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

With a weekend stacked with fixtures from all three formats of the game, Week Thirteen certainly left a lot to break down as teams’ dreams came crashing to a close, while yet others emerged from the shadows as sudden contenders!

But which outfits had the best and worst of it in Week Thirteen?

 

Honourable mentions

  • Kudos to the Colchester Gladiators who picked up their first win of 2019 at the weekend, getting the better of the OV Eagles.
  • The Norwich Devils earned a crucial victory in the SFC 2 East. Having tied their first meeting with the Cardinals earlier in the season, the Devils 5.5 wins means they’ve guaranteed themselves playoff football.
  • Again, we’ve got to give a shoutout to the Edinburgh Napier Knights Under 17s who, in their first season in the league, have earned postseason football out of what is widely considered the most talented U17s conference in the game, potentially displacing the defending National Champions from postseason football entirely!

Good Week

Warriors make it 100 wins with victory over Exiles

The London Warriors reportedly earned their 100th league victory this past weekend, and without a mercy clock looked well on track to probably put up that many points as they made short work of Prem South new boys, Kent, at the weekend.

The win locks up the Southern championship for the Warriors for yet another season, ensuring whichever team eventually emerges as the runners-up in the north will face a daunting trip down south to take on a Warriors side that look to be playing their football at a different level to the rest of the league this summer.

 

Somerset Surprise with season-closing win over the Apache

Having suffered a demoralising 14-44 defeat last time the two teams met, the Wyverns wowed on Sunday as they stuck an arrow in the Apache’s playoff chances by taking down their most-local rivals 10-19 in Week Thirteen.

The win allows them to round out 2019 improving on their 3-5 record from their debut season, and while it wasn’t enough to swipe the head to head from Bristol and thus give the Taunton-based team a shot at extending their season, it allows the young programme to finish their year on a high of back-to-back Ws.

By the sound of things the Wyverns have had some help upgrading their play in some key positions over the past few weeks, particularly seeing an upgrade in technique and scheme on the offensive line that allowed them to get the better of Bristol in the trenches in this second meeting.

 

Knights Charge to Victory Over Stampede

Having coming up short in a fairly one-sided loss when the two teams met for an associate game earlier this summer, the Knights certainly turned the tables on the Hereford Stampede in this second meeting, punching in a hefty win with a 46-6 scoreline that apparently hit the Stampede so hard it apparently knocked their Facebook page off the internet?!

The victory moves the Knights to 2-1 on their associate campaign so far, and bolstered by a number of veteran additions to their roster ahead of the transfer deadline they look to be well on track to make a smooth transition into league football if their off-field preparations are achieving as much success as their most recent on-field performance.

 

But which teams got the worst of it in Week Thirteen?

 

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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