Power Rankings | BAFA NL Adult Premiership: Week Ten

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!


12. Bury Saints ( = )

Bury are partway through a three-week break. They’ll hope to use the break to pick up a couple more ballers, or perhaps get some guys back from injury, ahead of returning to action for a gruelling trip to the Blitz in Week Thirteen.

11. East Kilbride Pirates ( = )

The Pirates put in their best offensive showing of the season so far against the Titans, but it simply wasn’t enough to keep pace with the top tier’s impressive new addition.

It’s not like the Scottish side’s season’s about to get any easier either, with the Tamworth Phoenix coming to town this Sunday.

10. Farnham Knights ( = )

No action for the Knights last week, but they return to the field on Sunday – a tough trip to the table-topping London Warriors.

With two-straight fixtures to the undefeated London side ahead of them, the Knights focus will be on keeping their offensive production up – having scored in every fixture so far in their 1-4 season.

9. London Olympians (Down One)

The Olympians slip to #9… perhaps pre-empting what’s expected to be a tough fixture this Sunday against a London Blitz side that’ll likely be playing with a chip on their collective shoulder following their top-of-the-table loss to the Warriors.

 

8. Merseyside Nighthawks ( Up One )

Merseyside climb a spot, despite their loss tot he Wolves at the weekend.

The ‘Hawks were evenly matched with their hosts throughout the first half, but as seems to be their wont this year, the Wolves came back stronger during the second half, leaving Merseyside with a disappointing 1-5 record as they move past the midpoint of their year.

 

7. Sheffield Giants ( Down Two )

The Giants join the steady procession of teams who see their rankings tanking following a fixture agains the Phoenix.

In fairness to the Giants, they held Tamworth to their lowest offensive output of the year so far – the only team to not be burgered by the reigning National Champs!

Still, they’ll be looking to bounce back quickly from this bruising defeat as they travel to the Wolves this weekend. Edinburgh got the better of the Giants in their first meeting back in Week Three, but the Giants flipped the fixture when they two teams met for a second time in 2017, and will hope to repeat that feat for 2018!

 

6. Bristol Aztecs ( = )

Aztecs stay put in #6, in the midst of three-straight byes.

We’ll see them next in Week Thirteen as they travel to the Os for a fixture that looks likely to decide the #3 spot in the Prem South.

 

5. Edinburgh Wolves ( Up Two )

Edinburgh dominated through the second half of their match against Merseyside, with the win moving them back into the top five in the rankings.

 

At 4-2 they’re still in a great position to contest a postseason berth, though to do so they’ll likely not want to drop a game from here onwards.

That begins this Sunday, as they host the Sheffield Giants who’ll be eager for the chance to leapfrog the Wolves into the #3 spot in the North if the Wolves allow them.

 

4. Manchester Titans ( = )

The Titans continue to impress in their rookie top-tier campaign, holding onto the #4 spot for a fifth consecutive week.

While they’ll likely want to shore up their defence a bit having let nearly 70 points slip through between their last two outings, their offensive output is looking impressive – highlighted by the 64 points they put up on the Pirates on Sunday!

Manchester head to a couple of byes before returning in Week Thirteen with a trip to Tamworth.

 

3. London Blitz ( = )

No more confusion as to which London side goes where, the Blitz were unanimously voted as the #3 team in the Nation this week.

They drew first blood against the Warriors, but failed to convert it, and from then on seemed to be a bit on the back foot, their rivals eventually emerging 21-13 victors.

They travel to the Olympians this weekend.

 

2. London Warriors ( = )

Round One to the Warriors!

Strong balling from the Warriors defence, holding the Blitz to a mere 13 points, gives the Urban football programme an edge in the Prem South!

They host the Knights this weekend, before taking the return trip to Farnham in Week Thirteen.

 

1. Tamworth Phoenix ( = )

And while the Warriors picked a number of top-spot nominations, the Tamworth Phoenix continue to hold onto pole position in the polls!

While they missed out on a burger for the first time this year, a second-straight shutout for Tamworth bodes well as the team continued the crowded second half of their domestic season.

They travel to the beleaguered East Kilbride this Sunday, looking likely to punch even more holes in the Pirates’ ship.

 


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Nick 'Willy Tee' Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he's spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general 'BUAFL wafflage'. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1