Quick Takes – 2017 Adult schedule

BAFA Director of Competition Russ Hewitt sent out a revised schedule late in the day last night, with 99.9% of fixtures now officially confirmed. We’ve run the rule over the schedule, and come away with a number of quick takes…

 

BAFAFamiliarity in the NFC2 North…

As noted in our article regarding Dundee’s drop down to associate status, the NFC2 North is the only conference NOT facing a 10-game regular season. With just four teams in the conference, each side plays the others three times. Looks like it was chosen not to complicate things further by adding a tenth game, but how will their records work versus other conferences?

 

BAFAPrem North will be quiet until may…

Just three games will be played in the month of April in the Premier North, as three of the sides in the conference don’t play a single game until the weekend of 6/7 May. East Kilbride Pirates, Sheffield Giants and Edinburgh Wolves all have the opportunity to open up a two-game lead early on.

 

BAFAEnsuring a 10-game season in the south…

With South Wales Warriors requesting the drop down to Division One (which came with a two year post-season ban), the Premier South was left as a five team conference. Teams play a 10-game schedule, with two games against two opponents, and three games against the other two.

 

BAFAStrange schedules for Division One

We’re not sure whether it’s based on geography, or seeding, but Division One will be using a format similar to the Prem South – with home and aways against two opponents, and triple-touts against their other two rivals. Again, this leaves us with the awkward situation of teams within the same conference playing unbalanced schedules, but does ensure a full ten-game season.

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Bury Saints L 2016Early baptism of fire for Bury Saints…

As just reward for their unbeaten Division 1 run in 2016, Bury open their debut campaign in the top division on the road against reigning Britball champions, London Warriors. It will be an early test of Bury’s resolve and understanding of what it required to compete at the top in the BAFA National Leagues.

 

Cambridgeshire Cats LHome comforts for Cambridgeshire Cats

The Cats open the 2017 season with four straight home games against the Exiles, Olympians, Gladiators and Hornets respectively, in what is expected to be a very competitive SFC1 East conference. The Cats will be a side to watch this season following their strong showing down the stretch in 2016.

 

Leeds Bobcats LOn the road again…

Conversely, Leeds Bobcats open up their campaign with four road games in the NFC2 Central, and close out the regular season with 4 home games on the bounce. The Bobcats began their 2016 campaign with back-to-back-to-back road wins en route to a 9-1 regular season record, so will look to go one better this season.

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Rob somehow fits Britball around a hectic life of work, newborns, and rare, blissful, moments of quiet in which to nap. Rob stepped down from the Birmingham Bulls committee at the end of 2016 and walked away after 10 years at the club. He leads DC's Adult league coverage and dabbles in a bit of BUCS. Follow him on Twitter - @RobAmorDC