Power Rankings are here once again following an exciting Week Ten!
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!
Halton slip from the Power Rankings, possibly through inactivity? Certainly it’s crowded at the top in Div 2 and considering the Spartans strong performances leading up to this point we wouldn’t be surprised to see them back in the rankings before too long… Hells, even next week if they continue to impress when they take on the Morecambe Bay Storm next weekend.
The Lincolnshire Bombers continue to hover on the edge of the rankings – an impressive feat for a one-win side! The Halton Spartans lost their place in the top ten by the smallest of margins, and the Dumfries Hunters are picking up the odd rankings nomination despite their loss to the Roughnecks dropping them to third in the NFC2North.
10. Norwich Devils (New Entry)
Their win over the Essex Spartans moves the Devils to 4-1 on the year so far and in with a real shot at some postseason action!
They head to a bye, before returning with a trip to Maidstone in Week Twelve, but their most crucial upcoming fixture is a Week Fifteen clash against the Ipswich Cardinals that could well decide their postseason fate!
9. Torbay Trojans ( Up One )
However, they now share the top of the SFC 2 West with the South Wales Warriors so will look to impress when they finally return to action, hosting the Cornish Sharks this weekend.
8. South Wales Warriors ( = )
We were surprised to see the Warriors not climb higher up the rankings this week as they split the pollsters opinions – a fair few seeing the welsh team as a top five team… but not enough to sway the vote, so they stay put in #8.
Two big wins in as many weeks, they host a Black Knights side that they dominated only a fortnight ago, this Sunday.
7. Birmingham Bulls ( Down )
They’re undefeated, but with scorelines that are no longer turning heads, more explosive outfits are poaching the top spots in the rankings from the Birmingham side.
They get another Sunday off this week, ahead of their crucial top-of-the-table showdown versus the Staffordshire Surge in Week Twelve.
6. Aberdeen Roughnecks (Up One)
The Roughnecks rise back up the rankings – though still unable to breach the top five. They’ve got some vehement supporters in our polls, consistently placing them as a top three team, but perhaps with the bulk of our contributors from south of the wall the Scottish side aren’t getting the credit they’re due for their as-yet-undefeated campaign?
A second win over the Hunters last weekend appears to lock up postseason action for the Roughnecks (assuming top two go through) and, thinking about it… Probably the conference crown to boot!
(If The Season Ended Today articles will be appearing in the next few weeks, once we’ve confirmed postseason formats with BAFA)
5. Staffordshire Surge ( Down one )
The Surge slide a spot following a week off.
It looks like our pollsters are cooling in their opinion of the big two teams in the NFC 2 South as more flashy outfits rise to fore… But might Staffordshire make a surge back into the top three if they impress in their crucial fixture against the Bulls in Week Twelve?
4. Portsmouth Dreadnoughts ( Down One )
Pompey drop a spot after their scare against the Bobcats at the weekend.
They conceded their first touchdown of the season and required a fourth-quarter comeback to stay perfect.
The Dreadnoughts head to a pair of byes, rebuilding confidence ahead of a pair of crucial title-deciding showdowns against the Cheetahs in Weeks Thirteen and Fifteen!
3. London Blitz B ( Up Three )
The Blitz Bs bounce right back up into a top three spot after a bountiful offensive showing against the East Essex Sabres.
It’s the London side’s second-straight #50Burger shutout and they’re looking a cut-above their competition in the SFC2East.
A trip to the Cardinals beckons in Week Eleven.
2. Hertfordshire Cheetahs ( = )
Herts head to a bye, before returning against the Bobcats in Week Twelve – an opportunity to build momentum before rounding off their regular season with back to back bouts against the Dreadnoughts.
1. Chester Romans ( = )
And once again the Romans hold onto the top spot in the rankings – if only barely!
The Cheetahs put in a very strong challenge for the #1 slot, especially with the Romans conceding their first points of the year against the Phantoms, but Chester’s strong first-half against Furness sees them cling onto pole position.
They head to a bye, before facing the Phantoms once again – hopefully for a full fixture this time, after a ‘voluntary’ running clock was used in the first meeting between the two teams so that the Furness side could catch their bus home!
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