BAFA NL ’19 | Power Rankings: Division Two Week Nine

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Cut:

No cuts this week

Honourable Mentions

We had both the Ipswich Cardinals and Norwich Devils as honourable mentions last week, and perhaps therefore it was only fitting that we couldn’t draw a line between them, as neither could the two teams themselves on the gridiron!

The SFC2East is beginning to get pretty crowded at the top with three undefeated teams dueling for what could well be only two postseason berths, and odds are we’re gonna need to wait for either of these two outfits to impress against frontrunners, the Spartans, before they can persuade our pollsters to give them a place in the top ten!

 

10. Torbay Trojans (5-0-0) | Down One

There was some talk of ‘burger or bust’ from Trojan fans last week, and lo and behold the Devon outfit ended up coming up a single point short of their first meat patty of the season.

Credit where it’s due, though they’ve struggled from the outset the Black Knights have only allowed a single burger so far, so perhaps it’s rather harsh from our pollsters to see the Trojans drop a spot?

 

9. Bournemouth Bobcats (3-2-0) | Down Four

The Bobcats get a tough break this week, as despite their second-straight win over the Storm they take a big tumble down the rankings.

It seems our pollsters simply weren’t impressed by Bournemouth’s failure to follow up their Week Eight fifty burger with a similarly convincing scoreline, and instead had to wait until deep into the second half to take control of the game.

Though they’re still hot picks to see postseason action, this inconsistent form will have many wondering whether they’re strong enough to make a splash in the playoffs.

 

8. Essex Spartans (4-0-0) | No Change

The Spartans stay locked in eighth as we continue to await Essex taking on one of their more serious rivals for the SFC2East title.

The Cardinals/Devils tied game plays to the Spartans’ advantage as it keeps both sides from contesting the top spot at least point in the season, but having three undefeated teams in the same conference at this point of the summer is something that simply isn’t sustainable.

 

7. Lincolnshire Bombers (2-1-0) | No Change

A late field goal looks likely to have locked the Bombers into postseason football, so long as they can finish out the season without a major slip up.

They’ve done the double over defending NFC 2 South champs, the Surge, and could yet get a shot at the top spot if they can best the Bulls at the end of the month.

 

6. Leeds Bobcats (3-1-0) | Up Four

The Bobcats are the biggest climbers this week as they racked up a hefty scoreline over the Phantoms, outscoring the table-topping Spartans that had played them just the week before!

Leeds are looking like they should comfortably get a shot at postseason action if they can play to form – they host the Raiders this weekend looking to continue building momentum ahead of taking another shot at Halton later this summer.

 

5. Clyde Valley Blackhawks (5-0-0) | Up One

The Blackhawks climb a spot as the Bobcats take a tumble.

We’ll see them back on the gridiron this weekend after a lengthy break caused by the Sentinel’s withdrawal, taking on a Darlington Steam side who are getting hangry for their first win on the field of play and more than held their own when the two teams met back in Week Two.

 

4.  London Blitz B (3-0-0) | Down One

The Blitz stay put in fourth as their schedule finally picks up this coming weekend – three straight fixtures, kicking off with what is expected to be a fairly one-sided clash with the Conquerors this Sunday.

 

3. South Wales Warriors (5-0-0) | Down one

The Warriors do the double over the Wyverns to remain undefeated atop the SFC 2 West.

They’ve taken down three of their four conference rivals, but their biggest challenge of the season still lies ahead of them – they face the Trojans for the first time in Week Eleven in a clash of two undefeated outfits!

 

2. Halton Spartans (5-0-0) | Down One

The Spartans slip to number two as they had something of a slow start against the Storm. They’ve completed a full rotation of their NFC 2 Central rivals, and so far the closest they’ve faced is a 21-point margin of victory over a Bobcats side that were playing D1 football last summer!

They continue to come up just shy of burgers on all but one occasion so far in 2019, and as such a blowout victory elsewhere sees the Spartans leapfrogged by another northern contender!

 

1. Birmingham Bulls (5-0-0) | Up Two

The Birmingham Bulls return to the top spot that they last held in Week One. Their 74 point derailing of the Railroaders emphasised just how much firepower this 2019 Bulls side is capable of putting out, alongside boasting the #1 defence in the tier!

 


 

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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