Good Week / Bad Week – BAFA NL 2018 Week Eighteen

The regular season has wrapped up all across the British Game! 

In a phenomenal final weekend of fixtures, who had the best and the worst of it in Week Eighteen?

GOOD WEEK

Honourable mentions

  • The Highland Wildcats added to the programme’s extensive trophy cabinet with a win in the U19s Northern Trophy on Sunday – though credit where it’s due for the resilient performance from the young Nighthawks side that made the lengthy trip up to Inverness. Congrats also to the Solent Academy Seahawks U19s who hoist the Southern Trophy, taking a walkover win over the London Warriors.
  • The London Warriors just posted up a #50Burger on the Blitz with the Prem South Crown on the line… But more on that on the next page.
  • Tamworth Phoenix. 10-0-0. #1 Offence in the Britball Nation… Though some might say their season actually starts this Sunday versus the Blitz. Worth mentioning the Titans too – 7-3-0 and playoffs in their first season in the top tier? Nice work.
  • As some will be aware, a ref went out of action with chest pains in the Div Two Quarter-finals, Herts vs Ipswich. Happy to report he was announced as hale and healthy earlier this week. #ZebraStrong
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Live Streams

We’re finally making some real headway in showing off the British game. Not only did we see two cracking Division One playoff games broadcast this weekend, as well as the Adult Flag finals, we’ve also learned that SO much of the balling going on over the next few weeks is going to be broadcast live on the internet!

A quick checklist of the British Football you’ll be able to watch online in the coming weeks?

  • Division One North Final
  • U19 Britbowl
  • U19 Plate
  • Division 2 North Final (eyes peeled for an announcement Southern ballers!)
  • Birmingham Lions’ Pro Cloud Trophy
  • Britbowl XXXII
  • Division One National Final
SFC 2 South

One conference to rule them all! The SFC 2 South emerged supreme on Sunday as their two postseason representatives each hit the road… and hit the jackpot – both the Cheetahs and Dreadnoughts putting in impressive showings to advance to the Southern Finals where they’ll face each other for the third time this year!

With each outfit having taken one win each so far this year, who’ll take the final bragging rights of the year?

Promotees

We now know who the four Div Two teams that have earned the right to play middle tier balling next year will be! Congrats to those outfits, but it’s also worth bearing in mind that things in Britball are rarely as simple as they seem and odds are we’re going to need to see a fair amount of offseason rejigging of conferences to accommodate the teams moving tier. Two teams coming out of the same conference in the SFC 2 South makes things a bit more complicated than a simple swap in/out and the Roughnecks’ promotion means the NFC 2 North is in theory down to three two Scottish programmes. Not knowing what associate outfits will make the cut ahead of 2019, it’s certainly set to be an interesting offseason!

 

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Nick 'Willy Tee' Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he's spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general 'BUAFL wafflage'. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1