Balling came back with a vengeance in Week Eight, and while the weather robbed us of a game or two, there was still plenty of action to get the juices flowing!
But which teams had the best of it in Week Eight?
Turns out. quite a few of them!
- The Napier Knights continue to impress on D, putting up their fourth straight defensive shutout of the campaign so far. They’ll need that resilience next week in their Super Bowl Sunday showdown against the high-scoring Tigers.
- The Imperial Immortals surged back to life this week to pick up their first win of the year over the Cambridge Pythons – though it took two periods of overtime to manage it!
- The Warwick Wolves bounced back from their loss last weekend to overturn the Longhorns in a back and forth game on Sunday. Leicester still hold of the head-to-head, but it keeps the Wolves two games clear of the drop spot.
- Following a midseason of unfortunate news for the Reading Knights programme, they rallied together in their first outing of the new year to pick up their first W of the campaign.
- In the South West, the UWE Bullets solved our Power Rankings conundrum – showing previously unseen firepower on offence as they bullied the Cardiff Cobras and move clear into the #2 spot. Meanwhile, the Plymouth Blitz locked up their place in middle tier balling (barring involuntary forfeitures) with their more modest 9-0 win over Solent.
Braves’ courage shows through against the Clansmen
In an incredible game, the Braves lead through most of the fixture, before a final seconds comeback from the Clansmen tied things up at 14-14 to take the game to overtime.
Both teams failed to put up points initially, before the second overtime saw the Clan punch in a score, but the Braves bit right back. Finally, in a rare third overtime the Braves showed they wanted it more, as they secured a 26-20 win.
Gryphons turn the tables as bottom beats top in 1A Yorkshire
The previously undefeated and largely unchallenged Warriors, that we had ranked as #2 nationally as were discussing as the only team likely to challenge Nottingham for a promotion berth… failed to put up a single point against the to-that-point winless Leeds Gryphons.
Something clearly clicked for the Gryphons over the break, and playoffs are not beyond this side if they can keep this momentum moving forwards.
Brunel burn Kingston with narrow victory
Another first-year mid-tier programme that’s had an impressive debut to Division One balling, the Burners are putting together a tasty season off the back of a defence that’s only allowing around 8 points per game.
They held on to their narrow lead as the Cougars made a fourth-quarter comeback, stopping the conversion to give them a 1 point victory as time expired.
It’s not enough to give the Burners the head-to-head over the Cougars, but positions them to swoop in and steal the crown should the Kingston side slip up, and puts them in a great position to lock up some postseason balling in the next couple of weeks.