Good Week / Bad Week | BUCS Week Ten

While many teams finished Week Ten with smiles on their faces, who teams had the ‘worst of times’ in Week Ten.

Dishonourable Mentions

  • For a number of teams, this weekend represented their last chance to extend their tenure in their respective tiers
    • In the top tier, the Bath Killer Bees defeat at the claws of the Lions resigns them to the drop spot – most likely back into a very feisty 1A South West.
    • The Staffordshire Stallions, despite picking up their first win of the year, didn’t win by a big enough margin to secure the head-to-head over Warwick, and thus will see D2 balling next season.
    • While they took a narrow lead going into the latter part of their fixture, the Solent Redhawks fell short against the Demons, leaving them at 0-7 on the year. With their local rivals, the Stags, currently undefeated so far this season, might the two teams pass one another by come season end?
    • The Sunderland Spartans battled hard, all the way into overtime… but to no avail. Even had they not fell short in the second round of OT balling, the Mustangs shock win over the Tigers would have still left the Spartans circling the drain.
  • The UEL Phoenix‘s struggles continue, as they drop a second straight game, this time to the Essex Blades, who’ll now hold the head-to-head over the Phoenix, with the capacity to snag the #2 postseason berth before the season is out. Still, hope remains for the Phoenix, as their lengthier schedule gives them an advantage over other conferences, and a 3rd place finish with four or five wins would more than likely still see them into the playoffs.
Warriors Woes Continue as they drop from the top spot in the 1A Yorkshire

A potentially-record-breaking third straight appearance for the Warriors in this list, as the favourites for the Yorkshire title and perceived promotion contender, face a third straight defeat.

This one is potentially even more significant than the previous two, as while the Warriors will maintain their head to head advantage over the Rams, having initially defeating UCLan 31-0, it allows the Rams to leapfrog them into the #1 spot in the conference. The Rams now have only a very winnable-looking game against the Gryphons standing between them and the title.


Steelers win stolen by Sapphire slip up?

Following a thrilling tournament of down-to-the-wire matchups on Saturday, it looks likely that the Sandwell Steelers Women’s team will have a hard-fought victory swiped away from them, following a misunderstanding of Sapphire rules by the BAFRA crew officiating the event.

In a tourney that saw all three matchups decided by a score or less, the Steelers believed they had earned a W in the first fixture of the day against the Chester Romans, following an overtime score.

However, on submission of the scoreline it was noted that overtime doesn’t actually exist for the regular series games in Sapphire, and the extra period was played in error.

While there’s been no official announcement, all signs point to the Steelers win being downgraded to a tie, a frustrating result for all involved in the 2A North who looked like they’d finished their opening tourney with a 1-1 three-way tie following round one.

Loughborough at risk of first ever drop from the top tier

One of the most storied programmes in the British University game, the Loughborough Students American Football Club moved one step closer to the drop on Sunday following a second drubbing against the Stirling Clansmen.

The erstwhile-Aces now have just two fixtures remaining to save their season – facing a gotten-hot Derby Braves that they bested back in Week Five, and a struggling Leeds Carnegie – most likely needing wins against both sides to ensure they see top tier balling next year!

But who do YOU think had good or bad weeks, #BritballNation?

Let us know who we missed out in the comments down below, on Facebook, or @Dbl_Coverage – #GWBW




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