If The Season Ended Today… Adult | 05-07-17

I think my computer’s looking at me funny. That might sound crazy (Eds: It does) but sentient and hostile Artificial Intelligence might not be the assigned to the Terminator/Matrix/Avengers/SO MANY films for much longer… Is the earth soon to be the dominion of angry toasters?

Just in case, 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,  8.2 PAPG) v London Warriors* (0.857, 11.71 PAPG)

#1 South hosts #2 North

London Blitz* (1.000, 11.57 PAPG) v Merseyside Nighthawks (0.714, 28.71 PAPG)

Out of the running:

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 over Bury and Bristol, London Blitz and London Warriors can finish no worse than #1 and #2 in the Premiership South.

Division One

Division One sees regional playoffs, following by a National Final.

There are two playoff berths per conference, and regional semi-finals will be cross-conference – i.e. the #1 team in Conference A hosts #2 team from Conference B.

North

#1 NFC1North vs #2 NFC1South

Manchester Titans (0.875, 8.75 PAPG) vs Leicester Falcons (0.857, 10.42 PAPG)

#1 NFC1South vs #2 NFC1North

Nottingham Caesars (1.000, 11.42 PAPG) vs Yorkshire Rams (0.714, 13.85 PAPG)

Out of the running:

Birmingham Bulls, Doncaster Mustangs, Coventry Jets

Relegated:

Doncaster Mustangs, Coventry Jets

South

#1 SFC1Central hosts #2 SFC1East

Sussex Thunder (1.000, 7.13 PAPG) vs London Hornets (0.500, 12.38 PAPG)

#1 SFC1East hosts #2 SFC1Central

London Olympians (0.714, 15.36 PAPG) vs Oxford Saints (0.571, 15.42 PAPG)

Out of the running:

South Wales Warriors

Relegated:

South Wales Warriors**, Colchester Gladiators

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**at 0-8 the South Wales Warriors are locked in to a relegation slot.

 

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, 6.14 PAPG) vs  #8 Staffordshire Surge (down 3) (3rd, 0.667, 24.33 PAPG)

#2 Shropshire Revolution (1st, 1.000, 10.42 PAPG) vs #7 Morecambe Bay Storm (up 1) (3rd, 0.714, 23.71 PAPG)

#3 Glasgow Tigers (1st, 0.833, 6 PAPG) vs #6 Aberdeen Roughnecks (2nd, 0.667, 19.5 PAPG)

#4 Leeds Bobcats (2nd, 1.000, vs 8.14 PAPG) vs #5 Chester Romans (up 2) (2nd, 0.667, 11.5 PAPG)

 

Out of the Running:

Walney Terriers, Carlisle Sentinels, Northumberland Lightning, Crewe Railroaders

South

#1 Wembley Stallions (1st, 1.000, 2.83 PAPG) vs #8 Swindon Storm (down 1) (3rd, 0.667, 14.16 PAPG)

#2 Hertfordshire Cheetahs (1st, 1.000, 4.66 PAPG) vs #7 Portsmouth Dreadnoughts (up 1) (3rd, 0.714, 12.85 PAPG)

#3 Bristol Apache (1st, 1.000, 11.16 PAPG) vs #6 Cornish Sharks (2nd, 0.714, 11.14 PAPG)

#4 Berkshire Renegades (2nd, 0.833, 11.67 PAPG) vs #5 East Kent Mavericks (2nd, 0.800, 11.6 PAPG)

 

Out of the Running:

Maidstone Pumas, Hastings Conquerors


 

And there we have it Nation! Should your laptop take it’s vengeance upon you for all those viruses you downloaded while doing ‘in-depth research’,  we know which of the few survivors, forced to live underground will have bragging rights in the next life!

 

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