Power Rankings are here!
And brand new 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!
So let’s jump right into it with Division Two!
Total number of teams with at least one Top 10 Ranking: 24
10. London Blitz B
Yet to kick off their season, the London Blitz B team sneak into the number 10 spot. A couple of contributors had them ranked pretty high up following their 5-5 season in 2017 and the departure of many of the strongest sides from their conference.
However, we won’t see the Blitz kick off their season until Week Three.
9. Worcestershire Black Knights
The Knights fell behind early in their season opener as the Raptors snagged a couple of early scores, but the second half was all about the Black Knights who charged to a 32-12 win and a ranking spot.
We’ll see the Knights again in Week Three against Conference new boys, the Somerset Wyverns
8. Clyde Valley Blackhawks
Bit of a scary start to the season for the Clyde Valley Blackhawks who had to fend off a late surge from the young Dumfries Hunters outfit in order to earn their Week One win. Still, it’s enough to put them top of the Scots for now, taking on the preseason favourites, the Roughnecks, in Aberdeen this weekend.
7. Furness Phantoms
Crazily, the Phantoms will follow up their Week One success in… WEEK SEVEN – five weeks off before they next step out on the gridiron!
6. South Wales Warriors
A preseason-favourite to bounce right back up to the middle tier, the South Wales Warriors were made to work for their win in Week One against the Wyverns. They dominated possession and were unlucky not to pick up a good number of turnovers from their secondary, but greasy conditions and a strong debut from Somerset meant the Warriors required a goal-line stand in Q4 to stop the Wyverns tying things up.
South Wales are next in action in Week Four versus the Jurassic Coast Raptors
5. Hertfordshire Cheetahs
We won’t see them in action until Week Four, so whether they can cling on to a nice ranking with merit alone? We’ll have to wait and see.
4. Chester Romans
Similarly, Chester snag the #4 spot on reputation alone, not kicking off their campaign until Week Three. They saw playoff balling in 2017, and with the realignment into the five team NFC 2 Central, the Romans are one of the preseason favourites for both a conference crown, and promotion.
3. Staffordshire Surge
The strong defensive performance saw the Surge only just miss out on the #2 spot in the rankings – they’ll got another shot at it this weekend when they face the Humber Warhawks.
2. Portsmouth Dreadnoughts
They followed this up with a strong opening day performance, a 27 point shutout over the Bobcats and can perhaps compete for the top spot in these rankings when they face newcomers to the conference, Swindon Storm, in Week Three.
1. Birmingham Bulls
They’ll get an opportunity to stay ahead of the crowd when they take on the Crewe Railroaders in Week Two.
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