The final round of the AASE League takes place this week before the league splits for the second phase.
The top 3 sides in the North will face each other once again in a mini league, with the top 4 in the South doing the same, while the bottom four in each division will also face the other bottom four finishers in their respective conferences.
From there the top side in the north will play the top side in the south in the final, with second playing second, and so on.
All three top 3 qualifiers in the North have already secured their places, with Oaklands guaranteed to finish top despite having a bye week this week.
The other two sides to have qualified are Worcester 6th form College and Gosforth Academy. They actually face each other on Wednesday, and with second place still up for grabs this will still be an important game as it will secure a home game after the league split. Worcester hold a one point lead over Gosforth currently, but that could easily change on Wednesday.
Elsewhere Bishop Burton College are hosting Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College. Biship Burton are new to the league this year and are yet to win a game, but they will be desperate to secure one before the league splits to arrive for the split with a bit of momentum.
The final game in the north sees fourth placed Myerscough College host Moulton College, the two are locked on 9 points in fourth and fifth, so this game will be vital in deciding who finishes where ahead of the split.
In the South two of the four qualifiers are through. Hartpury College and Exeter College are guaranteed to progress, while Henley College and Beechen Cliff are in prime position to snap up the other two spots.
Hartpury will be looking to head into the league split with their unbeaten record in tact, so expect them to put in a strong performance at home against Truro College, who do not have too much to play for in terms of league position.
Likewise Exeter College who will want to keep their momentum going against an Ivybridge Community College side who can only finish as high as fifth.
It is a different story in the other two games though, with a lot left to play for. The key game is SGS Filton College v Henley College. Should Filton lost then both Henley and Beechen Cliff qualify for the top 4 split regardless of their own results. Even a win for Filton could be ok for the other two, so long as Filton lose their game in hand to Ivybridge.
For Henley College and Beechen Cliff the task is simple, secure a win on Wednesday and they will qualify for the top 4 split. Henley’s task is probably the more difficult as they face a Filton side with a chance of qualifying, Beechen Cliff on the other hand face St Paul’s Catholic College, who are bottom of the table with just one win to their name this year.
It should be an exciting afternoon!
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AASE Round 7 Fixtures (predictions in bold):
Myerscough College v Moulton College
Worcester 6th form College v Gosforth Academy
Bishop Burton College v Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College
Hartpury College v Truro College
SGS Filton College v Henley College
Ivybridge Community College v Exeter College
St Paul’s Catholic College v Beechen Cliff
|AASE League Table – Northern Conference|
|1||Oaklands College (Q)||6||6||0||0||4||28|
|2||Worcester 6th form (Q)||5||4||0||1||4||20|
|3||Gosforth Academy (Q)||5||4||0||1||3||19|
|6||Wyggeston & QEI College||5||1||0||4||3||7|
|7||Bishop Burton College||5||0||0||5||1||1|
|AASE League Table – Southern Conference|
|1||Hartpury College (Q)||6||6||0||0||4||28|
|2||Exeter College (Q)||6||4||0||2||6||22|
|5||SGS Filton College||5||2||0||3||4||12|
|7||Ivybridge Community College||5||1||0||4||3||7|
|8||St Paul’s Catholic College||6||1||0||5||2||6|