So… just a little bit of news in the Premierships this weekend… You might have heard there’s been a little movement in the Premiership North?
Durham Saints vs Stirling Clansmen
For all the question marks about what is going on off the field at Durham, their focus on the gridiron has been impeccable. A 37-14 win over NTU last weekend – with Seitu Smith II deputising ably for the “absent” Dom Bona – looked as though it had wrapped up the Premier North title for the Saints and placed them just one win away from a perfect regular season.
Stirling meanwhile have appeared to have little to play coming into this this one, having already locked up the North’s second seed and a home play-off game against Swansea to boot. However, now the Clan have assume the #1 spot in the conference following Durham’s tumble from grace, will the Scottish side be looking to make a statement and build up momentum ahead of the postseason by trying to take the first on-field scalp away from the Saints?
After peaks and troughs of expectation from your esteemed correspondent, Stirling end the season at around the level most would have predicted – more dangerous the deeper into the season they go.
This one is likely to go the way of the Purple Patrol as they won’t want leave their fate up to the whims of BUCS once more were the Saints to lose and Renegades win on Sunday. Look for Durham to step up to prove they’re a much bigger team than one import QB, and for the Saints to march towards the play-offs with their best chance yet of snatching the big one.
Derby Braves vs NTU Renegades
A wounded Derby side limping towards the end of the season presents NTU with one last chance to avoid going winless in what has been a tough debut season in the Premiership for the Renegades. Last Sunday’s loss to Durham was the only game in which they were completely outplayed, but no notches in the W column that have been earned on the field of play, shows just how tough life in the Prem can be.
As for Derby, the wheels came off the bandwagon a while back and a second defeat to Loughborough appeared to cement the Braves’ place as the fourth seed in the North, guaranteeing a trip to either Hertfordshire or Birmingham in the first round of the play-offs. The change up in the Prem North may have boosted the Braves up the table somewhat, but they’re still locked in to their seeding (#3 North) win or lose, so it’ll be interesting to see if they opt to rest some starters in an attempt to make a final hour surge for glory once they hit the postseason.
Derby will take a close one, and NTU will probably go down as the best 0-8 Uni team ever.
Frankie Wankie was a writer,
But he’s an unreliable blighter.
Every week he says I’m on it,
But every week DC say God darn it!
If he ever wants journalistic cred,
From his tush, he’ll remove his head,
Til then he’s just a well-informed git,
But he’ll get no cred, not one little bit.
Frankie didn’t get his predictions done this week, despite a later than usual deadline and multiple extensions.
Our apologies, luckily it’s the last week of the season, so no one will notice when we take him out back and dispose of him.
In the mean time, we took a straw poll and decided:
Swansea, bouyed by the good news they’ll no longer be making a trip to Stirling in the quarters, take away a very respectable 5-3 record from their debut in the Premiership, with a win over Kingston.
Herts bounce back from their shock loss in the valleys, and keep the edge over a Birmingham side trying to quickly regain its offensive identity head of the postseason.