BUCS 18/19 – How Does It Work From Here?

Uniball returns from the midseason break this weekend as we see a small number of catch-up fixtures played across ‘Rain Week’.  The return to action brings more than just some questionable conditioning left over from the festive period, it also means ballers and fans across the league begin to turn their attention to what-comes-next – the postseason, and the annual confusion that appears to surround it in the University game!

The end of the 17/18 season, in particular, ended up being really rather messy, as voided fixtures and weather disruption saw certain teams unexpectedly earn postseason action, while we saw almost as many crucial postseason fixtures awarded as actually played out!

As such, the Uniball community will be pleased to know that BUCS, BAFA and the Sports Advisory Group have done their best to factor this in to this year’s postseason – let’s take a quick look at how it’s intended to shape up for 18/19:

The crucial thing with the postseason calendar this year is a number of BYES have been built in, particularly in the Premiership and Division Two, to allow for some flexibility if there are delays due to weather. 

24 February

All tiers – End of the Regular Season

Week Twelve represents the final weekend of the regular season across all three tiers.

Warning: We’ve had no indication there’s been any changes to deadlines re: reporting scores. If you don’t want to see crucial scores voided, the BUCS website is currently showing the deadline for American Football regular season games as the 24th. Don’t risk it – get your scores into BUCS asap – with the postseason kicking off the very next week teams need to be ready to make last minute arrangements once fixtures are published (typically around midweek).

 

3 March

Premiership – National Quarter Finals

Assuming we’re using the same format as previous years. North 1 will play South 4, N2 vs S3 and vice versa.

Division One – Final Sixteen (regional)

Regional seeding of the top eight teams (three 1sts, three 2nds, top two 3rd place finishers) in the North, and top eight in the South. #1-#4 home, #5-#8 away.

Division Two – Regional Quarter Finals

Regional seeding of the top eight teams (three 1sts, three 2nds, top two 3rd place finishers) in the North, and top eight in the South. #1-#4 home, #5-#8 away.

 

10 March

Premiership – Bye
Division One – Quarter Finals (regional)

Highest remaining seeds host lowest, still split North/South.

Division Two – Bye.

(These byes mean games can shift backwards, or even potentially forwards if necessary…)

 

17 March

Premiership – National Semi-Finals
Division One – Semi-Finals (regional)

Highest remaining seeds host lowest, still split North/South.

Division Two – Regional Semi-Finals

 

24 March

Premiership – Bye
Division One – Bye
Division Two – Bye

(These bye weeks also mean the final can be brought forward if necessary…)

 

30 or 31 March

Premiership – National Championship game

(No venue announced)

Division One – Trophy Cup Final

(No venue announced)

Division Two – Regional Challenge Cup Finals

(Hosted by highest remaining seed)

 

 

Comments

comments

Nick

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