Power Rankings are here once again following an exciting Week Fourteen!
And, as noted we’re doing things differently for 2018!
We’re collating this year’s rankings via a completely new format – polling not only our own BAFA National Leagues team of correspondents but also giving all of our passionate Patreon supporters the opportunity to determine how these rankings stack up!
Each contributor submitted their own picks of who’s top dogs in each tier, and then we tallied it all up to create these amalgamated rankings!
Once again, this new format of selecting the top ten teams in each tier is proving tempestuous!
12. Bury Saints ( = )
The Saints ‘ probable last, best, chance to pick up a W on the year passes them by as they couldn’t get much going against the Knights. The whole prem heads to a pair of byes during the Euros, before Bury wrap up their year with games against the Aztecs and Olympians.
11. East Kilbride Pirates ( Down One )
10. Farnham Knights ( Up One )
Farnham climb up to tenth with a nice win over Bury. They’re locked into a fifth-place finish in the Prem South now, but can salvage some pride in the final two weeks of the year if they put in some good showings against Bristol and the Os to round out the year.
9. Edinburgh Wolves ( = )
They held their own for the first half, but the Wolves went the way of every other Prem North outfit that’s taken on the Phoenix so far this season… Down, hard.
The loss leaves the Wolves without a shot at the postseason but could still potentially contest the #3 spot in the north when the Premiership returns, if the Giants stumble and Edinburgh can snag a win against the playoff-bound Titans in Week Eighteen.
8. Merseyside Nighthawks ( = )
Another nice win for Merseyside who frustratingly seem to have found their form simply too late in their 2018 campaign. They’ll be riding a three-game win streak when they return to action in their rescheduled fixture against the Giants in Week Seventeen.
7. Bristol Aztecs ( = )
The Aztecs will have been disappointed to not have put up any points of their own against the Warriors, but can take comfort that they finish out their year with a pair of winnable looking games – at Farnham in Week Seventeen, and hosting Bury to round out the year in Week Eighteen.
6. Sheffield Giants ( = )
Perhaps feeling Brad Thompson’s absence due to his suspension, Sheffield simply couldn’t match Manchester’s offensive output this past weekend. The loss means the Giants won’t be seeing playoff football this year, but are still favourites to take the #3 spot in the south.
They’ll return to action versus the Nighthawks in Week Seventeen.
5. London Olympians ( = )
While the floodgates opened up a bit in the second half, the Os actually turned a few heads with a strong outing against the Blitz – putting up more points on the 2017 Britbowl Runners-Up than anyone else so far this season!
As such, despite eventually succumbing to a big loss, they’re still frontrunners for the #3 spot in the south and will consider themselves to have a somewhat cushy end to their campaign – facing the Knights and Saints to round up the year.
4. Manchester Titans ( = )
The Titans were simply too big for the Giants, rocking to a 40-17 victory that secures Manchester postseason balling in their first year in the top tier!
They have one fixture remaining on the slate, a potential trip hazard against the Wolves in Week Eighteen.
3. London Blitz ( = )
With a host of ballers headed off to Finland for the Euros, they’ve got a quiet couple of weeks to patch the leaks that were shown at the weekend, before wrapping up their campaign with a crucial showdown against the Warriors in Week Eighteen.
2. Tamworth Phoenix ( = )
Tamworth take the number two spot once again, though they’ll be pleased to have gotten the monkey off their back from 2017 – their 45 point shutout versus the Wolves shutting down any concerns about under-performing when heading north of the wall.
They’ve wrapped up the Prem North title and a home berth for the playoffs but will have a busy end of the year as a number of their players head across to Finland for a fortnight before returning to two remaining fixtures to round out the year.
1. London Warriors ( = )
And the Warriors’ win over the Aztecs means they’ll head to the Euros break at 9-0. They boast the honour of sending more ballers to the GB Lions roster than any other programme and will be eager to get them all back hale and hearty as the Prem South bonanza all comes down to one big final showdown in Week Eighteen versus the Blitz!
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