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Fresh off their Week One bye, this Saturday sees the Manchester Crows open up the season in Sheffield against two tough opponents; the 2015 MEC South winners Sheffield Predators, and newcomers Cheshire Cavaliers.
Sheffield Predators: 2 – 0 – 0
Led by captain Dean Whittingslow, the reigning MEC South champions look to continue their 2016 unbeaten run after dominant Week One victories over newcomers Doncaster Mustangs and perennial contenders Mansfield Honeybadgers. Whilst The Crows have not recorded a ‘W’ against the Predators in two seasons of BAFA competition so far, their last meeting was peppered with an INT from SS Nick Harris, a SACK from LB Rob Connor, and a TD from WR James Durham. With the success of the preseason program, The Crows look to make a statement here.
Cheshire Cavaliers: 0 – 2 – 0
Though this weekend will mark the first time The Crows have faced the Cavaliers in a BAFA-sanctioned game, these two teams are already familiar foes. Since the Cavaliers’ inception in June 2015, they have faced The Crows in friendlies (their first taste of competition) and at preseason tournaments – including the inaugural “Super Crowl” in February 2016. Although the Cavaliers have yet to post a win against The Crows, strong preseason performances and competitive showings in Week One losses to the Beeston Bears and the Titans suggest that they are a team on the ascendancy. With revamped playoff scenarios for 2016, the Cavaliers are likely to be standing in the way of The Crows playoff designs.
Further details of the day, including directions to the venue, can be found on the fixture page.