Power Rankings are here once again following an exciting Week Nine!
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!
For possibly the first time this year no team sees their spot in the top ten pilfered!
The Lincolnshire Bombers remain in the conversation following finally earning their first W of the season with a win over Knottingley, but likely need to improve their record further to see a placement.
Meanwhile, the Norwich Devils’ third win of the year has them hovering on the cusp of a rankings spot – might a win against the Spartans see them earn their first berth?
10. Torbay Trojans ( Down Two )
There’s still a healthy buffer between them and a drop from the rankings entirely, but even so they’ll be eager for Week Eleven to rock around so they can try to swim back up the rankings by taking on the Sharks.
9. Halton Spartans ( = )
Halton keep hold of the #9 spot they earned last week. They had a bit of a slow start against an undermanned Carlisle Sentinels in Week Nine, but found their feet in the second half and racked up a healthy 43 point shutout win.
They head to a bye, before hosting the Morecambe Bay Storm in Week Eleven.
8. South Wales Warriors ( Up Two )
The Warriors finally returned to action after more than a month off, and did so in style – a hugely convincing 48-0 win over a Worcestershire Black Knights side that prior to that point had been looking like potential playoff contenders in the West.
The Welshman will host the Sharks this Sunday and another big win should see them continue to climb.
7. Aberdeen Roughnecks (Down One)
They return from their bye to take on Dumfries this weekend, and with the Hunters having given Aberdeen a scare back in Week Five? This is likely the most crucial matchup of the season for the as-yet-undefeated Scotsmen!
6. London Blitz B ( Down Three )
A hefty drop down the rankings for the Blitz B, though notably through no fault of their own as big wins for other contenders simply sees them leapfrog the London side that haven’t seen action since Week Seven thanks to their postponed game against the Spartans.
Still, they’ll get a chance to reclimb the rankings when they host the Sabres this Sunday.
5. Birmingham Bulls ( = )
The Bulls put together a nice 27-0 win over the Railroaders, but it wasn’t enough to see them bounce back up the rankings, sticking in the #5 spot despite having locked up postseason balling with their victory.
We’ll not see them again until Week Twelve – though it’ll be their most meaningful matchup of the year so far as they take ont he 6-0 Staffordshire Surge!
4. Staffordshire Surge ( = )
Similarly, the Surge locked up postseason action with their 49-0 win over the Warhawks, but it didn’t sway our pollsters enough to return them to the top three in the rankings.
They head to a pair of byes before rounding off their year with their two most key fixtures of the season – taking on the Bulls at home and away in weeks Twelve and Fifteen respectively.
3. Portsmouth Dreadnoughts ( Down One )
The Dreadnoughts are leapfrogged by a rival but remain in the top three.
They saw no action in Week Nine, though we’ll see them back on the field this Sunday as they host the Bobcats for a second time this season, looking to keep their perfect defensive shutout-streak alive!
2. Hertfordshire Cheetahs ( Up Five )
The 110-0 scoreline turned a lot of heads, and more than a few stomachs, as the Hertfordshire team simply couldn’t seem to help but find paydirt every few plays against the Hastings Conquerors.
Still, they’ve put in much more modest scorelines against their other opponents this year, so it’s going to take something pretty impressive from the Cheetahs against Swindon this Sunday for the Herts to continue to ride this wave and cling onto a podium placement in next week’s rankings…
1. Chester Romans ( = )
And despite some stiff competition from Pompey and the rapidly-rising Cheetahs, Chester hold into the top spot in the rankings for a second week. They’re the only team in the Nation that are yet to concede a single point and will look to keep that streak alive when they host an injury-plagued Furness Phantoms this Sunday.
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