Late in the evening on Saturday, it was confirmed with the release of the Adult schedule for the 2017 season that Dundee Hurricanes have dropped out of the league and down to associate level.
This means that the NFC2 North is now a 4-team conference containing just Aberdeen Roughnecks, Glasgow Tigers, Clyde Valley Blackhawks – returning to the National Leagues having withdrawn prior to the 2016 season – and rookie outfit Dumfries Hunters.
Each team will face their conference opponents a total of 3 times making up a 9-game schedule. The NFC2 North is the only conference in the entire BAFA National Leagues not facing a 10-game schedule in 2017.
Dundee aren’t the only losers in this decision, with associate side Dunfermline Kings – whose original application for National League status was declined – sensing a second bite at the cherry, only to have their appeal denied and will have to wait another year before potentially joining the ranks.