If The Season Ended Today… Adult | 19-07-17

Mathematically speaking it’s near enough a dead cert that the earth will sooner of later be hit by an asteroid. Obviously, the hopes are this happens sometime after next March, so we at least get to see one more season of the NFL, right?

But just in case it happens sooner, 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, 7.85 PAPG) v London Warriors* (0.875, 11.88 PAPG)

#1 South hosts #2 North

London Blitz (0.888, 14.44 PAPG) v Merseyside Nighthawks (0.750, 26.75 PAPG)

Out of the running:

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

Division One

Division One sees regional playoffs, followed 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* (0.889, 10.11 PAPG) vs Nottingham Caesars (0.875, 14.125 PAPG)

#1 NFC1South vs #2 NFC1North

Leicester Falcons (0.875, 10 PAPG) vs Yorkshire Rams (0.625, 17.38 PAPG)

Out of the running:

West Coast Trojans, Birmingham Bulls, Doncaster Mustangs, Coventry Jets

Relegated:

West Coast Trojans, Coventry Jets

South

#1 SFC1Central hosts #2 SFC1East

Sussex Thunder* (1.000, 6.33 PAPG) vs Kent Exiles (0.562, 13.38 PAPG)

#1 SFC1East hosts #2 SFC1Central

London Olympians** (0.722, 15.22 PAPG) vs Oxford Saints (0.500, 16.00 PAPG)

Out of the running:

Colchester Gladiators, South Wales Warriors

Relegated:

South Wales Warriors***, Colchester Gladiators

*Locked in as 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, 6.14 PAPG) vs #8 Morecambe Bay Storm (3rd, 0.625, 29.0 PAPG)

#2 Shropshire Revolution* (1st, 1.000, 9.13 PAPG) vs #7 Lincolnshire Bombers (New Entry) (3rd, 0.625, 24.13 PAPG)

#3 Glasgow Tigers* (1st, 0.857, 5.38 PAPG) vs #6 Aberdeen Roughnecks (2nd, 0.563, 19.13 PAPG)

#4 Leeds Bobcats** (2nd, 1.000, vs 8.12 PAPG) vs #5 Staffordshire Surge (2nd, 0.714, 21.85 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 Portsmouth Dreadnoughts (Down 1) (3rd, 0.714, 12.85 PAPG)

#2 Hertfordshire Cheetahs (1st, 1.000, 5.00 PAPG) vs #7 Swindon Storm (Up 1) (3rd, 0.714, 12.14 PAPG)

#3 Bristol Apache (1st, 1.000, 12.71 PAPG) vs #6 Cornish Sharks (2nd, 0.750, 10.63 PAPG)

#4 Berkshire Renegades (2nd, 0.857, 12.71 PAPG) vs #5 East Kent Mavericks (2nd, 0.833, 13.17 PAPG)

Out of the Running:

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


 

 

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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