WNBL1 preview: 4/5 March 2023 - live streams, stats and more

The end of the regular season is looming, bringing into the focus the various races across the D1W table.

Eight games fill the coming weekend, proving yet another opportunity for teams to continue a title push, solidify a playoff spot or take a step away from the league's relegation trapdoor.

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

Bristol Academy Flyers (4-13) vs Brent Bulls (8-6)

Resurgent Bristol Academy Flyers host Brent Bulls tomorrow in one of the more intriguing ties of the weekend.

Eight points separate the sides in the table, and a month or two ago this would probably have been marked down as a formality win for the Londoners. But Bristol are a new side of late, breathing life into the survival hopes with a pair of wins against Cardiff.

Those wins were followed up last weekend by a heart-breaking 2OT loss against Reading, one of the division's leading sides, but the evidence was there that the Flyers can currently go toe-to-toe with most D1W teams with the form they're in.

Now the Flyers are back at home against a Brent side that have gone 3-4 across their last seven outings, which includes a loss to basement side Cardiff and a three point win over relegation-threatened Worcester.

Will Bristol be in a position to spring a surprise on the eighth-placed Bulls? Or will the Londoners be able to close out a win and continue their push towards the likes of Ipswich and Loughborough in the top six?


Elsewhere this weekend

Three other games make up Saturday, starting with London Lions II (6-10) hosting Worcester Wolves (4-15).

The Wolves can't afford to drop further points in their quest to escape the two potential relegation spots, especially given Bristol's recent uptick in form. A game against ninth place London therefor becomes a big game for Wolves, though the Lions won last time out and now have the playoffs in their sights.

Title-chasing Thames Valley Cavaliers (12-3) have a home tie with Loughborough Riders (9-9) to look forward to, a team they beat 80-68 when the teams last met in late-November.

The day wraps with a tough test for leaders Team Solent Kestrels (15-2) as they welcome an Ipswich (8-9) side with more than enough quality at their disposal to upset any side this season. As their recent road win over Thames Valley showed, Coach Drane's side can still be a factor in the title race even if they're more likely to aiming for a top four spot themselves.

Sunday contains three games, beginning with Anglia Ruskin University's (10-6) trip to Cardiff Met Archers II (1-18).

ARU's form continues to fluctuate, but they'll be hoping to recover from last weekend's loss to Loughborough with a win against a Cardiff side with just one victory to their name this season.

It's second against fourth in London as Reading Rockets (11-5) head to CoLA Southwark Pride (13-5).

A possible playoff matchup down the line, this one could be a good dress rehearsal for both teams, and for WNBL fans. CoLA won by seven when these teams last met in the league, suggesting they're well matched.

The weekend closes with Thames Valley and London Lions II doubling up in Uxbridge. TVC's title challenge and London's playoff push could both be helped significantly by a potential six point weekend, though with six places and 12 points separating these sides as things stands, the Cavs go into the game as understandable favourites.

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 4 March

2pm - London Lions II vs Worcester Wolves - LIVE STATS

3pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers vs Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

5pm - Bristol Academy Flyers vs Brent Bulls - LIVE STATS/LIVESTREAM

6pm - Team Solent Kestrels vs Ipswich - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

Sunday 5 March

1pm - Cardiff Met Archers II vs Anglia Ruskin University - LIVE STATS

2:15pm - CoLA Southwark Pride - Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS/LIVESTREAM

3:30pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers vs London Lions II - LIVE STATS/LIVESTREAM


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