Sunday 30th June – By Thomas Rowberry (@Rowberry_) & Tim Monk (@Tim_MonkF10Y)
Week 12 of the BAFA National Leagues saw more blowouts than a bad electrician throughout all three tiers of British American Football with 17 of the 21 games played decided by more than one two scores, seven of these results saw shutout victories for the Northumberland Vikings, Sandwell Steelers, Shropshire Revolution, Bury Saints, Halton Spartans, Swindon Storm and London Blitz B. The latter two also able to hit the half century.
In what is sure to be many peoples result of the weekend we saw the now 5-2 Manchester Titans fall at the hands of the now 2-6 Edinburgh Wolves. Tamworth are handed back the initiative whilst sitting at home. Tamworth face the Wolves next week.
The close run race that is the NFC 1 South division saw more twists as the Shropshire Revolution took advantage of bye-weeks for both the Lancashire Wolverines and Nottingham Caesars, whilst the division leading Sandwell Steelers continued their dominance with a crushing 43-0 blowout against Chester.
The recently featured Coach McLaughlin and his East Kilbride Pirates continued their quest to promotion with a dominant 52-6 victory against the Aberdeen Roughnecks showing that despite being already qualified for the playoffs prior to the game, Scottish pride was more than enough to evoke motivation from the Pirates squad. The Northumberland Vikings kept up their quest for a playoff lock with an equally impressive 42-0 performance against the Glasgow Tigers.
In the SFC1 east, the London hornets edged out the Cambridgeshire Cats, keeping up the pressure on the Cats and now moving to within 1 game of the lead. All to play for in that division. Shame most of the other divisions aren’t as tight.
In the second division we saw the Birmingham Bulls crowned the NFC 2 South Champions following their 21-7 road win against the Lincolnshire Bombers. The Swindon Storm climbed to .500 in style by racking up 69 unanswered points against the lowly Hastings Conquerors, who have battled hard but unfortunately not troubled the scoreboard this season to this point.
I really want Hastings to have a final scoreline of 10-66. Anyone else?
Edinburgh Wolves 17 – Manchester Titans 6
Bristol Aztecs 8 – London Blitz 20
Kent Exiles 8 – London Olympians 28
NFC 1 North
East Kilbride Pirates 52 – Aberdeen Roughnecks 6
Glasgow Tigers 0 – Northumberland Vikings 42
NFC 1 South
Chester Romans 0 – Sandwell Steelers 43
Shropshire Revolution 43 – Doncaster Mustangs 0
SFC 1 Central
Hertfordshire Cheetahs 6 – Sussex Thunder 23
Oxford Saints 7 – Berkshire Renegades 26
Portsmouth Dreadnoughts 9 – Solent Thrashers 47
SFC 1 East
Cambridgeshire Cats 6 – London Hornets 9
Ouse Valley Eagles 0 – Bury Saints 27
NFC 2 Central
Knottingley Raiders 0 – Halton Spartans 47
Morecambe Bay Storm 16 – Furness Phantoms 43
NFC 2 South
Humber Warhawks 14 – Staffordshire Surge 8
Lincolnshire Bombers 7 – Birmingham Bulls 21
SFC 2 East
Ipswich Cardinals 21 – East Essex Sabres 7
Norwich Devils 6 – Essex Spartans 8
SFC 2 South
Hastings Conquerors 0 – Swindon Storm 69
London Blitz B 68 – Jurassic Coast Raptors 0
SFC 2 West
Worcestershire Black Knights 6 – Somerset Wyverns 44