Good Week / Bad Week – BAFA NL Week Two

Only eleven  Adult fixtures this weekend, alongside a smattering of U19 games, but there was still a whole lot of good bits and bad bits to talk about!  No Rob Amor this week so our Editor’s been let loose on selecting our GWBW nominees for Week Two.

It was a tough job selecting teams for this week’s Good Week section as a number of sides put in impressive performances and we had a good number of rather one sided performances from the likes of the Sharks and Bombers… however, we settled on the following:

GOOD WEEK

Honourable mentions

  • The Ipswich Cardinals got their first win of the year in a rather clutch fashion! Their game against the East Essex Sabres looked set to be the first 0-0 tie of the season, when an errant Sabres pass was picked off and returned to the house with barely 10 seconds on the clock!
  • The Newcastle Vikings were one of the few teams in the NFC1North that were NOT on our radar as likely playoff contenders, but in a defensive battle they bested the #4 Yorkshire Rams by a single field goal.
  • The Bury Saints might have been on the receiving end of a #50Burger from the London Warriors, but when was the last time a team put up 21 on the #BritballNation’s top team? Of course, lest we forget to mention the London Warriors themselves, kicking off their season with a bang.
  • The Sandwell Steelers couldn’t really have a better start to their year, thumping 71 points past the former-premiership Coventry Jets. That said, perhaps the biggest shout out needs to go to their ‘front office’ with six of their ten scores coming from recent signees the Steelers have lured away from other local programmes.

Cambridgeshire Cats LCambridgeshire Cats

Pretty convincing bounce back for the Cats following a heavy Week One defeat against the Exiles. It looked as though the newly promoted Cambridge side wasn’t cut out for the middle tier, before they curbstomped an Olympians side that itself had looked confident and capable in Week One.

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Hertfordshire Cheetahs LHertfordshire Cheetahs

Two games into their time in the basement tier and the Cheetahs are two for two in both wins and #50Burgers.  They’ve retained the vast majority of their largely rookie roster from last season and while taking out a young Hastings Conquerors side turned few heads? Putting 50 points on a Berkshire Renegades side that hoisted a conference crown last season off the back of a stingy defence speaks volumes about the Cheetahs chances in their new conference.

bafa lid 150x150Under 19 Balling

We’re in the odd situation that the Under 19 season has kicked off, and we’re still not 100% sure about which teams go where and who’s playing who. Still, the Birmingham Lions, London Blitz and Chester Romans didn’t let that get in their way as they rolled to a comfortable wins in the season’s opening fixtures.  The Lions posted a 48 to zip win over the Black Country Vipers, who from our #TeamDC members in attendance are not a bad outfit, just not up to scratch against a very talented Lions team. Similarly, the London Blitz U19s romped a 48 point win on the Herts Cheetahs, while Chester took a comfortable 35-6 win over the Lincolnshire Bombers.

Considering the amount of uncertainty surrounding the Under 19 game at the moment, it’s great to see teams stepping up and balling out, regardless.

 

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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