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.

BAFA WEEK SEVEN SCHEDULE
Team records in brackets

PREMIER NORTH
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

PREMIER SOUTH
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)

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

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

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

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

GridironTV ready to launch “Our Year” documentary

GridironTV was started in 2011 by Stuart Gilmartin and Stuart Young, and instantly become a hit with fans and teams up and down the country. Trying to follow the sport played here can sometimes be a difficult task, but thanks to the pioneering efforts of these two, and now many more, we can view games at a click.

When the Stirling Clansmen were defeated in the BUCS playoff quarter finals in 2013 by the Birmingham Lions, GridironTV were there, and have been there ever since documenting their steady rise until they won the Championship earlier this year defeating those same Lions in an epic game in Leeds.

Stuart Gilmartin was especially proud of the moment his cameras caught the Clansmen winning it all, “Scottish teams would make it to the finals or semi-finals only to fall short. It was great to follow the Clansmen as they aimed to win it all. It was especially all the more gratifying that we were able to broadcast the final, live to the world, and obtain our largest viewing audience to date.”

The documentary titled “Our Year – A season with the Stirling Clansmen” goes in depth with interviews with graduating senior players who have been with the team for years, to the coaching staff who explain the extra demands they put on the players.

After some lengthy preparation the full length feature length DVD of the documentary is nearly ready for release and we have the teaser trailer for you right here. Its also not to late to get involved in this great project with some added benefits.

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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.