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2017 Sapphire Series Ready to Launch!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The BAFA Sapphire Series Women's Tackle Football Championship is nearly upon us!

The Sapphire Series Women's Tackle Football competition kicks-off on 25th February and already the news is excellent. With an additional four teams joining this year and more teams stepping-up to the 7v7 format, the competition will be hotter than ever.

Welcome to the Cardiff Valkyries, Oxford Saints, Peterborough Royals and Staffordshire Surge, who all join Division 2 this year for their first taste of 5 v 5 tackle football. Congratulations to East Kilbride Pirates, Edinburgh Wolves and London Warriors for stepping-up to Division 1 to play 7 v 7.

With 360 plus players now competing, as part of 18 teams, the Sapphire Series has again seen massive growth of over 30%. The teams will compete in two conferences within each division:

Division 1 - South Conference
* Birmingham Lions
* Hertfordshire Tornadoes
* Derby Braves
* London Warriors

Division 1 - North Conference
* Leeds Carnegie Chargers
* Manchester Titans
* East Kilbride Pirates
* Edinburgh Wolves

Division 2 - South & East Conference
* Wembley Stallions
* Portsmouth Dreadnoughts
* Iceni Spears
* Oxford Saints
* Peterborough Royals

Division 2 - North & West Conference
* Teesside Steelers
* Sandwell Steelers
* Chester Romans
* Staffordshire Surge
* Cardiff Valkyries

The Series concludes on 8th April when the top teams in each tier will contest the Division 1 National Championship and the South & East Conference and North & West Conference titles.

Best wishes to all teams for a successful and enjoyable competition.


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