BUCS football returned in earnest this weekend as we saw a wealth of fixture across the three tiers! With no games lost to the weather, there were clutch performances all across the #BritballNation as we saw the first teams lock up postseason action, and more!
- The Manchester Tyrants picked up their first win of the season in a crucial clash against the LJMU Fury. A late rally from the Fury gave the Tyrants a scare, but they held on for the W, and raise themselves up off the bottom of the 1A Yorkshire/Lancashire. Similarly, in Division Two, the Oxford Lancers finally got a notch in the win column, going 22-0 up over the Bulldogs, before low player numbers saw the game called at the half. With the Cavalier Cup just a few days away, the Lancers found the perfect time to get into winning habits.
- Elsewhere in Division Two we saw two sides move one-game away from locking up promotion as the Essex Blades and Edinburgh Predators both took a step closer to their respective conference crowns with wins on Sunday. For Edinburgh, at 5-0 the only team that could possibly contest the top spot now are the 1-1 Teesside Cougars – who have an awful lot of catching up to do in what season remains to them! A Cougars loss, or a Predators win when the two teams meet in Week Ten, seals the deal. Meanwhile, Essex can still theoretically be caught by either the Rhinos or UEL, were either team to win out the remainder of their season… oh and beat the Blades by 32 (ARU) and 43 (UEL) points respectively. Play to form and D1 balling beckons!
- Since their opening day loss to the Lions, the UWE Bullets haven’t looked back – their comprehensive win against the ‘Canes this weekend means they’ve now won four on the trot and should be considered serious contenders for the Prem South title!
- And how about them Bournemouth Bobcats? A shutout win over Cuda means Bournemouth are all tied up at the top of the conference with the Worcester Royals. When the two teams meet in Week Ten, it could well be a conference-title-deciding fixture!
Jaguars earn first ever league victory
Everyone remembers their first time.
Sometimes it takes years, for others it happens right away.
For the YSJ Jaguars it may have taken them the better part of two seasons, but in just their seventh league fixture played on the gridiron, the Jags built on their obvious development throughout this second campaign and made short work of the UWS Pyros. Busting out to an early lead, the Jags held a 32 point lead going into the half, and with the Scotsmen shorthanded, they called the fixture early.
Congrats Jags, here’s to it being the first of many!
Brunel Secure 1A South Title With Win Over Surrey
The Brunel Burners became the first team to secure their conference title with their 18-0 win over the Stingers.
Their 6-0 record, combined with a loss for the Reading Knights against the Panthers on Saturday, means the Burners cannot be caught by any of their conference rivals, and so lock up the crown, and a playoff berth, with two fixtures to spare and four week’s of the regular season still ahead of them!
No Doubt About It – Nottingham Are The Team To Beat In The Prem North
They may have just barely escaped from Durham with a W at the end of 2018, but this weekend’s home fixture against the reigning National Champs was far more convincing!
There’s still an awful lot of football ahead of them, including dangerous-looking games against the likes of Stirling and Leeds, but their performance so far this campaign has certainly established them as top dogs in the North… and therefore realistically, all of Uniball.