South Bristol Voice: SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF for November 2021

Bristol City Women Footballers: The team have a number of fixtures this month in the FA Championship with an away game on on the 28th when they face Watford. At home they square up to Blackburn Rovers on Sunday, November 14, at 3pm at the Robins High Performance Centre, Clevedon Road at Failand near Bristol, in the FA Championship and on Wednesday, November 17th they entertain Lewes FC Womenin the FA Continental Cup.

Bristol Rugby: The Bristol Bears will be looking to re-establish last season’s form with victories over arch rivals Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park on Saturday, November 13th in the Premiership Rugby Cup as well as taking the spoils at Worcester on the 20th in the same competition. They have two tough home fixtures this month in the Gallagher Premiership at Ashton Gate as they welcome Worcestershire Warriors on Saturday, November 6th and Northampton Saints on Friday, November 26th in the evening.

Bristol City FC: The Robins are at home at Ashton Gate on Saturday, November 20th when they entertain Blackburn Rovers. And they enjoy home support again on Wednesday, November 24th when they play Stoke City in their push up the table in the Sky Bet Championship. Finally this month on Sunday, November 28th, they have a lunch time kick-off against Sheffield United. Let’s hope they take all three points and approach December in good order in the division.

Cricket: Bedminster Cricket Club (pictured) is based in the heart of South Bristol and is one of the premier clubs in the South West. And although the season is now over until next spring it’s worth reminding everyone of this successful and friendly cricket club. They offer both senior and youth cricket with five Saturday senior teams, with the first XI in the West of England Premier League Division, right down to the C XI in the Bristol & District League Division 13, we can truly offer cricket for all. The youth section has been one of the most successful in the area over the last five years, with three County champions and countless local trophies. The club states: “We can offer a fun, competitive and safe environment for young players of ages from five to 18 to learn and improve their cricket skills. “We are always welcoming new players to the club as well as those who want to enjoy the social side and contribute off the field.””Women are also very much at the heart of the club reflecting the success of the national team in internationals screened on TV.”The club said: “After a successful first season of ladies cricket in 2019, Bedminster Belles are continuing to grow.”

Hockey: Firebrands Hockey Club is the home of hockey in Bristol. Since 1947 the club has not only been hugely successful on a national and local level, but is also highly inclusive, family friendly and fun.The club says: “We pride ourselves on offering quality hockey to anyone, regardless of age and experience. From our high-performance men’s and ladies hockey teams throughout our adult teams right to our under 10s, you will find a club that offers the level of performance, commitment and fun you want.”

Tennis: South Bristol is blessed with a number of tennis clubs. These include the Greville Smyth Park Tennis Club, Knowle Lawn Tennis Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club and the David Lloyd Centre in Ashton. With the success of Emma Raducanu in the USA Open there is an expectation the sport will get a boost. With hard courts tennis can be played all year round. Greville Smyth Park has a thriving junior section with prices frozen at the 2018 level meaning for an adult the fee is less than £1 a week – a lot less than a gym. Bristol born Katie Swan is currently the most high profile tennis professional the city has produced while those with long memories will recall Jo Durie who in 1983 reached both semifinals of the French Open and USA Opens.

Broad Plain Rugby Club: the first team play in the Gloucester Second Division South with a match against Cleve II on November 6. The second XV play in the Wadworth 6X Bristol & District Second Division. The teams train on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm. New players always welcome.

South Bristol Monthly News Magazine is free. Thousands of copies are delivered door to door in Bedminster, Knowle, Southville, Totterdown and Ashton every month – and to shops, libraries and super markets in Bristol.

More at https://issuu.com/southbristolvoice and https://www.facebook.com/southbristolvoice/ and https://www.southbristolvoice.co.uk/…

Harry Mottram is the news editor of South Bristol Voice monthly magazine and a freelance journalist. Visit http://www.harrymottram.co.uk/https://www.facebook.com/harry.speed.9275/