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Adult contact Premiership and Division 1 update

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Conference winners and relegation now decided!

The final weekend of the regular season for Premiership and Division 1 adult contact teams took place on 27/28 July 2019 - with the outcome for playoff seedings and relegation going right down to the wire for some conferences!

Adult contact Premiership
In the Premiership North, both the divisional winners and relegation wasn’t decided until the final weekend of the regular season.  At the top of the table, Manchester Titans hosted Tamworth Phoenix.  In a closely contested game, Tamworth Phoenix came out victorious 21-17, and were crowned Premiership North Champions.  They will now play London Blitz in the play offs, with a space in the 2019 Britbowl waiting for the winner.  Also, in an exciting move, BAFA will be streaming this game as part of its new partnership with Onside Production.

At the bottom of the table, three teams entered the final weekend of the season battling to fend off relegation.  The team which finished the weekend at the bottom of the conference was Leicester Falcons, who will therefore be relegated to Division 1 for the 2019/2020 season.

In the Premiership South, London Warriors dominated throughout the season, finishing undefeated.  The bottom of the Premiership South was much closer, with Kent Exiles hosting Farnham Knights, with the loser facing relegation.  Kent Exiles ended victorious, winning the game 19-0, and so Farnham Knights will drop down to Division 1 for the 2019/2020 season.

Premiership conference summary

Premiership North
Champions        Tamworth Phoenix
Runners Up       Manchester Titans
Relegated          Leicester Falcons

Premiership South
Champions         London Warriors
Runners Up        London Blitz
Relegation          Farnham Knights

The play off fixtures to win the chance to play in the 2019 Britbowl final are as follows:

Tamworth Phoenix v London Blitz
London Warriors v Manchester Titans

The above play off games will be played on Sunday 18 August 2019, with the 2019 Britbowl taking place on Sunday 1 September 2019, kicking off at 4pm at the New River Stadium, London.

Adult contact Division 1
In Division 1, there were also numerous playoff and relegation outcomes that were not set until the last weekend of the season - at both ends of the tables. Conference winners and relegation spots have been decided as follows:

NFC 1 North
Champions         Northumberland Vikings
Runners Up        East Kilbride Pirates
Relegation          Gateshead Senators

NFC 1 South
Champions         Sandwell Steelers
Runners Up        Shropshire Revolution
Relegation          Doncaster Mustangs

SFC 1 Central
Champions         Solent Thrashers
Runners Up        Sussex Thunder
Relegation          Berkshire Renegades

SFC 1 East
Champions         Cambridgeshire Cats
Runners Up        London Hornets
Relegation          Colchester Gladiators
                              Ouse Valley Eagles (relegated for second yellow card)

Rankings for the play offs are as follows:
#1 Sandwell Steelers
#2 Solent Thrashers
#3 Northumberland Vikings
#4 Cambridgeshire Cats
#5 East Kilbride Pirates
#6 London Hornets
#7 Sussex Thunder
#8 Shropshire Revolution

The Division 1 quarter final play off games will be played on 11 August 2019, and will be as follows (home team listed first):

#2 Solent Thrashers v #6 London Hornets (Game 1)
#4 Cambridgeshire Cats v #7 Sussex Thunder (Game 2)
#3 Northumberland Vikings v #8 Shropshire Revolutions (Game 3)
#1 Sandwell Steelers v #5 East Kilbride Pirates (Game 4)

The semi-finals will be played on 18 August 2019, and will be as follows (with the highest ranked team having home advantage):

Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2
Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4

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