WNBL1 preview: 1/2 April 2023 - live streams, stats and more

The final weekend of the regular season is here, giving teams one last chance to push their way up the standings.

Whilst top spot, the bottom two and the post-season field may be confirmed, but some teams still have the ability to move up or down the playoff seedings over the next few days.

We take a look at all the weekend's action below, with links to live stats and live streams at the bottom of the page.

Brent Bulls (10-10) vs Ipswich (9-12)

The only team in double-header action this weekend are Brent, and they close both the weekend and their regular season with a visit from Ipswich.

Seeds #1 to #5 are now confirmed, but the battle for sixth, seventh and eighth is still to be decided and could go a number of ways.

Brent host London Lions II tomorrow then Ipswich Sunday, and a win in either game would seal sixth spot for the Bulls, a fine effort in their debut D1W campaign.

If Brent lose to the Lions and Ipswich win on Sunday, that'll leave both teams plus Loughborough tied on 20 points. The three way tiebreaker for that one remains up in the air since Sunday's result would impact the calculations, but Brent doing the double over Loughborough, the Riders beating Ipswich twice plus Ipswich's heavy 100-58 victory win over Brent would all play a big part in deciding the final standings.

With the post-season right around for the corner for both teams regardless of where they finish, momentum could play a big part in how the sides fair next weekend.

Brent are 1-4 in their last five, though they have played Anglia Ruskin, Thames Valley and CoLA twice in that stretch. Ipswich are also 1-4, but have taken on Solent, Reading and CoLA as well, but that's the standard of opponent waiting in the opening round once we reach the post-season.


Elsewhere this weekend

Just three other games take place on the weekend, with two tomorrow and a further game on Sunday.

As mentioned above, Brent start their double-header with a visit from London Lions II (7-14), who are now safe in mid-table though have nothing left to play for with the playoff spots out of reach.

Bristol Academy Flyers (6-15) are another team that are safe but outside the playoff bubble, they'll host an Anglia Ruskin University (13-8) team locked into fifth spot and looking for a boost ahead of the playoffs.

Sunday's only other tie sees Reading Rockets (15-6) entertain Team Solent Kestrels (18-3) in what could have been a tense title decider had top stop not been locked up a week ago.

With both teams confirmed for their respective #4 and #1 seeds, it remains to be seen how hard either side will go in this one with the opening round of the playoffs now just a week away.

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 1 April

2pm - Brent Bulls vs London Lions II - LIVE STATS

3pm - Bristol Academy Flyers vs Anglia Ruskin University - LIVE STATS

Sunday 2 April

1:30pm - Reading Rockets vs Team Solent Kestrels - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

5pm - Brent Bulls vs Ipswich - LIVE STATS


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