Welcome back to the Power Rankings!
DC’s light may not shine all that much longer unless we can figure something out, but dammit let’s see if it can at least shine brightly – with all the goodies and oldies!
We’re back with our second set of Division Two Power Rankings for the 2017/18 season.
Let’s see what shifts there following Week Nine’s results:
UEL Phoenix – We had concerns about the Phoenix’s offensive production last weekend, which had dropped them to the tenth spot in the rankings… and this past weekend’s shutout loss against ARU dumps them right outta them. They’re still on course to see some postseason balling, but their shot at a conference crown is now no longer in their own hands.
10 – QMBL Vipers
(6-1-0) 2A South East
Whether by an inch or a mile, winning’s winning, and the Vipers have epitomised this tenet through most of this season, picking up the majority of their early season wins by the slimmest of margins.
As such, it was perhaps quite refreshing for them to take a two-score victory away from the Blades at the weekend, while at the same time learning their key rivals for the top spot in the conference had stumbled – UEL’s loss to ARU putting the Vipers destiny in their own hands once again.
9 – Gloucestershire Gladiators
(2-1-0) 2A South West
A comfortable, if not flashy win for the Glads at the weekend, as they took a 23 to zip win against the Bobcats.
Now with a crowded end to the season ahead of them to fit in their remaining fixtures, they face a crucial game against the currently undefeated Panthers this weekend – a win essential to the Glads maintaining their position as the ‘heirs apparent’ to the South West… And these rankings.
8 – Bangor MudDogs
(4-1-0) 2A North
Bangor win, and yet slide a spot?
Yes, in truth we expected something more convincing from the MudDogs against a Vikings side thats maybe picked up only a single win so far this season.
By the half, neither side had managed to put up a single point as the Bangor offence repeatedly misfired.
They eventually found a rhythm in the latter part of the second half, but even so we were looking for something more impressive from the welsh side if they’re going to make much of a splash in the playoffs.
7 – OBU Panthers
(4-0-0) 2A South West
Panthers climb a spot with what is probably their most notable win of the year so far – a convincing Cavalier Cup victory over their local rivals to move the team to 4-0 on the campaign, but also pull them even in the loval derby stakes – three wins-a-piece for the Panthers and the Lancers.
The undefeated OBU have chafed against their low rankings since the article-series returned, but in our defence their four opponents up to this points have a combined recrd of 3-12-0 – it’ll be this weekend against the Gladiators where the Panthers can show whether they’re a real Power Rankings contender or not.
6 – Brighton Panthers
(4-0-0) 2A South
The Panthers won a conference championship without having to take to the field on Sunday… impressive. They’re clearly a cut above the rest of the conference, but without another league fixture until the final week of the season, their rise and fall in the rankings is currently determined by the performances of other outfits.
5 – Edinburgh Predators
(4-1-0) 2A Borders
No shift for the scotsmen – and indeed the entire upper half of the rankings is pretty stagnant this week as what games there were? Went pretty much as expected.
A solid-if-unspectacular win for the Predators over Hawoo, they take on their last real rival for the #2 spot in the Borders when they face Teesside at the weekend.
4 – Southampton Stags
The Stags finally see their first post-Christmas action as they host the Bobcats.
They’ll need to be a little wary, those wily South Coast kitties have a habit of pulling off one big upset each year, but they’ll also have an eye on the other important scoreline from the South West – a Panthers loss will give them an edge heading into the two teams’ final week top-of-the-table clash.
3 – Coventry Jets
(3-0-0) 2A Midlands
The biggest challenge for the Jets so far this season? Actually getting on the field to play games!
They’re rocked what opponents they’ve faced, but between withdrawals and weather are entering Week Ten with only three games played.
A win against the Falcons at the weekend pretty much wraps up the conference, though a postponement might put them in the awkward position of being outpaced by the Eagles and having to scratch together a catch-up game before the deadline.
2 – Newcastle Raiders
A nice win for the Raiders over Teesside as their offence inexorably ground down the Cougars D, finding a rhythm through the second half to rack up a healthy scoreline.
They head to a bye, but can lock up the North title and promotion in Week Eleven against the Pyros.
1 – Manchester Tyrants
(5-0-0) 2A North
The Tyrants return to action this Sunday, hosting an Aberystwyth side that’ll actually have a bit of momentum coming into this one – having bested the Vikings 17-0 in Week Eight.
Even so, we can’t see the welsh side stopping the Tyrant Juggernaut, and they’ll lock up the 2A North title with a win at the weekend.