Good Week | Bad Week – BUCS 18/19 Week One

Bad Week

Dishonourable Mentions
  • Maybe it’s just us, but we were perhaps a little underwhelmed by a couple of the wins this weekend. The Birmingham Lions made short work of the Destroyers in their two meetings last season, whereas they barely scraped through with a win during their trip to the south coast on Sunday. Their tentative start to the season doesn’t bode well with xpLosION approaching against a strong-looking Swansea Titans later this month.
  • Similarly, the Loughborough Students underwhelmed with their win over the Longhorns on Sunday. Many’s favourites to bounce right back up to the Prem North next year, the erstwhile-Aces edged only a 3pt win over a Leicester side that had a losing record in 17/18.
  • The goal of any relegated side is typically to bounce right back up again. Often the experience of key veterans of the game at a higher level gives a big advantage coming into a new season… but one the Solent Redhawks and Sussex Saxons were seemingly unable to take advantage of. As the first D1 to D2 relegated teams in action so far this year, both fell to narrow defeats against their new conference rivals.

 

Blitz blasted by Cobras

For much of 2017/18 the Plymouth Blitz seemed the team to beat in the 1A South West, eventually narrowly missing out on the conference crown to a gotten-hot UWE Bullets.

However, it appears quite a different tale this year, as the South Coast side headed up to Cardiff and took a 41 point crushing at the hands of the Cobras!

Having graduated the heart of its roster during the offseason, the reality is we’re looking at a very different Blitz side this season, and even EP Elite Wide Receiver Patrick Wilson can’t be expected to win games single-handed.

 

Immortals Looking Lifeless in Week One

We don’t like to double-dip on particular scorelines, but the Imperial Immortals 78 point blow out loss must have set alarm bells ringing. The team had an active preseason training alongside a number of other local London Uni sides, but with no obvious soft-touches to snatch wins from in their conference this year? The Immortals need to show some signs of life, and soon, else risk being seen as likely-relegation favourites very swiftly!

 

DC Does Disappearing Act

We had Power Rankings and Predictions set up for publication last week… when suddenly everything went quiet! No fixture updates, no score updates.

Apologies.  A large portion of the community aren’t aware that while DC has many, many awesome contributors whose great passion for the game is reflected in the content they create, the reality is this site is still ultimately one-man-band (just with some great supporting artists!).  We’re pleased to say that our full coverage will return this week, including hopefully backdating some of the articles that were missed last week.

 

 

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Nick

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