BAFA NL ’19 | Good Week / Bad Week: Week Eight

Week Eight was stacked with interesting matchups, as a bunch of top of the table clashes allowed the frontrunners to break away from the pack…

But which programmes had the best of it in Week Eight?

Honourable mentions

  • It’s still fairly early days, but the North East Academy are now the only undefeated outfit remaining in the lower tier of the U19s, sat at 4-0 following wins over Gateshead and Sheffield.
  • The Nottingham Caesars took their biggest scalp of the season as they got the better of the Shropshire Revolution. With many of their highly-successful junior graduates now rising to the fore in the programme, the Caesars are emerging as contenders for postseason action.
  • Both Adults and U19s came away with big wins at the weekend for theĀ East Kilbride Pirates. The Juniors got their monkey off their back with a defeat of the Titans, while the Adult roster ensured this coming week’s clash with the Vikings will be between undefeated promotion contenders.
  • And in Division Two the Birmingham Bulls took vengeance on the Surge for narrowly pipping them to the post for the NFC2South crown last year. At 4-0 with only a single touchdown conceded, the Bulls look comfortably playoff bound.

Good Week

Tigers take bite out of Cats with team’s first burger

It wasn’t so long ago we were congratulating Thames Valley Tigers on their first ever league victory, now they’ve followed it up with the team’s first fifty burger performance, clawing up a big scoreline against a shorthanded Cambridgeshire Cats Juniors.

The win moves the Tigers to 2-1 on the season, tied with many of the favourites for postseason action, and will see them riding a high when they host the defending National Champs, the Blitz, next weekend.

 

Tecs take first win of the year over Olympians

I’ve been pretty hard on the Bristol Aztecs over the past few weeks, as continued woes on their offence have left them adrift in the Prem South.

However, hosting the Olympians on Sunday the Bristol outfit had clearly made some adjustments on that side of the football as they drew first blood and kept up consistent scoring throughout the four quarters, eventually opening a thirty point gap between themselves and the visitors, that simply proved too much for the Olympians to catch up when their offence finally found some rhythm in the fourth quarter.

The Aztecs will be hoping this win is the kickstart they need to contest their traditional 3rd place in the South and will head to the Knights next week with renewed confidence.

 

Rams flip Roughnecks for biggest turnaround of the season so far

Initially expected to be contenders for a crown or possible promotion, it’s been a tough start to the season for the Yorkshire Rams, not least of which was a hugely disappointing 0-42 defeat to the newly promoted Roughnecks in the Rams opener in Week Two.

However, the Yorkshire side showed clear signs of improvement with their narrow loss to the Northumberland Vikings in Week Seven, and followed that up with another outstanding defensive outing against the Roughnecks on Sunday.

Sure, the 0-2 scoreline was perhaps more fitting for the other type of football, but a win’s a win and with four games still on their slate it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that the Rams could still contest some playoff balling should they combine a winstreak with results elsewhere going their way!

 

But which teams took a blow to their chances in Week Eight?

 

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Nick 'Willy Tee' Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he's spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general 'BUAFL wafflage'. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1