Both the Sapphire Series and Uniball returned to action this past weekend, but which teams had the best and worst of the first Britball action of 2019?
- The Edinburgh Predators are cruising their way to an impressive-looking season, as a shut-out win on Sunday moves them to 4-0. Credit where it’s due to the YSJ Jags though – holding the Predators to their lowest offensive output of the season so far. They may be 0-4, but this young programme can’t be far away from its first league win.
- The Cardiff Cobras got themselves back in the mix with a win over the Demons at the weekend. They’re now one of just two teams in this conference boasting a winning record, and there’s no cushy matchups left on their remaining schedule – but for now the Cobras are back in the postseason race!
- The Leeds Chargers continue to look utterly dominant in the northern half of Division One, as they followed up their two big wins back in Tournament Two with similarly impressive victories against the Titans and Pirates on Saturday. Sat tied at the top of the conference with the Edinburgh Wolves, these two 4-0 teams will finally meet for the first time this season in Tournament Four, at the beginning of February.
Birmingham Lions Bouncing Back in Sapphire
Following their loss to the London Warriors in their last outing, the Birmingham Lions put some shine back on their title defence as they leapt out to an early lead over their closest rivals in Division One South.
With a number of key players returned to the roster for this weekends game, including Aimee Cottingham and Phoebe Schecter, the Lions didn’t make the same mistakes that cost them their last meeting against the voracious pressure of the Warriors’ women’s team, and after taking a two-score lead early, maintained momentum throughout to take a much-needed win and level the series 1-1 against the Warriors – every win proving all the more important following the withdrawal of the Dreadnoughts meaning these two teams will now face each other even more times!
Regents Reign Supreme over 2A South
The KCL Regents have pulled even further ahead of the pack in the 2A South following a convincing 0-28 victory over the City Wolfpack.
Though the Regents were only able to edge ahead 0-6 at the half, courtesy of a pick six, their defence continued to up the pressure throughout the second half – turnovers giving the Regents great field position and multiple opportunities to extend their lead, that were readily snapped up.
The win moves the Regents two games clear at the top of their conference, and with only two games left on their schedule, compared to the packed slate of many teams through the second half of the season! That said, their remaining two fixtures are against the teams currently closest to them in the table – the UCL Emperors and Chichester Spitfires!
Pirates pick up Programme’s first D1 Win!
The East Kilbride Pirates women’s team made history this past weekend as they earned their first ever Division One victory with a 9-20 win over the Manchester Titans!
Having gone 0-6 during Sapphire 2018, and having struggled with losses and injuries through the early portion of their Sapphire Series so far, it took an impressive combined effort from both sides of the football to secure the Scottish side their first win of the campaign – there were interceptions, a safety, and scores from both the ground and the air from the offence!