Power Rankings are here once again following an exciting Week Fourteen!
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!
The Trojans took a hefty loss at the Warriors this past weekend, sacrificing any claim to the Western crown… and apparently also to a rankings spot. They’ll still see postseason action, but it looks like it’ll require a lot of long away trips for the South Western side.
The Norwich Devils continue to be bridesmaids to the Power Rankings as even with the Trojans dropping out, the East Anglian team couldn’t quite muster the votes to steal their spot! Still, a strong performance against the Cardinals this weekend would surely see the Devils make a second appearance in the rankings?
Dumfries debut in the rankings in Week Fourteen following locking up playoffs for the first time in the young club’s history!
They’ll wrap up their year with a walkover win over the withdrawn West Coast Trojans to finish the season 5-3.
9. Halton Spartans ( Down One )
8. Staffordshire Surge ( Up One )
They know they’ll be seeing playoff balling, but still have a shot at a crown when they take on the Bulls in the second of two showdowns between the top two teams in the NFC 2 South.
7. Hertfordshire Cheetahs ( = )
Herts stay put in #7, but can surely shake things up when they take on the Portsmouth Dreadnoughts for a second time on Sunday. The Dreadnoughts dominated the second half the last time these two contenders went head to head, but who’ll hold pole position when the dust settles on Sunday?
6. London Blitz B ( = )
The Blitz stay put in sixth following their bye, but we’ll see the conference-leaders back in action soon enough as their rescheduled fixture versus the Essex Spartans leaps back onto the schedule for this weekend.
They’re the lowest ranked undefeated team in the polls, perhaps due to what’s perceived as one of the less competitive conferences? But surely a strong outing this weekend will see them climb back into the top five once more.
5. Birmingham Bulls ( Down Three )
Brum win in Week Fourteen, but take a hefty drop down the rankings thanks to a more-modest-than-expected scoreline against the Warhawks. A combo of travelling with an understrength roster, mental errors, and perhaps a bit of complacency from the conference leaders saw them put up only a pair of scores on the Humber side.
Still, the conference crown is still their’s to lose, as they take on the Staffordshire Surge for a second side this Sunday.
4. Chester Romans ( = )
Romans remain in fourth. Their big win over the Phantoms… well, actually, looks like it’s locked up the conference crown without us spotting! (Only Spartans can tie their WLT and Romans have the head to head.)
Still, they can wrap up an undefeated if not unblemished campaign against the Storm in Week Sixteen.
3. Aberdeen Roughnecks (Up Two)
The Roughnecks rise into third place.
The withdrawal of the Trojans means Aberdeen will now see a lengthy break ahead of their first trip to playoffs as an undefeated outfit.
2. Portsmouth Dreadnoughts ( Up Two )
The Bulls’ tumble down the rankings raises Portsmouth into second.
They’ve still got two fixtures left on their slate, but the big one will be this Sunday as they head to Hertfordshire with the crown on the line.
1. South Wales Warriors ( = )
And a huge win for the Warriors over their closest conference rivals mean they lock up the top spot for at least another week… Oh, and a conference crown to boot!
They finish out their year with a fixture against the struggling Cornish Sharks in Week Fifteen.
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