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

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In the meantime, let’s check out how the Patriots of the #BritballNation see things stacking up in Division Two tier after the weekend’s action:

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The Norwich Devils may be undefeated, but they failed to impress in their narrow victory over the one win East Essex Sabres in Week Seven, and with other teams putting in strong showings, it looks like the Devils entirely dropped off the radar of many of our pollsters!

Honourable Mentions

No team earned themselves an honourable mention this week as many teams expected to contest postseason action still need to show more spark before appearing/re-appearing in the top ten.

 

10. Leeds Bobcats (1-1-0) | No Change

The Leeds Bobcats hold onto the #10 spot, largely thanks to there being very few standout performances from unranked teams in Week Seven. They’ve had a slow start to their season with only two fixtures played through the first seven weeks of the season.

Things begin to pick up from here, however, as they host three fixtures over the next four weeks and should go into each of them favourites to take away Ws. If they impress in these three meetings, they should get a chance to climb back up the rankings!

9. Torbay Trojans (4-0-0) | No Change

The Torbay Trojans earned a win over the Wyverns at the weekend, but their bad habit of their offence under-performing on the road continued, punching in zero scores against a Somerset side eager to chase their first postseason action.

Two first-quarter Pick Sixes were the sole scores of the day for both sides, but the Trojans will get a good chance to rebuild momentum when they return from their bye to face a struggling Worcestershire in Week Nine.

 

8. Essex Spartans (4-0-0) | New Entry

The Essex Spartans finally make a much-deserved debut in the 2019 Power Rankings, having scrapped their way to a 4-0 start to their season.

They’ve been steadily growing in confidence as the season goes on, and currently sit alone atop the East. However, with three byes beckoning, they’ll need results elsewhere to go their way go keep their ranking, before we finally see the Spartans again in Week Eleven.

 

7. Lincolnshire Bombers (2-1-0) | Up One

The Lincolnshire Bombers climb a rank during their week off thanks to the Devils dropping out of the rankings.  They’ve got another Sunday off this weekend, before a second clash with the Surge in Week Nine – another win over the 2018 NFC 2 South champs would surely lock Lincolnshire in as postseason contenders – potentially even set them up with a shot at the title themselves if they can overturn the Bulls later in the summer!

 

 

6. Clyde Valley Blackhawks (5-0-0) | Down One

A lack of action sees the Blackhawks leapfrogged as they slip into the lower half of the rankings.

Initially scheduled to face the Sentinels in back to back fixtures over the next fortnight, it’s going to be a quiet few weeks for the Scottish frontrunners, finally back in action against the Steam in Week Ten.

It’s likely to do their ranking no favours, but our rankers also slept on the Roughnecks out of the NFC2North for much of last season, and they’re now off finding success in Division One!

 

5. Birmingham Bulls (3-0-0) | Down Two

We haven’t seen the Birmingham Bulls for a couple of weeks, and as other outfits impress it’s knocked Brum a couple spots down the rankings.

That said, the Bulls have the perfect opportunity to bounce right back up again this weekend when they square off against the Surge.

The Bulls will have a score to settle after the Surge swiped the #1 spot in the NFC2North last year, and with a perfect defensive record to uphold expect Birmingham to be amped coming into Sunday’s game!

 

4. Bournemouth Bobcats (2-2-0) | Up Two

The biggest climbers this week are the Bournemouth Bobcats, who place above a number of undefeated outfits despite their 2-2 start to the season!

Bournemouth’s rankings boost is thanks to the fact that their only losses have come in narrow defeats to promotion favourites, the London Blitz Bs, and outside of those two clashes the Bobcats have proven to have rather sharp claws – they stormed to victory over Swindon in Week Seven and are looking more and more likely to potentially get a third shot at the Blitz Bs this summer… in the postseason!

 

3.  London Blitz B (3-0-0) | Up One

The Blitz climb back up a rank, staying just ahead of the climbing Bobcats much like they did in both meetings between the two teams.

They’re currently in the midst of three straight byes, before returning versus the Conquerors in Week Ten. Given the south coast side’s troubles so far this season we’d expect their Blitz to post up a performance that could well have them contesting the #1 spot in the rankings once again.

 

2. South Wales Warriors (3-0-0) | No Change

South Wales stay put in #2, returning to action as the host the Somerset Wyverns this Sunday.

The Wyverns will be eager to get their season back on track after a 2-0 start has taken a nosedive, but it’s likely they’ll have their work cut out for them against a Warriors outfit that’s looking equally dangerous on both sides of the football.

 

1. Halton Spartans (3-0-0) | Up Two

Halton hold onto the #1 spot for a second straight week, having earned pole position thanks to a nice win over the Bobcats back in Week Six.

We’ll see the Spartans again this Sunday when they travel to the Phantoms.

Expect Halton to put in another strong performance, so any other outfit will need something really special to shift the Spartans from #1 this weekend!

 


 

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