Sapphire Series 2018-19

The Sapphire Series represents the National Championship for women’s contact football in the UK and there have been some serious changes over the offseason!

In the UK, the women’s game is one of the fastest growing facets of American Football and this rapid growth and development has necessitated another restructuring of the Sapphire Series.

The major change for the Series this year is the removal of five-a-side teams. The long-term aim for BAFA for women’s contact football is to ultimately reach the full 11v11 version of the game in the competitive leagues. Whilst this is still a long way off, the movement from 5v5 to a complete 7v7 league for this year is a big step in that direction.

The only 5v5 teams competing last year were in Division 2B. The teams from this Division stepping up this year to play 7v7 include the Oxford Saints and Kent Exiles. Unfortunately, the Peterborough Royals and Staffordshire Saxons were unable to put teams forward this year as they focus on recruitment to re-enter the leagues next season.

To accommodate this overhaul of the league, there has been a bit of a reshuffle of alignments including some teams being promoted for the upcoming season! The top two teams from Division 2A last season, the Portsmouth Dreadnoughts and the Sandwell Steelers have been promoted to Division One.

Meanwhile, in Division Two previous Five-a-side teams have been joined by new outfits the Cheshire Bears and the Birmingham Lions B.

Notably, the timings for the Sapphire Series have also changed with games starting in December, as opposed to February. The format this year will follow teams taking part in four tournaments and eight regular season games. The top two teams from each conference will then compete in a National Finals Tournament.

We are really excited at DC for the Sapphire Series to get underway. Best of luck to all the teams getting involved, especially those five-a-side teams expanding to the seven-a-side format, and to the new teams entering the league!

Standings

Division One North

TeamWLTPForPAgtPDiffLeague Pts
Leeds Carnegie Chargers20014401446
Edinburgh Wolves2009112856
East Kilbride Pirates02012118-1062
Manchester Titans0200123-1232
Derby Braves000000

Division One South

TeamWLTPForPAgtPDiffLeague Points
London Warriors200770776
Hertfordshire Tornadoes110393904
Sandwell Steelers1102344-214
Portsmouth Dreadnoughts020662-562
Birmingham Lions000000

Division Two North

TeamWLTPForPAgtLeague Pts
Birmingham Lions B000000
Cheshire Bears000000
Teesside Steelers000000

Division Two South

TeamWLTPForPAgtPDiffLeague Pts
Wembley Stallions200646586
Oxford Saints1103234-24
Kent Exiles1102550-254
Cardiff Valkyries0202455-312

 

Fixtures and Results
DateGame DayConferenceVenueTeamScoreTeam
Dec 1 20181D1 NorthEast KilbrideEast Kilbride Pirates12-61Edinburgh Wolves
Dec 1 20181D1 NorthEast KilbrideLeeds Chargers87-0Manchester Titans
Dec 1 20181D1 NorthEast KilbrideEdinburgh Wolves36-0Manchester Titans
Dec 1 20181D1 NorthEast KilbrideEast Kilbride Pirates0-57Leeds Chargers
Dec 1 20181D1 SouthLondonHertfordshire Tornadoes0-39London Warriors
Dec 1 20181D1 SouthLondonSandwell Steelers23-6Portsmouth Dreadnoughts
Dec 1 20181D1 SouthLondonLondon Warriors34-0Sandwell Steelers
Dec 1 20181D1 SouthLondonHertfordshire Tornadoes39-0Portsmouth Dreadnoughts
Dec 1 20181D2 SouthWembleyOxford Saints32-0Kent Exiles
Dec 1 20181D2 SouthWembleyCardiff Valkyries6-30Wembley Stallions
Dec 1 20181D2 SouthWembleyOxford Saints0-34Wembley Stallions
Dec 1 20181D2 SouthWembleyCardiff Valkyries18-25Kent Exiles
Dec 15 20182D1 NorthDerbyEast Kilbride PiratesManchester Titans
Dec 15 20182D1 NorthDerbyEdinburgh WolvesDerby Braves
Dec 15 20182D1 NorthDerbyEast Kilbride PiratesDerby Braves
Dec 15 20182D1 NorthDerbyEdinburgh WolvesManchester Titans
Dec 15 20182D1 SouthHertfordshireBirmingham LionsHertfordshire Tornadoes
Dec 15 20182D1 SouthHertfordshireLondon WarriorsPortsmouth Dreadnoughts
Dec 15 20182D1 SouthHertfordshireHertfordshire TornadoesLondon Warriors
Dec 15 20182D1 SouthHertfordshireBirmingham LionsPortsmouth Dreadnoughts
Dec 15 20182D2 NorthTeessideTeesside SteelersBirmingham Lions B
Dec 15 20182D2 NorthTeessideCheshire BearsTeesside Steelers
Dec 15 20182D2 NorthTeessideBirmingham Lions BCheshire Bears
Dec 15 20182D2 SouthCardiffCardiff ValkyriesKent Exiles
Dec 15 20182D2 SouthCardiffOxford SaintsWembley Stallions
Dec 15 20182D2 SouthCardiffCardiff ValkyriesWembley Stallions
Dec 15 20182D2 SouthCardiffOxford SaintsKent Exiles
Jan 19 20193D1 NorthManchesterEast Kilbride PiratesManchester Titans
Jan 19 20193D1 NorthManchesterLeeds ChargersDerby Braves
Jan 19 20193D1 NorthManchesterManchester TitansDerby Braves
Jan 19 20193D1 NorthManchesterEast Kilbride PiratesLeeds Chargers
Jan 19 20193D1 SouthSandwellBirmingham LionsSandwell Steelers
Jan 19 20193D1 SouthSandwellLondon WarriorsPortsmouth Dreadnoughts
Jan 19 20193D1 SouthSandwellSandwell SteelersPortsmouth Dreadnoughts
Jan 19 20193D1 SouthSandwellBirmingham LionsLondon Warriors
Jan 19 20193D2 SouthKentKent ExilesCardiff Valkyries
Jan 19 20193D2 SouthKentWembley StallionsCardiff Valkyries
Jan 19 20193D2 SouthKentKent ExilesWembley Stallions
Feb 02 20194D1 NorthEdinburghEast Kilbride PiratesEdinburgh Wolves
Feb 02 20194D1 NorthEdinburghLeeds ChargersDerby Braves
Feb 02 20194D1 NorthEdinburghEdinburgh WolvesLeeds Chargers
Feb 02 20194D1 NorthEdinburghEast Kilbride PiratesDerby Braves
Feb 02 20194D1 SouthBirminghamBirmingham LionsHertfordshire Tornadoes
Feb 02 20194D1 SouthBirminghamLondon WarriorsSandwell Steelers
Feb 02 20194D1 SouthBirminghamHertfordshire TornadoesSandwell Steelers
Feb 02 20194D1 SouthBirminghamBirmingham LionsLondon Warriors
Feb 02 20194D2 NorthCheshireCheshire BearsTeesside Steelers
Feb 02 20194D2 NorthCheshireCheshire BearsBirmingham Lions B
Feb 02 20194D2 NorthCheshireTeesside SteelersBirmingham Lions B
Feb 16 20195D1 NorthLeedsEdinburgh WolvesLeeds Chargers
Feb 16 20195D1 NorthLeedsManchester TitansDerby Braves
Feb 16 20195D1 NorthLeedsLeeds ChargersManchester Titans
Feb 16 20195D1 NorthLeedsEdinburgh WolvesDerby Braves
Feb 16 20195D1 SouthPortsmouthBirmingham LionsSandwell Steelers
Feb 16 20195D1 SouthPortsmouthHertfordshire TornadoesPortsmouth Dreadnoughts
Feb 16 20195D1 SouthPortsmouthBirmingham LionsPortsmouth Dreadnoughts
Feb 16 20195D1 SouthPortsmouthHertfordshire TornadoesSandwell Steelers
Feb 16 20195D2 NorthTBCBirmingham Lions BTeesside Steelers
Feb 16 20195D2 NorthTBCBirmingham Lions BCheshire Bears
Feb 16 20195D2 NorthTBCCheshire BearsTeesside Steelers
Feb 16 20195D2 SouthOxfordOxford SaintsCardiff Valkyries
Feb 16 20195D2 SouthOxfordWembley StallionsKent Exiles
Feb 16 20195D2 SouthOxfordOxford SaintsKent Exiles
Feb 16 20195D2 SouthOxfordWembley StallionsCardiff Valkyries
Feb 23 20196D2 NorthBirminghamBirmingham Lions BCheshire Bears
Feb 23 20196D2 NorthBirminghamCheshire BearsTeesside Steelers
Feb 23 20196D2 NorthBirminghamBirmingham Lions BTeesside Steelers
Mar 02 2019Finals?TBC
Mar 09 2019Finals?TBC