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

Week Nine was a crazy one, as we saw action all across the Britball Nation, including the U17, U19, Adult and even a quality cameo from the Women’s game as the summer’s single Diamond Series showdown took place!

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

Honourable mentions

  • The Edinburgh Napier Knights new youth outfit picked up their biggest scalp of the season so far when they took away a win from the East Kilbride Pirates in Saturday’s tourney – helluva achievement for a first-year programme to steal a win away from one of the top teams in the country!
  • That said, it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the East Kilbride Pirates this weekend as their Adult outfit came away from the Northumberland Vikings with a hard-fought victory that sets them up as the frontrunners for the NFC 1 North crown. Similarly, the Cambridgeshire Cats are worth a mention for staving off a strong second half comeback to remain perfect on the year so far, with their remaining clash against the Hornets having the potential lock up a crown!
  • The Jurassic Coast Raptors picked up their first win of the season as they got the better of the Conquerors.
  • And we’ve got a lot of teams worthy of a shoutout in the Under 17s game, which had a hectic weekend in Week Nine! With the dust settling from Saturday’s tournaments we saw the Highland Wildcats, Gateshead Senators, Tamworth Phoenix and Hertfordshire Cheetahs all join the Cobham Cougars at this mid-point of most of their seasons!

 

Good Week

Blizzard blast their way to Diamond Title

 

Despite coming into this year’s Diamond Series showdown with a roster around half the size of their southern rivals, the Northern Blizzard came away with the 2019 Diamond Series silverware courtesy of a strong second half that allowed them to steal a victory away from the hotly-favoured Blaze.

As the two teams traded blows, and scores, back and forth throughout the fixture, there was a wealth of talent on display – both veterans of 11-a-side football and ballers getting their first taste of a bigger ball game, all building up to the biggest event Women’s Britball has ever boasted – the IFAF European Championships taking place in Leeds later this summer.

 

Giants grind out first win

The Sheffield Giants are the best winless team in Britball no longer, as they held off a Leicester Falcons side that had gotten the better of them back in Week One to earn their first win of the season.

Their defence has been on increasingly strong form, and the 14-12 scoreline shows their ability to keep those crucial conversions from hitting home.

However, the win doesn’t keep Sheffield safe from the drop just yet – they still lack the head to head over either Leicester or Edinburgh and so the Giants will need at least one more win this year if they want to remain a top tier team come 2020 – we know their D is balling out, but can the offence find its groove down the stretch this year like it did last season?

 

Let kick sees Bombers best Surge

The Bombers look likely they’ll at the very least be seeing some postseason action once again this summer, most likely stepping up into the NFC 2 South’s #2 spot if they can play to form through the remainder of their season. Hells, a crown isn’t entirely out of reach for the up-and-coming Bombers if they can find a way to overturn their two-score loss to the Bulls in their season opener!

It’s going to be no easy task to best a Birmingham side that seem to be only growing in strength as the season goes on, but the Bombers have displayed impressive determination so far this season, fighting down to the wire for both wins over Staffordshire.

Circle the 4 August clash between Bulls and Bombers in your calendars cos it should be a corker of a crown decider!

 

Bobcats sharpening their claws ready for playoff run

The Leeds Bobcats are showing the kinda bite we expected from them coming into this season as they tore apart the Furness Phantoms in Week Nine – easily surpassing the score set by NFC 2 Central frontrunners, the Spartans, just a week prior.

The 66-0 victory means the Bobcats have followed up their disappointing loss to the Spartans with two confidence-boosting victories. They’re hot on the heels of Halton, and could yet swipe a top seed should they be able to overturn their deficit when the two frontrunners meet again in July!

 

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