12/13 Season


Pos Team Pld W L T For Agst %
1 Derby Braves 8 8 0 0 307 60 1.000
2 Sheffield Sabres 8 7 1 0 290 54 0.875
3 Manchester Tyrants 8 6 2 0 117 74 0.750
4 UCLan Rams 8 5 3 0 89 98 0.625
5 Hallam Warriors 7 4 3 0 131 87 0.571
6 Lancaster Bombers 8 3 5 0 137 169 0.375
7 Satffordshire Stallions 7 2 5 0 74 182 0.286
8 LJM Fury 8 2 6 0 111 179 0.250
9 Huddersfield Hawks 8 2 6 0 118 249 0.250
10 MMU Eagles 8 2 6 0 51 173 0.250
11 Bangor Muddogs 6 1 5 0 48 148 0.167
Away Home
Huddersfield Hawks 0-54 Sheffield Sabres
Lancaster Bombers 6-35 Sheffield Sabres
Sheffield Sabres 23-8 Manchester Tyrants
Bangor Muddogs 0-39 Sheffield Sabres
Sheffield Sabres 39-6 Staffordshire Stallions
Hallam Warriors 20-40 Sheffield Sabres
Sheffield Sabres 6-14 Derby Braves
Sheffield Sabres 54-0 LJM Fury
Sheffield Sabres 48-6 UWE Bullets
Sheffield Sabres 7-37 Hertfordshire Hurricanes

The Sabres entered the 2012/13 season looking to improve on the previous year’s 6-2 record and subsequent success in the Challenge Trophy, and did so in style; although the team were narrowly denied an unbeaten regular season by Derby, they went on to secure the first play-off win in the club’s history, and set club a record for the most points scored in a season, for the second season in a row.
With two comfortable home wins under their belt, the Sabres faced a much sterner test away at the Tyrants. A stuttering offensive performance left the defence under a lot of pressure, and at half time the Sabres were down 8-3. However, a rejuvenated offense, lead by QB David Saul, emerged at half time to secure an unconvincing win. A shut-out victory over the Muddogs took the Sabres into the festive season with a 4-0 record.
Next was a rearranged fixture against the Stallions, played in snowy conditions. This didn’t prevent the Sabres from moving the ball however, and they continued their 100% start with a a comfortable win. Next up were cross-town rivals the Warriors. The match kicked off Varsity 2013 in style, with over 600 people witnessing the Sabres break their five year losing streak at varsity. With Hallam trailing by a single score at half time, the Sabres pulled away to take the Steel Bowl 40-20.
That win took the Sabres to the top of the Big North western conference, followed closely by the Derby Braves, who were also undefeated. The two teams met the following week in torrid conditions that all but prevented the aerial game. An attritional battle ensued, with the Braves emerging victorious to claim the 2012/13 Big North Western Conference. A final game win over Fury secured the Sabres second place and a play-off berth.
Seeded in the lower half, the Sabres were given an away game to the UWE Bullets. Despite a bus breakdown, the Sabres turned on their A game to soundly beat the Bullets and secure the club’s first ever play-off victory. Their prize – an away fixture at last year’s champions, the Hertfordshire Hurricanes. The Sabres went into the game as massive underdogs, and when several key players picked up game ending injuries, it became clear that it was the ‘Canes who were heading to the semis. Despite a one-sided scoreline, the Sabres competed with Herts, but were beaten by a much more clinical team.