This weekend, SACS will be hosting Paul Roos at the Brewery, for their third clash of the season – a match that will also determine who would be crowned the Nr. 1 ranked team this year, after the previous two clashes ended with a win each.
SACS won the last encounter at Maties, playing a fast and exciting brand of hockey, whilst PRG won the first encounter in the Hibbert Shield final with solid defense.
Both sides provided the core of the provincial sides for Western Province and Boland respectively. WP took home the Gold Medal at the recent IPT, with Boland having to settle for fourth.
It is in the different representative school sides, that SACS really showed their class, with Rogan Stirk, Michael Cowan, Josh Opperman, Liam Haupt, Ozair Pillay and Michael Roydon-Turner included in the SA Schools A-Side, and Dean Carrick representing SA Schools B.
Stirk (Goalkeeper of the Tournament), Cowan (Defender of the Tournament) and Roydon-Turner, also can in for individual accolades. Litha Kraai, who was included in the SA u/16 team, bagged Midfielder, Top Goal Scorer and Player of the Tournament at the u/16 IPTs, will also post a serious challenge to the PRG defense.
The PRG star-duo of SA Schools representatives, Reuben Sendzul and Zeke Hougaard, both had quieter than expected tournaments at IPT’s, will provide the biggest threat to SACS.
PRG will field Jake Downie (SA Schools B), Ryan Williams (SA u/17) and Josh Smith (SA u/17) on defense, to counter the attacking flair of SACS. Barend Geldenhuys (SA u/17) and Christo Swanepoel (SA u/16), complete the PRG national representatives.
The match will be broadcast on SuperSport Schools from 19:00 on Friday.
Article written by Short Corner.