets on Sunday. Coaches Rodney Gear and Ben Williams are hard at work preparing the team for the tournament.
There are no fixtures for the other junior girls teams this weekend but check back for updates about central venue league competition.
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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