We’re on the road this week and struggling to get our mobile DC Towers to produce the special effects we know you’re used to, so as a stand in we’re turning back time and reverting to text-based rankings following Week Thirteen of the BAFA National Leagues!
Cut: London Hornets
We said the Hornets would need results to go their way to hold on to their rankings spot, and that simply wasn’t how the cookie crumbled. They slide out from a postseason berth, and our rankings too.
10. Kent Exiles (Re-Entry)
The SFC1East continues to keep things interesting as the Exiles bounce back from being shut out against the Glads, to return the favour (and some!) in a 24 to zip win.
The victory shifts them half a game ahead of the crowd in the conference, though with two crucial match ups still ahead of them. They’re on a bye week this weekend, before Week Fifteen sees them attempt to stop the Olympians from locking up the conference crown.
9. Newcastle Vikings =
Vikings hold on to the #9 spot. They return from a bye this weekend to take on the undermanned West Coast Trojans – a fixture we’d expect provides them with great momentum to challenge for a postseason spot in their final two fixtures.
8. Nottingham Caesars -2
The Caesars take their first loss of the year, and it was a doozy!
While they looked competitive in the first quarter, once the Falcons’ aerial attack took flight the Nottingham D, that’d had been putting in good performances all year, clearly didn’t have answers.
They’re one win away from locking up a postseason, but didn’t look like a playoff team as they quite literally threw the game away with multiple picks in the second half on Sunday. Round two against the Falcons beckons in Week Fifteen.
7. Oxford Saints -3
A surprise loss for the Saints who we really thought were on the home leg to some postseason balling. Instead, they just barely cling on to a playoff berth by merit of tiebreakers, but there’s still the very real possibility of seeing three teams go 5-5 in this conference with circular head to heads… and us getting a migraine as we try to figure out who makes it through!
6. Sandwell Steelers +2
Hey now, that looked a bit more like the Sandwell we were expecting this year!
Having found a new man to step up under centre the Steelers made short work of the Jets and thanks to the Falcons still have the possibility of a postseason ahead of them. They head to the Bulls this Sunday and need to win out on their year to stand a hope of playoff balling.
5. Yorkshire Rams +2
Rams rise up the ranks finally as other teams slip up, perhaps finally giving them the credit they were due for beating the Titans.
That said, how long will this shine remain on their season, as they face the table topping Manchester side again this Sunday?
No excuses available this time around, odds are whoever picks up the win on Sunday also hoists the conference crown before the year is out!
4. London Olympians +1
Vengeance for the Os who took the Cambridgeshire Cats to task at the weekend, the second most points conceded by the Cats all season long, and tying their own best offensive output so far in 2017.
They’re two games clear atop the confusing SFC1East and have the opportunity to lock up the conference when they face the Exiles in Week Fifteen.
3. Manchester Titans =
Titans stay put at three – but for how long? They travel to the Rams once again on Sunday and while a win seals the deal on the conference, a loss really shakes things up. Many eyes will be on this match up at the weekend.
2. Sussex Thunder -1
And a southern team’s stay atop the Div One Power Rankings was a brief one!
The Thunder look likely to post an undefeated year, but don’t count your chickens just yet – OVE just upset the Saints and will believe they’re quite capable of fighting for postseason balling when they face Sussex in Week Fifteen. Having already given some backups a run out against the Warriors last weekend, how willing to risk injury will the Thunder be to lock up a perfect year?
1. Leicester Falcons +1
And you can’t really get more convincing than that, as the Leicester aerial attack and defensive backfield shone against the Caesars, ousting them from the top spot in the NFC1South and returning the Falcons to their perch atop the Power Rankings.
Their big name acquisitions shone in this match up, Derby Braves decals a regular feature of the playmakers holding pigskins in the endzone – though it’s worth noting the Caesars D-line gave the Falcons O line a long day at the office so having secured postseason balling? Expect Coach Cassar to give his lineman lots of homework head into this weekend’s bye.