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, Quick Takeaways returns for Week Thirteen!
BAFA National Leagues: Quick Takeaways Week Thirteen
Under 17s | Gateshead growing from ground up
Sure, it’s been a difficult season for the Gateshead Senators, as both their Adult roster and their Under 19s squad will be disappointed by the seasons they’ve had.
However, one area where they look like they’ve gotten things just right is with their Under 17’s who wrapped up an 11-0-1 undefeated campaign on Saturday, sealing the deal on the North East Conference Crown!
Under 19s | Where to begin?
There’s a LOT to unpack from this weekend’s Under 19’s results, with some hugely impactful scorelines on BOTH sides of the North/South divide!
We’ll take a closer look at all of them and what they mean in the coming days, but the scoreline that stood out to me right away was the Manchester Titans‘ 6-66 victory over the Birmingham Lions.
Sure, the game was essentially meaningless for the Lions, who were locked into the #2 spot in the North courtesy of a 4-0-1 record coming into the game, but you’ve got to feel for Manchester who, ultimately, may feel uneven scheduling has hindered their chances of a second consecutive Britbowl appearance.
The Titans should take some comfort from the fact that the win locks them into third, and should the Lions come up short against the Pirates in the Britbowl semis, Manchester should get another shot at the Lions for the Northern Trophy!
Adult Premiership | The rich get richer in the North
No big shockers out of the Prem North this week at least, as the top three teams reasserted themselves.
Things were a bit touch and go for the Titans early on, against a still steadily-improving Sheffield, but at least they can feel confident that their offence was back in its groove as it put up 49 points on a resilient Giants defence. Meanwhile, the Phoenix and Nighthawks made it clear they weren’t gonna trip like the Titans did in Week Twelve, both sending their opponents home with hefty losses.
Looking south and there was an easy pick for the most interesting moment of action from the weekend’s two fixtures:
Adult Division One | Romans and Renegades impress with feisty defeats
We’re at the point in the season where many teams know their fates – playoffs, relegation, or limbo… For some outfits you’ll see a drop off in form as they either rest starters, or in some cases suddenly find their gameday rosters thinning when there’s less to play for.
Not so from the Berkshire Renegades or Chester Romans however, both of whom put scares on their potential postseason-contender opponents.
For the Renegades, in particular, even though they eventually came up short, it’s another very positive sign from this team take have gained ground on the rest of their conference over the past few weeks, and we could yet see this side rock the boat in the SFC 1 Central.
Adult Division Two | Bar the Bulls, it’s a blowout free week!
Sure, in fairness there wasn’t that many fixtures in D2 this weekend, but what was a pleasant surprise was that all but one the games were hard-fought competitive clashes between teams that had a lot to play for.
Some great games that’ll have kept fans of the teams involved on the edge of their seats, and emphasising once again that there’s still potential for D2 football to be competitive.