ABL Roundup – November

The new ABL campaign keeps on rolling, with the mid-year break fast approaching.

With only the top two teams in each of the ABL’s six conferences guaranteed a post season spot, the race for the playoffs continues.

With just over two months gone in 2021/22, we take a look across the landscape of the league to see how things are panning out.

Northern Conference

It’s been a rough month for former unbeaten co-leaders Allerton High School, who have now dropped to 4-3 after being 4-0.

The Leeds’ programme played some of the league’s front runners over the last month, coming out second best as they’ve moved back into the mid-pack.

That leaves Carmel College and Stoke-on-Trent College as the pick of the bunch as we near the halfway stage, both teams are sitting pretty with 7-1 records.

In what could be a huge contest, Carmel and Stoke are set to clash on 15 December, the final game week before the mid-season break.

Eastern Conference

If October was good for Dagenham Park, November was even better as the Eastern Conference leaders are now a perfect 7-0.

Mayfield School are hot on their heels at 5-1, and that one loss this season has come at the hands of the current leaders.

Sigma Sixth Colchester aren’t far behind at 5-2, with County Upper (0-3) and St Thomas More (0-6) still searching for their first win.

Dagenham have two games remaining in 2021. One is against County Upper, the other is against rivals Mayfield. If the Essex programme can remain unbeaten to the end of the year, they’d be in a great position for the second half of the season.

Western Conference

It’s tight at the top out West, with Northolt High School and St Charles College battling it out.

Both teams are yet to taste defeat this season, with Northolt (5-0) currently leading the way by just a three points over their title rivals.

5 Dimensions Trust shouldn’t be counted out, having lost just one of their five games on the year.

Southern Conference

Last season’s #1 seeds HTS Storm went 18-0 last time they won this conference, and that undefeated streak just keeps on growing.

Now 5-0, Barton Peveril (5-1) and Guildford County (5-2) are providing the main challenge to the Sussex programme as they look to streak away from the chasing pack.

With just one game remaining this year against 1-7 College of Richard Collyer, it’s likely that HTS’ impressive run will continue into 2022.

South East Conference

Much like HTS in the Southern conference, expected front runners New City College have been putting in some fine performances in the South East.

The 2019/20’s co-champions are now a perfect 8-0 and show no sign of letting up as they pull away from Harris City Academy Crystal Palace (5-2) and Riverside Sixth Form (4-1).

Guaranteed to stay perfect for the remainder of 2021 with no further games to play, that means the rest of the league have the opportunity to try and close the gap at the top for the remainder of the month.

London Central Conference

It’s a familiar scene for 2019/20’s other co-champs Haringey Sixth Form, who are also beginning to pull away in the London Central conference.

Now 8-0 after a spotless start to the season, Haringey are a full nine points ahead of their closest challengers.

With one game still to go in December, the leaders could move to 9-0 and extend their advantage over Oasis Academy (5-3), COHENEL (4-3) and their next opponents Leyton Sixth Form College (4-3).

Main image credit – Haringey Sixth Form College