BUCS | Division Two South Final – Stags @ Panthers Preview

The summer seasons might already be underway, but it’s worth remembering there’s still a couple of items to resolve from the 17/18 Uniball season!

Yes, both Division Two finals, following a postseason impacted by poor weather, were pushed back until after the Easter Holidays, with the Southern Final kicking off this Saturday at the Falmer Sports Centre, University of Brighton – kicking off at 13:30 if you fancy heading along and watching the penultimate fixture of the BUCS season (Northern Div 2 Final still incoming!)

Brighton Panthers vs Southampton Stags

Two undefeated conference champs finally conclude their seasons this Saturday as the Southampton Stags hop along the coast to take on the Brighton Panthers.

Both sides will be pleased with successful seasons that culminated in promotion to middle tier balling for 2018/19, but there’s still a handful of BUCS points, and a whole lot of pride, up for grabs in this Southern Final!

While Uniball fans and players alike were frustrated by the massive weather-induced disruption to the 17/18 postseason – and indeed, many Division Two sides felt justifiably robbed of their chance to actually participate in the postseason action they’d earned – it’s to the credit of both these programmes that they’ve put the time and effort in to ensure this match up goes ahead… so what can we expect from the game itself?

Well, first up, it’s going to be a big ask for either outfit to be fielding a full gameday roster. Between exams, dissertation deadlines and potentially summer season commitments? Don’t be surprised to see some key components missing on both sidelines!

Even so, there should be talent enough in both rosters to make this a corker of a game, fought between two teams who’ve looked dominant in their respective conferences. The Stags, in particular, have shown flashes of real offensive firepower, while in contrast the Panthers D ended the regular season as the #2 outfit in all of Uniball – allowing a mere 2 scores during their five regular fixtures!

The Stags, at least, did have some scares along the way – on three occasions forced to fight through their games with only a single-score margin of victory… But at the same time displayed the resilience to prove they know how to win tough, as well as win big.

Brighton meanwhile come into the game off the back of four-straight defensive shutouts, but perhaps are yet to face a team with the potential firepower the Stags can muster?

Expect the Panther’s Tsunami alums to be out in force on the sideline, but does the BUCS team – stolen away from their summer vacations – believe homefield advantage and a dynamic defence will be enough to give Brighton the Southern Title?

Spoiler

Apparently not, as the Stags take the poll seven to three!

The BUCS office clearly think the Stags have enough punch to push through to victory here, and while I’m personally surprised by their choice, we DO have an awful lot of offensively-minded members of the team who are potentially eager to see Southamptons offence get into a groove? Either way, we’ll know for sure soon enough!

What’s more, keep your eyes peeled for a live stream of the fixture, courtesy of the Brighton Panthers Facebook page!

 

 

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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