Power Rankings are here once again following an exciting Week Seven!
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!
Another team falls out of the rankings following a shellacking at the hands of the London Blitz B team! The Cardinals lost out by a fifty burger shutout, so it’s no surprise that they slide right out of their #10 spot from Week Six!
Despite a 24-8 loss to the Cheetahs, the Bournemouth Bobcats remain on the cusp of a rankings spot. The Worcestershire Black Knights also ended up just outside of a rankings berth, despite not seeing action since Week Five.
Total number of teams with at least one Top 10 Ranking: 18 ( = )
10. South Wales Warriors ( Down Two )
The Warriors drop a couple of spots through inactivity – we haven’t heard from them since Week Four and won’t see them again until Week Nine when they face the Black Knights.
9. Furness Phantoms (Re-Entry)
They’ll be expecting a tougher test when they take on the 2-1 Halton Spartans in Week Eight
8. Torbay Trojans ( Up One )
The Trojans climb a spot after their best offensive performance so far this year against the Wyverns, putting up 35 points. Their fixture versus the Raptors this weekend has had to be pushed back with Jurassic Coast short on numbers so we’ll next see the Trojans hosting the Sharks.
7. Aberdeen Roughnecks (Down One)
We’ll see them again on Sunday when they take on the Blackhawks for a second of three meetings between the two teams, with a goal to stay undefeated at the midpoint of their season.
6. Hertfordshire Cheetahs ( Down Three )
After the confusion of a three-way tie for third place in the Week Six rankings, the Cheetahss are the team that take the biggest tumble, despite a nice 24-8 win over the Bobcats at the weekend.
They head to a bye, before hosting the Hastings Conquerors in Week Nine – a team they bested 70-8, in Hastings, earlier this season.
5. Chester Romans ( Down Two )
They put in a very strong showing at the weekend, putting in a 41 point shut out in only one half of football against the Sentinels, Carlisle having to bow out after two quarters due to low player numbers.
They’ll be looking for something a bit more competitive from the Storm this weekend.
4. Staffordshire Surge (Down One)
Despite a confident and comprehensive win, 48-7, over the Crewe Railroaders at the weekend to take them to 5-0 and all-but already guarantee some postseason action, the Surge drop out of the top three spots in these rankings for the first time this season!
Opinion seems very split on the Surge, as they received a number of first-place nominations from our rankings contributors, but also a bunch of lower placings – perhaps owing to the fact that they’re yet to face their toughest tests of the season, against the Bulls, until much later in the year.
3. London Blitz B (Up Four)
Having only re-entered the rankings in Week Six following their win over the Spartans, the Blitz B rocket up the ranks, climbing four spots courtesy of their impressive crushing of the Ipswich Cardinals!
At 3-0 with back to back shut outs, they Blitz take their first away trip of the year so far this weekend, travelling to the Spartans.
2. Portsmouth Dreadnoughts ( = )
The Dreadnoughts narrowly missed out on the #1 spot in the rankings for a second weekend in a row… perhaps their Sunday showdown against the Swindon Storm will be the key to taking the top spot in the rankings if they’re able to impress?
1. Birmingham Bulls ( = )
They return this weekend from month of byes to take on the Lincolnshire Bombers – a side eager to pick up a much-sought-after W after their trial-by-fire start to the season and being robbed in the closing minutes against the Surge in Week Six.
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