Britball Semi Final Roundup

By Tim Monk – @Tim_MonkF10Y

The Bowl games have been decided. Promotion for some already secured, but we all know that isn’t enough. Winner’s medals are there for the taking, shaking bottles of champagne and drenching your mates with the UK’s answer to Gatorade is what they are all after. Let’s recap last week’s results and see how it all went down and what that means for the Finals.

Premiership

London Warriors 63 – 0 Manchester Titans

Tamworth Phoenix 7 – 6 London Blitz

Well, two very contrasting results in the Prem but no contrast in my predictions to the winners.

The Warriors absolutely demolished the Titans in the first half which saw 57 of the 63 points scored. I know that the Titans QB was away in Europe up until a day or 2 and I don’t what happened to the Titans, but the Warriors just took care of business and are surely favourites to take the Bowl game too.

They’ll face Tamworth after they squeezed past London Blitz. I predicted a low scoring game and just the 2 TDs were scored.

It was a defensive slugfest and plenty of back and forth between the 2 teams. Tamworth struck first and had the lead for a while before the Blitz levelled in the 4th quarter and seemingly having the momentum. The difference in the end was the XP between the two teams (actually had a funny feeling it was going to be blocked #aftertime). Was a really good game to watch on YouTube and shout out to UKAFL, even if the graphics for the time left leaves a lot to be desired.

I think HC Jason Scott enjoyed the victory and continuing to prove critics wrong…

Division 1

Sandwell Steelers 21 –  3 Northumberland Vikings

Solent Thrashers 20 – 13 Cambridgeshire Cats

I went for the Vikings in this one by a TD but the Steelers came fast out the blocks and the Vikings couldn’t catch back up. Quite surprised at how the Steelers dominated the early goings against a defence that is one of the best in the land. Whether there was any disruption to the Vikings groove as they had to travel or not I don’t know but it’s telling that so far that in both the Premiership and Division 1, all the home teams won and all the #1 seeds won.

Over in the South, the Thrashers held off the Cats. The Thrashers took the lead before the Cats scored twice to make it 13-7. The Thrashers finished the game the strongest and the Cats couldn’t keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Division 2

Halton Spartans 21 – 6 Clyde Valley Blackhawks

Birmingham Bulls 12 – 30 Inverclyde Goliaths

Essex Spartans 20 – 42 Bournemouth Bobcats

South Wales Warriors 16 – 6 London Blitz B

The Spartans defended their Halton Stadium fortress once more and had enough to take care of the Blackhawks, who scored late ruining my prediction of a 3-score game.

Good game in Birmingham, where Birmingham made a bit of a come back after going 22-6 down at half time. Stops by the Goliaths and a final nail in the coffin of a pick six sealed the celebrations for the Scottish team who are promoted in their first season in the league.

Bournemouth seem to love travelling round the M25! The only other team apart from Inverclyde to secure a victory away from home, the Bobcats put in another comprehensive victory over the #1 seeds Essex (as predicted!).

The Spartans were sent good luck messages from counterparts across the pond https://twitter.com/EssexSpartans/status/1162658631332040704 but unfortunately the Spartans actually had to go with their backup QB, which may or not have been the deciding factor in the end.

This sets up a mouth-watering clash for the Bobcats against the South Wales Warriors who took care of business in a nip and tuck game. Blitz took the lead in the first quarter but they were the only points they could muster and South Wales grew in to the game, taking the lead in the 2nd quarter and from that point on, choked the Blitz offence to run out the winners. Be interesting to see how the Bobcats approach the game on offence against a stubborn Warriors defence.

Here is confirmation of the Britball Bowl games and the dates and times as they are spread out over next few weekends:

Saturday 31st July

Division 2: 12pm – South Wales Warriors vs Bournemouth Bobcats

Division 1: 4pm – Sandwell Steelers vs Solent Thrashers

Sunday 1st September

Premiership: 4pm London Warriors vs Tamworth Phoenix

Saturday 7th September

Division 2: 2pm Inverclyde Goliaths vs Halton Spartans

We will try and bring you all the latest from at least 1 team in every match. If you are a player or coach and want to come on the podcast to talk about preparations, please get in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter (@F10YBritball).

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

Dont forget that the Full10Yards will be bringing you Britball podcasts over the summer, so make sure you are subscribed where you get your podcasts.

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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

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 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.