Rookie Recap – BAFA NL Week Four

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 Four

So, what football happened this weekend?

It’s getting busy as the Under 19’s and Under 17’s build up momentum!

  • We saw FIVE Under 17’s tournaments at the weekend as their season ramps up, as well as some teams hoping to make it into the leagues next year playing an associate fixture
  • The newly amalgamated Thames Valley Tigers opened their National Leagues account in the Under 19’s league, taking on the Sussex Thunder as the sole Under 19’s fixture this past weekend.
  • And finally in the Adult league, we had an incredible slate of fourteen fixtures across the three tiers
  • And if that wasn’t enough action, the University game still has a smattering of varsity and Old Boys fixtures being played out.

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!

Under 17’s gets well underway!

We saw nineteen teams take part in five tournaments this weekend!

The Under 17’s British game uses a five-a-side format of contact football, with typically four teams heading to one venue and playing three fixtures – once against each opponent.

We saw some early frontrunners emerge right out of the gate:

The Highland Wildcats won both their games in the three-team Scottish Conference – holding off a strong second-half comeback from the East Kilbride Pirates to take a 18-12 win over their longstanding rivals.

The Cobham Cougars continued to impress, taking three wins from three in what looks like it’s going to be a really competitive conference featuring the Hertfordshire CheetahsBerkshire Renegades and Bedfordshire Blackhawks.

In Manchester, the two Manchester Titans sides had mixed tourneys, as while their South side took two big wins from the day, the outstanding outfit was the Chorley Buccaneers who won all three of their fixtures in dominant fashion!

And finally we saw the Solent Seahawks host a southern tourney featuring Sussex, Farnham and Swindon, with the Seahawks probably feeling slightly frustrated to come away from the day with two wins and a tie after the final two fixtures off the day had to be declared ties after a long injury delay. Even so, big wins over Farnham and Swindon has set the Seahawks up as frontrunners in this conference.

Edinburgh Wolves are the comeback kings!

In what’s almost certainly the game of the season so far, the Edinburgh Wolves came back from an early 20-0 deficit to win against the East Kilbride Pirates 27-28!

It’s the first time another Scottish team has defeated the Pirates in… Well, a long long time – and in what a fashion!

Titans trounce Giants for first top tier win

The Manchester Titans got a rather rude welcome to the Premiership back in Week One when they took a 60-7 loss against the reigning National Champions, the Tamworth Phoenix.

However, they bounced back in an emphatic fashion in Week Four with a 43-7 win over the Sheffield Giants, in Sheffield.

Northumberland Vikings not taking the easy route to victory!

The standout matchup from Division One was a second-straight nailbiting performance from the Northumberland Vikings who took their second win of the season… once again by just a single point!

Though they led early, the Vikings fell behind against the Wolverines in the second half and required a fourth-quarter field goal to retake the lead by a single point.

However, perhaps what this fixture might be remembered for even more than the scoreline was the final couple plays of the game – where flags flew like confetti and we saw an almost unheard-of number of ejections for the Lancashire Wolverines as they desperately tried to retake the lead: (Watching from 4:44:05)

Elsewhere in Division One we saw an impressively dominant 54-0 win for the Berkshire Renegades over the Bristol Apache. The two sides both earned promotion up from Division Two during the offseason, and indeed met during the playoffs – the Renegades edging past the Bristol side 27-33 when they met last summer, and just going to show what a difference a single offseason can make!

The Kent Exiles, Glasgow Tigers and Nottingham Caesars all picked up their first wins of the year, and so did the London Hornets, who upset the pundits with a 14-9 win over the previously undefeated Colchester Gladiators.

Big Scorelines dominate in Division Two

And finally into Division Two where we saw some fairly hefty margins of victory as contenders for promotion jousted with Conference rivals who simply weren’t up to scratch in Week Four.

The Hertfordshire Cheetahs got out to a fast start with the largest scoreline of the season so far, taking a 70-6 win over the Hastings Conquerors.  With the British Leagues operating a ‘Mercy clock’ ruling, whereby the game starts using a running clock if there’s a 35-point differential in the second half? It’s no mean feat for a team to rack up a big scoreline like this, even if it might seem a little harsh to the team on the receiving end!

Meanwhile, the Morecambe Bay Storm got their first win of the year with a 46-6 win over Carlisle, and the South Wales Warriors flexed their offensive potential with a 50-0 win over the Jurassic Coast Raptors!

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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