Good Week / Bad Week – BAFA NL 2018 Week Seventeen

U19 finals, playoffs, forfeitures… not to mention the last round of Division One regular season games, this weekend had it all!


Honourable mentions

  • Manchester Titans U19 fought back to secure a Britbowl spot with victory over the Pirates.
  • No such drama for London Blitz U19, who confidently saw off Hertfordshire 44-2.
  • Apache Win! Apache Win! Bristol Apache grabbed the W at the tenth attempt, victorious over OVE in the regular season finale.



It was a solid weekend for the Exiles, with the U19 side winning the D2 Final, beating out Essex Spartans 22-10 in the semi-final before besting Black Country Vipers 18-2 in the finale. The adult side meanwhile may have lost to the Hornets, but still managed to hold on to the top spot in the SFC1 East, securing a home tie against Sussex Thunder.



Eight games across the Division Two quarter-finals and all eight home sides progressed to the next round. Perhaps the most impressive of the victories was the demolition of Torbay by Portsmouth Dreadnoughts, though the 61-0 pumping given to Furness by Aberdeen Roughnecks should send a statement to the rest of the NFC2. The semi-finals look like this;


#1 Aberdeen Roughnecks vs #4 Birmingham Bulls

#2 Chester Romans vs #3 Staffordshire Surge


#1 South Wales Warriors vs #4 Portsmouth Dreadnoughts

#2 London Blitz B vs #3 Hertfordshire Cheetahs



Unofficially, it looked like BAFA would rule in favour of the Vikings over the cancelled game with Leeds. By beating Lancashire in a thrilling shootout yesterday, the Vikings made the ruling redundant, securing the top spot and a home tie against Sandwell Steelers. The Division One quarter-finals look like;


#1 Leicester Falcons (NFC1 South) vs #4 Lancashire Wolverines (NFC1 North)

#2 Northumberland Vikings (NFC1 North) vs #3 Sandwell Steelers (NFC1 South)


#1 Solent Thrashers (SFC1 Central) vs #4 London Hornets (SFC1 East)

#2 Kent Exiles (SFC1 East) vs #3 Sussex Thunder (SFC1 Central)




Rob Amor

Rob somehow fits Britball around a hectic life of work, newborns, and rare, blissful, moments of quiet in which to nap. Rob became Chairman of the Sandwell Steelers in September 2017. He leads DC's Adult league coverage and dabbles in a bit of BUCS. Follow him on Twitter - @RobAmorDC