Uniball – Week 3 Fixtures

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All Games Sunday 17/11/19 unless stated

🎥 = Live Stream


  • Coventry Jets v Nottingham Gold
  • Durham Saints v Stirling Clansmen 🎥 (13:00)


  • RESULT: Birmingham Lions 16 -2 UWE Bullets (Sat, 16/11)
  • Hertfordshire Hurricanes v Swansea Titans

🏈 D1 NORTH 🏈

  • Newcastle Raiders v Edinburgh Predators
  • Edinburgh Napier Knights v Northumbria Mustangs


  • Sheffield Sabres v Sheffield Hallam Warriors
  • Leeds Gryphons v UCLAN Rams


  • Derby Braves v NTU Renegades
  • Loughborough Uni v Warwick Wolves

🏈 D1 SOUTH 🏈

  • Portsmouth Destroyers v Brighton Panthers
  • Surrey Stingers v RHUL Bears


  • Imperial Immortals v Brunel Burners
  • Kent Falcons v Essex Blades


  • Cardiff Cobras v Bath Killer Bees
  • Worcester Royals v Southampton Stags


  • Heriot-Watt Wolverines v York Centurions
  • YSJ Jaguars v Sunderland Spartans

🏈 D2 NORTH 🏈

  • Tarannau Aberystwyth v Bradford Bears
  • Liverpool Raptors v MMU Eagles
  • Manchester Tyrants v Bangor Muddogs


  • Nottingham 2 v Chester Legion
  • Lincoln Colonials v Keele Crusaders

🏈 D2 SOUTH 🏈

  • OBU Panthers v Sussex Saxons
  • Chichester Spitfires v Oxford Lancers
  • UCL Emperors v Kingston Cougars


  • ARU Rhinos v Canterbury Chargers
  • Greenwich Mariners v City Wolfpack


  • Plymouth Blitz v Bournemouth Uni Bobcats
  • Bath Spa Bulldogs v Gloucestershire Gladiators
  • Solent Redhawks v Bristol Barracuda

Uniball Results – Week 1


3/11/2019 – Week 1

  • Games: 23
  • 50 burgers: 1
  • Shutouts: 7
  • One Score Games: 5
  • Biggest winnign margin: 47
  • 1 Void, 1 Walkover


Nottingham 6 – 13 Stirling

Leeds Beckett (W/O) – Coventry

Swansea 20 – 0 East Anglia

UWE 26 – 0 Hertfordshire

Northern Tier 1

Northumbria 6 – 14 Hull

Edinburgh 2 – 22 Newcastle

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Midlands Tier 1

Loughborough 9 – 30 Derby

Warwick 11 – 7 Nottingham Trent

Yorkshire Tier 1

UCLan 8 – 32 Sheffield Hallam

South West Tier 1

Southampton 26 – 0 Bath

Worcester V-V Cardiff

Southern Tier 1

Royal Holloway 32 – 8 Brighton

South Eastern 1A

Kent 42 – 14 Imperial

Borders Tier 2

Glasgow 17 – 12 Heriot-Watt

York St John 42 – 20 UWS

Northern Tier 2

Edge Hill 20 – 6 Lancaster

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Midlands Tier 2

Chester 12 – 18 Leicester

Staffordshire 50 – 6 Huddersfield

South Western Tier 2

Bournemouth 47 – 0 Bath Spa

UWE 0 – 33 Solent

Bristol 38 – 11 Plymouth

Southern Tier 2

Kingston 32 – 0 Winchester

South Eastern Tier 2

Kings College 36 – 0 East London

BAFA Semi Finals Preview

By Tim Monk – @Tim_MonkF10Y

No-one remembers losing semi finalists. All these teams will be giving it their all to appear in their respective division finals and look for that promotion or the title of Britbowl Champions. Who gets in? Tim’s gives his previews below, don’t forget to check out the recent podcast where we spoke to a few teams about the upcoming games.


Manchester Titans @ London Warriors

We love the Titans here at the Full10Yards, but I am not quite sure that they will be able to topple the defending Britbowl champions. They’ve met in previous years and we know QB Sam Bloomfield will give it his all, as will the whole team. But the travel down from Manchester to the Nation’s capital is just one of many obstacles that stand in their way and they’ll come up short here as the Warriors will make another Final.

Prediction: Warriors by a 14.

London Blitz @ Tamworth Phoenix – LIVESTREAM

The Nix are another team that have featured on this podcast a few times and I think that they’ll squeeze past the Blitz here. Tamworth have responded well after being defeated by Manchester during the regular season and HC Jason Scott will put a plan in place to ensure they get to another Britbowl final and maybe he’ll use the carrot of potentially being able to gain revenge on the Warriors.

Prediction: Nix in a low scoring game.

Division 1 – North

Northumberland Vikings @ Sandwell Steelers – LIVESTREAM

I cannot articulate how much I am looking forward to this one. The immovable object that is the Vikings Defence against a Steelers team that is full of confidence judging by HC Max Petitjean’s words on our podcast this week. The Steelers wont be able to get away with digging themselves a 20-0 hole again this week so i expect this one to be a low scoring, but thoroughly exciting game. The prize for the winner is so huge that this game will be tense from start to finish. The team that get’s their rhythm first, wins.

Prediction: Vikings by a TD

Division 1 – South

Cambridgeshire Cats @ Solent Thrashers

Solent have been pretty comfortable throughout this season, including last week’s victory vs the Hornets. Whilst I think this will be a bit closer in terms of scoreline, the Thrashers should have enough to progress here. The Cats themselves have had a solid season, losing just the one game but i feel that the Thrashers division is slightly stronger and this could be a bit of a step up for Cambridgeshire. Going through the formlines of games vs the Hornets, the Cats have a victory and a small defeat whereas the Thrashers posted a shutout last week.

Shouldn’t be too far on the travel scale so it shouldn’t put the Cats at too much of a disadvantage, but Solent here to progress through.

Prediction: Solent by 3 scores.

Division 2 – North

Inverclyde Goliaths @ Birmingham Bulls

Another long trip down the M6 for the Goliaths, but if it isn’t broke dont fix it right?

Birmingham are probably an upgrade in opponent here though and the Goliaths will be looking to #25 once more to help limit the Bull rush. The Goliaths have kept jumping over the obstacles that have been put in front of them the last few weeks and are hitting form at the right time. I just wonder if this obstacle will be too high and whether there’ll be another Gatorade shower for Matthew Sheldon.

Prediction: Bulls by 2 scores

Clyde Valley Blackhawks @ Halton Spartans

The M6 will be busy again this weekend with Clyde Valley looking to better the result their division rivals Dumfries obtained last week when travelling to the lovely Halton Stadium. Can the Blackhawks get down to business quickly and upset the odds here and not fall in to the usual trap of being awestruck by the surroundings? Probably not.

Prediction: Halton by 3 scores.

Division 2 – South

Bournemouth Bobcats @ Essex Spartans

The Spartans’ games have generally been low scoring throughout the season but may have to up that average to topple the Bobcats. The Bobcats average 47 points for in their last 4 games whilst the Spartans have only hit the 40 mark i believe once this season. Bournemouth successfully negotiated an away trip last week (even through the M25), but they have to do it once again and i think they will. Predicting a #1 seed defeat.

Prediction: Bobcats by 10

London Blitz B @ South Wales Warriors

Another game here where you have 2 potent offences and 2 stingy defences.

It always fascinates me to see 2 division winners going at it. Trying to figure out which team’s division was stronger, how much to pay attention to the PF and PA in the league standings. I don’t think there is too much to take away from either team’s results in the QF as they were both probably expectant of the results they achieved. As mentioned in previous articles and podcasts, when it’s as tight as it is, you have to give the home team the advantage just because of the logistics and how the obstacle of travelling can win games on their own in Britball. Taking a look at recent credentials, the Warriors and Blitz were the #1 and #2 seeds last year too; the Blitz B fell at this hurdle last year to the Hertfordshire Cheetahs and the Warriors suffered the same fate, losing to the Portsmouth Dreadnoughts so you cant even separate the 2 teams here either!

Should be a close one, should be a cracker.

Prediction: 1pt game going the way of the home team.

So there we have it, predictions are in. didn’t fare too badly last week so we’ll see if that can continue. Don’t forget to check out our podcasts including this week where we chatted with some more teams including Sandwell Steelers which will be up around Saturday Lunchtime. You can check it out anywhere podcasts can be found and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter as we’ll be covering the Uni game in the Winter too.

BAFA Playoffs Quarter Final Roundup

The business end of the season is here. Knockout football has started and I can tell by the twitter feeds from each of the teams that this is life or death stuff.

We have upsets, we have comebacks and everything in between and the Premiership Playoffs haven’t even started.

Let’s get in to the weekends playoff action and see how well I did with my predictions…

Division 1 – NFC

(#5) East Kilbride 20 @ 21 Sandwell Steelers (#1)

The Pirates seemingly didn’t have any travel hangover as they stormed out to a 21-0 lead and kind of took the Steelers by surprise.

I don’t know what the coach said to them at half time and we’ll try and find out for you but the Steelers managed to blow up the pirates’s ship and managed to come from behind and take the win right from under the pirates noses, scoring inside the 2 minute warning and then shutting up shop.

The prediction of a 1pt game was spot on, just for the wrong team!

(#8) Shropshire Revolution 0 @ 35 Northumberland Vikings (#3)

I had the Vikings to win by 3 scores in this one purely because of the potency and stubbornness of the Vikings and that proved to be the case. A shutout in the postseason has the hallmarks of an excellent team.

Vikings in total control of this one at home and will face the Sandwell Steelers next week. These two will serve up a feast for the eyes, they were only separated by 1 point in the playoffs last season.

Division 1 – SFC

(#6) London Hornets 0 @ 31 Solent Thrashers (#2)

Talking of shutouts, this was the 2nd of 3 in total over the weekend. Slowish start to the game, but the thrashers by all accounts dominated the 2nd half to take this one comfortably in the end. My result prediction was correct as I had Solent, by only by the one score so not perfect.

(#7) Sussex Thunder 15 @ 27 Cambridgeshire Cats (#4)

The Cats managed to outrun the thunder in this one, getting out to an early lead.

The Thunder did threaten a comeback of a similar ilk to the Sandwell Steelers, with the Cats getting out to a 21-0 lead. The Thunder roared back to make it 21-15 but the cats clawed themselves into next week’s semi-finals where they will face the Thrashers away from home.

Got my predictions wrong in this one, I went for a Thunder win with both teams scoring 25+, just needed the thunder to continue that fightback but it was a good, tense and feisty game none the less.

Division 2 – North

(#8) Staffordshire Surge 6 @ 43 Birmingham Bulls (#1)

I predicted a 50 burger shutout here for the Bulls and that went straight out of the window on the opening drive as Staffordshire “surged” in to a 6-0 lead. Birmingham, somewhat sluggish out of the blocks then never looked back once they had their scare and returned to Bull rush the visitors almost getting to the 50 burger. So not far away all told. I’m not sure Birmingham will be able to get away with another slow start next week as they face the Goliaths.

(#7) Dumfries Hunters 7 @ 37 Halton Spartans (#2)

A fairly straight forward game here for the Spartans at home. You have to wonder if the travel down the M6 and the beautiful stadium caused them to be a bit in awe like the GM Ian Derbyshire mentioned on the podcast last week. From all accounts, a straight forward victory was on the cards and that’s how it turned out, just like my prediction.

(#6) Leeds Bobcats 8 @ 26 Clyde Valley Blackhawks (#3)

You can see from the tweet what the view would have been like for a Blackhawk, prior to the swooping down and nabbing the said Bobcats.

I went for an upset here in this one, taking the bobcats but the Blackhawks swooped down and caught their prey. Clyde Valley on the field had things in control for the most part and they must be impressed with a 3 score victory in this one. Clyde Valley will be looking to extract revenge for their neighbours Dumfries and restore the Scottish pride as they now head down the M6 to face Halton.

(#5) Inverclyde Goliaths 22 @ 18 Lincolnshire Bombers (#4)

Cracking game here in Lincolnshire with the lead changing multiple times and it coming down to the last play/drive. Inverclyde got on the scoreboard first, missing the 2pt attempt afterwards to make it 6-0. RB Elliot Harvey rushed one in prior to half time to give the Bombers a 7-6 HT lead.

After the break, the bombers extended their lead to 10-6 with a FG in the 3rd quarter but the Scottish porridge started to kick in and so did the Goliaths. They converted the 2pt attempt to take it to 14-10 Goliaths and the lead was further extended, making it 22-10. The Bombers got late reinforcements as Ryan Wakeling made it 18-22 to give the Goliaths something to think about and the Bombers even got the ball back when Inverclyde fumbled with a minute left on the clock. They were unable to find the endzone and a thoroughly enjoyable game sees the Scots take the win by 4pts. Not many travelling teams won this weekend so cracking effort from Inverclyde.

Division 2 – South

(#8) Ipswich Cardinals 0 @ 21 Essex Spartans (#1)

In a rematch of the final regular season game, the Cardinals were unable to overturn the regular season result. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to trouble the scoreboard either as the Spartans posted the 3rd shutout of the weekend. The defence has been solid all season and as I said earlier, a post season shutout is something to savour. I went for a 2 score win by the Spartans and they won by three. Why do you have to be like that guys?

(#7) Bristol Apache 3 @ 28 South Wales Warriors (#2)

We predicted a comfortable game here for South Wales and The Warriors continued their fine form, trouncing the Apache 28-3. Warriors scoring a TD in each quarter kept the Apache chasing for most of the game and could only muster a field goal consolation in the 4th quarter.The Warriors now host the Blitz in one of the ties of the week.

(#6) Torbay Trojans 7 @ 37 London Blitz B (#3)

The Blitz continued what they did all regular season, making light work of teams and the Trojans were no different. The prediction was the blitz by a wide margin and I constitute 4 scores a wide margin. It will be interesting to see how they travel over to Llanharan, Wales in what should be a game worth watching! Certainly worth a #EyesPeeled there!

(#5) Bournemouth Bobcats 30 @ 6 Norwich Devils (#4)

Not sure you can call a #5 seed beating a #4 seed an upset, but as previously stated, winning away from home, especially in the playoffs, is hard to do so congratulations to Bournemouth who take a convincing victory on the west coast. We fancied the Bobcats to win by 10 and win by 3 scores!

That M25 can’t have been too bad! Good for them is that they’ll be on that beautiful car park next weekend too. They’ll face the #1 seed Essex Spartans.

So there we have it, results are in and the top 3 seeds in both divisions are through to the semi finals some with closer shaves than others. Here is how next week’s fixtures shape up, including the Premiership coming in to play!

Semi Final Lineup


Manchester Titans @ London Warriors

London Blitz @ Tamworth Phoenix

Division 1 – North

Northumberland Vikings @ Sandwell Steelers

Division 1 – South

Cambridgeshire Cats @ Solent Thrashers

Division 2 – North

Inverclyde Goliaths @ Birmingham Bulls

Clyde Valley Blackhawks @ Halton Spartans

Division 2 – South

Bournemouth Bobcats @ Essex Spartans

London Blitz B @ South Wales Warriors

Check back later in the week for another podcast and a Semi Final preview! Don’t forget to check out the IFAF Women’s European Championships, live on YouTube all week!



BAFA Playoff Preview

By Tim Monk – @Tim_MonkF10Y

The post season is here! Knockout football. The stakes are high as are the rewards. Division 1 and division 2 kick us off this weekend with some intriguing fixtures. We’ll be dropping a special podcast on Saturday morning interviewing a few teams ahead of some of the big games. Here’s what is on the whole Britball menu and my predictions…

Division 1

(#5) East Kilbride Pirates @ Sandwell Steelers (#1)

East Kilbride will be looking to revert back to their usual self as they travel south of the border to West Midlands as they face the #1 seed in the Sandwell Steelers. The Pirates’ high flying offence which put up over 350 regular season points will need to put their recent shutout performance behind them to beat the undefeated Steelers who also have a stingy defence, conceding just 48 points so far this year.

Prediction: East Kilbride by 1 point

(#6) London Hornets @ Solent Thrashers (#2)

Solent have had a marginally more potent offence and home advantage but in the regular season but both teams have had stingy defences so don’t be surprised if this turns in to a slug fest in the trenches and a game that is settle by 1 score. Some good battles between the 4 teams in the playoffs from the SFC 1 East and Central teams this week.

Prediction: Solent win by a TD

(#8) Shropshire Revolution @Northumberland Vikings (#3)

Northumberland Vikings should take care of business in this fixture and the defence will be licking their lips once more after only conceding 37 points all regular season. Shropshire squeezed through at the expense of Lancashire in the NFC 1 South but it’ll be one and done for the Revolution.

This one is live as usual on the YouTube channel! No blackouts from Sky either, yippee!

Prediction: Vikings by 3 scores

(#7) Sussex Thunder @ Cambridgeshire Cats (#4)

As with the Thrashers/Hornets game, this should be a feisty one between the SFC 1 East and Central teams. Fancy a high scoring game here as Sussex will bring the Thunder to Cambridgeshire and the Cats will have to try and keep clawing them back. Home advantage could prove vital but it’ll be the fans that win in this entertaining affair.

Prediction: Sussex win by a TD with both teams scoring 25+.

Division 2


(#8) Staffordshire Surge @ Birmingham Bulls (#1)

The Surge are going to have to pull off something miraculous here to breach a Bulls defence that has only conceded 13 points all regular season and posted 6 shutouts in 8 games, the best in the UK. The 3-5 Surge are surely big underdogs here with the Bulls wining by 21 points and 28 points in their 2 regular season meetings this season but when it comes down to one postseason game, who knows…

Prediction: Bulls with a 50-burger shutout

(#7) Dumfries Hunters @ Halton Spartans (#2)

The undefeated Spartans welcome the Hunters and Halton will be looking to continue their undefeated year with the same formula of explosive offence (368pts in regular season) and stubborn D (48pts allowed). Dumfries have put in a few decent efforts this term including a recent draw with the Blackhawks but I feel that the few hours trip down the M6 for Dumfries will seem like a lot longer on the way back.

Prediction: Halton by a few scores.

(#6) Leeds Bobcats @ Clyde Valley Blackhawks (#3)

Talking of M6 journeys, the Bobcats could probably wave to the Dumfries Hunters as they travel to Beltane Park and the Clyde Valley Blackhawks. Clyde Valley synonymous with low scoring games (average of 14-6 final scores) this season will be looking to blunt the claws of the Bobcats. Going to go for an away win here in a squeaky bum affair.

Prediction: Bobcats by a Field Goal.

(#5) Inverclyde Goliaths @ Lincolnshire Bombers (#4)

Inverclyde make the one of the longest trips of the weekend to Lincolnshire where both teams have a 6-2 regular season record and similar points differentials meaning this could be a close one. Have to wonder whether travel will play it’s part but Inverclyde will be relying on their star running back to avoid the bombers and score a few TDs. Going to be very tight and as such, give the win to the home team.

Prediction: Bombers by less than a Field Goal.


(#8) Ipswich Cardinals @ Essex Spartans (#1)

In a repeat of last week’s final regular season game, the Cardinals will try and get revenge on the number 1 seed. It’s a tough ask and I can’t see anything but a home win here with the Spartans defence being the main difference between the two teams.

Prediction: Essex Spartans by 2 scores.

(#7) Bristol Apache @ South Wales Warriors (#2)

In another game with 2 teams from the same division, the Apache lost by 25 points in their previous meeting in May so look to be up against it. The Warriors seem in no mood to let up after their crushing performance last week which is a sign of a focused team. Time can change things however and Bristol have put in some decent performances of their own this season. Not sure it’ll be quite enough to get a result here.

Prediction: Warriors comfortably.

(#6) Torbay Trojans @ London Blitz B (#3)

The Trojans seem to have one of the most difficult assignments as they travel to London. The Blitz B  have put everyone to the sword this season, almost AVERAGING 50 burgers and single digit defensive performances each week. Their appetite will not wain in their quest for the semi finals and the trojans, who have posted 3 of their own shutouts this season and had their own 50 burger last week will give it their all.

Prediction: Blitz by a wide margin.

(#5) Bournemouth Bobcats @ Norwich Devils (#4)

Last up we have the Bournemouth Bobcats travelling to the east coast (enjoy the M25!) in what looks to be a tight one. Bournemouth have not been afraid of the endzone this season tallying almost 300 points and this could be the difference in a game where defences are likely to be on top. Bournemouth had the Blitz B in their division and are likely to be stronger than their record suggests and this could be a slight step up here for the Devils.

Prediction:  Bobcats by 10.

Good luck to all the teams playing this weekend, we’ll be back next week with the roundup of the results as well as a preview to the big boys entering the post season.

BAFA National League – Week 17 Results Roundup

By Tim Monk – @Tim_MonkF10Y

Just the Division 2 fixtures this week as the Division 1 teams gear up for the post season.

This being the final regular season week, we’ll also give you the playoffs for both divisions at the bottom.

So even with a reduced fixture list, a lot went on so let’s take a look at what went down….

NFC 2 North

Clyde Valley Blackhawks 12 – 14 Inverclyde Goliaths

Let’s start with a bit of an upset in the South East of Scotland.

Clyde Valley Blackhawks lose their undefeated season after going down 14-12 to the Inverclyde Goliaths. The result sees the Goliaths their playoff seeding improve to #5 with Dumfries falling to seed #7. Clyde Valley keep their #3 seed due to their draw against Dumfries last week.

NFC 2 Central

Furness Phantoms 19 – 8 Knottingley Raiders

Halton Spartans 41 – 13 Morecambe Bay Storm

Halton Spartans complete their quest for an undefeated season after riding out the storm convincingly.

Furness Phantoms ensured they couldn’t finish bottom with a win over the Knottingley raiders, where both teams can now put their feet up and watch the playoffs and come back again next year.

NFC 2 South

Birmingham Bulls 21 – 0 Staffordshire Surge

Lincolnshire Bombers 54 – 14 Crewe Railroaders

Talking of undefeated season, Birmingham Bulls have one of their own after shutting out the Surge at home. With the victory, the Birmingham Bulls take the #1 seed into the playoffs.

Joining them as the #4 seed, the Lincolnshire Bombers signed off the regular season with a 50 burger against the Railroaders who finish the season winless.

SFC 2 West

South Wales Warriors 51 – 0 Cornish Sharks

South Wales Warriors sign off with a 50 Burger shutout of the Cornish Sharks. The warriors have a perfect regular season record and points differential of +244 and take the #2 seed heading into the playoffs.

SFC 2 South

Hastings Conquerors 0 – 60 Bournemouth Bobcats

Jurassic Coast Raptors 14 – 36 Swindon Storm

After tasting pay dirt for the first time last week, the Hasting Conquerors were not able to repeat the feat against the #5 seed Bournemouth Bobcats, going down 60-0.

The fight for pride but effective dead rubber against the Raptors and Storm went to the visitors and both will square off again next season.

SFC 2 East

East Essex Sabres 7 – 31 East Kent Mavericks

Essex Spartans 27 – 14 Ipswich Cardinals

Norwich Devils  53 – 19 Maidstone Pumas

Full fixture list on the final weekend of the regular season saw pride and seedings on the line with all positions sewn up prior to kick off.

Essex Spartans’ win over the Ipswich Cardinals give them the reward of the #1 seed in the post season. After the defeat, Ipswich take the #8 seed which means we will see the repeat fixture next week! Can the Cardinals get their revenge?

Norwich take the #4 seed after their convincing victory over the Maidstone Pumas and will host the Bournemouth Bobcats next week.

The other fixture sees the “East Bowl” go the way of East Kent as they best the Sabres 31-7.

In the game between 50 burgers and shutouts, 50 burgers win 4-3.

There are the results and now it’s time to give you how the playoff shakes out:

NFC 2 Playoffs – 11th August

(#8) Staffordshire Surge @ Birmingham Bulls (#1)

(#7) Dumfries Hunters @ Halton Spartans (#2)

(#6) Leeds Bobcats @ Clyde Valley Blackhawks (#3)

(#5) Inverclyde Goliaths @ Lincolnshire Bombers (#4)

The above games will be played on 11 August 2019, the winners advance to the semi-finals, which will be played on 18 August.

The winners of the semi-finals will secure promotion to Division 1 North with the Division 1 North final to be played on Saturday 7 September 2019 at Druid Park, in Woolsington, Newcastle upon Tyne.

SFC 2 Playoffs – 11th August

(#8) Ipswich Cardinals @ Essex Spartans (#1)

(#7) Bristol Apache @ South Wales Warriors (#2)

(#6) Torbay Trojans @ London Blitz B (#3)

(#5) Bournemouth Bobcats @ Norwich Devils (#4)

The above games will be played on 11 August 2019, the winners advance to the semi- finals, which are being played the following week on 18 August 2019.

The winners of the semi-finals will play in the Division 2 South final, to take place during Britbowl weekend in London on Saturday 31 August 2019. They will also win promotion, playing in Division 1 South for the 2020 season.

NOTE: In 2019 three teams were relegated from Division 1 South, due to the additional relegation of Ouse Valley Eagles who were issued with their second yellow card in two years. This means that there will be an additional promotion spot in 2019 which will be awarded to the highest-ranked losing semi-finalist.

Coming up later this week, the Playoff weekend preview!


BAFA National League Roundup – Week 13

By Tim Monk (@Tim_MonkF10Y)

Business end of the season now with a few teams completing their season (for better or worse) and most teams with just one 2 games left to go. Some changes at the top of some divisions which will course affect seedings as we head straight for the playoffs.

Let’s see what happened in week 13, where yes, it was unlucky for some:

Prem North

Leicester Falcons 6 -38 Manchester Titans
Merseyside Nighthawks 6 – 30 Tamworth Phoenix

In the battle at the top, the Tamworth Phoenix readily dispatched the Merseyside Nighthawks 30-6 to take control of the division and put themselves in pole position as a #1 seed for the postseason.

Manchester Titans returned to the Titans many will recognise after their win away to the Leicester Falcons, winning 38-6.

Next week sees the Titans host the Phoenix where Manchester with a win, would top the division at the death with the H2H record (don’t forget to check out podcast with Sam Bloomfield the Manchester Titans QB from when they defeated the Titans!). Certainly a nailbiter in store there! Tamworth will be looking for retribution from earlier in the season when the Titans handed Tamworth their first lost in over 35 regular season games stretching over a few years!

At the bottom, we have a 3 way tie going in to the final week. Any 1 from Edinburgh, Sheffield or Leicester could face the drop. Edinburgh face Leicester so the winner will be safe (outside chance of a tie? Surely not!), whereas Sheffield face Merseyside so look up against it. Get your tiebreaker rules out.

Prem South

London Warriors 58 – 0 London Olympians
London Blitz 42 – 0 Kent Exiles
Bristol Aztecs 30 – 0 Farnham Knights

Three fixtures, three home wins as the London Warriors do what they do best: Post shutouts or 50 burgers. This week was no different, doing both in the pummelling win over the Olympians 58-0. Similar theme throughout the division where were big wins for the Blitz and Aztecs at home, both teams posting shutouts too.

Warriors will be the #1 seed from the South and will play the loser of the Tamworth/Manchester game. London Blitz are confirmed as the #2 seed from the south and will face the winner of the same game.

Down in the basement, Farnham need to beat the Kent Exiles to have any chances of survival otherwise it’s the trap door for them. They have the H2H after their win vs the Exiles earlier in the season so a nervy game in prospect there.

NFC 1 North

East Kilbride Pirates 0 – 5 Northumberland Vikings
Glasgow Tigers 40 – 0 Gateshead Senators

Huge result in East Kilbride saw in scoreless until the 4th qtr. More flags in this game than outside European Parliament in Brussels saw some good drives being instantly killed with holding penalties (East Kilbride) and some unsportsmanlike conduct calls (Northumberland).

Tensions were running high throughout this slugfest and with the way the standing were prior to the game, EK Pirates could have afforded a loss by less than three points. Funny that the first score should be a safety being conceded by them! The Vikings defence was the real MVP here especially Connor Joyce who was immense. The Vikings showin why that defence has only conceded 31 points all season. Multiple times the Pirates got inside the redzone but came away with nothing. On offence, the Vikings then were able to muster a field goal which will give them the H2H vs the Pirates BUT there is a massive game next week where Aberdeen come down to Northumberland where a win for the Vikings will see them take the division crown from under the noses of the Pirates. Tense stuff.

A real treat that this game was a live stream too.

Hoping to catch one of the Vikings coaching staff on the podcast later this week! Eyes peeled for that.

Elsewhere in the division, the Glasgow Tigers put a whooping on the Gateshead Senators 40-0 which confirms Gateshead’s winless season, going 0-10 and a relegation to NFC 2 North for next year.

NFC 1 South

Chester Romans 60 – 0 Doncaster Mustangs
Sandwell Steelers 42 – 0 Shropshire Revolution

More shutouts and 50 burgers here with Chester getting the 50 burger and the shutout vs Doncaster and Sandwell continuing their unbeaten season with a 42-0 win over Shropshire. Title already confirmed for Sandwell Steelers, they just keep on rolling into the postseason.

Like Gateshead, Doncaster have a0-10 season confirmed and they’ll be falling through the trap door for 2020.

SFC 1 Central

Berkshire Renegades 6 – 37 Solent Thrashers
Oxford Saints 18 – 55 Sussex Thunder

Solent Thrashers are confirmed division winners after their 37-6 win over Berkshire Renegades and their final fixture vs Hertfordshire is no longer the winner takes all it could have been. Sussex Thunder secured a 55-18 win over the Oxford Saints.

Both the Berkshire Renegades and the Oxford Saints have away trips on final gameday weekend with both looking nervously at the other game to see what’s going on.

A win for Berkshire sees them safe, whereas defeat would require a defeat by Oxford to stay. Oxford need to better Berkshire’s result to stay up.

SFC 1 East

Bury Saints 30 – 12 London Hornets
Ouse Valley Eagles 24 – 14 Colchester Gladiators

A costly loss for the London Hornets away to the Bury Saints 30-12 sees the Cambridgeshire Cats sit in the driving seat for the division title. Cambridgeshire just need to defeat the bottom placed Colchester Gladiators next week to secure the title. A loss for the Gladiators will see them relegated.

NFC 2 North

Carlisle Sentinels A – W Dumfries Hunters (Away walkover)

No fixtures this week due to Carlisle forfeiting earlier in the year so we wait for next week where Dumfries need to beat Clyde valley to try and peg them back in the race for top spot.

(PS: Inverclyde Goliaths travelled to Dunfermline as the Dunfermline kings got their associate process off and running. The Goliaths ran out 38-0 winners, but I am sure the Goliaths will remember how hard they were pushed by a team that could potentially be facing them next season. More to follow on that.)

NFC 2 Central

Leeds Bobcats 6 – 36 Halton Spartans
Morecambe Bay Storm 12 – 28 Knottingley Raiders

In a battle at the top, the Halton Spartans defeated the Leeds Bobcats 36-6 to take the division crown with a game to go. These two teams head and shoulders above the rest but Halton winning the 2 H2H games are the difference this season.

Furness Phantoms and Morecambe Bay Storm will be trying to win their last game in 2 weeks time to avoid the wooden spoon in that division.

NFC 2 South

Humber Warhawks 42 – 20 Crewe Railroaders

Just the 1 fixture where the Humber Warhawks secured their 3rd win of the season over the Crewe Railroaders who are still to find a win this season and are now confirmed bottom with 2 games to go. Shoutout to the Social Media guy for Humber, some very entertaining stuff on there (Twitter:@humberwarhawks).

The Birmingham Bulls have that division sewn up.

SFC 2 West

Torbay Trojans 52 – 20 Cornish Sharks
Worcestershire Black Knights 0 – 47 Bristol Apache

Torbay Trojans keep the heat on South Wales Warriors after a convincing 52-20 win over the Cornish Sharks. The Bristol Apache kept themselves on the heels too with a 47-0 victory over bottom placed Worcestershire Black Knights. Realistically, both Torbay and Bristol will need a slip up for South Wales to see the pinnacle of the division. South Wales Warriors face the Cornish Sharks in what will seemingly be a straight forward assignment but with the finish line in sight, who knows?

SFC 2 South

Bournemouth Bobcats 52 – 0 Hastings Conquerors
Jurassic Coast Raptors 16 – 68 London Blitz B

London Blitz B do their best London Blitz A impression as they stomp all over the Jurassic Coast Raptors. With that win, take the division title.

A check in on Hastings in their quest to score a point will go on to next week after being shutout to the Bournemouth Bobcats 52-0. Just 2 games left to try and get a point on the board.

SFC 2 East

East Kent Mavericks 14 – 23 Essex Spartans

Just the 1 fixture this week saw one of the closer games and it was still a 2 score game. (not many close ones this week up and down the country) the Essex Spartans win away from home at the East Kent Mavericks 14-23. The Spartans keep their 100% in tact with 3 left to play there down in the South East of England.

I wonder how the new A14 Road project is getting on, I have to go down that way in August…

So there’s your review of week 13. Hope you enjoyed it. In the battle between the 50 burgers and the shutouts, the shutouts win 9-6 (Field Goal game!). Just the 1 game that finished within 1 score which isn’t perhaps the best but who knows, maybe there’ll be more next week, you’ll have to wait and see.

For the latest standings in table view, because let’s be honest, we love looking at tables (that’s why IKEA exists!) visit http://dblcoverage.com/adult/bafa-nl-adult-standings/ .

Don’t forget to keep your eyes out for some Britball podcasts this week too!

Back next week!

BAFA National Leagues Week 12 Roundup

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?


Prem North

Edinburgh Wolves 17 – Manchester Titans 6

Prem South

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