BAFA NL ’19 | Power Rankings: Division One Week One

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10. Bury Saints (1-0-0)

The Saints picked up their first win since June 2017 as they clinched a hard-fought clash with the Wembley Stallions in Week One.

They’ve survived their grim 2018 with enough talent left on the roster to mix it up in the middle tier and will be eager to add to their tally when they host Ouse Valley in Week Three.

 

9. East Kilbride Pirates (1-0-0)

Similarly, the Pirates put pay to their losing streak at the first time of asking in 2019, taking a comfortable looking win away from their trip to Aberdeen.

However, they’ll need to wait a fair while to see if they can turn the W into a win streak – the Pirates aren’t back in action again now until Week Five!

 

8. Cambridgeshire Cats (1-0-0)

Cambridgeshire got their campaign off to a fast start, cruising to a 0-27 win over the Colchester Gladiators – coincidentally the exact scoreline as when the two teams last met in Week Seventeen last season!

Next up, the Cats head to the Eagles in Week Three.

 

7. Shropshire Revolution (1-0-0)

While many were expecting Shropshire to be able to hold their own this year, the truth was as a playoff outfit in 2018 most were expecting the Wolverines to be one of the top sides in the NFC 1 South this summer.

However, a strong defensive outing meant Lancashire could only get a single score on the board, and the Revolution have an early headstart in the race to the postseason.

This weekend they travel to a Mustangs outfit who are coming off a heavy loss to the Steelers in Week One and so the Revs should be considered favourites to move to 2-0 by the time the dust settles on Sunday.

 

6. Yorkshire Rams (0-0-0)

The Rams might have missed out on playoffs last season, but an active offseason of announcements sees them enter 2019 with a wealth of positive vibes around this programme.

Sat in the #6 spot without a snap played, the Rams will need to prove their privileged ranking when their campaign gets underway in Week Three.

 

5. Sussex Thunder (1-0-0)

A strong start to the season for the Sussex Thunder as they continue to show they’re the Saints’ kryptonite.

They head to a brace of byes before a crucial matchup against defending SFC 1 Central champs, Solent, in Week Four.

 

4. Hertfordshire Cheetahs (1-0-0)

A familiar feature in the D2 Power Rankings throughout last season, the Cheetahs got their first season back in Division One off to what you’ve got to think is one of the best possible starts – a confident, comprehensive win over an established D1 side that came oh-so-close to playoff football in 2018.

However, we’ll be waiting a little while to see how Herts follow up on their strong opener – not back in action again until Week Four when they face a team they’ve become very familiar with over recent seasons: fellow promotees the Portsmouth Dreadnoughts.

 

3. Solent Thrashers (1-0-0)

Topping out the UKAFS polls as the favourite southern team to be playing Prem football next season, the Solent Thrashers may have taken a little time to get going in their season opener against the Dreadnoughts, but the second half was all Solent, all the way, and the defending SFC 1 Central champs don’t look to have dropped a beat since last season.

They’ll follow up against an Oxford Saints side that struggled in their opener, the two teams meeting in Week Three.

 

2. Northumberland Vikings (1-0-0)

Having just narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premiership last season, their carried-over reputation combined with a comfortable win over the Senators last Sunday sees the Vikings start the season ranked as the #2 team in the middle tier.

They might not have been putting up the kinda offensive numbers we’d come to expect from them at their peak last season, but the understanding is they’re still potentially missing a couple of key pieces while they wait for further clarification on the Tier 4 visa situation.

Even so, Northumbria Mustangs product Richie Howe did a nice job of marshalling the offence – throwing for two scores and punching in a third on the ground.

 

1. Sandwell Steelers (1-0-0)

And topping out the rankings following the Week One results are a Sandwell side that looked utterly dominant in their trip to Doncaster last Sunday.

With the shadow of Leicester no longer looming over them the Steelers are among the favourites for promotion this summer and having nearly posted a burger-shut-out in Week One it’s obvious why.

Sandwell are straight back to the gridiron this weekend with their home opener – hosting the Nottingham Caesars.

 


 

This year we’ll also be tracking the rise and fall of each team in the rankings throughout the season with this handy graphic:

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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