NSL 2 season ends with Blitz Bombers gaining promotion to NSL 1

Mon 22 Jul 2019

The final games of the season in National Softball League 2 were played on weekend of 20-21 July at the Diamond Series 3 tournament at Farnham Park, and the biggest winner was the Blitz Bombers, who topped the standings and will be promoted to NSL1 for next season.

The Bombers head the list of the eight NSL2 teams that qualified for the NSL2 Nationals, to be played on the weekend of 31 August-1 September.  These teams, in the order they finished in league standings, are:

1 -- Blitz Bombers
2 -- Naturals
3 -- Tempest (in their first season in NSL2)
4 -- Honey Badgers
5 -- SPAM
6 -- Terriers
7 -- Bees
8 -- Ninos Privados

Ninos Privados and Warriors finished in a tie for the eighth and final playoff place with identical 7-14-1 records, but a 15-11 victory by the Ninos over the Warriors on Saturday at Diamond 3 was the difference.

Final games in NSL1 were not able to be played at Diamond Series 3 because of the European Slowpitch Championship that finished on the same weekend; these games will be played as a standalone tournament at Farnham Park on the weekend of 27-28 July.


Relegation

The two teams demoted from NSL2 are Misfits and Blitz Havoc, who will be offered places in the NSL3 National Championship tournament in Manchester on 31 August-1 September, which offers them a chance to regain their NSL2 status.

The Mob (last season’s NSL3 winners), just managed to avoid relegation, claiming 10th place over Blitz Havoc by winning both their games against them, even though the two teams had the same win/loss ratio.

Dana Granville, The Mob’s captain, said, “What a ride -- I felt sick with tension.  We were making desperate calculations every round -- were we safe or were we out?  The Mob bobbed up and down all weekend between ninth and 11th before finally settling in 10th to remain in NSL2, which was our aim this season.”


The final NSL 2 standings were:

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