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It's a BIG weekend for the Bristol Flyers' junior teams as the play-offs get officially underway.
This week’s home highlight is a trio of junior national league play-off games at WISE on Saturday. The Under-18s Premier team will tip things off at 12noon against Thames Valley Cavaliers. The Under-14 Premier team follow against Milton Keynes Trojans at 2.15pm. The Under-16s Premier team are last to play, hosting Team Birmingham Elite at 4.30pm.
Flyers II had a remarkably successful first season in Division Three South, winning nine games in a row to finish third in the league with a 12-4 record. They will head up the M5 to face Team Derby Spartans in the play-off quarter finals. The fixture is to take place on Sunday April 7th at 4pm in Derby.
Flyers Women claimed the WNBL Division One title in slightly anti-climactic fashion last weekend. Their planned game against Loughborough Riders was forfeited by the visitors. This gave Flyers a win in their final regular season game and put them back at the top of the table with a 15-3 record. The ladies made good use of the court time at WISE to hold a scrimmage against the Under-16 girls team to celebrate the success of their season with the Flyers Family.
They will face Barking Abbey as the eighth places team from Division One in the play-off quarter finals. Barking Abbey were tied on record with Sevenoaks Suns II and Team Birmingham Elite both also holding a 4-14 record at the end of the regular season. The standings were decided based on the points difference in the results solely between the three tied teams.
As the winners of the Under-18 Central Premier division with a 9-3 record, Flyers are guaranteed home court advantage throughout the play-offs. They also have the benefit of playing an opponent from the second tier conference competitions in the first round.
The game is timetabled for Saturday March 30th at WISE.
Flyers U16 Boys finished their Premier Central division season with a 17-5 record. They will play the central region conference winners with the third best winning percentage in the first round of the play-offs. This is Team Birmingham Elite. 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 (4.30pm tip-off) pending confirmation from the opposition.
Coach Jones commented “I’ve been really happy with the progress the boys have shown over the regular season, this group has exceeded our expectations for this season. I’m very pleased with the way they have bought into playing unselfishly on offence and working as a unit defensively. We now look forward to what hopefully will be a deep run in the play-offs.”
Flyers Under-16s Girls had a hugely successful first year finishing in second place in the South West Conference with a 13-1 record. Cardiff Met Archers displaced them from first place by matching their record with a 33-77 road win over Wiltshire Demons last Saturday. As Archers hold the head to head result over Flyers they take the top spot and the league title.
Flyers are the conference runners-up with the highest win percentage. They will therefore play Sheffield Hatters in the first round of the play-offs. Hatters finished second in the North Premier division with a 13-5 record. The game will take place this weekend but the details are still to be confirmed.
The U14 boys finished third place 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 (2.15pm) pending confirmation from the opposition.
Coach Hill reflected “I’m very pleased with our season overall. A third place finish in any premier league is always good. It is especially significant for us as this is the club’s first year entering the Under-14 premier competition. We have grown together as a team over the course of the season and are still steadily improving. If we can put together a full 40 minute performance against Milton Keynes on Saturday I’m sure we can be successful."
The Under-14 Boys second team are heading out for their next South West Regional Central Venue League (CVL) event on Saturday. The hosts are Vale Vipers and Plymouth Raiders will also be in attendance.
The U12 Girls were in action this weekend, competing in the Glozball CVL. The team won three out of three games in the event beating Gloucester Saxons 52-6, Abingdon Eagles 36-22 and Worcester Wolves 18-10.
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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