If The Season Ended Today… Adult | 02-08-17

We may know a lot about the Under 17’s and Under 19’s situation, but the waters are more muddy when it comes to the adult leagues… So muddy they could be hiding a new super bug that slays us all!

Just in case we’re all about to bowl-hug our way to our death beds, best we take a look at where things would stand If The Season Ended Today…

N.B. New additions/movers in each category from this week compared to last are highlights in bold.


Three tiers of the Adult game, each with their own playoff formats and structures…

The only thing that holds true across all three is tiebreakers, which simplified look something like:

i) Win Percentage

ii) Head to head record

iii) Points conceded per game, on average.

So let’s just dive right in!

Premiership

The simplest of the three, top two teams from each of the two conferences qualify for semi-finals.

#1 Team from each conference plays host to the #2 team from the other, in a National Playoff format. The two winners advance to Britbowl XXXI.

#1 North hosts #2 South

Tamworth Phoenix* (1.000, 7.75 PAPG) v London Blitz** (0.889, 14.44 PAPG)

#1 South hosts #2 North

London Warriors** (0.889, 10.56 PAPG) v Merseyside Nighthawks** (0.778, 25.22 PAPG)

Out of the running:

East Kilbride Pirates, Edinburgh Wolves, Sheffield Giants, Lancashire Wolverines, Bristol Aztecs, Bury Saints, Farnham Knights.

Relegated:

Wolverines** <currently no relegation from Prem South>.

*Each with enough wins and with head to heads these teams can finish no worse than top two in their respective conferences.
**Locked in to relegation

Division One

Division One came to a close at the weekend, and we now know the four teams headed to the postseason from each side of the regional divide:

North

#1 NFC1North vs #2 NFC1South

Manchester Titans* (0.900, 11.6 PAPG) vs Sandwell Steelers** (0.700, 15.8 PAPG)

#1 NFC1South vs #2 NFC1North

Leicester Falcons* (0.900, 8.0 PAPG) vs Yorkshire Rams** (0.700, 15.3 PAPG)

Out of the running:

Newcastle Vikings, Nottingham Caesars, West Coast Trojans, Birmingham Bulls, Doncaster Mustangs, Coventry Jets

Relegated:

West Coast Trojans***, Birmingham Bulls***

South

#1 SFC1Central hosts #2 SFC1East

Sussex Thunder* (1.000, 6.4 PAPG) vs Kent Exiles** (0.550, 15.3 PAPG)

#1 SFC1East hosts #2 SFC1Central

London Olympians* (0.650, 17.0 PAPG) vs Solent Thrashers** (0.600, 19.3 PAPG)

Out of the running:

Oxford Saints, Ouse Valley Eagles, London Hornets, Cambridgeshire Cats, Colchester Gladiators, South Wales Warriors

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Relegated:

South Wales Warriors***, Colchester Gladiators

*Locked in as conference champs
**Locked into playoffs
***Locked into relegation

 

Division Two

Division Two sees two regional postseason tournaments, with no national playoffs.

In each region (North/South) eight teams will head to postseason football from the three conference therein, selected as follows:

The three teams ranked #1 in each region’s conferenced will be seeded #1-#3.

The three teams ranked #2 in each region’s conferences will be seeded #4-#6.

The two best third place teams across each region’s conferences, as determined by tiebreakers, will be seeded #7 and #8.

North

#1 Gateshead Senators** (1st, 1.000, 7.13 PAPG) vs #8 Morecambe Bay Storm (3rd, 0.556, 30.44 PAPG)

#2 Shropshire Revolution* (1st, 1.000, 8.88 PAPG) vs #7 Lincolnshire Bombers (Re-Entry) (3rd, 0.667, 21.44 PAPG)

#3 Glasgow Tigers* (1st, 0.875, 5.25 PAPG) vs #6 Aberdeen Roughnecks (2nd, 0.563, 19.13 PAPG)

#4 Leeds Bobcats** (2nd, 1.000, vs 8.13 PAPG) vs #5 Chester Romans (Up 2) (2nd, 0.667, 12.56 PAPG)

Out of the Running:

Halton Spartans, Humber Warhawks, Knottingley Raiders, Walney Terriers, Carlisle Sentinels, Northumberland Lightning, Crewe Railroaders

South

#1 Wembley Stallions** (1st, 1.000, 3.875 PAPG) vs #8 Swindon Storm (Down 1) (3rd, 0.625, 13.13 PAPG)

#2 Bristol Apache* (1st, 1.000, 11.88 PAPG) vs #7 Hertfordshire Cheetahs** (Down 4) (3rd, 0.778, 9.44 PAPG)

#3 Berkshire Renegades** (Up 1) (1st, 0.889, 11.13 PAPG) vs #6 East Kent Mavericks (2nd, 0.750, 14.36 PAPG)

#4 Portsmouth Dreadnoughts** (Up 3) (2nd, 0.778, 10.78) vs #5 Cornish Sharks (Up 1) (2nd, 0.750, 10.63 PAPG)

Out of the Running:

Worcestershire Black Knights, Torbay Trojans, Jurassic Coast Raptors, Bournemouth Bobcats, East Essex Sabres, Maidstone Pumas, Hastings Conquerors

*Locked in as conference champs
**Locked into playoffs


 

Disclaimer and proviso: These are the seedings and fixtures as best as DC can figure them. THEY ARE NOT OFFICIAL IN ANY WAY AND SHOULD NOT BE VIEWED AS SUCH. No seedings, fixtures, dates, venues, or methods of determining any of the above should be considered ‘confirmed’ until released by BAFA or its partners.

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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