Power Rankings are here once again following an exciting Week Three!
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 ( = )
With only the one top ten ranking, Bury continue to prop up the premiership. Their game against the Knights was certainly competitive, but ultimately the Saints couldn’t quite keep pace.
Still, it looks like the lower two-thirds of the Prem South may be fairly well matched this season, allowing for some nice matchups for the fans!
Bury head to Bristol in Week Five.
11. East Kilbride Pirates (Down One)
The Pirates slip out of the Top Ten for the first time in… Well, probably as long as we’ve done Power Rankings.
They see action this weekend in the first #ScotOff of the year, and following Edinburgh’s strong start to the season? East Kilbride are far from the bookies’ favourites coming into this weekend’s game.
10. London Olympians (Down Three)
They head to a bye, before returning with the daunting task of travelling to the Warriors in Week Five.
9. Manchester Titans (Up Two)
Titans climb a couple thanks to results elsewhere. Their inauspicious start to premiership life behind them, they head to the Giants this weekend, looking to prove their top tier credentials.
8. Farnham Knights (Up One)
A nice win for Farnham against the Saints sees them rise a rank.
They’re due for a bye week this weekend, but will return against the Blitz in Week Five in what’s expected to be a much tougher fight for Farnham.
7. Merseyside Nighthawks (Down Two)
The ‘MIA’ Merseyside drop another couple of spots while we wait for their season to finally kick off…
Week Five, travelling to Manchester.
6. Bristol Aztecs (Up Two)
Bristol boost up a couple of spots following their win against the Olympians. They’ve put their opening day ousting against the Warriors behind them and appear favourites for their ‘traditional’ #3 in the South spot once again.
We’ll next see them in action in Week Five versus the Bury Saints.
5. Sheffield Giants (Down One)
A strong second half from the Wolves saw Sheffield unable to keep pace, dropping Sheffield down a spot both in the Prem North table, but also the rankings.
They host the Titans this weekend in a game that should tell us an awful lot about both teams seasons.
4. Edinburgh Wolves (Up Two)
The Wolves continue to rise up the rankings, leap-frogging Sheffield into the #4 spot following their nice win at the weekend.
Half-time adjustments clearly paid dividends as the Scottish side dominated the second half, and the win will give them a great amount of confidence heading into their fixture versus the Pirates on Sunday – round one of the contest to decide the top scottish programme in the National Leagues!
3. London Warriors (Down One)
Don’t ask me for why, but the Warriors and Blitz trade places in the rankings this week, despite neither side seeing action in Week Three.
Warriors next step out onto the field versus the Olympians in Week Five… we won’t see the Blitz and Warriors go toe to toe until Week Ten.
2. London Blitz (Up One )
For whatever reason, the Blitz edge out the Warriors into the #2 spot this week. Odds are we won’t know much for sure about how these two teams stand until Week Ten, but for now it seems the determining factor in splitting these two apart in the rankings might be wind direction?
We’ll see the Blitz again when they travel to Farnham in Week Five.
1. Tamworth Phoenix ( = )
And despite their disappointment in Denmark, the Tamworth Phoenix hold on to their spot atop the Power Rankings for another week.
It’s worth a wonder, considering the London Warriors’ greater success in their own NEFL debut last year, whether either the Copenhagen Towers are much-improved in the last year, or the Phoenix simply weren’t up to scratch in their first foray into European football?
With the north and south not meeting until the postseason, we might not know the answer any time soon, but certainly for now expectations are the Phoenix remain a cut above their contenders in the Prem North at least.
Their next action is NEFL once again, hosting the Carlstadt Crusaders, before returning to domestic action in Week Six against the Nighthawks.
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