Court Side

Here you will find the match reports for our games from around the leagues and competitions we are involved in.
  Bristol Spartans made their bow at Stratford Leisure Centre in Stroud with a team of mixed experience and youth. Three of our players were 17 or younger and this mix is exactly why the team are called Bristol Spartans, with two of those players having already represented Somerset Spartans so far this season.
  Stroud themselves also had a mix of players too, but it was their physical approach to the game that was often difficult for the Bristolians to handle. Bristol looked very much like a new team with players taking time to understand how each other played and throughout there was a little impatience in the shooting, often making the job easy for the Stroud goalkeeper. At half time, Stroud had a 4 point lead at 16-12. Mariusz did an excellent job leading the team on the court and Antoine (making his debut for the club) scored an impressive 10 goals. Stu was making his debut as a goalkeeper for the spartans and made a promising start. Most of the players scored, including our other debutants 17 year old Alberto from Italy and 16 year English player Cyprian.
  The final score was 31-24 and while the players were disappointed not to have finished with a better scoreline, there were a lot of lessons learned from the game, with players trying different approaches in defence and playing in different positions across the court. More work to do in training ahead of our next game against Poole Phoenix in November.

We are Spartans.

Bristol Spartans   v s   Stroud HC
​South West Regional League
​Stratford Leisure Centre, Stroud.

  The Bristol side opened their account of the 2018/19 season on Saturday with a home match to Chelsea, representing some faces of new and old. Bristol opened the scoring early on and demonstrated some emphatic play to sustain a lead of 4 goals, aiming to secure their dominance once again following the play-off game back in May.
  However, soon a largely unchanged Chelsea side from that in May managed to pull the scoreline back into their favour in the early stages of the first half through some driving half plays and a little complacency from that of the men in red.
  The home side after a rallying time out from the coach team managed to change their set-up, tighten up at the back and some terrific individual plays by Diego Roman and Juan Gil, pulled the lead back to one just before the break.

  Starting the second half was a poor one for the south western side. As they saw their lead slip and the momentum swing yet again to Chelsea, not to be helped by a few committed fouls, leading to multiple two minute suspensions. Perhaps the best quality of the day was Bristol's resilience to come back when they were staring defeat in the face. The same can be said for the last ten minutes of the match where Bristol inspired by debuetante Mariusz Masiak, closed the gap to an even scoreline of 26-26 heading into the final minute of the match.
  A textbook wing-shot from Grzesiek Pawelczyk inside the last minute of the match gave some the impression that the fight was won. However Chelsea's last attack of the match resulted in a penalty as the player was brought down on the edge of the D. The penalty with what was essentially the final throw of the game, sealed the draw for both teams, which will largely be considered to be a fair result for how the match progressed.

National Account Open

Bristol Men   v s   Chelsea HC
​South West National League
​House of Sport, Cardiff.