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Britball: Week 14 Preview

Here are, pretty much the final week (Scotland apart) of Britball action and i suppose it should be commended that we have 17 fixtures to play.

If you are heading to the Rushmoor game, I will be heading down too to get my taste of Britball action. Come say hello! If not, i’ll try and post drive updates and some highlights when teams are in the Redzone.

Let’s get to the games then and technically, this is a division decider between Manchester Titans (5-0) and Merseyside Nighthawks (4-1). The previous fixture ended up 42-10 to the Titans and the Titans have a huge point difference advantage. It’s been an absolute pleasure sponsoring the Nighthawks so far this year so we’ll be rooting for them to pull off a huge upset. Titans with a win confirm a perfect season.

Talking of perfect season, Solent have taken on all comers this year, whether it be in the Wessex division or the London division and they finish off with a trip up the M3 to face Rushmoor. have to anticipate another victory for the Thrashers and have been one of the standout teams this year. Looking forward to going to watch this one between two decent outfits. Maybe I’ll win photographer of the week :).

The top two teams in the South East do battle and from what I can see in the standings, this also could be a division decider. A win for East Essex would make them 6-2, making Essex 5-2 and East Essex would have 2 wins over Essex’s 1 in the direct head to head but also a better win percentage, purely based on the fact that there would be a difference in games played. It would help if BAFA’s standing and results were totally up to date and using my mind is never a reliable source of information.

Elsewhere in the division, South East Squadron will look to pull off another upset as they face the East Kent Mavericks. Squadron beat the East Essex Sabres in their last match by a 9-8 scoreline. Both the Squadron’s wins have come at home and this week they are travelling to try and score victory on the road.

The Wyverns, one of the more impressive teams this year travel to Bristol to face the Apache, they’ll be taking their good form in to this one hoping to cause an upset. 28-6 scoreline in the corresponding fixture in favour of the Apache so could be a close one. Apache looking to complete their perfect season.

The Cornwall Monarchs will remain in 3rd place no matter the result this week and they face Torbay, who’ll be looking to add to their 16 points scored in 2021 at the very least. The Monarchs are currently -11 in points difference, so there is a small carrot dangling there to make that a positive come the final whistle.

Staying in the west, the Birmingham Bulls travel to Swindon to face the Storm. Birmingham ran the Leicester Falcons close last week in a cross divisional game and the corresponding fixture resulted in a 10pt win for the Bulls last time out.

We have a tasty clash in the White Rose as the Sheffield Giants travel to face the Yorkshire Rams. Sheffield have spent about as much time on the field as I have spent in the gym (very little), with 4 cancelled games and the previous fixtures against the Rams abandoned, consequently, the Giants on have 2 wins from their 2 finished games, even with one of those being against a Red Rose opponent in the Nighthawks. Yorkshire themselves are also unbeaten in 4 games. A win for Yorkshire would see them ascend to the top of the division, supplanting Humber Warhawks if they lose to the Knottingley Raiders. Whichever way you look at it the table is a bit of a mess. 2021 Britball in a nutshell. Humber have been another team that have impressed this season, with their only loss coming to Yorkshire.

Wembley will be looking to put their divisional loss and their first loss of the season last week against the Cheetahs behind them as they finish off with a trip to Oxford. Can the Saints capitalise on a Stallions team potentially licking their wounds or will they get trampled on? Saints looking for that elusive win in 2021. Last fixture finished 23-0 to the Stallions.

Staying in the Thames Valley, the London Hornets travel to face the Blitz B. The Hornets were stung themselves last time these two faced off and were unable to penetrate the endzone, losing 24-0 but the Hornets’ games this year have been fairly competitive and their 1-4-1 record perhaps undersells their efforts in 2021 27 and 24 on two occasions the highest amounts of points they have allowed this year. If you like your symmetry, the Blitz B are 1-1-1 at home and 2-2 away. OCD fans, don’t look at their standings on Monday.

Let’s move to the Central East division, where Nottingham (5-0) have the division all sewn up, at least i think they do. They host the impressive Northants Knights (5-2) in the final game as its a 1st vs 2nd place clash. A win for Northants would give them more wins (6), but the Caesers would have a better win pct. Ahh who knows anymore. Let’s hope Nottingham win for the ease of reporting on that come Tuesday.

The Lincolnshire Bombers play their first game for a month as they face off against the South Lincolnshire Lightning, a game that finished 7-0 last time out. Could be another one for the purists as the curtain comes down on both of these 1-4 teams. Losers takes the wooden spoon here in a division that has had some decent scraps and a lot of defence.

In the Hadrians, Gateshead will look to confirm superiority over the Darlington Steam after defeating the Steam 28-6 last time out. A win for Darlington should leapfrog them over Gateshead into 2nd place in the division too, again with different games played. There’s a theme here, isn’t there.

An exception rather than the rule division-wise is the East Anglia division where the fixture between the Norwich Devils and Colchester Gladiators sees one of the rare occurrences where all fixtures have been completed. All 5 teams have played 8 games, so hats off to you guys! At least we’ll have one division where all games played are equal. both teams will stay exactly where they are regardless of the result, unless Colchester win by about 100. But even then, it might come down to H2H rather than points differential, becuase if you hadnt have guessed by now, I don’t bloody know the tiebreaker order.

Crewe Railroaders and Leigh Miners would have been waiting all season for this game as the winner here gets their first win of the season in this post season game. Leigh have had a rough set of fixtures well out of their depth in the Red Rose and hopefully this game here presents a more competitive outcome. Like Merseyside, been a joy to sponsor Crewe this year as they have had a baptism of fire in the Mercia, let’s hope both teams score a decent amount of points and end on a positive note as they head in to the offseason.

Finishing off in Scotland, Dumfries have a chance to give themselves further daylight in the Saltire division. They travel to the Blackhawks, who have not pulled up many trees so far this year. Dumfries would have a 2 game lead with a win after all teams in the division have played 4 games.

Predictions below for the final week of games for if not all of England and Wales. I hope you have enjoyed the previews and results recap posts. I’ll continue to do what I can when the Scottish leagues take over. though with only a few games each week and little information to go off, i’ll play it by ear. I’ll continue to get teams on the podcast, looking back over the season. If you or your team want to come on, please give us a shout on the socials (@F10YBritball).

  • Bristol to beat Somerset
  • Gateshead to beat Darlington
  • Essex to beat East Essex
  • East Kent to beat Squadron
  • Sheffield to beat Yorkshire
  • Dumfries to beat Clyde Valley
  • Blitz B to beat Hornets
  • Manchester to beat Merseyside
  • Colchester to beat Norwich
  • Nottingham to beat Northants
  • Solent to beat Rushmoor
  • South Lincs to beat Lincolnshire
  • Wembley to beat Oxford
  • Humber to beat Knottingley
  • Cornwall to beat Torbay
  • Birmingham to beat Swindon
  • Crewe to beat Leigh
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Sunday 9.25PM Preview: Two NFC heavyweights collide as Bucs and Rams face off in LA.

The reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to Inglewood, California this week to face off against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. That very stadium will host Super Bowl 56 in February, where one of these teams could very well represent the NFC. Both of these sides are expected to be challenging for that honour so this game could have huge seeding implications in what is only Week 3 of the regular season.

Tom’s still got it

At the age of 44, Tom Brady has looked like a quarterback in his mid-twenties so far this season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. TB12 won his seventh ring in February, his first for the Bucs, and so far this season has thrown for 655 yards, 9 passing TDs, and 2 INTs, earning a passer rating of 113.3. All of that data has contributed towards a 93.0 PFF grade, making Brady the highest-graded QB through the first two weeks.

Age is just a number, of course, and that is telling when you realise that Brady is on track this season to throw more passing touchdowns in his forties than he did in the whole of his twenties. That’s insane! To be competing this well, at the highest level, at the age of 44 is absolutely remarkable. It just shows that with good nutrition, and unbelievable amounts of determination, anything is possible.

McVay’s new toy

Matthew Stafford’s trade to the Los Angeles Rams was completed before the 2020 season had even ended, and only weeks after the Rams divisional round exit to the Packers. Sean McVay was frustrated with Jared Goff’s limitations and made a move for Stafford a week before the Super Bowl. They had to give up a lot, including Goff himself, but already seem to be enjoying the reward. 

Stafford has added an extra dimension to their offense already this season, having thrown for two touchdowns of over 50 yards length through the first two games. That’s something his predecessor did throughout the whole of last season. Overall, the former Georgia Bulldog, and former Number 1 overall pick has thrown for 599 yards, 5 TDs and 1 INT, racking up a 127.0 passer rating and 82.9 PFF grade (7th among all QBs)

Cooper Kupp is the real deal

Cooper Kupp has been one of the most underrated pass catchers in the entire NFL over the past few seasons, he is the Rams’ most dangerous weapon in my opinion, he can take the ball and glide, creating plays after the catch with his legs. Before the year began, he had already equated to 3,570 yards and 27 touchdowns in 4 seasons. The ex-Eastern Washington Eagle has a career average of 68.8 yards per game (31st all-time). Which is higher than the likes of Larry Fitzgerald, Davantae Adams, and Steve Smith. Yet his average fantasy draft position is 53.08.

Kupp mainly lines up in the slot, which could be a huge problem for the Bucs as their slot CB is Ross Cockrell who is PFF’s 90th graded corner, out of 100 eligible players (45.9 total defense grade). That’s a massive issue as in this young season, Kupp has certainly hit it off with Matthew Stafford, already putting up 3 receiving touchdowns and on average 136 yards per game. Those statistics have made Kupp PFF’s highest-graded receiver with a 90.7 grade over the past two games.

Predictions

This one is tough to call, not only do the Rams have Stafford and Kupp, they also have two First-Team All-Pro defensive players in Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey. That’s a lot for Tampa to deal with. That being said, the Buccaneers also have a dominant nose tackle in Vita Vea, an elite pass rusher in Shaq Barrett, and a great linebacker group including Lavonte David and Devin White.

These two teams looked destined for the postseason, and I really wouldn’t be surprised to see them battle it out in the NFC Championship Game. Right now I’m leaning towards the Rams as they are at home, have a healthier defense, and finally because the Bucs are one weapon down as Antonio Brown has COVID. It’ll be interesting to see how they potentially cope without Darrell Henderson though, should he not be able to play due to his rib cartilage injury. You’d like to think Sony Michel will be the lead back, but knowing McVay, it could be anyone. 

Rams 29 Buccaneers 27

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Britball: Week 13 results

With the season winding down, we have some teams that have played their last fixture this weekend and we have a division or two which has crowned their champion. Cant quite decide if the state of Britball is/was to be expected taking in to account the state of some divisions and teams, I guess it was inevitable to get the state of play that we have.

If you would like to see our podcast this week with the Bournemouth Bobcats, arguable one of the teams of the season (I’ll do an awards post at some point, perhaps), you can find it here:


A debacle in East Kent it seems as an officiating issue caused their game with the Essex Spartans to be cancelled.

The other fixture was able to go ahead and that saw the East Essex Sabres return to winning ways as they get the job done against the Sussex Thunderbolts. Sabres indicated on their Facebook post they were low on numbers so hats off to those potentially going ironman for that game. They are now 5-2 as they head into their last game in week 14 against Essex.

In the Wessex division, Bournemouth finish their positive season at 5-3 and will sit 2nd when the dust settles in the division due to their Head to Head record over Rushmoor…and the fact Rushmoor wont play the same number of games. For Solent, their quest for the unbeaten season travels up the M3 to Farnham to play Rushmoor in week 14. Congratulations to Solent for clinching the division with a game to spare.

Further congratulations go to the Hertfordshire Cheetahs as they defeated the Wembley Stallions in a back and forth game to determine the Thames Valley division champions. Extracting revenge for week 1’s opening defeat sees Wembley suffer their first and only defeat of the season in heartbreaking fashion. 69% (nice) of you voted correctly in our twitter poll so well done to you too, though you have to think it’s perhaps Coach Barnes and all his burner accounts :). From what I gather, they’ll return to SFC 1 Central (assuming divisions revert back to 2019) and they’ll look to push on for a Prem South place in 2022. Wembley did hold a 20-14 lead in this one but just couldn’t see it out.

Staying near the nation’s capital, we saw all teams in action in the London division. The London Warriors eeked out a close victory against the London Blitz. Have no idea of numbers or game flow because….well you know why. What i do know is Blitz held a 12-0 lead in the early goings in that one. The other fixture saw the Kent Exiles finally get over the line and win their first game of the season and battered the London O’s deserved victory considering the toughness Kent have played by and shown this year. Exiles were in the lead early and in cruise control throughout. they were 21-0 up within the first 5 minutes after TDs from their defence on a muffed punt, a James Cook TD and a TD from short field after recovering a fumble. Olympians not able to recover from some key injuries throughout and everything fell right for Kent for once this year.

In East Anglia, Congratulations to the Cambridgeshire Cats who secured their undefeated season and the division Crown as they beat the Ipswich Cardinals in comprehensive fashion. Cats opened up with two rushing scores before QB Mark Rivett grabbed the spotlight with (count them!) at least 6 TD passes, a couple hauled in by Ryan Smith in the 2nd half. A Rivett-ing performance. I bet that isn’t the first time Mark has heard that.

Cambridgeshire seemingly getting stronger as the weeks went on increasing their average points scored in the last few weeks. Worth noting as well that only on one occasion did a team post more than 12 points on the Cats’ defence and had 5 out of 8 games where they either posted a shutout or single digits points given up. On the Ipswich side, I’m glad I could end their season on a correct, albeit comfortable prediction.

The other fixture in the division saw the Colchester Gladiators show no mercy to the Ouse Valley Eagles, who will probably be happy to see the end of the 2021 season. Last few weeks in the lead up saw the Eaagles score some points, but not to be as the curtain draws on a goose egg. Let’s hope they can regroup and go again in 2022.

Business as usual in the Central East as wins for Northants Knights and Nottingham Caesers over the Lincs Lightning and Scunthorpe Alphas respectively. The two best teams in an intriguing division coming on strong for the majority of these season and the Caesers will look to achieve perfection in their final game against Northant. Congrats to Coach Lawless and the guys in Nottingham who caught the eye this year and will be looking forward to seeing them do battle again in 2022 with some strong opposition potentially in the NFC 1 South. For the two defeated teams, there are definitely some positives to take away from 2021 and they’ll be fully fledged outfits come the divisional alignment next year and likely facing off against one another next year.

Moving up to the Hadrians division, and the Yorkshire Rams put up 69 (nice!) on offence and their defence put up an even better number posting a shutout against a fiesty Doncaster team this season. Tyler Broad with a kick return back to the house as well as a score on offence in a good day for him. Same comments apply to Connor Moran who also had a couple of scores through the air. The signs were great out of the gate with Rio Irvine going the distance on the Rams’ first play from scrimmage, 75 yards.

Darlington Steam put up just under half the points of the Rams in their game against DC Presidents and also posting the shutout. It’s been a difficult season for the Presidents but fair paly to them, they’ve kept going. They’ve finished with just the 6 points scored in their 5 games as they sign off 2021. Steam’s offensive MVP had to revert to Center after an ejection and by the looks of it did a pretty good job. Steam had a couple of defensive scores on fumble recoveries (Rob Dowson and Alex Coatsworth) and a kick return TD too from Mikey Healey.

In the Mercia, a close game was anticipated between the Shropshire Revolution and the Sandwell Steelers, but Shropshire have fared pretty well outside of their games with Tamworth and that continued to be the case here. Sandwell. The Steelers finish at 2-5 and Coach Andrew, Coach Butler and co will be putting in the work this offseason as they now prepare for the heavyweights of Britball in the Prem North for 2022 as they try and redirect the train in the same direction it was heading in back in 2019 after a fair amount of tumult in 2021. Shropshire should find themselves in the NFC 1 South along with some other decent teams and certainly looks to be an intriguing division should that division return in 2022 in the way it’s supposed to.

In the cross divisional fixture involving a Mercia team, the Birmingham Bulls nearly put the cats amongst the Falcons (see what I did there) as they threatened to score an upset victory. They took a 13-0 lead in this one and were only 2 points behind going into the 4th before the Leicester Falcons pulled away. Kudos to the Bulls there against stronger opposition on short notice. Matt Dutton scoring a few TDs for the Bulls in a good day personally for him and shout out to the Bulls Twitter as they were playing a game of Chinese whispers whilst they were working. A shout out too for Falcons player Aland Kasraw who recently found out he’ll be going to the NFL Academy.

To the Rose divisions now, where there was only 1 fixture between them. In the Red version, the Lancashire Wolverines did what was expected against the Leigh Miners. This one was 44-0 at the half and that’s all I could find. The few games Leigh have played, I have seen the other teams give them a round of applause of sorts on how they went about their business so we’ll see what Leigh give us in 2022 when they tackle teams at their level. Two games against the Chester Romans and a game against the Wolverines wouldn’t have been easy for most teams and whilst the scorelines had wide margins, hopefully the Miners wont find themselves in that much of a hole next year, though considering their name, that’s what they’d be accustomed to.

The final fixture in England for week 13 saw the Aztecs hammer the Swindon storm in the Severn division, with the other 2 fixtures cancelled due to the withdrawals of Hereford and Worcestershire. Coach Pwles and the Aztecs giving no let up as they have a week or two wait now before they finish off with a game against the South Wales Warriors as they look certain to go the year unbeaten.

It was the turn of the Caledonia division in Scotland and a repeat of the fixtures saw a repeat of the winning teams as East Kilbride travelled to the Tigetrs and beat Glasgow 35-0, though they were made to work hard by Glasgow as this was only 7-0 at the half. The Pirates post their 3rd shutout in their 4 games. Pirates are back guys, if you didnt know. Some TD scorers for the Pirates were Dougie Meechan, Fraser McDonald, David Fallon and Ssarien Liddell, who got his first taste of the endzone with a receiving touchdown.

The other fixture confirmed Edinburgh’s dominance over the Inverclyde Goliaths. 57-12 scoreline continues Edinburghs good form after their week 1 defeat. Not able to give much more than that I am afraid.

Predictions time and I went 16/17 on the predictions, with only only the Olympians denying me for a full house! 156/192 on the season.


Photographer of the week: Tony Small

Well, we didnt get a live stream but i guess the next best thing in terms of visuals is photographs, right? Here is some snaps of the crunch game in the Thames Valley division from Tony Small. Some great action pictures here. For the deficiency in Live streaming that we have in Britball it’s been nice to see it’s been made up in bundles by the photography this year.

Bonus Snap – Spot the Ball Competition.

Saw a great photo in one of the groups I am in, Shout out to Duncan Gray. So here you go, spot the ball. Follow us on Twitter for the answer!

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Britball: Week 13 Preview

A whole host of fixtures even without the plenty of postponed fixtures this week.

Thankfully, some of the Somerset faithful won’t be on my back due to lack of information about their games and there is only one Bristol team playing so i wont have to talk about them too much.

Oxford Saints are trying to find a partner after the London Hornets were forced to withdraw due to Covid issues.

Leicester Falcons were able to find someone that “swiped right” and the Birmingham Bulls will face them in a cross divisional match after the Hereford Stampede couldn’t play ball.

Other fixtures that hit the dust are Northumberland Vikings vs Gateshead Senators, Sussex Thunder pulling out from the season means Rushmoor no longer have a game and South Wales Warriors wont be beating the Worcestershire Black Knights this week. Ho hum.

Let’s get to the fixtures that are playing then, and it seems like an absolute age since the last time we saw some of these teams.

The Wembley Stallions fit that criteria and in what is one of the standout fixtures of the weekend the Thames Valley division will crown it’s winner from this game and it’s all or nothing for these two teams. The first fixture in week 1 (17-9 to Stallions) is going to be totally different compared to today and anyone in the Harrow area, GET YOURSELF DOWN! Should be a cracker and as I say, the division crown up for grabs. Don’t ask me what happens if that ends in a tie. Stalions have a game in hand (vs Oxford Saints) but a win for Herts would see them finish at 7-1 whereas a win for the Stallions gives the a 5-0-2 record. Now I am doubting myself whether a Stallions win gives them the title. Let’s assume yes because if they (somehow) lost to Oxford, that would see them end 5-1-2 which equals a 6-2 record for the Cheetahs but the Stallions get the head to head? Oh we’ll just wait and see. Moral of the story is, get yourself down to the game.

As it stands we have all four teams playing in the London division and it’s the London Blitz’s turn to get hammered by the London Warriors whereas the Kent Exiles get a chance at retribution and revenge and to try and win a game this season after coming so close in numerous games this year, going down 13-15 to the Olympians last time out. Positions in that division pretty much all tied up regardless of results this week.

The Bournemouth Bobcats, who’ll we have on the podcast next week (barring any last minute changes) will be travelling slightly east to go face Solent. Bournemouth one of the more impressive teams this season going in against some of the bigger boys and more than holding their own. I don’t seeing them scaling the heights of Solent in this one but cant wait to get talking to them and get their views on the season and how far they have come from 2019 where they reached a Div 2 bowl game. Solent with a win will continue their unbeaten year and finishing off with a trip to Rushmoor next week.

Couple of fixtures in the South East sees the East Essex Sabres looking to try and bounceback after a bad run of form which saw them defeated by the Squadron last week. Easier assignment here as they travel to the Thunderbolts and a “get right” game for them. Or perhaps Sussex pull off a massive shock? East Kent Mavericks host the Essex Spartans where a win for them clinches the division after the Sabres’ loss last week. Mavericks with a win will pull them back to .500 and a chance for a winning season with a win here and a win against the Squadron next week.

In East Anglia, Cambridgeshire Cats have already won the division by a distance but also have a shot at an unbeaten year and welcome the Ipswich Cardinals who are fresh off their battering given to them by Norwich in one of the more eyebrow raising scorelines of the year. This one finished 32-6 to the Cats last time out and one would fully expects the Cats to not lose any of their lives (to shoe-horn in a metaphor) once this is said and done. Saying that, my record in predicting Ipswich games is not good. Pretty confident this one ends in defeat for Ipswich. Go on Cardinals, I double dare you!

The other fixture sees Ouse Valley travel to Colchester as the Eagles look to try and play for pride in their final game. Colchester secure second spot with a win. Colchester won 21-0 in the corresponding fixture back in July.

In the Central East, the Nottingham Caesers return to the field after their impressive showing on Twitter. They host the Scunthorpe Alphas who have seemingly lost their way after 3 straight defeats, the first of which was against Nottingham. Can they put in a final performance and run Nottingham close?

Northants Knights have been going great guns recently and they travel to Bourne to face the Lightning. Games involving South Lincs are usually low scorers, will that trend continue ere. All 3 games involving them have mustered 42 points collectively, something in which the Knights are used to nearing putting up each week. A win for the Knights would guarantee them a winning season, which is a fine effort from them. A win for the lightning still gives them a shot at a .500 season, with their final fixture coming against the Bombers.

Another two teams that we haven’t seen for a while is the DC Presidents and the Darlington Steam, who last took the field at the end of August when they played each other, with the Steam taking victory and there’s not really much evidence to expect anything different this week as that’s the only fixture in the Hadrians division, due to the Vikings and Senators not playing.

You have to go even further back in time to find the last time the Yorkshire Rams played a game. After 2 cancelled fixtures, they (fingers crossed) finally take the field this week in what should be a good game with the Doncaster Mustangs who have been battling hard through their games, come win or lose. They’ll hope to fare better than the 57-0 loss they suffered back in their gameweek 2 as they close out the season. A win would mean a 4-4 record and a non losing season, which isn’t a bad carrot to dangle if you ever needed one. The scalp of Yorkshire is also a decent carrot to dangle, too. A win for Yorkshire would take them to 4-0 ahead of their clash with the Sheffield Giants next week and both teams may be heading into the one undefeated.

Is it another case of pick your winning margin for the Lancashire Wolverines as they face the Leigh Miners. Leigh have nearly given up an average of 100 pts through their 3 games and this one finished 86-7 in Leigh’s first game. Leigh and Crewe face off next week which will be interesting to watch as both teams are likely going for their first win. Up and down season for Lancashire in a tough division but should be able to play with freedom in this one.

To the Mercia division and the game where Shorpshire travel to face Sandwell. Can Sandwell start to pick up some momentum heading in to the offseason or will Shropshire continue to grind out results against teams not named Tamworth. This one finished 13-0 last time to Shropshire so another low scoring punishing game could be on the cards in the final game of the season for both teams. As previously mentioned there is a cross division game between the Falcons and the Bulls with the former likely to take the win. I am unaware of whether this one counts towards W/L totals in their respective divisions.

In the Bulls division, the Sever, there is a game taking place and the Aztecs travel to Swindon to face the Storm. No more needs to be said on that (wink face).

We round off north of the border and it’s taken me to the middle of September to realise that the Scottish division seem to be alternating in fixtures. This week it’s the return of the Caledonia division and the East Kilbride Pirates will be looking for more of the same as their impressive start has seen them go 3 wins from 3, 6pts conceded and 124pts scored, 57 of which were scored in this corresponding fixture 2 weeks ago. Inverclyde have had a rough time in their opening two fixtures, scoring the 6 pts that East Kilbride have given up but took a battering against the Edinburgh Wolves last time out. Wins for East Kilbride and Edinburgh will see even more daylight between themselves and the Tigers/Goliaths.

Don’t forget, the Scottish divisions will be continuing well into October.

Predictions are below for this week as I try and improve on my poor performance last week. I am hoping to get the Bournemouth Bobcats on the mics next week so keep you eyes and ears peeled for that on YouTube and wherever you get your podcasts. Don’t forget if you are a budding GB Lion wannabe and show the national coaches what you have got, head over to our post surrounding the GB Lions Trials announcement or checkout our interview with Lions HC Jason Scott for a bit more info around that. Deadline for registering interest is 30th September but I am well informed that there are already almost 300 registrations entered.

Enjoy your football, wherever you go to get it, I’ll be back next week to review and praise another Photographer.


Predictions:

  • Essex to beat East Kent
  • Cambridgeshire to beat Ipswich
  • Lancashire to beat Leigh
  • Colchester to beat Ouse Valley
  • East Essex to beat Sussex
  • London O’s to beat Kent
  • Yorkshire to beat Doncaster
  • Shropshire to beat Sandwell
  • Bristol to beat Swindon
  • Northants to beat S.Lincs
  • Hertfordshire to beat Wembley
  • Leicester to beat Birmingham
  • Solent to beat Bournemouth
  • Nottingham to beat Scunthorpe
  • Darlington to beat DC
  • Edinburgh to beat Inverclyde
  • London Warriors to beat Blitz
  • East Kilbride to beat Glasgow.
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Britball: Week 12 review

As we make our way through the “back 9” of the Britball season in the Mens contact game, an interesting set of results to get our teeth into.

Before we do though, bit of news to tell you about on the international scene.

If you are wanting to try and get involved with the GB Lions, the men’s team are holding trials on the 23rd of October at the University of Nottingham. You can find out more here.


This weekend was all about the number 12.

Week 12 on the 12th September saw 12 (minus 7) teams score 12 points. I wonder if there were 12 drummers drumming at any of the games. The Sussex Thunderbolts at the twelfth hour (to be confirmed, trying to fit a narrative here) did one part of their name and bolted from their game against the East Kent Mavericks and from what i’ve seen about, seemingly at quite short notice. Not sure as to the reasoning why.

Let’s get to perhaps the shock of the weekend first though, and over in the East Anglia division which saw the Norwich Devils obliterate the Ipswich Cardinals 63-0. What isn’t a shock of course is me being able to predict Ipswich Cardinals results and was on the wrong end of that one yet again. What did I do to deserve this, Ipswich? Norwich must have been pleased with the results over their local rivals as they took the time to tweet about it and is their first tweet since June 6th. What goes on the Internet, stays on the Internet. On the Ipswich side, let’s just say their Twitter was a vidiprinter full of Norwich scoreline updates.

Staying in East Anglia and some things that are predictable, the Cambridgeshire Cats take their season to 7 wins from 7 over the Ouse Valley Eagles with a seemingly comfortable victory. Looking on the bright side for Ouse Valley, there was a closer winning margin and they managed to score 12 more than they did in the previous fixture. Their final game comes up this week against Colchester to try and prevent themselves from going 0-8 on the year.

Let’s go to the battle of the Bristol teams. Both teams winning yet again in their respective divisions, both teams again posting shutouts. The Apache get the bigger win this week as they demolish the Cornwall Monarchs 52-0, the Aztecs beat the South Wales Warriors, despite a slow start (8-0 after the first quarter). The Apache are 194 in the points difference column, the Aztecs are now 184 on points difference (assuming my maths is correct, BAFA website still has the Aztecs fixture as a fixture and not a result, happy days). The Apache have 1 remaining fixture against the Wyverns, and the Aztecs have two fixtures left. Have to think the Aztecs win the Points difference race with the Apache. Other fixture in the South West saw the Somerset Wyverns get an expected victory over the Jurassic Coast Raptors, 44-8.

Talking of battles, it’s usually a good game between any teams in the Thames Valley and this week saw the Hertfordshire Cheetahs and the London Blitz B do battle, Blitz B headed out to a 9-0 lead before Hertfordshire responded with 21 unanswered. Absolutely huge game in week 13 between the top two Cheetahs and Stallions in a repeat of Week 1. Winner takes all! You love to see it. Please for the love of god, someone get a live stream down there.

The Mercia saw just one fixture and Shropshire take no prisoners against the Railroaders at home, 56-0. They improve to 4-2 with their final game coming this upcoming weekend against Sandwell, could be a sneaky good game that to finish off.

In a repeat of Week 11, the Manchester Titans complete a quick double over the Chester Romans, Manchester pulling away in the second half, something we are used to seeing this year. If you wanna beat the Titans, you have to be perfect for 4 quarters. Manchester, still to wrap up the division face Merseyside in a few weeks time in their last game of the season against Merseyside, the nighthawks defeated the Lancashire Wolverines in the other fixture in the Red Rose division. I’m not sure if it comes down to H2H or points difference, but Titans all but mathematically division winners I believe, let me know if I am wrong. Either way, would be nice to still have something to play for in a division game at the end of the season.

Same comments apply in the Central east as Nottingham have all but secured that crown, 2 game lead with 2 to play, but Northants continue their good season with yet another strong performance against the Alphas. Scunthorpe’s season somewhat fizzling out with 3 straight defeats after their awarded win against the Alphas, the Alphas have only actually won on the field once, which came in their first game. Be interesting to see how they get on in the off-season and in 2022. Scunthorpe face the Caesers next whereas Knights face the South Lincolnshire Lightning. If results go a certain way, there is a chance the Knights could face the Caesers for the division crown on 26th September for the title. Due to the game imbalance, however, I’m not sure Northants can win. Who the hell knows, not me.

What I do know is, I got the Rushmoor game prediction wrong as Bournemouth take their mini series with the Knights 2-1 with a hard fought victory. They secure 2nd place in that division where only 3 teams are left standing at all. Couple more fixtures to play out there too. Bournemouth, a Div 2 team in 2019 are outdoing themselves for the division they are in, in amongst future or past Prem South teams, a pat on the back for those all involved with the team. If any of you Bobcats are reading, please reach out, love to get you on a podcast.

The final fixture to cover in England was a cracker, the South East Squadron, relative unknowns heading in to the season squeak past the East Essex Sabres, who have shown good form this season.

After trying to find some more info about game flow etc, I noted their Twitter account said is was temporarily restricted due to unusual activity. Not sure if that’s because they won again? Anywho, after that surprise win, they now sit at 2-1 with 1 game to play which will beagainst the Mavericks at the end of the month.

Moving to Scotland and you have to love the fact we got a 0-0 result, right?

The long trip down from Invergordon to South West Scotland must have taken the wind out of the Stags sails as both teams come up empty in a bore draw. It certainly is more difficult to have a full game played ending in a shutout for both sides.

Dumfries Hunters took full advantage and extend their lead at the top of the Satlire division. Dunfermline were without some offensive lineman and if you ever have that in Britball, you really are behind the 8 ball. A fair amount of fixtures still to play but Dumfries sit at 3-0 with head to heads over all of the teams currently. They have 2 away fixtures up coming so can they keep it going?

Prediction-wise, bad week for me. 9/14 correct, 140/175 on the season. Try again next week.


Photographer of the week: Des Fisher – nearthecoast.com/gridironuk

This week we head to East Anglia and a nice varied set of snaps by the photographer Des Fisher who, from the looks of one photo, may have been trying to camouflage himself but was spotted by the chain gang and officials! We also had a spectator give the signal for a touchdown, you love to see it. Get him on board, BAFRA!

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Britball: GB Lions Trials

For those of you playing in the Britball game, you may have caught wind of the announcement(s) regarding the Great britain Men’s team Open Trials!

Anyone thinking of trying to reach the pinnacle of the sport her ein this country and play for the GB Lions, GO AND HAVE A GO!

HC Jason Scott joined us to talk more about it here:

Coach Scott is looking for a massive turnout to push the national team and game on from where it currently is. He’s installed his coaching staff and team to help facilitate his future plans to help the GB team compete with the likes of France, Germany, Austria and the like but is under no illusions of the battle and slog that is ahead of him and his team.

Further details below:

Location – David Ross Sports Village, Beeston Lane, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RJ

Date – 23rd October

Open to all registered BAFA players with insurance, etc. further info on the YouTube Channel.

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NFL Request A Bet Roundup – Week 1

By Tom Pain @BettingGSW –

Welcome to the first in hopefully a successful series looking at Request-A-Bets. These offer great opportunities to find massive value bets if you can sort out the few decent bets from the mountain of rubbish. Most of my selections will be on Skybet, they offer the most variety and I assume most people have access to a Skybet account. 


6pm Match RequestABets – NFL Week 1 RedZone Treble Price Boost & RequestABet Specials


The first bet to recommend is on Skybet, and this is purely a price play. In a 17 game season, giving us 18 weeks of football, this bet at 300/1 only needs to hit once every 16 seasons to make it a value proposition.  

Both Teams To Score A Rushing TD in each of the 6pm Games @ 300/1

This next offering from Sky also looks enticing. It’s hard to know how the Saints will be with Winston under centre but you have to fancy Kamara to get into the endzone and 60+ yards likely only needs him to break one or two big runs off. You also have to think the Saints lean on Kamara early given Winston’s history of interceptions. Chubb is also a risk given the Chiefs could be 21-0 up before the first quarter ends, but like Kamara, Chubb could break one for 60+ yards at any time. At 25/1 it looks a good play. 

A.Jones, A.Kamara & N.Chubb 60+ Rushing Yards & 1+ TD Each @ 25/1


Later Games RequestABet Specials – NFL Week 1 RedZone Treble Price Boost & RequestABet Specials


RequestABet Specials 80/1 and above – Los Angeles Rams v Chicago Bears

A bet I find interesting is “Either QB 500+ Passing Yards” – this bet isn’t on every game but I’m sure Skybet will price it up if asked. The maths to this bet make it an interesting proposition on every match. Since the start of the 2016 season there have been 9 times a QB has hit 500+ passing yards. With 272 games in a season, that means in the 5 seasons since the start of the 2016 season there have been 1632 games. With 9 instances of 500+ passing yards, this means we expect to see it around once every 181 games. This means odds of 200/1 or better would make it a value bet. 

Therefore, I suggest a bet of:

Either QB 500+ Passing Yards @ 200/1

This bet is recommended on any game at any price of 200/1 or greater. 

RequestABet Specials – Kansas City Chiefs v Cleveland Browns

We have to look at betting RABs on the Chiefs. The bet that stood out for me is:

Chiefs -5, N.Chubb & T.Hill 1+ Anytime Touchdown Each, P.Mahomes 300+ Passing Yards @ 7/1

RequestABet Specials up to 5/1 – Tennessee Titans v Arizona Cardinals

The final bet I will recommend is on the Titans Cardinals match. Again a price play, this bet could well be 4/6 (1.66) a couple of weeks into the season, so at 11/8 (2.38) it has to be a bet. 

Derrick Henry 100+ Rushing Yards & to Score a TD @ 11/8

Hopefully Sky will price up earlier next week and I can give more detailed explanations. 

Best of luck this week, I’m confident we will hit a 3-figure bet at some point this season. 

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Britball: Week 12 Preview

Move aside NFL, you imposters! Britball is still going! Well….yeah is depending on who you ask.

If the NFL opening kickoff whetted your appetite, then get yourself down to your local Britball team on Sunday afternoon, support our game before you come back for your Sunday Roast and the main week 1 games in the NFL.

The fixture list starting to look a little bit bare inside the cupboard, similar to Arsenal’s trophy cabinet over the past 10 years.

But enough dunking on a team that is in a relegation 6 pointer this weekend to focus on the UK pigskin.

The Saltire division sees all 4 teams in action again and Dumfries welcome Dunfermline to their home turf after beating them away in Duloch a few weeks ago. Kings led at half time in that one and will look to have a better 2nd half in this one compared to the previous fixture. A Kings win would make this division particularly interesting, especially if the Highland Stags are able to replicate their previous performance against Clyde Valley as they make the trip down to south Glasgow. A win for Dumfries and Clyde Valley would see Dumfries take a very comfortable lead in the division.

Talking of comfortable leads, we head to the Red rose and the top 4 teams in action. Manchester Titans are used to comfortable leads and they meet Chester for the 2nd time in two weeks after their dominant performance last week at home against the Romans in the Red Rose division. The Red Rose also sees the Merseyside Nighthawks who havent had any troubles scoring this year and demolished Lancashire the last time these two met. Merseyside travelling this time and Lancashire will be hoping for more potency on offence and more stoutness on defence. Can anyone stop Manchester in this division?

It’s similar comments to the western divisions and Bristol as both the Apache (South West) and Aztecs (Severn) look to try and outdo each other in their respective division. They are both in action this week against the Cornwall Monarchs and South Wales Warriors respectively. I wonder if the Bristol Aztecs (115pts scored from 4 games) and Bristol Apache (154 from 6) have a side game on for points scored on offence or defence (Aztecs conceded 8, Apache 12)?!?!

The other fixture in that part of the country is the Somerset Wyverns hosting the Jurassic Coast Raptors, and the Wyverns coming off a very good win last week against Cornwall. The Raptors playing their final game of the season, going in with a 2-5 record.

We have a rearranged fixture in the Thames Valley as the previously postponed fixture between the Cheetahs and Blitz B will be played this week. Good to know someone on Socials is helping us out, shoutout Coach Barnes! Cheetahs at 5-1 can ill afford a defeat with the Wembley Stallions right there with them. Blitz B unlikely to win the division from here, but still mathematically possible I guess.

Plenty of fixtures over in the eastern divisions, we start off in the South East as we get to see the SE Squadron once more, sitting at 1-1 as they host the East Essex Sabres. Win needed for the Sabres here to keep on the coat tails of Essex Spartans, being a game behind, playing a game less. The Squadron are 1-1 with just 2 fixtures left for them including this one. The other fixture sees the 1-3 East Kent Mavericks host the winless Sussex Thunderbolts, Mavericks took this one comfortably last time out by a 62-8 scoreline.

In East Anglia, Cambridgeshire’s quest for perfection continues as they host the Ouse Valley Eagles and I dont see any upset in the making here unfortunately for Eagles fans. Ipswich return to action to try and tempt me in to a wrong prediction again as they travel to Norwich to face the Devils. Ipswich vs Norwich always a war no matter the sport, here is no different. Should be in for a belter regardless as the last matchup was won by a single point by the Cardinals. Their 2019 fixtures also saw close games including a tie.

In the Central East, just the one fixture sees the 3-2 Northants Knights travel to Scunthorpe to face the 3-3 Alphas. A winning record and pride at stake here with the Caesers securing the division title already. Northants took the fixture 2 weeks ago 32-8.

In the South, Rushmoor finally have a home fixture as they welcome Bournemouth. Their only other scheduled home fixture to date was a walkover win against Sussex. Wonder if they had gotten used to being away. This is the third fixture against the Bobcats, both teams winning 1 so this is the decider! Gutted I wont be able to make this one being a stone’s throw away from Rushmoor, hopefully catch their final fixture at home against Solent later in the month.

We round off in the Mercia, just the one fixture. Crewe travel to Shropshire in their challenge to get a victory in the win column. These two teams are yet to face off this year and Crewe have 2 further fixtures to play in order to try and find that elusive win. Shropshire travel to Sandwell next week in their final game.

If you are going to a game or are affiliated with any of the teams, would love for you to post me some stats/highlights/big plays via @F10YBritball on social media to give me a bit of colour to add in to my reviews, jsut a few weeks left now in England/Wales whilst there is still a bit longer in the season for those up in Scotland.

We are nearly there folks, enjoy the action if you are going. Photographers get your lenses at the ready too! My predictions are below and I’ll bring you all the results next week as usual!


  • Bristol to beat Cornwall
  • Cambridgeshire to beat Ouse Valley
  • Somerset to beat Jurassic Coast
  • Bristol to beat South Wales
  • Manchester to beat Chester
  • Dunfermline to beat Dumfries
  • Shropshire to beat Crewe
  • East Kent to beat Sussex B
  • Merseyside to beat Lancashire
  • Highland to beat Clyde Valley
  • Rushmoor to beat Bournemouth
  • Northants to beat Scunthorpe
  • East Essex to beat SE Squadron
  • Ipswich to beat Norwich
  • Hertfordshire to beat Bltiz B
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Fantasy: Week 1 Start/Sits

Pads are going on, laces are being tied and Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season is knocking on the door. This article is for this middle tier QB/WR/TE’s for each week that do not have a favorable matchup and will come in under the projected fantasy points for the week. The Elite options will never be recommended to sit at the position regardless of the match up.

These projections are as of Wednesday 09/08/21 on Sleeper’s platform: Let’s take a look at a few matchups for Week 1:


Quarterbacks

Start

Baker Mayfield OVER 22 points (PPR 6 point passing TD) –  Baker’s start to the 2020 season was not good and faced a few great defenses between weeks 1-3 (Washington ended up as the top defense, BAL finished at number 3) to go along with a new head coach Kevin Stefanski running the team. The Brown’s are playing against KC, who will put up points. Baker was a top 8 QB from week 12 on last year, 2 top 2 finishes and 1st against NE in week 16..

Honorable mentions: Trevor Lawrence, Sam Darnold, Tom Brady


Sit

Justin Herbert  I’m pumping to breaks on Herb’s first game against the ferocious Washington defense. The second year QB will be facing this defense for the first time in his career and didn’t play at all in the preseason. Washington had the 6th most sacks and  fifth most interceptions. Limit expectations for top 12 finish for Herbert and finish UNDER 25 points (6 point passing TD)

Honorable mentions: Matthew Stafford, Ben Roethlisberger, Tua Tagovailoa


Running Backs

Start

Damien Harris Stats, News, Bio | ESPN

Damien Harris OVER 12points (PPR 6 point passing TD)- What is the best way to get a rookie QB acclimated in the NFL? Short passes to build confidence. Last year NE faced Miami week one, Cam Newton ran for 75 yards on 15 carries and 2 TDs. Harris will rarely (if any) be on the field for 3rd downs, however Harris has pass catching ability that will allow him to beat his projection week 1. Count me in as Harris finishing OVER 12 points against Miami

Honorable mentions: Gus Edwards, Raheem Mostert, Jamaal Williams


Sit

D'Andre Swift Stats, News, Bio | ESPN

D’Andre Swift- Touchdowns, penalties and groin injuries are bound to occur in any NFL season. Swift has been limited all of training camp with his groin injury. Worst case scenario for any fantasy manager is week 1 first snap get injured and end up with a dud in your fantasy lineup. New head coach, free agency addition Jamall Williams and a new QB adds to the confusion on what to expect week 1. He draws an unfavorable match up against SF (number one against run defense last year). Sit Swift for a week to figure out the game plan going forward as I believe he will be UNDER the 12 points (PPR 6 points rushing TD).

Honorable mentions: Ronald Jones, Josh Jacobs, Javonte Williams


Wide Receivers

Start

Robby Anderson Stats, News and Video - WR | NFL.com

Robby Anderson OVER 16 points (PPR 6 point passing TD) – In the first 5 weeks of the 2020 NFL season, Robby had WR 2 or better fantasy finishes with Teddy Bridgewater leading the charge. In 2 of the 5 games CMC was there and Anderson still finished with 18 targets, 223 yards and a touchtown. Just to add an extra boost, Anderson averaged 12 yards per target. Revenge game for Robby and Sam Darnold. Fire up Robby against the NY Jets.

Honorable mentions: Tyler Boyd, Dionate Johnson, Marvin Jones

Sit

Chase Claypool Stats, News, Bio | ESPN

Chase Claypool UNDER 14 points (PPR 6 point passing TD): Claypool last year was a big boom/bust and had a bit of a rookie fever hype after being the top WR in week 5 of the 2020 NFL season. Big Ben has lots of options, we know Dionate Johnson (part of my start option above) will get his share, Juju could be more involved, rookie Najee Harris making his regular season debut. Claypool finished outside of the top 36 eight times showing his can truly disappear. Let’s see who Big Ben will have as his go to target this year or if Claypool can hit with a long touchdown against BUF.

Honorable mentions: Kenny Golladay, Jaylen Waddle, Brandin Cooks


Tight Ends

Start

NFL Players | Past & Current NFL Players | NFL.com

Logan Thomas  OVER 12 points (PPR 6 point passing TD): Ryan Fitzpatrick is ready to rock and roll with WFT for week 1. Last season Los Angeles Chargers finished as the 25th best fantasy defense, giving up just under 20 points each game. Thomas is expected to be a large part of this team moving forward with the large contract extension this offseason. Finished as the TE 3 last season.

Honorable mentions:  Jonnu Smith, Austin Hooper, Mike Gesicki

Sit

Noah Fant Stats, News, Bio | ESPN

Noah Fant  UNDER 11.5 points (PPR 6 point passing TD:  The New York Giants defense doesn’t scare you as a fantasy manager, however the pass catching options should for Denver with Jeudy, Sutton, Hamler, Gordon/Williams could all get a piece of the pie not leaving a lot left over. I believe there are better options to start this week with the leg injury lingering into the start of the week.

Honorable mentions:  Dallas Goedert, Hunter Henry, Cole Kmet


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Britball: Week 11 Results

Unfortuantely, not the most competitive of weeks as could we be seeing a trend as the later weeks of the season are being played out? Or was it just a coincidence of matchups? We’ll have to wait and see.

Let’s start north of the border where some hammerings handed out in the Caledonia division. The East Kilbride Pirates were not in a mood to mess around as they post a 50 burger and also a shutout, that’s a win-win for Coach McLaughlin and that Pirates team. The Edinburgh Wolves were just as dominant and achieved the same 50 burger shutout on home soil against the Inverclyde Goliaths, and was slightly surprised to see Inverclyde struggle to the point of drawing a blank. These results mean there is 2 sets of two with East Kilbride and Edinburgh clear of the other two. They’ll have a chance to extend that gap as the exact same fixture occur in two weeks time in week 13.

A game I didnt expect to see a wide margin was the Wyverns dethroning the Monarchs. The Wyverns continue their hot streak after their opening game loss, now on a 4 game winning streak. Mike Ellacott and Tom Bowering both scoring multiple TDs in a fight for MVP. Who won? Don’t know. But as has been the case an awful lot this year, the opening score was a safety for the Wyverns and they never looked back, thanks to Lucan on the Wyverns Socials!

One way traffic which was expected to be the case in the other game in the division, and this was called early too. The Apache far too strong for the Torbay Trojans, who are now 0-7 with the solitary fixture against the Monarchs left to go to try and change that, or at least add some points on the board which currently stands at 16. They did score 7 against Cornwall last time out, so here’s my fingers crossed for them to try and end on a positive. The Monarchs face the Apache next week.

In the Len Goodman division (Severn…I’m so sorry), the team from Bristol were just as unforgiving and punishing the Birmingham Bulls for the audacity to score a pick six for the first points in the game, by Ross (don’t know the surname, let’s assume it’s Gellar). 46 unanswered then for the Aztecs including defensive scores which included a safety too. The other fixture saw the South Wales Warriors defeat the Hereford Stampede. This one was 22-0 to South Wales before a bad injury to one of the Warriors led to a lengthy delay. Thankfully the game was able to be finished and Hereford were able seemingly to capitalise on the loss of focus from the Warriors players.

Couple of easy victories for the teams scoring 55 in the Mercia division, Shropshire going down but able to score a FG in their loss at home to Tamworth, meaning the Phoenix are unbeaten in all facets (youth, etc) apparently this year and the Leicester Falcons made short work at home against Staffordshire. Certainly no “mercy-a” here(look, I’m sorry, alright!). I’d give you the updated league table, but it looks a mess with one team playing 3 games and others playing 5 or 6, I’ll just wait til the end of the season when it’s a bit more level.

The Chester Romans were always going to be in for a tougher time of it after their last few fixtures against the Leigh Miners, and the Manchester Titans defence (and offence) were exactly as billed. Motivated by their lower power ranking from another Britball media outlet to the Sheffield Giants, Manchester conquer the Romans empire convincingly. they have continued to dominate in the division this season, with 42points their lowest points tally on offence. QB Sam Bloomfield continuing to lead a high powered offence to points and more importantly, victories. Bad news for the Romans, the two teams face off again (hopefully) next week.

On the South Coast, Rushmoor could not pull many punches against a crushing Solent team. Really looking forward to see what Solent can do in the Prem South next year. They go 6-0 on the season (7-0 if you include the O’s victory) with a resounding 42-6 victory against Rushmoor, who I am STILL waiting to play a home game so I can go watch. They face Bournemouth at home next week, but I’m in bloody Birmingham. Any chance of getting that fixture relocated fellas? Big game that one in the race for 2nd place, with both teams at 3-2 and both eerily having similar points for and against.

Ad 6 points to that above fixture and you have the scoreline from the South East fixture in favour of the Essex Spartans (48) beating the Thunderbolts (12). Nick Walter with a 70yard TD run for the Spartans, probably one of the plays of the week. Well, if it wasnt for the Thunderbolts recovering a fumble on their goal line to then take back the distance of the pitch. If someone has that highlight, please let me watch it. I’ve probably read the tweet wrong and Essex fumble on their own goaline, but let my imagination have this one, please.

In the London division, the London Warriors played a game and won a game (copy and paste for all future Warriors’ fixtures). Demolish the Olympians 68-6 and probably don’t need to say any more about it apart from the Olympians TD was an 80 yard receiving TD by Kadeem Crabbe.

Couple of fixtures in the Thames Valley saw the London Blitz B secure victory in what looked to be a decent tussle against the Oxford Saints. Highlight of a Saints TD below, lovely catch in the endzone. Number 28 of the Blitz B not being able to locate the football to make a play.

The Saints got to within 11 points in the 3rd, but Blitz B pulling away at a canter.

The Wembley Stallions defeated the London Hornets in the other fixture as they improve to 4-0-2. All eyes on 19th September as they face the Hertfordshire Cheetahs in a potential winner takes all fixture in the Thames Valley.

In the East Anglia division, just the one fixture and an expected result saw the Cambridgeshire Cats continue their dominance of the division as they defeat the Colchester Gladiators, improving to 6-0. As they have swept the Gladiators, I think that gives them the division as with two games left to play, they have a two game lead over them and a far superior points difference. Congratulations to them (if confirmed).

Saving the closest fixture to last, it sounded like a right ding dong battle in the White Rose between Doncaster and Humber. I chose incorrectly in terms of predictions but was a close one right to the finish. Humber converting on 3rd down after the two minute warning to be able to kneel out of victory formation. Prior to that, it seemed as if you have to make big time plays to score in this one with defences on top. Doncaster score on a 4th and 5 from the Humber 13, Jon Green with the reception of the arm of Joseph Canseco (great name, sounds like he;s the striker for Villareal), only for Humber to break off a big run for the score to wrestle back the lead. Humber finish their season off with a game against Knottingley, where a win will give them a 6-1 record for the year, sterling effort, chaps. Doncaster finish off with a tough assignment against Yorkshire.

In terms of predictions, I went 14/16 with Doncaster and Cornwall my erroneous selections. 131/161 for the season (81% correct).


Photographer of the week: Duncan Gray

How can you not have the photographer of the week coming from the team with the best helmets (apparently!). East Kilbride’s thumping of Glasgow on show here.