Power Rankings | BAFA NL Adult Division One: Week Eight

Power Rankings are here once again following an exciting Week Eight!

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!

Cut:

Berkshire Renegades

Back to back losses for Berkshire sees them fall out of the top ten.

The Renegades seemed to be more than ready for the jump-up to Div One balling when they started their campaign 3-0-1, but have struggled in the last couple of weeks. Their 14-0 loss to Eagles contrasts starkly with the 32-3 win the Renegades took against Ouse Valley only a couple of weeks before. With Solent looking strong and Sussex building momentum, suddenly the Renegades look off the pace in the SFC 1 Central.

Hon. Mentions:

There’s a selection of teams hovering near to a rankings spot, but none really worthy of a mention this week.

 


10. London Hornets (Re-entry)

The Hornets dropped out of the rankings last week, but buzz right back in following their strong second half against the Mavericks. At 3-1 they join a three-way tie at the top of the SFC 1 East… and this conference looks likely to be just as confounding as it was last year!

We’ll see the Hornets again in Week Ten against the Mavericks once more.

9. Kent Exiles ( Up One )

Hmm, we would have thought the Exiles deserved a bit more of a boost up the rankings following a nice 27-7 win over the Stallions to move to 3-1, contesting the top spot in the SFC 1 East.

Still, they see a small climb up to number nine ahead of a crucial match up against the Cats coming up in Week Ten.

8. Cambridgeshire Cats ( = )

Speaking of the Cats! They stay put in #8 after their third straight bye.

They return from a tough month away from the gridiron to take on the Stallions on Week Nine.

7. Sussex Thunder ( Down Two )

Despite a hard-fought first half where the two sides simply traded field goals, the Thunder couldn’t contain the Thrashers through the second-half of the two sides’ top of the table clash at the weekend, and the loss sees Sussex drop a couple of spots.

6. Lancashire Wolverines (Up Three)

The Wolverines continue to climb the ranks after third win on the trot – this their most impressive of the campaign so far, over the previously undefeated Yorkshire Rams.

The victory moves the Wolverines into true contention in the NFC 1 North, half a game behind the Rams and snapping at the heels of the Vikings… But oddly didn’t allow Lancashire to leapfrog their white rose rivals in the rankings?

The Wolverines travel to the Bobcats this Sunday and look to make it four-straight.

5. Yorkshire Rams ( Down Two )

Despite a strong second half the Rams couldn’t make up the ground they lost against Lancashire in the first half and fell to their first loss of the season in the 20-29 defeat.

Their first notch in the L column for the year drops Yorkshire a couple of spots, but there’s clearly some that believe it was just a blip – the rankings poll keeping the Rams just barely above the team that bested them.

Their tough stretch of the season continues when they take on the 3-0 Northumberland Vikings on Sunday in a battle for the top spot in the NFC 1 North.

4. Northumberland Vikings (Up Two)

Despite, or perhaps due to, the announcement of changes at the top for the Vikings this past week, Northumberland climb a couple of spots up the Rankings during their week off.

The Rams’ loss to Lancashire leaves the Vikings standing alone atop the conference, but they’ll have to defend their pole position this Sunday when they host Yorkshire.

 

3. Sandwell Steelers (Up One)

Sandwell climb back into the top three after a second straight #50Burger win, this time over the Nottingham Caesars.

They’ve been building great momentum over the past three weeks with back-to-back-to-back big wins, but they’ll need to continue that form into this weekend’s game when they take on a Revolution side they barely scraped past by a single point back in Week Three, on Sunday.

 

2. Solent Thrashers ( = )

Solent’s strong second half took them to victory against Sussex and they’ve now seen off each of their conference rivals on their way to 5-0.

They head to a well-earned by, before beginning it all again in Week Ten against the Eagles.

 

1. Leicester Falcons ( = )

And finally it was unanimous – the Falcons earned a #1 ranking from each and every rankings contributor this week – even though they didn’t take the field.

We’ll see them again in Week Eleven – can anyone contest their top spot in the meantime?

 


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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