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Posted Saturday, March 9th 2019

Bristol Flyers - Around The Club 9/3/19

Here's your weekly preview for all of the Bristol Flyers action this weekend away from the first team.

This week’s home highlight is the Flyers U16 girls at WISE on Saturday. The team are coming off a big win last weekend and will look to finish their inaugural season strong against Wiltshire Demons (1.30pm). The first place Flyers girls (12-1) may claim the South West division title if they can finish out the season with another win so the support of the Flyers Family is much needed and always appreciated!


Bristol Flyers II

Image Credit - Zoe Chidlow

Flyers II are currently third in the Division Three South table with a 10-4 record. They are on a seven game winning streak, most recently completing a comeback to beat Barking Abbey 79-70 last weekend.

The team head to Wales this Saturday to face off against sixth place Cardiff Met Archers (6-8). When Archers visited WISE in December, Flyers claimed a 64-51 win. Flyers’ Captain Jordan Daniels led all scorers with 14 points. Jonathan Thorne had 12 for Archers and is coming from a 25 point win against Cardiff City this week so will be one to watch in the match-up. Flyers player/coach Roy Owen is also relishing another chance to play against fellow Bristol Met staffer and Wales international Gareth Williams.

With play-off spots only going to the top four teams in Division Three South, this game is another must-win for Flyers II to realise their goal of securing a spot in the post season. Archers are mathematically eliminated from play-off contention, so have nothing to lose but pride this time around and Flyers II need to arrive focused and ready for a tough game. The team return to WISE to finish their season with a homecoming game against table topping London BC Medelynas at WISE on Saturday March 16th (3.30pm).


Bristol Flyers Women

Flyers Women remain at the top of Division One with a 13-3 record. They snatched a crucial 47-45 win over Southwark Pride in a tough defensive match-up last weekend. Flo Ward hit the game-winning three-pointer with seconds remaining and the team held on for one last stop to cement the win.

They will close out the season with a two game home stand against further strong opposition but have a weekend off to prepare. They first host Team Solent Kestrels on Saturday March 16th (12.30pm) and have Loughborough Riders on March 23rd. The Kestrels are in third place with an 11-4 record and the game is huge for them as a win could see them unseat Flyers.


Flyers Under-18s Premier

Flyers are in third place in the Central Premier division with an 8-3 record. An 88-66 road loss against Team Birmingham Elite saw the hosts pull ahead of them with a 9-2 record. A 33 point first quarter put Elite ahead early and consistent from Flyers was not enough to keep pace with the Birmingham side.

Flyers will finish their regular season campaign on the road this Saturday. They travel to Northamptonshire to play last place Northants Thunder (0-11). Flyers won a convincing 93-52 victory against Northants at WISE in December. 

Flyers Under-18s Conference

Image credit - Rachael Symons

Flyers U18 II fell to a 3-14 record in the South West Conference. They had a rare midweek game against Huish Taunton Tigers at WISE on Thursday, where they lost to the top of the table Tigers 51-96.

The team finish their season with a home game against Worcester Wolves Academy on Saturday (3.30pm). Wolves have a 2-14 record and the game will be crucial for Flyers to stay above them in the final standings. Flyers hung on for a nail-bitingly close 64-65 away win in Worcester in December. 


Flyers Under-16s Boys

Image credit - Rachael Symons

Flyers U16 Boys improved to a 15-4 record to stay second in the Premier Central division with a 72-56 home win against Ipswich on Saturday. They are on an impressive nine game winning streak. A two game road trip this weekend will see them first play top of the table JMA Reading Rockets on Saturday. Reading have a 17-2 record and took a 67-75 road win at WISE in December.

Flyers will complete their back to back weekend away against Leicester Riders on Sunday. Riders are in sixth place with a 10-9 record and Flyers won 80-56 against them at Bristol Met earlier this year.

Flyers Under-16s Girls

Flyers Under-16 Girls maintain their position at the top of the South West division, improving to a 12-1 record. They won a game that has been circled on their calendars for the past six months, defeating the visiting Cardiff Met Archers 47-44.

The Flyers girls were defeated 72-46 when they visited Archers Arena in November and the win is a sure sign of their hard work paying dividends. The Flyers girls complete their regular season with a home game against Wiltshire Demons on Saturday (1.30pm). The fifth place Demons have a 5-7 record and Flyers won the road game 45-82 so will look to complete the season series.

Archers may still yet unseat Flyers at the top of the table as they hold the head to head result and finishing the season with a win this weekend will be crucial for Flyers to keep the pressure on their cross-bridge rivals.


Flyers Under-14s Boys I

The U14 Boys remain third in the Premier South division with a 12-5. A 65-48 home win against Winchester City Royals last weekend saw them guarantee themselves a third place finish and a play-off spot.

They finish their regular season with a home game against ninth place Team Solent Kestrels on Saturday (11.30am). The team will look to finish strong by replicating their dominant 50-115 road win in December.

Their first round playoff game will be at home against the league winners from the Central Conference with the highest winning percentage on the weekend on March 30th. The team will be watching closely as those competitions draw to a close later in March to determine their opposition.

Flyers Under-14s Boys II

Image credit - Anna Wenham

Flyers U14 II hosted a tournament with Cardiff Met Archers and Torbay Tigers at the Oasis Academy Brislington on Sunday March 3rd. The round-robin format saw all three teams come a way with a win. Flyers II faced Archers first and a huge fourth quarter comeback just ran out of steam before they could seal the win and they lost narrowly 48-49. Archers then fell to Torbay Tigers, unable to cope with their bigger front-court players. Flyers beat Tigers 49-41 in the final game. Coach Jordan Nicholl’s full court press defence was effective in limiting the impact of Tigers taller players. Further detail on U14 Boys South West regional CVL events are available here.

Flyers Junior Girls

The junior girls had a busy weekend last week playing Saturday in the South West league CVL and then Sunday in the Girl's Glozball CVL. On Saturday, Flyers U14 girls competed in the South West Regional CVL against Penryn Saracens and Torbay Tigers in a round robin tournament hosted by Torbay. 

On Sunday Flyers entered two teams with a mixture of U16 and U14 players. Flyers I finished the day with a 1-4 record. They claimed a 9-8 win against Newport Aces but then lost out to Abingdon Eagles 12-19, Flyers II 14-16, Hereford Roar 6-12 and Birmingham Rockets 10-12. Flyers II had a 3-2 record with their losses coming to Abingdon Eagles 6-14 and Rockets 10-14. They beat Newport Aces 24-8, Flyers I 16-14 and Hereford Roar 23-8.

The next South West Regional CVL event for U14 girls is in Penryn on Saturday March 16th and will also feature Plymouth Raiders. The next Glozball CVL Girls event is on Saturday, March 23rd.

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