It is Round 3 in the AASE League this week, with six exciting games coming up.
With two rounds now gone, things begin to take shape, particularly after this week, when every side will have played either two or three games.
Last year’s finalists, Gosforth Academy, play their second game of the campaign when they host Moulton College. Both played their first game of the season last week, Gosforth beating new entrants Brooksby Melton, and Moulton narrowly losing to Bishop Burton College. Gosforth will be hard to stop, having shown their exciting all-court offloading game again last week, and with home advantage too, it will take a strong performance from Moulton.
Brooksby Melton, meanwhile, make the trip to Oaklands College. At this early stage of the season it is a top of the table clash. Each have a win and a loss, Brooksby beating Bishop Burton and losing to Gosforth, and Oaklands beating Myerscough but losing to Worcester 6th form College, suggesting a close game on Wednesday.
The final game in the North sees Worcester 6th form College return after a bye last week. They won an opening day thriller against Oaklands, and will be hoping to add a second against Myerscough on Wednesday after the North West side went down to that same Oaklands side last week. Bishop Burton have this week’s bye in the North.
Last year’s champions, Exeter College, top the Southern Conference at the moment but have a bye week and will therefore likely lose that spot.
In all likelihood they will lose it to Hartpury College. The multiple champions are unbeaten so far and have SGS Filton College who are so far without a win.
The third unbeaten side in the North are St Paul’s Catholic College, who have wins over Filton and Truro College. They face probably their toughest challenge of the season so far though, facing Beechen Cliff, whose place at the bottom of the table is a little misleading. They have played just the one game, and it was a thriller against Exeter College, so expect them to start climbing.
There is a near guarantee in the South that at least one side will pick up their first win of the AASE season as Henley College host Truro College. Neither has picked up a win but both have been involved in close games. One of Henley’s was against Hartpury though, so perhaps they have a slight advantage.
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AASE Round 3 Fixtures (predictions in bold):
Gosforth Academy v Moulton College
Oaklands College v Brooksby Melton College
Worcester 6th form College v Myerscough College
Bishop Burton College – Bye
Hartpury College v SGS Filton College
St Paul’s Catholic College v Beechen Cliff
Henley College v Truro College
Exeter College – Bye
|AASE Northern Conference Table|
|1||Brooksby Melton College||2||1||0||1||2||6|
|3||Bishop Burton College||2||1||0||1||1||5|
|5||Worcester 6th form College||1||1||0||0||1||5|
|AASE Southern Conference Table|
|3||St Paul’s Catholic College||2||2||0||0||1||9|
|4||SGS Filton College||2||0||0||2||1||1|
Round 2 Results:
Brooksby Melton 36-52 Gosforth Academy
Moulton College 31-35 Bishop Burton College
Myerscough College 3-22 Oaklands College
Worcester 6th form College – Bye
Beechen Cliff 20-40 Exeter College
SGS Filton College 14-21 St Paul’s Catholic College
Truro College 14-56 Hartpury College
Henley College – Bye
Round 1 Results:
Bishop Burton College 10-48 Brooksby Melton College
Oaklands College 33-38 Worcester 6th form College
Moulton College – Bye
Myerscough College v Gosforth Academy (Postponed to 1st November)
Exeter College 60-15 SGS Filton College
Hartpury College 19-8 Henley College
St Paul’s Catholic College 24-17 Truro College
Beechen Cliff – Bye