Successful Weekend of Fixtures in Topaz Tackle

Per BAFA Women’s Football:

This weekend saw a number of BAFA Women’s tackle football teams take part in a second round of Topaz Tackle activity. The Topaz brand has been utilised to coordinate practice activity between teams that play in the BAFA Sapphire Series Women’s National Championship, effectively assisting teams to coordinate their pre-season practice requirements. This becomes an excellent opportunity to play some early ball during the key football recruiting time of the year and allows teams to trial new formats ahead of making a decision on which format to play in for Sapphire Series 2018.

Derby Braves, Cardiff Valkyries and Leeds Chargers. Photography (c) Jim Messenger

BAFA Head of Women’s Football, Jim Messenger, said;

“It was good to see a number of teams stepping-up from 5 v 5 format and gaining experience at 7 v 7 ahead of joining the new Division Two 7 v 7 format. They learn what it’s going to be like and we get to see the level they have attained. It’s also good to see new teams entering at 5 v 5 and providing even more entry points to the sport for women to get involved.”

Division 2 Sandwell Steelers got their first taste of 7 v 7 by visiting Division 1 Derby Braves. Likewise, Division 1 Leeds Carnegie Chargers were hosted by Division 2 Teesside Steelers and the ambitious Cardiff Valkyries (Div 2) completed their second weekend of 7 v 7 play by visiting the Hertfordshire Tornadoes (Div 1).

That’s now three Division 1 opponents the Valkyries have taken-on in two weeks having scrimmaged against both Derby and Leeds on Topaz Day 1!

Head Coach of the Valkyries, Simon Browning, said,

“Topaz has been a great success for us and it was a really good idea to give teams this early opportunity. For us, days like this are invaluable and it was so rewarding to see the growth in the players from start to finish. It’s helped us to become confident we can step-up to the 7v7 format for Sapphire Series and be competitive.”

Meanwhile, first-year team, Kent Exiles, hosted the Oxford Saints, Peterborough Royals and the Staffordshire Saxons in a four-team gala of 5 v 5 football. Coach Adam Lee Baker of the Saints commented,

“The friendlies have shown us what our new players have to offer in the up coming season, they’re all charged-up now and raring to go and we’re excited to see what that brings out when the season starts.”

The Exiles Women’s team finally got to play their first games after more than a year in development and training, and quickly established their credentials for high-quality, competitive play alongside their men’s, youth, junior and flag teams by promptly winning all their games!

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Exiles Head Coach, Carl Alexis, said;

“The players learned so much from their first competitive event and absolutely loved the day. We can’t wait for the Sapphire Series to come around now!”

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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