With half the season now in the books, the play-offs are beginning to loom large for a number of teams. This week’s ‘What We Learned’ takes particular note of the evolving race for the play-offs across the BUCS pyramid…
The Premier Division top seeds are wrapped up
With four out of the top five teams playing in the end of season play-offs, it was never really in doubt that either Stirling or Birmingham would end up in contention come February. Birmingham made hard work of Bath before pulling away in the fourth quarter, and now need to lose out the season, as well as lose by 40 plus points to Imperial, in order to not make the play-offs. Stirling meanwhile are already certain of a place in the knockout rounds after a perfect season so far.
The Division 1A playoff implications could result in an interesting final few weeks for third placed teams
Each tier this year has its own postseason format – and perhaps the second tier possesses the most interesting play-off ramifications. The top two teams from each division advance to the knockout rounds, as well as third placed teams from four of the six divisions. This means that the end of the season will result in a massive scramble for the postseason, with more than half the teams taking part. Teams still in the hunt include below .500 teams such as 1-2 Nottingham, 1-3 UWE.
Edge Hill are not alone in the rookie team win column
For over a month, Edge Hill were the only newly founded BUCS team to have won a game. Liverpool and the University of East London now makes it three teams to have broken their Uniball duck. HWU remain the only rookie team yet to win a game – and with winnable games against UWS and Teeside upcoming it shouldn’t be long before Willy Tee’s bold preseason prediction that each first year team will win a game, comes true.
Is the Midlands 2A the worst division in all of uniball?
If you’ve been keeping even the faintest of eyes on our social media pages in the last week, you’ll have seen that the Northampton Nemesis certainly thought quite a lot of themselves. They even went as far as overlaying phrases from our predictions onto a picture of their helmet in order to tell the world of their superiority. Like Icarus, however, the Nemesis flew to close to the sun and crashed and burned with a 14-12 defeat to Lincoln. With the Nemesis losing, Coventry can simply saunter their way to the one and only playoff spot reserved for the division – a division which boasts really little more than a mediocre Jets team.
The Brunel Burners have broken history
With their expected victory against Southampton, the Burners put the exclamation point on a perfect first half to the season – a start which sent them 4-0 for the first time in team history. The Burners should now breeze through to the playoffs, where they will likely face either Gloucestershire or Plymouth to decide who is promoted to the second tier next season.