Power Rankings | BAFA NL Adult Division One: Week Five

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

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!


Colchester Gladiators

Gateshead Senators

With losses for both these programmes at the weekend, they each slip out of the rankings.

For the Glads, their strong start to the season has faded following a drop in their offensive output, while the Senators will be frustrated to fall short against the Wolverines after holding their own in their first two fixtures of the year.

Hon. Mentions:

The Glasgow Tigers remain right on the cusp of the rankings for yet another week… Were they to find a win against the Senators at the weekend might they finally see their first ranking of the season?


Total number of teams with at least one Top 10 Ranking: 16 (Down Four)

10. Sussex Thunder ( = )

The Thunder remain locked in at the #10 spot following a second win for the year over the Ouse Valley Eagles.

They host the Apache this weekend and are likely to feel fairly confident heading into their fixture against the struggling Bristol outfit.


9. Shropshire Revolution (Down Three)

The Revolution continue to slide down the ranks following a pair of byes. They host the Falcons this Sunday and it’ll be interesting to see how their performance effects their standing.

8. Kent Exiles

The Kent Exiles appear in the rankings once more for the first time since Week One. They’ve bounced back from their narrow fourth quarter loss to the Cats with two comprehensive wins against the Mavericks and Gladiators.

The Exiles next take to the field in Week Eight versus Wembley.


7. Northumberland Vikings (Down Four)

The Vikings drop a good number of spots as the hype from their two one-point wins calms down.

They take on the Tigers in Week Seven.


6. Cambridgeshire Cats

Having dropped out of the rankings last week, the Cats reappear following their impressive outing against the Stallions. They opened up with a bunch of points in the opening minutes and kept the pace up throughout to take the win and the #6 spot in the rankings.

They head to three straight byes before facing the Stallions once more in Week Nine.


5. Solent Thrashers (Up Three)

Solent made short work of the Apache last weekend with a #50Burger performance rocketing them up the ranks.

They’ll expect more of a challenge when they face the Saints on Sunday.

4. Berkshire Renegades ( = )

The Renegades stay put in the #4 spot following their bye.

They host the Eagles this weekend where they’ll be looking for some of the explosive offence they showed against the Apache in their 54-0 win in Week Four.


3. Sandwell Steelers (Up Two)

Sandwell climb a couple following their comfortable win over Doncaster, reclaiming a podium place in the rankings.

They’ll have a week off this weekend, before taking on the Coventry Jets in Week Seven.


2. Yorkshire Rams ( = )

We haven’t heard from them in a while, but the Rams two shutout wins to open the year appear enough to keep them in the #2 spot.

We’ll welcome them back to action in Week Seven versus Gateshead.


1. Leicester Falcons ( = )

And the Falcons continue to fly high in the #1 spot – can the Revolution look to dethrone Leicester with an upset on Sunday?


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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