Bishop Diocesan College maintained its unbeaten record in the SACS Night Series with a 16-9 defeat of Paul Roos Gimnasium in round two of the tournament in Cape Town on Wednesday.
They were also among the winners in the opening round, in which Bishops shocked SACS 11-5 and Paul Roos thumped Wynberg 11-6.
The Bishops versus Paul Roos clash got off to a flying start, with both sides trading goals in quick succession, which left them level at 3-3 after the first chukka.
Bishops, then, came out firing in the second chukka, and gained the upper hand, scoring a further three goals courtesy of an Owen Cross double, and a goal by Bryn Parry to go into half-time 6-3 to the good.
There was very little to separate the teams early in the third chukka, as both goalkeepers, Nicholas Ward and Jordan de Sousa, remained resolute and firm between the sticks.
Bishops, however, created more chances and found their goal-scoring touch once more, scoring a further five goals through Parry by the end of the contest, while Tim Young, and captain Ross Stewart netted twice each to complete their hattricks, much to the delight of head coach Jabulani Sibiya in the dugout.
Paul Roos continued working hard and kept themselves in the match, down by three goals at the end of the third quarter.
Try as they might, though Vaughn Marlow‘s side couldn’t break the Bishops’ wall, and despite impressive late cameos by Juan-Paul Germishuis, and Migael Terblanche, the damage had already been done, leading to the Stellenbosch school’s first defeat of the tournament.
In other matches
There was a surprise in the second match of the day as Rondebosch Boys High handed SACS their second straight defeat of the tournament.
The win for Jared Wingate’s team comes after they achieved an impressive fourth-place finish at the SAC Shield. Rondebosch was all over the hosts, and with Noah Reiback, Brad Warneke, Harry Soboil, Matt Gulpin, and Connor Arbuthnot all getting on the scoresheet, they came away with a two-goal victory.
Wynberg Boys High picked up their first victory of the tournament, claiming a 10-8 win over Reddam House Constantia.
They will next face a highly motivated Rondebosch side, while Reddam will turn its attention to the team in top spot, Bishops.
Both Paul Roos and SACS will seek to return to winning ways when they clash in round three on 7 February.
Results: SACS Night Series round two
Bishops Diocesan College 16-9 Paul Roos Gymnasium
Rondebosch Boys High 9-7 South African College School
Wynberg Boys High 10-8 Reddam House Constantia
Bishops 16: Tim Young (x4), Ross Stewart (x5), Bryn Parry (x2), Owen Cross (x2), James Malan, Michael Voogt, Noah Edmunds. Paul Roos 9: Arkin Marais (x2), Adam October (x2), Salahuddin Ayyubi khan, Milan Herman van der Westhuizen, Juan-Paul Germishuis, Migael Terblanche (x2).
Rondebosch Boys High 9: Noah Reiback, Brad Warneke, Harry Soboil, Matt Gulpin, Connor Arbuthno. SACS 7: Nicholas Fall (x3), Connor Melling-Williams (x3), Ma Lecuona.
Wynberg Boys High 10: Tristan Van Rooyen (x2), Ryan Barkhuizen, Jack Centurier-Harris, Alex Barrett (x2), Ross Prinsloo, Sebastian Kastern (x3). Reddam House Constantia 8: (scorers not provided).
Round 3 Fixtures, 7 February
17:00- Rondebosch Boys High vs Wynberg Boys High
18:00- Bishops vs Reddam House Constantia
19:00- SACS vs Paul Roos Gymnasium
Avuyile Sawula is a multimedia sports journalist, broadcaster, and writer. He possesses a journalism qualification from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. During his time in the media industry, he has worked for various online media publications covering big matches and events across the country. He also has a broadcasting background having worked as a news journalist at one of Cape Town’s commercial radio stations. His reporting beats include hockey, rugby, water polo, and cricket. Apart from writing, he has a knack for creating sports content, and video editing.