Standings stay tight in GBFL after Week 3

Mon 13 May 2019

Divisional races in the Great Britain Fastpitch League got even tighter after games played on Saturday 11 May at Farnham Park, as the league reached the halfway point of the season.

Fortunately, a weather forecast that predicted rain for much of the day turned out to be an exaggeration; instead, there was just a single brief shower and a fair amount of sunshine.

Unfortunately, one game in the Women’s Division wasn’t able to be finished, and the following game was unable to get started, because of a serious injury (a broken arm) that required treatment for a considerable length of time on the field.  The League Committee is currently considering how to get these games completed.

Women’s Division

Results in Week 3 produced a tie at the top of the division, with the Barbarians and the defending champion London Angels each ending the day with a 5-3 record.  When the two teams met in the first game of the day, Barbarians squeaked out an 11-10 win.

However, both teams will be looking over their shoulders at the Oxford Diamonds, who welcomed back GB Women’s Team pitcher Amie Hutchison from her US college season and won all three of their games, moving from last place to third, just a game behind the leading pair in the standings.

The Free Agents were the unlucky team on the day and only got to complete one game, a 14-0 loss to the Diamonds, as the Free Agents were involved in both the suspended game with the Barbarians (the Free Agents were leading 3-1 when the game was stopped in the fourth inning) and the game with London Angels that didn’t get played.

However, in addition to the day’s league games, the Barbarians, Diamonds and Free Agents all played friendly games with an American high school team from RAF Lakenheath, making their second and final visit to the GBFL this season.  For Lakenheath, the games with GBFL teams were a great way to prepare for their high school season playing other US military teams in the UK and Europe.

Women’s Division scores were:

Barbarians 11, Angels 10
Diamonds 14, Free Agents 0
Diamonds 13, Angels 5
Barbarians v Free Agents (game to be completed)
Free Agents v Angels (game to be rescheduled)
Diamonds 5, Barbarians 2

Standings after Week 3 are:

Barbarians (5-3)
Angels (5-3)
Diamonds (4-5)
Free Agents (2-5)

Men’s Division

Just one game separates the first-placed Meteors and second-placed Stags at the top of the Men’s Division after Week 3, and this contest looks like it will go to the end of the season, with a place in the 2020 European Men’s Super Cup at stake.

However, Head Coach Ian Tomlin's GB Under-19 Men’s Team, who are using the GBFL in part to trial new players, lost all three games on the day – though two of them were close – and fell off the pace in the standings.

Men’s Division scores in Week 3 were:

Meteors 8, GB Under-19 Men 6
Meteors 9, Stags 2
Stags 9, GB Under-19 Men 5
Meteors 13, GB Under-19 Men 3

Standings after the third week of play are:

Meteors (6-2)
Stags (5-3)
GB Under-19 Men (1-7)

Upcoming games

The GBFL will take a break when Diamond Series 1 occupies Farnham Park on the weekend of 18-19 May.  GBFL games will then be played on both 25 May and 1 June before a long hiatus until the final day of the season on 12 October.

Anyone who wants to join a GBFL team for the season can still do so by contacting

Photos by Alan Le Marquand

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