BAFA National Leagues; Week 11 Roundup

 Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd June – By Thomas Rowberry (@Rowberry_)/ Tim Monk (@Tim_Monk85)

Week 11 of the BAFA National Leagues saw only two of twenty-three games played decided by one score or less, those being the Kent Exiles 17-12 win over the Bristol Aztecs and the Cambridgeshire Cats 14-9 win against the Wembley Stallions.

Saturday saw one game, and it was an important one, as the Hereford Stampede played their first competitive game in 30 years as they set out to prove to the British American Football League that they are ready to play in a competitive league for the 2020 season. Their campaign got off to the best possible start with an impressive 27-0 victory against the Northants Knights.

Sunday’s action saw some of last week’s biggest loser’s return to winning ways with the Tamworth Phoenix bouncing back from their loss to Manchester by beating the Leicester Falcons 28-7 in a game that looked edgy from the start and defences on top for the majority of the first half. Staying in the North, the Edinburgh Wolves are standing over the relegation trap door after a loss to the Sheffield Giants.

Heading south, Britbowl was a bit of a damp squib between the Blitz and the Warriors to the point that even Vernon Kay stuck the knife in…

The Shropshire Revolution who lost on a 2pt play against Lancashire last week managed to return to winning ways with a 20-6 home victory against the Chester Romans.

In one of the weirder results of the weekend the Doncaster Mustangs were awarded a 1-0 walkover loss at the hands of the Lancashire Wolverines. The Mustangs were informed by BAFA that they would not be able to provide officials for the fixture so per league rules the Mustangs had to provide enough coaches to ‘self-officiate’ the game, unfortunately the Mustangs could not comply so were given a yellow card and given the 1-0 walkover loss.

Who says that there isn’t controversy in American Football on these shores!?

Undefeated teams stayed undefeated this week as the London Warriors (7-0), East Kilbride Pirates (7-0), Sandwell Steelers (7-0), Solent Thrashers (6-0), Cambridgeshire Cats (8-0), London Blitz B (5-0) and Essex Spartans (5-0) all came out of the weekend unscathed.

All in all, only 2 games were decided by 1 score. Not great matchups from a competitiveness standpoint. In the game between shutouts and 50 burgers, Shutouts won 6-5.

RESULTS

Saturday 22nd June

BAFA Associates
Hereford Stampede 27 – Northants Knights 0

Sunday 23rd June

Prem North
Leicester Falcons 7 – Tamworth Phoenix 28
Sheffield Giants 33 – Edinburgh Wolves 8
Manchester Titans 43 – Merseyside Nighthawks 30

Prem South
London Blitz 7 – London Warriors 54
London Olympians 68 – Farnham Knights 6
Kent Exiles 17 – Bristol Aztecs 12

NFC 1 North
Yorkshire Rams 23 – East Kilbride Pirates 34
Aberdeen Roughnecks 56 – Gateshead Senators 0

NFC 1 South
Nottingham Caesars 0 – Sandwell Steelers 48
Shropshire Revolution 20 – Chester Romans 6
Doncaster Mustangs 0 – Lancashire Wolverines 1

SFC 1 Central
Sussex Thunder 13 – Solent Thrashers 32
Hertfordshire Cheetahs 46 – Oxford Saints 9

SFC 1 East
Wembley Stallions 9 – Cambridgeshire Cats 14
London Hornets 37 – Ouse Valley Eagles 0
Bury Saints 58 – Colchester Gladiators 0

NFC 2 North
Dumfries Hunters 60 – Darlington Steam 14

SFC 2 East
Essex Spartans 27 – East Kent Mavericks 8
Ipswich Cardinals 29 – Maidstone Pumas 0

SFC 2 South
London Blitz B 32 – Swindon Storm 0

SFC 2 West
Bristol Apache 45 – Worcester Black Knights 2
Torbay Trojans 14 – South Wales Warriors 49

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BAFA National Leagues Week 10 Roundup

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June – by Thomas Rowberry

Week 10 of the BAFA National Leagues saw some of the more surprising results of the season, as well as eight shutouts. Saturday’s action saw the Manchester Titans go into Tamworth and walk away with a shock 21-0 against the Phoenix. You can check out our Britball podcast from Monday where we chat to the Titans QB about it all! A big game in the Prem North next weekend when the Manchester Titans host the Merseyside Nighthawks.

Saturdays action saw seven shutouts with Merseyside, Leicester, Clyde Valley, Leeds, Norwich, Bristol and the London Blitz B team all holding their opponents to a goose egg. In what was considered a big game in an extremely tight NFC 1 South the Lancashire Wolverines came from a 14-6 halftime deficit to beat the Shropshire Revolution on a made 2pt conversion.

East Kilbride keep rolling and look certain to quickly jump back up to the Prem North after a convincing victory over the Glasgow Tigers. Similar comments apply to the Clyde Valley Blackhawks in the NFC 2 North.  Full results below.

RESULTS

Saturday 15th June

Prem North
Tamworth Phoenix 0 – Manchester Titans 21

SFC 2 South
Jurassic Coast Raptors 6 – Bournemouth Bobcats 44

 

Sunday 16th June

Prem North
Merseyside Nighthawks 20 – Sheffield Giants 0
Leicester Falcons 10 – Edinburgh Wolves 0

Prem South
Farnham Knights 28 – Kent Exiles 13
London Olympians 7 – London Warriors 54

NFC 1 North
East Kilbride Pirates 39 – Glasgow Tigers 7
Gateshead Senators 7 – Yorkshire Rams 53

NFC 1 South
Lancashire Wolverines 22 – Shropshire Revolution 21

SFC 1 Central
Berkshire Renegades 6 – Sussex Thunder 17
Oxford Saints 17 – Portsmouth Dreadnoughts 36

SFC 1 East
Wembley Stallions 32 – Colchester Gladiators 6

NFC 2 North
Darlington Steam 0 – Clyde Valley Blackhawks 30

NFC 2 Central
Leeds Bobcats 44 – Knottingley Raiders 0

SFC 2 East
Norwich Devils 3 – East Essex Sabres 0
East Kent Mavericks 30 – Maidstone Pumas 19

SFC 2 South
Hastings Conquerors 0 – London Blitz B 39

SFC 2 West
Bristol Apache 28 – Cornish Sharks 0

BAFA National League Week 8 Roundup

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd June – By Thomas Rowberry

Week 9 of the BAFA National Leagues saw 18 games take place across the weekend with the Tamworth Phoenix, Leicester Falcons, Aberdeen Roughnecks and Yorkshire Rams kicking off the weekend’s action on Saturday. In their previous encounter on opening day the Rams were on the end of a 42-point shutout against the Roughnecks, this week following a strong defensive performance they managed to return the favour (yes that scoreline is correct! Straight out of our football, that one!).

Sundays action saw a further three shutouts with the London Warriors, Solent Thrashers and Portsmouth Dreadnoughts all holding their opponents to zero points. In what is becoming a regular occurrence there were more blowouts than close games throughout the three tiers of the game with 12 games being decided by more than one score. We did however get a tie with the Ipswich Cardinals and Norwich Devils battling to a 31-31 deadlock in a thriller that saw the lead change multiple times in the 4th qtr.

RESULTS

Saturday 1st June

Prem North
Tamworth Phoenix 42 – Leicester Falcons 9

NFC 1 North
Aberdeen Roughnecks 0 – Yorkshire Rams 2

Sunday 2nd June

Prem South
Bristol Aztecs 36 – London Olympians 20
Farnham Knights 0 – London Warriors 70

NFC 1 North
East Kilbride Pirates 49 – Gateshead Senators 12

NFC 1 South
Shropshire Revolution 6 – Nottingham Caesars 20
Lancashire Wolverines 6 – Sandwell Steelers 59

SFC 1 Central
Hertfordshire Cheetahs 0 – Solent Thrashers 10
Portsmouth Dreadnoughts 41 – Berkshire Renegades 0

SFC 1 East
London Hornets 13 – Cambridgeshire Cats 20

NFC 2 North
Darlington Steam 8 – Inverclyde Goliaths 16

NFC 2 Central
Furness Phantoms 6 – Halton Spartans 41
Leeds Bobcats 44 – Morecambe Bay Storm 14

NFC 2 South
Staffordshire Surge 6 – Birmingham Bulls 34

SFC 2 East
Ipswich Cardinals 31 – Norwich Devils 31

SFC 2 South
Swindon Storm 28 – Jurassic Coast Raptors 3

SFC 2 West
South Wales Warriors 29 – Somerset Wyverns 6
Worcestershire Black Knights 6 – Cornish Sharks 20

Podcast 29 – Britball Week Part 6 – Sheffield Giants & GB Lions

Toby Chesters, the HC of the Sheffield Giants joins us to wrap up Britball week.

We go through a typical week with the Giants and Toby also fills us in on the international game where he is the GB Lions running back coach.

How was the selection process done? What was the experience like and what did they learn from the trip? Find out here!

We hope you enjoyed Britball week and we will revisit once the Britbowl champions have been crowned!

@tjchesters/@sheffieldgiants are the social media handles for the coach and team.

Podcast 28 – Britball Week Part 5 – Tamworth

In the penultimate stop on our tour of Britball, Coach Scott honours us with his presence and gives us the low down on the all conquering Prem North champions Tamworth Phoenix.

He breaks down what makes their team so dominant, paying homage to his coaching teams but also gives us insight into his adventures over the pond whilst also filling us in on the American Football University scene. He can be found on social media @fastboatcoach and @TamworthPhoenix.

Our final stop will be Tamworth’s opponents on Sunday, Sheffield with Coach Chesters.

Podcast 11 – Bloomin’ Britball

Manchester Titans QB Sam Bloomfield (@bloomers21) joins us to talk about his journey in American Football. How he went from defence to the centre of attention.

Why the East Kilbride Pirates will be a force to be reckoned with in years to come and how the grassroots level has changed over the past decade or so.

We also ask him to explain his mathematical ability…