BAFA Premier Division Power Rankings – Week Three
We got a bit more clarity on where some teams sit as we head towards the cross-conference matchups on the next game day! There’s not too much movement, but some teams are at a real risk of dropping entirely. Here’s our top 10 after two whole weeks of action!
The Hornets put the exclamation mark on their opening day triumph over the Broncos with a huge victory over the Oilcats in Aberdeen. They’ve come through two weeks unscathed, and figure to get better as the season wears on with players returning from injury. Winning in Aberdeen should never be ignored, as the journey, and the hosts, make life very difficult for visiting teams. Beating one of the top teams in Britain when they can throw the kitchen sink at you is impressive. Now the Hornets need to hope they can repeat the trick when they take on the Giants and co. in Sheffield…
The Buttonhookers look more like themselves after their opening-week wobble against the Rebels. They scored 158 points in three romping wins, and welcomed Ryan Loftus back to the fold. They resemble their championship winning team more with Ryan around, but will have a tough ask at their next game-day as they’ll be down a few key contributors. They also have the next team on our list breathing down their neck…
The Rebels came through week two without any further blemishes, and got revenge over the Panthers. Their defence still didn’t look up to its usual high standard, as they conceded 34 points to the Reading Lions. The Rebels figure to flex their muscle though when they take on their SWC counterparts during the next game-day.
The Hurricanes are looking frightening this season, as they’ve now whooped every team in their division – their average margin of victory is 46-10. That’s terrifying. Their path to the playoffs became a lot clearer as they took care of the Titans Blue in comprehensive fashion. They’ve got the two bottom teams in the SEC coming up next, as the Sharks and Lions will try to topple the SWC Champions-elect.
The Manchester Titans took care of business, going 2-0 in week two. They pounded the Newcastle Blackhawks, who we figured might cause them problems. What do we know? Aberdeen and Grangemouth will provide the Titans a stern test at the next game-day though, and we’ll know more about their title credentials after this.
Shout out to QB Alan Mead, who left his delightful Italian adventure to suit up for his team and lead his side to victories. We’re moving the Titans down slightly though, but we’ll get to that…
Aberdeen looked utterly dominant in week one, and there was little debate that they deserve to be considered among the top teams in Britain. They had the unenviable task of taking on the Broncos and Hornets on one game-day, and came out of it 1-1. We’ve moving them up though, as they seem to have their QB situation figured out. Scott McDonald went blow-for-blow with one of the top offences in the league and looked good in the process, but fell just short when the Oilcats lost to the Hornets, 39-32. Their win over the Broncos is what we’re focusing on, as it essentially books their place as the other team in the championship bracket from the HNC. Anything can happen in football, but the Oilcats can show just how talented they are when they take on their MEC foes next game-day.
Have the Giants woken up? The results would suggest so. They looked like the unquestionable favourite for the MEC title, but a loss to the Titans and an unconvincing win against the Vipers gave us reason to doubt them. Those doubts were erased as the Giants decimated the Crows, Samurai and Blackhawks, with an average score of 49-12. Their resurgence is the reason we’re dropping the Manchester Titans down, as the Titans now have a challenger to contend with. The Giants are hitting form at just the right time, as the Glasgow Hornets come to town next.
The Titans Blue move up in our Power Rankings after taking care of business against the Cougars and Lions. They might have a bit of a push behind them from the Northants Phantoms, but their opening day 50-13 win over the Northants side give us confidence that the Titans Blue will be in the playoffs come season end. They did look powerless against the Hurricanes however, and might not be quite ready for the jump in quality that’s about to hit them. The Hookers, Panthers and Rebels pay them a visit next, and it could be a rough afternoon for the Titans Blue.
Oh Victoria Park. You were supposed to be the chosen ones. After week one, we were excited at the prospect of a three horse race in the SEC. The Hookers and Rebels had other plans though, as they decimated a VPP side, who had 6 players remaining by the time their game against the Rebels was done. With such a small squad, they’re going to struggle against the powerhouses, but they proved themselves capable last time. We actually feel really good about the rest of their schedule, with only the Buttonhookers and Hurricanes being potential bumps in the road, but that might not be enough if the London and Baker Street squads win out.
The Broncos cling on for dear life here after losing another big game against their HNC rivals. Their 20-14 loss to the Aberdeen all but resigns them to a spot in the plate bracket, but there’s a lot of season left to play. They looked to have lost Scott McKenzie for an extended period of time, but thankfully he’s potentially back for their next game-day. Speaking of which, it’s do or die for the Broncos now. Another loss on their record could spell the end of the road for them with the Hornets and Oilcats looking so strong. They’re too talented to drop out the standings completely, but their challenge could be over soon.
Best of the Rest
Starting with the Newcastle Blackhawks, we saw more of what we expected from the start of the year, as they slipped to 2-3. The team with the best change of breaking up the Titans and Giants looks to be the Manchester Crows, who are quietly having a solid start to the year, sitting at 3-2, with those two losses coming against the aforementioned MEC monsters.
The Birmingham Lions are already looking to Division One after sinking to 0-5, as life without Tristan has been more difficult than anticipated. The Aylesbury Vale Spartans found out the Northants Phantoms are no joke, as they fell to the SWC stalwarts 38-21. The Phantoms are at 3-2, and could upset the Titans Blue to pip them for a championship bracket spot.