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NWFL Preview: Saturday 11th June

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Chris TebbuttOpinion & Analysis
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It’s almost Saturday, you know what that means.

It’s another round of NWFL action, the Premier North and South divisions are looking at their 2nd and 3rd tournaments respectively, whilst the Div 1 South are kicking off their season super late, but it’s better late than never and we are going to get into it starting with.

Premiership North

12:00pm:

Cheshire Bears vs Manchester Titans

Teesside Steelers vs Leeds Chargers

14:00pm

Manchester Titans vs Leeds Chargers

Teesside Steelers vs Cheshire Bears

Leeds Chargers pulled ahead in the first tournament, becoming the only 2-0 team in this Division by defeating Manchester 68-49 & Cheshire 40-13. The Chargers will be looking to continue this dominance against the Titans again, but they will be going up against the newcomers to their Division in Teesside who were also able to beat the Titans in tournament one.

Teesside impressed with their first game of the season with a win over the Titans 40-35, a score line which we are told that flatters the Titans as Teesside dealt with injuries which led to them having to end their game with Cheshire early ending up with a score line of 28-8 for the Bears.

The Bears will have homefield advantage this tournament as they look to improve from 1-1 and given they don’t have Leeds this tournament it is possible, but they will have to content with a Teesside Steelers squad who are out to prove they can come back from adversity, but due to their game with the Steelers being second on the docket again, it could come down to whether or not the Steelers can stay healthy with the smallest team in this Division. 

Don’t sleep on the Titans, despite having two losses on their record the score lines for both games is very impressive and with time to go back to the drawing board, I expect the Titans to come out swinging against Leeds and Cheshire, because you can see they have the tools to put points on the board.

Premiership South:

Hosted By Hertfordshire Cheetahs

Sun Postal Sports & Social Club

12:00pm

Hertfordshire Cheetahs vs Birmingham Lions

Wembley Stallions vs Kent Exiles

14:30pm

Birmingham Lions vs Wembley Stallions

Kent Exiles vs Hertfordshire Cheetahs

London Warriors get their bye week this week so they won’t be travelling down to Watford, but everyone else will be squaring off at the Cheetahs home ground.

Birmingham Lions are continuing to prove why they are the gold standard in the NWFL, as they continue their multiple season-spanning undefeated streak beating everyone else once, apart from the Cheetahs.

Their last tournament results had the Lions shutting out Kent 49-0 and gaining a walkover win over the Stallions. So in this tournament Birmingham are facing two teams they haven’t played this season and you know what they say, any given Sund…Saturday.

On the other side of the winner’s column is the Kent Exiles who have been winless over the first two tournaments, suffering two shutout losses, one to Birmingham and one to Warriors.

Kent looks to gain their first win of the season and given their closest game was an 8-14 loss to the Cheetahs the second meeting of these teams could end up being fortuitous for the Exiles.

Due to Wembley having their bye week in their first tournament and then conceding two walkover losses in the second, the Stallions are yet to play a game in the 2022 season, but hopefully that all changes Saturday as they have Kent and an uphill battle against the Lions.

So hopefully the Stallions can get their first game jitters out of the way quickly and give the Lions a challenge, but between Kent and Wembley, there will be one team left winless once Saturday is over.

The Cheetahs are looking to use their home-field advantage to their benefit this week as they will be looking to improve on their 1-1 record, beating Kent and losing to the Warriors.

The Cheetahs are going to be looking to clean sweep the Exiles but due to them playing the Lions first, they are going to have to keep some fuel in the tank to make sure the Exiles don’t get their first win of the season against them.

Division One South:

Hosted By Swindon Storm

Southbrook Recreation Grounds

12:00pm

Swindon Storm vs Cardiff Valkyries

14:00pm

Portsmouth Dreadnoughts vs Cardiff Valkyries

16:00pm

Swindon Storm vs Portsmouth Dreadnoughts

The first tournament of the 2022 season for Cardiff and Portsmouth opens on Saturday, with Swindon not putting forward a competitive side means the Div 1 South crown is between the two heated squads.

Portsmouth will be looking to repeat their success last year as they won the Southwest division last year going 3-1 and due to Sandwell competing as a scrimmage side last year, all those games were against Cardiff.

Portsmouth had a ride against the Valkyries last year, winning their first game against the Welsh side due to walk over and then losing 29-22 in their sole loss before coming back and winning the next two games 14-8 and 31-0, closing out their championship-winning season with a shutout victory.



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