There was SO much balling this week, which in turn led to some very surprising results!
Honestly… between crowns, upset wins, teams dodging the drop… we can’t fit you all in one article!
As such,which teams did we figure had the best of it in Week Ten?
- While #Sapphire18 opened with Division One matchups the week prior, it truly kicked off in earnest on Saturday, with the ten teams of Division Two also entering the fray.
Whether it was the incredibly tight games in the 2A North, the impressive double-win outings from the Lions, Warriors, Chargers, Dreadnoughts, Saints and Exiles, or the general great atmosphere and camaraderie that always surrounds the Series? It was an awesome week of balling in Sapphire this Saturday.
- There was a bunch of head-turning results this weekend as teams found previously-unseen willpower with their seasons on the line!
- It’s been back to back shut out wins for the ARU Rhinos, who seem to be suddenly finding ways to win in the latter half of the year!
- The Staffordshire Stallions fought to keep their middle-tier flame alive, and while Sunday’s 2-0 win won’t be enough, it’s a great face-saving win for the side.
- Teesside upset the pundits with a 30-20 win over the Predators that’s put the side on course for a postseason trip.
- And the OBU Panthers undefeated streak continues as they faced their toughest trial to date, besting the Gladiators to most likely set up a corker of a conference crown-decider against the Stags in Week Twelve.
- We jumped the gun a bit, but the QMBL Vipers have now locked up the 2A South East Crown with a game in hand following the loss of the Phoenix on Sunday. It’s notable many of the Vipers headed along to the game to support the Blades, eager to seal the deal on their first ever title.
- And stage two of the Durham Saints #redemption season is complete! The Prem North crown, swiped away from them following last year’s controversy, is theirs once more – and a game to spare! Though they trailed the Braves at the half, as seems to be their habit this season the Saints dominated the second half and marched to a 21-6 victory.
- And probably surprising no one, Nottingham University sealed the deal on the 1A Midlands crown for a second year in a row with a second-straight win over their local rivals, the Renegades.
Mustangs mess up the top of the 1A North?
In a shock victory that rivals that of the Hull Sharks over the Tigers earlier in the year, the Northumbria Mustangs turned heads with a 22-18 win over the Glasgow Tigers.
The Mustangs entered Sunday’s fixtures at risk of relegation, not many expecting the 2-2 side, that had struggled so far this campaign, to find victory against the table-topping Tigers. Instead, most believed their salvation lay in the Hull Sharks defeating the Sunderland Spartans.
While the Sharks did eventually best the Spartans in overtime, it turns out the assist was entirely unnecessary – the Mustangs securing their own middle tier balling for another year with their win…
A win which has possibly even more significance than just keeping Northumbria in Div One.
Word is the game was agreed between the two teams as a double header, which if pre-approved by BUCS means the Tigers all-of-a-sudden drop to 4-3 on the year, and are at real risk of being outpaced to the top spot in the 1A North – hells, the Mustangs will have jumped from dodging relegation to title contenders!
Blitz secure playoffs for
second third straight season
The victory sets up a crucial clash against UWE next weekend, which could in all likelihood decide the conference crown, while the current reigning champs, the Cobras, will need most likely need to find a way to schedule, play, and win their remaining three fixtures to see postseason action before the year is out.
Kent Exiles excel in Sapphire Debut
Entering their first ever league tournament at the weekend, the Kent Exiles Women’s team went 2-0 in their debut outing, with wins over the more experienced Peterborough Royals, and their fellow rookie team, the Staffordshire Saxons.
The win follows an impressive showing from the Exiles in their associate games and preparation for Sapphire, and sets them up for some epic clashes against the similarly undefeated Oxford Saints, in Tourney Two in a fortnight’s time.