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

North

(#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.

South

(#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 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 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 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

BAFA National Leagues: Week 6 Roundup

Sunday May 19th – By Thomas Rowberry

Week 6 of the BAFA National Leagues (Adult) saw some truly incredible score-lines throughout all three tiers of British American Football. The big talking points coming out of this week’s games are that from the twenty-one games played we saw five 50-point performances (two of which were 60+ point outings) and four dominant shutouts with Tamworth, Northumberland, Birmingham and the East Kent Mavericks refusing to surrender a single point. 

Read below for all of yesterday’s results.

RESULTS

Prem North
Edinburgh Wolves 00 – Tamworth Phoenix 50
Merseyside Nighthawks 50 – Manchester Titans 33

Prem South
Kent Exiles 7 – London Blitz 42
London Warriors 38 – Bristol Aztecs 00
Farnham Knights 13 – London Olympians 39

NFC 1 North
Northumberland Vikings 63 – Gateshead Senators 00
Glasgow Tigers 14 – East Kilbride Pirates 47

NFC 1 South
Lancashire Wolverines 52 – Doncaster Mustangs 14
Chester Romans 16 – Shropshire Revolution 22

SFC 1 Central
Portsmouth Dreadnoughts 7 – Sussex Thunder 42

SFC 1 East
Cambridgeshire Cats 21 – Wembley Stallions 7
London Hornets 19 – Bury Saints 13

NFC 2 North
Inverclyde Goliaths 34 – Darlington Steam 13

NFC 2 Central
Halton Spartans 35 – Leeds Bobcats 14
Knottingley Raiders 20 – Furness Phantoms 14

NFC 2 South
Crewe Railroaders 12 – Staffordshire Surge 32
Humber Warhawks 00 – Birmingham Bulls 32

SFC 2 East
Maidstone Pumas 00 – East Kent Mavericks 25

SFC 2 South
Swindon Storm 64 – Hastings Conquerors 00
London Blitz B 17 – Bournemouth Bobcats 10

SFC 2 West
Bristol Apache 21 – South Wales Warriors 46

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.