January Sports News In Brief
Bristol City Women Footballers: Their next home game is on Sunday, January 9th against Coventry United in the FA Championship when they hope to consolidate their mid table position in the second tier of the league. On the 23rd they entertain Charlton Athletic at home while on the 16th they make the long journey to Blackburn Rovers for a league clash. The club also has an under 23s team who share the ground with the first team at the Robins High Performance Centre at Failand which has won the 2021 Northern Design Award for its design and facilities.
Bristol Rugby Women: Unlike the men the Bristol Bears Women play in the top flight of the sport in the Allianz Premier 15s. The team have been sweeping all before them this season with impressive wins agains Exeter, Gloucester, Durham and Wasps. The team play at Bears High Performance Centre, Beggar Bush Lane, Bristol, BS8 3TF. For details visit https://www.bristolbearsrugby.com/teams/bristol-bears-women/
Bristol Rugby Men: The Bristol Bears have two tough fixtures this month in the Gallagher Premiership with an away game against in Devon against Exeter Chiefs on New Year’s Day and on the following Friday they take on Sale at Ashton Gate in an evening fixture when they will seek to use the game as a spring board to the season that’s disappointed so far. They have two European Champions Cup games on at home on the 15th against Stade Francais in Bristol and another away in Wales on the 22nd against Scarlets.
Bristol City FC: The team are at home at Ashton Gate in the championship on Sunday, January 2, when they play Millwall. Hopefully the Robins will prevail and move away from the wrong end of the league table. They also play at Ashton Gate on the 22nd when they face arch rivals Cardiff City – in an earlier kick-off at 12.30pm. They hit the road on the 15th when they travel to Fulham and on the 29th when it’s a long drive to Preston North End.
Cricket: Bedminster Cricket Club 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 iwth 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.
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.
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.
Broad Plain Rugby Club: the first team play in the Gloucester Second Division South. 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.
Lacrosse: Formed in 2007 by a handful of enthusiasts, Bristol Bombers has now grown into one of the biggest men’s and ladies’ lacrosse clubs in the country. The ladies have been league champions for the last three years and Division 1: National Champions for the last two. To get up to speed with stick and net enthusiasts visit https://www.facebook.com/BristolBombersLacrosse/
Croquet: Established in 1897, Bristol Croquet Club maintains an excellent reputation as a leading club. We are home to several national and international players as well as lots of members who love just playing at the club. For details and to join visit http://www.bristolcroquet.org/
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