Playoffs BUCS 15/16: Premier & Div 1 National Finals – Writer Picks

It’s postseason time in BUCSball ladies and gents and that means you’ll get the extra special treat of not only greater detail postseason predictions, but also an inkling into the minds of our complete writing staff as they make their selections for the finals taking place this weekend!

FOOTBALL! FOOOOTBALLLL! FOOTB… you get the idea.

It’s the biggest weekend in BUCSball, in prominence if not actually in scale, as we decide the National Champions… and the top teams in Division One square off because FOOTBALL!

Division One National Finals

NTU Renegades v Swansea Titans

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Two of the teams that have long been considered two of the ‘best of the rest’ will get a shot to make big in the premiership next year, but first things first they have some glory to play for!

Our writers have had a bad habit of underestimating the #PinkTide this postseason, and look to be risking doing so again as they’ve opted overwhelmingly for the boys from South Wales.

Only NTU’s own Kieran Matthews and his compadre BUCSball writer Charlie Coe have given the nod to the Renegades following Swansea’s very convincing smashing of the Stingers last weekend.

Writers’ pick: Swansea Titans 10-2

 

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

Stirling Clansmen v Birmingham Lions

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De ja vu much?

In another repeat of the 2014 finals day we see the top two programmes in all of BUCSball going head to head for the national title. Both programmes had somewhat bumpy moments during their regular season, but have gone through the postseason largely unchecked – cumulatively outscoring their postseason opposition 201-78 in their four combined games. Each offence being able to put up 50+ points against top flight opponents could make this a bit of a shoot out, but in fact in recent finals we’ve seen them become close run defensive games, where the real plays that matter have been the big stops, and defensive takeaways.

It looks like our staff are looking at history repeating itself as all of those not actually Birmingham based have chosen the Clansmen to complete their threepeat.

Writers’ Pick: Stirling Clansmen 10-2

 

Who do you think will be raising silverware on Sunday?

 

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Nick

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