In the penultimate round of the opening league phase in the 2019 AASE season, four sides secured their top four finishes across the two conferences.
In the Northern Conference Gosforth Academy, Brooksby Melton College, and Oaklands College all secured their top four finshes, while in the Southern Conference Hartpury College have secured theirs.
The top four sides in each conference go into two mini conferences after the next round of games, first and third in the north grouped with second and fourth in the south, and vice versa, the winners of each group then meeting in the final. So these last couple of rounds are absolutely crucial for sides as they aim to get into those spots.
Gosforth Academy booked their place in the top four with a dominant 59-7 victory away at Stourport High School, leaving them as the only side across either conference to remain unbeaten, and keeping them four points clear at the top of the conference.
Next week they host Oaklands College, who had a bye week this week, but with Oaklands also qualified it will be a game for seedings rather than a game for qualification.
Brooksby Melton College have also qualified thanks to a 64-12 victory over Moulton College. They have now played all of their games though so second is the best they can hope for, they will have to sit and watch next week’s results come in to see their seeding and which group they will end up in.
The fight for fourth though is going to be a real dogfight that goes right into next week’s final round. Myerscough College kept their challenge alive by beating current fourth place side Bishop Burton College 38-15 to draw them level on points. It means that all comes down to next week. Both have games they should win, Bishop Burton host Stourport and Myerscough travel to Moulton, but with Moulton struggling to avoid conceding points, it could well be advantage Myerscough.
Hartpury College secured their place in the top four thanks to a 31-0 victory over SGS Filton College, a result that leaves them four points clear at the top and unable to be caught by the fifth placed side, who happen to be Filton.
It gets really interesting below though because the four sides competing for the three remaining spots all face each other next week. Filton College host St Paul’s Catholic College, who increased their odds massively on Wednesday by beating Beechen Cliff 19-13 moving them into third, a point behind Beechen Cliff, level with Exeter, and three points clear of Filton.
Beechen Cliff meanwhile will host Exeter College, who had a bye week this week. Should St Paul’s do the job against Filton then both of these would be safe next week but if Filton win, then the loser of this game will be very vulnerable indeed.
The final game in the southern conference on Wednesday saw City of Oxford College play their final game of the opening phase, the bottom three in each conference also play mini groups next phase but remain split north/south. They hosted Truro College, going down 31-17.
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AASE Round 6 Results:
Brooksby Melton College 64-12 Moulton College
Myerscough College 38-15 Bishop Burton College
Stourport HS 7-59 Gosforth Academy
Bye: Oaklands College
City of Oxford College 17-31 Truro College
Hartpury College 31-0 SGS Filton College
St Paul’s Catholic College 19-13 Beechen Cliff
Bye: Exeter College
|3||St Paul’s CC||5||3||0||2||3||15|
|5||SGS Filton College||5||2||0||3||4||12|
|7||City of Oxford||6||1||0||5||1||5|
Round 7 (16th October)
Bishop Burton College v Stourport HS
Gosforth Academy v Oaklands College
Moulton College v Myerscough College
Bye: Brooksby Melton College
Beechen Cliff v Exeter College
SGS Filton College v St Paul’s Catholic College
Truro College v Hartpury College
Bye: City of Oxford College
AASE Round 5 Results:
Bishop Burton College 20-19 Brooksby Melton College
Gosforth Academy 43-12 Myerscough College
Oaklands College 48-15 Stourport HS
Bye: Moulton College
Beechen Cliff 33-10 Hartpury College
Exeter College 26-19 St Paul’s Catholic College
SGS Filton College 27-17 City of Oxford College
Bye: Truro College
AASE Round 4 Results:
Brooksby Melton College 12-33 Gosforth Academy
Moulton College 5-52 Bishop Burton College
Myerscough College 23-24 Oaklands College
Bye: Stourport HS
City of Oxford College 3-31 Beechen Cliff
Hartpury College 46-29 Exeter College
Truro College 8-6 SGS Filton College
Bye: St Paul’s Catholic College
AASE Round 3 Results:
Gosforth Academy 79-13 Moulton College
Oaklands College 26-39 Brooksby Melton College
Stourport HS 12-45 Myerscough College
Bye: Bishop Burton College
Beechen Cliff 26-8 Truro College
Exeter College 14-39 City of Oxford College
St Paul’s Catholic College 0-36 Hartpury College
Bye: SGS Filton College
AASE Round 2 Results:
Bishop Burton College 18-24 Gosforth Academy
Brooksby Melton College 40-19 Stourport HS
Moulton College 0-43 Oaklands College
Bye: Myerscough College
City of Oxford College 12-27 St Paul’s Catholic College
SGS Filton College 28-5 Beechen Cliff
Truro College 15-35 Exeter College
Bye: Hartpury College
AASE Round 1 Results:
Myerscough College 3-27 Brooksby Melton College
Oaklands College 24-17 Bishop Burton College
Stourport HS 59-26 Moulton College
Bye: Gosforth Academy
Exeter College 19-12 SGS Filton College
Hartpury College 69-14 City of Oxford College
St Paul’s Catholic College 40-20 Truro College
Bye: Beechen Cliff