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BAFA Leagues 2014 – Week Seven results

A couple of unexpected results, and a couple of the usual blow out games that we have come accustomed to in the opening weeks of the British American Football season. Our Week Seven review starts in the National North West and the game which we tipped to be the game of the day. It didn’t fail to live up to its billing.

Staffordshire Surge are one of those teams that will play hard to the very end, the same can be said of the Manchester Titans. Both teams needed a win to stay close to the unbeaten Merseyside Nighthawks who despite being idle could not lose their place on top of this division with their 4-0 record. Manchester had the ball and were driving to victory but in the dying seconds the Surge came up with a big interception to seal a 26-21 win leaving both teams at 2-2. This sets up a great game next week when Merseyside host Staffordshire. Not to be forgotten in all this are the Chester Romans, they improved to 3-2 after a 36-0 home win against the Crewe Railroaders.

Staying in the National League we move down to the Midlands and another close game. Sandwell Steelers are in their first year of football and despite now being 1-3 after Sundays narrow 28-26 loss to the Leicester Falcons, they are staying competitive with the average margin of their defeats being just 13.3 points.

A couple of surprise results in the National South West. The previous 1-3 Gloucester Centurions just had enough to beat the Swindon Storm 21-14. The Storm are now 2-2 and the result didn’t help either team as they are way off the pace of division leaders Solent and Farnham, both 4-0. Solent reached that mark after making heavy work of the Bournemouth Bobcats, a team they were expected to roll over, the 26-18 final score suggested it wasn’t an easy day.

Up into the National North and the only game played was in Aberdeen as the Roughnecks are still finding life hard going, this time losing 48-6 to the West Coast Trojans. The Trojans have certainly found their feet after an opening day loss and have now won three straight.

In the Premier North it was a weekend to forget for the Doncaster Mustangs. Entering the weekend 0-2, they came out 0-4. The postponed Week Three game against East Kilbride was awarded to the Pirates as a 1-0 walkover as no other suitable date could be arranged, and then they got steamrollered by the Tamworth Phoenix 72-0. Yorkshire Rams won the big derby clash on Saturday, the 17-6 win at Lancashire Wolverines keeps them unbeaten. Sheffield got their first win of the year, a 28-6 road win at the Gateshead Senators puts them back on track, and the race for what seems like the last playoff place in the North will be a fight to the final weekend of the regular season.

Down in the Premier South current champions the London Warriors were simply too powerful for East Kent Mavericks, a 60-0 score being a very fair reflection of the game. Warriors are now 3-0, the same record as Bristol Aztecs as they won a thrilling game against the London Olympians, 20-14 the final there. If the top four slip up in anyway the new leaders of the chasing pack are Cambridgeshire Cats. The 33-12 win over Colchester Gladiators gives them a 2-3 record to push on from. Lastly the Berkshire Renegades finally got in the win column with a low scoring 7-6 win at home against South Wales Warriors.

It was a tough weekend

BAFA Leagues 2014 – Week Seven schedule

Week Seven of the British American Football season starts early with a rivalry that is one of the best in the game, in fact in most sports that are played between the two counties sparks usually fly. Today the Lancashire Wolverines host the Yorkshire Rams, a game which could have a bearing on the Premier North playoffs later in the year. Both teams finished 5-5 last season and look to be just as evenly matched this year.

A day later we see four games being played in the Premier South. The favourites and champions London Warriors go to the 1-2 East Kent Mavericks. Bristol Aztecs face the London Olympians, both have 2-0 records and both featured in last years playoffs. A win for either will put them in a very good position, but a loss will see the pack behind them close in.

The National League also has a clash of unbeaten teams. In the South West Bournemouth entertain Solent, the latter are one of the favoured sides and should be too strong for their hosts.

In the North West teams are trying to keep pace with the 4-0 Merseyside Nighthawks. A key game here is the match between Staffordshire and Manchester, the latter coming into the weekend at 2-1 will be especially hopeful of staying in touch with the leaders.

Team records in brackets

Tamworth Phoenix (3-0) v Doncaster Mustangs (0-2)
Gateshead Senators (2-2) v Sheffield Predators (0-2)
Lancashire Wolverines (1-1) v Yorkshire Rams (1-0) – Saturday

Berkshire Renegades (0-4) v South Wales Warriors (1-2)
East Kent Mavericks (1-2) v London Warriors (2-0)
Bristol Aztecs (2-0) v London Olympians (2-0)
Colchester Gladiators (1-1) v Cambridgeshire Cats (1-3)

Chester Romans (2-2) v Crewe Railroaders (0-1)
Staffordshire Surge (1-2) v Manchester Titans (2-1)

Sandwell Steelers (1-2) v Leicester Falcons (0-2)

Aberdeen Roughnecks (0-3) v West Coast Trojans (2-1)

Bournemouth Bobcats (2-0) v Solent Thrashers (2-0)
Gloucester Centurions (1-3) v Swindon Storm (2-1)

IFAF Champions League – Blitz win, but lose out

This past Saturday saw the London Blitz return to European action in a must win game to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the IFAF Champions League Final Four tournament in July.

They had to turn around a 26 points deficit after losing their opening round game in Paris, and hope that the team that beat them that day, Templiers, lost in Spain to L’Hospitalet Pioners.

London coming off the back off two big wins in the British League got off to a flier when they returned the opening kick off for a touchdown, but it was an error strewn game and the French side were keeping the Blitz within a score for the majority of the game.

At halftime the score was 20-13 in the Londoners favour, they couldn’t build on the lead and the final score of 34-26 was a fair reflection of the game, and a result that on another day they would have been proud of, the margin of victory was not enough though and with Templiers winning later in the day it confirmed the Blitz’s elimination from Europe for this season.

Playing against top quality European opposition, and winning, will of course be a great confidence builder for the remainder of the domestic competition as the Blitz look to regain their crown that their closest rivals the London Warriors took from them last year.

They are next in League action on June 8th, at home in another London derby against the Olympians.

BAFA Leagues 2014 – Week Six results

A third of the way through the 2014 schedule and there is some definite separation happening amongst the teams that will be in the playoff mix come August, and those that will be playing for pride very soon.

Week Six again delivered some high scoring games, and proved that if a match isn’t a complete blowout, then you are involved in a close game. There is no middle ground it seems.

Our roundup begins in the Premier North and with a shutout, one of just three on the day, and East Kilbride Pirates second game of the year was very similar to their first. Sheffield Predators hosted the Scots but were no real match for them and the final score of 41-0 was fully justifiable. The other game played in this division was a much closer affair, with Gateshead Senators getting the better of Nottingham Caesars, 16-10.

Keeping up the trend of lopsided and tense finishes we move into the Premier South. Champions London Warriors blew away the Cambridgeshire Cats 62-6, East Kent Mavericks and Colchester Gladiators served up a 77 point thriller, with the Gladiators notching up their first win of the year 40-37.

Going one point better in the National North, Dundee Hurricanes and West Coast Trojans served up 78 points, the latter coming away with a 46-32 win.

In the Midlands Oxford Saints moved to 3-0 with a 14-0 road win against Leicester Falcons, but keeping pace with them on the same record are the Peterborough Saxons. They too won on the road and also had a tough time of things to stay unbeaten eventually overcoming Lincolnshire Bombers 15-9.

Up to the North West and a game which lived up to its pre-match billing. Staffordshire Surge are just not getting the bounce of the ball at the moment but they can be proud of the way they didn’t let the now 4-0 Merseyside Nighthawks run up the score, the final here being 28-6. However running up the score is exactly what the Manchester Titans did at the Walney Terriers. Titans improve to 2-1 after a 54-0 victory. In each of their wins they have posted 50+ on the scoreboard.

Kent Exiles are proving to be a dark horse and have quietly moved to 3-0 in the South East, an impressive 37-6 win over the Essex Spartans. They are not top dog here though, that position belongs to the now 4-0 Watford Cheetahs who had a comfortable 38-8 win at the London Hornets.

Finally we move over to the South West and the highest scoring team in the country were at it again. Farnham Knights are red hot right now and it seems that every time they touch the ball they will score. This weeks unfortunate victims were the Bristol Apache to the tune of 70-6. The Knights are now 4-0 having outscored their opponents 237-18. It seems the only team that will put any kind of pressure on them will the also free scoring Solent Thrashers. They face each other on the 8th June in what could prove to be the game of the season. Two more games here saw the Swindon Storm move to 2-1 after downing the Portsmouth Dreadnaughts, and Cornish Sharks broke even for the year at 2-2 after a 22-7 win at Torbay Trojans.

BAFA Leagues 2014 – Week Six schedule

The British American Football season enters its sixth week and there are fourteen games on the slate for this bright and sunny day across the country. Hopefully with the nicer weather some of crowds will increase as the action starts to move into a crucial part of the season.

Already we have seen some teams lay down considerable markers, and stretch out their divisions in doing so. One of those teams, East Kilbride in the Premier North, will look to carry on where they left off in Week Two. Their 72-0 win over Gateshead is a score that has yet to be bettered, they travel to Sheffield today, the Predators narrowly lost their first game last weekend. Reigning champions the London Warriors will look to go top of the Premier South standings as they entertain 1-2 Cambridgeshire.

Impressive Merseyside take their 3-0 record on a potentially tough road trip to Staffordshire in the National North West, and across in the Midlands division 1-1 Lancashire host unbeaten Peterborough in an important match for both.

Down in the South East Kent hope to improve to 3-0 for the season , but they 2-1 Essex Spartans will be a tough matchup. Moving over to the South West and one of the countries top scorers, Farnham Knights, look to keep the scoreboard ticking over when they visit Bristol.

Team records in brackets

Sheffield Predators (0-1) v East Kilbride Pirates (1-0)
Gateshead Senators (1-2) v Nottingham Caesars (1-1)

London Warriors (1-0) v Cambridgeshire Cats (1-2)
East Kent Mavericks (1-1) v Colchester Gladiators (0-1)

Staffordshire Surge (1-1) v Merseyside Nighthawks (3-0)
Walney Terriers (0-2) v Manchester Titans (1-1)

Leicester Falcons (0-1) v Oxford Saints (2-0)
Lincolnshire Bombers (1-1) v Peterborough Saxons (2-0)

Dundee Hurricanes (1-2) v West Coast Trojans (1-1)

Kent Exiles (2-0) v Essex Spartans (2-1)
London Hornets (0-3) v Watford Cheetahs (3-0)
*Maidstone Pumas 0 Ouse Valley Eagles 1 – Game awarded to Eagles as walkover. Eagles now 2-2.

Bristol Apache (1-2) v Farnham Knights (3-0)
Torbay Trojans (0-2) v Cornish Sharks (1-2)
Portsmouth Dreadnaughts (0-2) v Swindon Storm (1-1)