This weekend sees the culmination of the Adult mixed flag football league season with all post-season playoffs games being played out at Belle Vue Sports Village in Manchester.
Saturday sees the Premier League and League One National Championship playoffs while the Plate competitions for each league will be played out on Sunday. The action kicks off at 9.30 on Saturday morning and then 9.15 on Sunday across the two 3G Belle Vue pitches with up to 6 sets of games running at any time on both days.
This is the second year with the league having a two-tier format and sees eight teams in each of the 4 playoff competitions battle it out for post-season glory, together with a relegation/promotion game too.
The final games from each day will be live-streamed on the BAFA Facebook page thanks to Onside Productions. You can also stream the games directly from their YouTube channel. Look out for Sunday’s stream links being added soon.
Adult Flag League One Final – 2.10pm –
Adult Flag Premiership Final – 3.20pm –
The two-time defending champion Baker Street Buttonhookers from London will be looking to three-peat in the Premier League playoffs after going undefeated in the regular season but look to be challenged by #2 last seed Grangemouth Broncos and #3 seed Cardiff Hurricanes in particular while the promoted and League One National Champions from last season London Smoke (#6 seed) will be looking to pull off an upset.
The League One Championship looks to be a closer affair with the seven division winners and just one wildcard in the mix. The Andover based Southern Reapers lead the way as top seeds with the Leeds Samurai, Wigan Bandits and South Midlands Outlaw Gunslingers not far behind.
The Premier League Plate competition sees teams such as the Aberdeen Oilcats, London Rebels and Victoria Park Panthers in the mix, all of which challenged for National Championship places last year, but it’s the Manchester Crows that top the seedings.
The League One Plate competition sees even more teams qualify from the SWC-B division with the Reading Knights (winners of the League One Plate competition last season) and Chichester Sharks but the Newcastle Blackhawks and Nottingham Bears, amongst others, will be looking to show the Northern teams are capable of taking home the silverware too.
A number of forfeits mean that there is only one of the possible four promotion/relegation games being played and this will see the Midlothian Sabres looking to take the HNC Premier spot from the Edinburgh Outlaws in this single game shoot-out.
The full list of quarterfinal games for each competition is detailed below while the whole schedule for the weekend, which will be updated as each day progresses, is available to view in this google drive document.
Premier League National Championship (Saturday 17 August)
- Baker Street Buttonhookers v Carnegie Flag American Football
- Grangemouth Broncos v Northants Titans – Blue
- Manchester Titans v London Smoke
- Cardiff Hurricanes v Glasgow Hornets
League One National Championship (Saturday 17 August)
- Southern Reapers v Buckinghamshire Wolves
- Leeds Samurai v Weston Supers
- Wigan Bandits v Coventry Cougars
- South Midlands Outlaw Gunslingers v Glasgow Killer Bees
Premier League Plate (Sunday 18 August)
- Manchester Crows v Bedford Blackhawks
- Aberdeen Oilcats v Victoria Park Panthers
- Warrington Revolution v Aylesbury Vale Spartans
- London Rebels v Sheffield Vipers Green
League One Plate (Sunday 18 August)
- Reading Knights v Grangemouth Colts
- Newcastle Blackhawks v Midlothian Sabres
- Chichester Sharks v Oldham Owls
- Nottingham Bears v Leighton Steam