What We Learned – BUCS Week Seven

With over a month until the BUCS regular season reconvenes, teams across the country can sit back and relax over the Christmas break. At DC towers, however, our work in 2015 is far from over – so without further ado here is what we learned from the final BUCS weekend of the calendar year…

 Its all about seeding now in the Premier divisions

With the playoff format for the top tier expanded to include all but the lowest ranked team in each division, the question of who will face the trapdoor and who will be competing in the playoffs is all but decided after Imperial lost on the road against Kingston – and its not even Christmas yet. Hallam could win out and Imperial could end up in a four-way tie with Bath, Hertfordshire and Kingston at 3-5, but let’s say were not optimistic about two teams who have of a collective points differential of -275…

We can start looking forward to some tasty third tier win-and-in matchups

Although they follow an almost polar opposite playoff format to the top tier, there are a number of third tier playoff matchups which are also all but set in stone by the Christmas break.

LJMU’s victory against Liverpool means that it will take a collapse of epic proportions to see them knocked out of their playoff spot. Coventry have only played two games but the form sheet suggests that the Midlands title is theirs to lose, and Manchester have emerged as the surprise team from the Northern division. Greenwich, meanwhile, are slowly working their way through the muck in the London division and Oxford are basically in courtesy of OBU’s suspension. That means we can start looking forward to a riveting clash between the Coventry Jets and the Manchester Tyrants, as well as a chance for the Greenwich Mariners to shock the Oxford Lancers in February.

 Sheffield are back in the second tier promotion picture

Embarrassed by both Beckett and UCLan earlier in the season, the Sabres roared back into contention for a playoff berth in the Division One North with a comprehensive 30-13 win at home against a Hull outfit which has won few games but has certainly ruffled a few feathers along the way. With the Sabres back to their (relatively) normal selves after a stuttering start, expect them to challenge for a playoffs spot as a lucky loser at the very least.