Rookie Recap – BAFA NL Week Five

First and foremost our goal here at DC is to grow the game!

However, to do so, Britball needs to find a way to tap into the UK’s vast and passionate sporting audience… sadly, most of which, don’t even realise Britball exists!

To that end, here’s a new trial series, aimed at giving newcomers to the #BritballNation the low down on what went down during the preceding weekend of Britball

If you’re new to the game, as a fan or a player, it can be a daunting prospect to try to get your head around the staggering number of results coming in during the heart of the summer seasons… DC’s here to try to demystify that for you!

So let’s jump right into it:

Rookie Recap – BAFA NL Week Five

So, what football happened this weekend?

ALOT of Britball going on this weekend! It was probably the busiest weekend so far in the domestic leagues, and then there was some euro-balling thrown in on the side!

  • The Under 17’s game had two hotly contested tournaments in Leeds and Birmingham
  • It was the busiest weekend so far for the Under 19’s, with four fixtures including some of the favourites for title contention entering the fray!
  • The adult league had a stacked weekend, especially in the Premiership South where we saw all six teams in action!
  • And the Tamworth Phoenix took their second shot at European action in the Northern European Football League as they hosted the #7 ranked team in Europe, the Carlstad Crusaders

Ok, I want to find out about how my local team did!

  • First up, if you’re not sure who your local team is? You can find that out on our map. You can even filter it to only show your local full-contact Adult team – just open up the menu (top left) and untick all the options except ‘BAFA NL Adult League’ – et voila!
  • If you know which team you’re interested in, you can check out the weekend’s results either on our Facebook page, with a pinned post of all the scores, or search our Adult Results page where you could search for just your team, or a specific conference or week of the schedule!
  • Make sure you also check to see if your team has a website or social media of their own – like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Right, got it. I’ve checked up on my team, but now I want to know the important stuff that went on elsewhere!

You’ve got it!

Northern European Football League

Phoenix fall short in second NEFL matchup

The Tamworth Phoenix had a lot of positives in their performance against the Crusaders, but still fell far short of victory – just emphasising how far behind the rest of Europe the British game remains.

Britbowl MVP and #BNAs2017 Player of the Year, Patrick Daley, impressed with some fancy footwork, and the Tamworth defence had a strong second half, but key playmakers for the Swedish champions saw them take an insurmountable lead in the first half.

You can catch up with the live stream of the game, courtesy of Onside Productions:

 

Under 17s

Leeds and Lions go undefeated in U17s

The Leeds Academy Assassins hosted Doncaster, Lincolnshire and Gateshead on Saturday, and the impressive Yorkshire team went undefeated in their season-opening tournament.

Meanwhile, in the midlands, the Birmingham Lions also took away three wins from three, culminating in a hardfought defensive showdown where they edged past a strong Sandwell Steelers U17s outfit, 14-7.

Under 19’s

Large London win headlines U19 scorelines

The reigning national champions, the London Blitz U19s, impressed on Sunday with a whopping 60-0 win over the recently-returned to league action Sussex Thunder. Even more impressive? They managed it in only a half of football as the outmatched Thunder were simply forced to bow out at the break.

Another notable scoreline saw the 2017 second and third place teams, the Britbowl Runners-Up, the East Kilbride Pirates, and Trophy Champions, the Birmingham Lions,  go head to head, with the Pirates coming out on top 32-12.

A potential championship rematch between the Blitz and Pirates is looking likely this year!

In a precursor to the adult teams’ meeting later that afternoon, the Manchester Titans put in a nice 48-20 win over Merseyside, and the Solent Seahawks impressed in their first fixture of the year, a 56-0 win over the Thames Valley Tigers.

Adult League
Premiership

Prem South remains split as Blitz and Warriors drop burgers

We’re early in the season, but already the Premiership South is looking like a two-horse race as the London Warriors and London Blitz each scored ‘fifty burgers’ on their opponents (scored more than 50 points).

The Warriors had something of a slower start against the Olympians, before piling up the points during the second and third quarters for a 50-6 win over their old rivals, while the Farnham Knights appeared unable to slow down the Blitz offence that took away a 64-12 win.

Notably, the Bristol Aztecs also had a big win at the weekend, 46-0 over the Bury Saints, but considering the Aztecs’ Week One loss, 55-0 vs the Warriors, it’s tough to see anyone but the two big London sides contesting the top spot in the Prem South once again this season.

Pirates in peril as they drop to 0-3

In the Premiership North the East Kilbride Pirates‘ woes continued as they dropped to 0-3 with a 39-0 loss to the Sheffield Giants, in the second meeting between the two teams. The longtime top team north of the wall now has a lot of ground to make up on the rest of the conference, especially with the Manchester Titans’ impressive showing at the weekend – defeating expected playoff-contender, Merseyside, 42-31 on Sunday.

Division One
  • The Lancashire Wolverines overcame adversity, taking a 44-22 win over a Gateshead side they tied with back in Week Two, despite missing a number of starters due to suspensions!
  • Meanwhile, the SFC 1 East continues to be just as competitive and tough to predict as last season, as the Cambridgeshire Cats and Kent Exiles emerged on top this weekend – no team in this conference has survived the early part of the season unscathed!
  • And big wins for the Sandwell Steelers (40-0 over Doncaster) and the Solent Thrashers (50-3 over Bristol) will more than likely see these teams climb the Power Rankings later this week!
Division Two
  • Disappointingly we saw our first forfeit of the season, as despite the best efforts of both clubs the Carlisle Sentinels were unable to secure a venue, or arrange travel at short notice, and thus forfeited their fixture versus the Chester Romans.
  • The Aberdeen Roughnecks remain undefeated out of the four Scottish sides in this tier, holding off a late comeback from the Hunters.
  • We saw the Somerset Wyverns pick up their first league victory with a 42-8 win over the Jurassic Coast Raptors
  • And there was an early Game of the Year contender in the first round of the Essex Derby as the Essex Spartans squeaked through to a 33-32 victory over the East Essex Sabres.
    The Sabres initially leapt out to an 18-0 lead, before the Spartans clawed back into the game for an 18-19 edge at the half.
    An awesome back and forth third and fourth quarters concluded with the elder Essex team sneaking the win by a single point, and setting up a great grudge match between the two teams when they meet again later this season!

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Nick

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