Power Rankings | BAFA NL Adult Division Two: Week Eleven

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

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:

Norwich Devils

A weekend off for the easterners and a strong performance from the Spartans sees the northern side re-steal the #10 spot in the rankings, at the cost of the Devils. It’s crowded at the top of Division Two and Norwich missed out by about half a vote on keeping a rankings spot for a second straight week!

Still, Week Twelve brings their second fixture of the year against Maidstone – as good an opportunity as any for a statement, rankings-reclaiming performance!

Hon. Mentions

As noted, the Norwich Devils are on the cusp of a rankings spot, and the Dumfries Hunters and Lincolnshire Bombers remain in the conversation.


10. Halton Spartans (Re-Entry)

A convincing #50Burger performance from the Spartans sees them reclaiming the #10 spot in the Power Rankings!

They head to a bye this weekend, before returning to host the Romans – a chance to prove whether they’re a true postseason contender in 2018.

 

9. Torbay Trojans ( = )

Despite putting in their most impressive performance since returning to the league, the Trojans are unable to climb the ranks this week.

They took apart the Sharks to the tune of a 64-0 victory, but it looks like they’ll have to land some bigger fish to push higher up the ranks.

Conveniently, they’ll get that opportunity this Sunday as the Trojans host the similarly undefeated South Wales Warriors for the first of two clashes that’ll most likely decide the top spot in the SFC 2 West.

 

8. Aberdeen Roughnecks (Down Two)

The Roughnecks take a week off and drop off the radar of some of our pollsters – falling two spots.

They’ve pretty much locked up the NFC 2 Northern title, but can put it beyond any doubts when they host the as-yet-winless West Coast Trojans this weekend.

Surely a conference title will see the Roughnecks earn broader respect from our Power Rankers?

 

7. Birmingham Bulls ( = )

The Bulls stay put in the #7 spot ahead of their most crucial fixture of the season so far coming up this Sunday – a trip to the Surge.

Two undefeated and largely uncontested teams meet for the first time this season… whoever takes the W will stand unrivalled atop the NFC 2 South!

 

 

6. London Blitz B ( Down Three )

The Blitz Bs win, but find themselves dropping three spots!!

Perhaps it was the fact that the team some were already hailing as promotees-in-waiting trailed for the majority of their fixture against the Ipswich Cardinals before a flurry of late scores eventually kept their undefeated season intact?

Certainly, it looked like the Bs have shown some chinks in their armour, and don’t be surprised if the Norwich Devils, in particular, took notice.

Still, the table-toppers have a week off to figure out their stumbling blocks before a tasty looking match up against Maidstone in Week Thirteen.

 

 

5. Staffordshire Surge ( Down one )

Similarly to the Bulls the Surge stay put in their number five spot following a brace of byes. The host Birmingham this weekend in their most important fixture so far this season, rounding out their campaign with two must-win games if the Staffordshire side want to wear a conference crown!

 

4. Portsmouth Dreadnoughts ( = )

 

Pompey stay put in the #4 spot following the first of two Sundays off.

They’ll be looking to put their byes to good use as they host the Herts Cheetahs for their next fixture, Week Thirteen the first of a pair of crucial top of the table clashes!

 

3. South Wales Warriors ( Up Five )

Biggest climbers this week, the South Wales Warriors rise a whopping five spots in the rankings following their 48 point shut out of the Worcestershire Black Knights.

Now sat at 5-0 with the #1 defence in Division Two, the Warriors are finally turning heads, hence the top three placement.

Still, if they want to hold on to this privileged position in the rankings they’ll have to fight for it – the Welshmen take a trip to Torbay this Sunday in another table-topping clash of two undefeated teams!

Could the Trojans swipe South Wales’ spot by this time next week? Or will the Warriors prove they’re a team ready to rise back up the Britball tiers?

 

2. Hertfordshire Cheetahs ( = )

Herts hold onto the #2 spot following a weekend off.

This Sunday they’ll host a Bournemouth Bobcats side that gave them some troubles earlier in the year, hoping to build some momentum ahead of their back-to-back clashes against the Dreadnoughts to round out their year.

 

1. Chester Romans ( =  )

And once more, the Romans continue to cling onto the #1 spot in the rankings!

Chester had a bye in Week Eleven, and with this weekend’s game against Furness looking likely to be rescheduled? It could be a tough ask for the Romans to retain the #1 spot given so many key fixtures taking place in the next fortnight!


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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