I’m trying to take Monday’s to work on the site and spend time with my lil ‘un, but to ensure we’re not leaving everyone hanging until Tuesday each week for Good Week / Bad Week thought I’d try this swift new article format, sharing my quick takeaways from the weekend’s action.
Think it’s a format you’d like to see every week?
BAFA National Leagues: Quick Takeaways Week Eleven
Under 17s | Watch out for the Wildcats
The Highland Wildcats Under 17s are the first team to seal the deal on a crown, as Saturday saw them advance to 10-0, meaning even if they lose out they’re this year’s U17 Scottish champs and surely among the favourites for a return to the top of the U17 game?
Under 19s Division One | The Titans’ season scuppered by schedule
In an absolute humdinger of a game, the Titans juniors came up a point short against the undefeated EKP, pretty much killing any hopes they have of returning to a Britbowl final, regardless of the result of their remaining game against the 4-0-1 Birmingham Lions.
Much like the Wildcats, they’ve fallen victim to unfortunate scheduling that’s seen them take on the best team in the north twice this summer (D1 North Champs, the East Kilbride Pirates), which is a lot considering U19 teams only play a 6 game regular campaign.
It’s disappointing to see uneven scheduling still having such an influence on the outcome of a team’s season.
Adult Premiership | The North/South Divide
The Titans’ win over the Nighthawks means they currently hold an edge over the similarly one-loss Phoenix for the Northern title…
However, two fourth-quarter scores from the Nighthawk’s allowed Merseyside to hold onto the head to head tiebreaker over the Titans which could yet prove crucial.
The Premiership North is more hotly contested that it’s been in years!
…But we can’t say the same about the South.
The Warriors’ win over the Blitz this week just emphasises how far ahead of the rest of the British game they are at this point and the playoffs are looking more and more like a foregone conclusion.
Adult Division One | We’re getting very close to crowns
With the rich getting richer in D1 this week, there’s the potential to see some middle-tier titles locked up next weekend.
Both Sandwell and Cambridgeshire secure championships with wins in their fixtures next week, and other teams too can at the very least confirm their place in the postseason in Week Twelve.
Adult Division Two | Playoffs are gonna be messy
Blitz Bs, SW Warriors and Spartans all won comfortably this week, meaning it’s looking more and more likely we’re gonna see three undefeated teams taking crowns into the postseason… And it’s not looking all that different in the North, either.
Cue the joy of figuring out the seedings… though at least they should be simpler than the BUCS ones!