This year’s British University National Championships game takes place on Sunday 26 March.
The climax of the 2016/17 season will include both the Division One and Premiership Championship games.
The games will be played at the superb facility that is Sixways Stadium, Worcester – venue for last year’s Adult and Junior National Championship games, along with the International Weekend that saw the GB Lions Women’s and Men’s teams compete against a range of opposition from across Europe (and emerge undefeated!)
The action will kick off at midday, with the Champions of the North and South regional Championships in Division One squaring off for BUCS points and bragging rights. It’ll be a great opportunity to see how the new additions to the top tier of football compare and whether they’re ready for the leap to the elite level of game played in the Premiership conferences.
We won’t know which Division One sides will be making the trip until this weekend, as Conference rivals Sheffield Hallam and Leeds Beckett go head to head for the Northern Championship, while Cardiff travel across to the south coast to take on a Portsmouth side that haven’t lost a game since 2015!
Once the Div One title is resolved, we get to the big tamale – The BUCS American Football National Championship – which for the first time in many years is a all-Northern final, as conference rivals Stirling and Durham go square off for the Neil Reynolds Trophy.
For the Clansmen, it’s their fourth straight championship game – though they fell short against the Birmingham Lions last season. They’ll be eager to reclaim the title, but first have to overcome a Durham side that’s bested Stirling twice already this year.
Yes, it may have taken a last-minutes score in their second meeting, but the Saints took wins away from the Clan both times the two teams met in the regular season – though one of those wins was subsequently wiped away following sanctions taken against the Saints for their featuring of an ineligible player through their first five fixtures of the year.
Indeed, the Saints will be controversial attendees of this season’s big game, as many across the league have questioned the eligibility of a team that cheated, unknowingly or otherwise, through the majority of their regular season being permitted into the postseason at all.
Regardless, the Saints themselves can only play the field placed in front of them, and with a roster stacked with talent in both the form of sports scholars and domestic products, the Saints have overcome all obstacles placed before them this season, and are surely favourites to hoist their first ever National Championship?
For those unable to get across to Worcester, we’re very pleased to announce that this year’s finals will be streamed via our YouTube page, in conjunction with the very talented crew over at Onside Productions.
This year we’ll be looking at providing potentially up to a full eight hours of live content direct from Worcester to the #BritballNation and beyond!
Interested in getting involved with DC’s live content productions? Why not check out DblCoverage.com/apply – we’re always looking for more talented peeps to expand #TeamDC’s options, especially for live events such as this one!
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