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