Good Week/Bad Week – BAFANL Week Fifteen

So. Much. To. Talk. About. Where on earth do we start!? Perfect seasons, conference titles, upsets and playoff/relegation battles abound. It’s Good Week/Bad Week!

GOOD WEEK

Honourable mentions

  • Closer than they’d have liked, but Sussex Thunder complete perfect season with victory over the Eagles.
  • For the second straight season, Merseyside Nighthawks secure top tier playoff football.
  • East Kilbride Pirates (U19) top conference and secure home field advantage with 56-6 win over Merseyside.
  • They may have lost, but the points differential means London Olympians own the H2H over Kent and are crowned SFC1 East champions.
  • Conference titles wrapped up for Leicester Falcons and Bristol Apache.

 

Birmingham Lions L (new) (1)BIRMINGHAM LIONS (U17 & U19)

A perfect weekend for the Lions programme, as both U17 and U19 sides completed undefeated seasons! The U17 side completed a 12-0 record with a clean sweep of the Sandwell tournament and head to the Britbowl tournament. The U19s took down the Cheetahs to finish 6-0, and host the Blitz in the first round of the playoffs.

 

Leeds Assassins LLEEDS ACADEMY ASSASSINS (U17)

With the North East Academy holding a slight edge over Leeds following a shock win a few weeks ago, the Assassins needed to sweep the final tournament to leap frog their rivals in to the Britbowl tournament. 122 points and three wins out of three ensured the Assassins did just that. Congratulations, Leeds!

 

Farnham Knights LFARNHAM KNIGHTS

Farnham finally win! The Knights ensured they avoided a winless season with a resounding 54-14 thumping of Bury Saints. They’re still rooted to the bottom of the conference, and will be until the season is over with Bury owning the H2H, but this was a much needed, morale-boosting win for the Knights.

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Berkshire Renegades LBERKSHIRE RENEGADES

When a team gets within touching distance of triple figures, they’re going to feature on the first page! The Renegades moved to 7-1 on hot on the heels of Hertfordshire (more on that in a minute) following a tub-thumping 91-0 win over Maidstone, the second highest points differential this season (behind London Warriors).

 

Solent Thrashers LSOLENT THRASHERS

The Thrashers stole a march over their conference rivals in the race for the #2 seed behind Sussex with a 40-21 win over Oxford Saints. As they own the H2H over Ouse Valley, only Oxford can catch them now, which would require Solent losing to South Wales Warriors and the Saints beating Ouse Valley. Any Given Sunday…

 

Hastings Conq LHASTINGS CONQUERORS

A contender for upset of the week, if not the season, the Conquerors finally put one up in the win column with a 34-26 win over Bournemouth Bobcats this weekend. Victory over Maidstone in three weeks will lift Hastings off the bottom of the conference at the expense of the Pumas.

 

Coventry Jets LCOVENTRY JETS

JETS WIN! JETS WIN! JETS WIN! Coventry managed to clinch the one game that mattered, with the scoreline that counted, as they tamed the Bulls to the tune of 20-6. 130 yards and three scores for Ben Fisher as the Jets offense began to show a little explosiveness. Relegation is still out of their hands, but this win was HUGE.

 

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Rob Amor

Rob somehow fits Britball around a hectic life of work, newborns, and rare, blissful, moments of quiet in which to nap. Rob stepped down from the Birmingham Bulls committee at the end of 2016 and walked away after 10 years at the club. He leads DC's Adult league coverage and dabbles in a bit of BUCS. Follow him on Twitter - @RobAmorDC