Playoff football has arrived! This past Sunday saw the Division One Quarter-Finals take place, whilst the rest of the BAFA National Leagues almost reached the end of the regular season. It’s time for Good Week/Bad Week!
- London Warriors – Yeah, the win was expected but a #50Burger in playoffs is still pretty tasty
- Cornish Sharks – The Sharks headed up to Bristol and surprised the pundits with a strong defensive performance. They locked themselves into a postseason berth, but were also kind enough to let Apache keep their berth and the #2 spot too! How nice of them.
- Oxford Saints, London Hornets, Leicester Falcons – These teams completed their perfect seasons with comfy wins on Sunday. The Southern playoffs in particular look like they’ll be hotly contested.
— Double Coverage (@Dbl_Coverage) August 14, 2016
Roughnecks quietly put together a really rather impressive season considering the huge trips the team has to undertake, even for ‘local’ away games. It’s clear they owe their success to one of the toughest defences in the bottom tier – ranked third in the NFC2, but this doesn’t come even close to explaining how much influence their D has had on earning the Roughnecks a spot in the postseason. They were the only team in the NFC II North to get one over on the Newcastle Vikings after their defence held the Vikings to two scores – allowing their far more pedestrian offence to steal a win in the final seconds of the Week 12 game (Eds: And apparently awaken the beast – Vikings averaging 66ppg in the 3 1/2 games since their loss!). Sunday the Roughnecks turned over the Glasgow Tigers who had edged them out in Week Nine with a convincing 26-8, leap frogging them into the #2 spot in the conference and narrowly missing out on a home berth for playoffs!
That answers the North vs South question for another year.