CAPE TOWN- “Dominant, unstoppable, and lightning quick.”
Those would be the ideal words to describe the masterclass performance produced by SACS to overpower Paul Roos (8-1) in the clash of the titans at the Brewery this past weekend.
Playing each other for the third time this year, after Paul Roos won the Hibbert Shield final in Gqeberha, while SACS prevailed in another encounter at Maties, the match was dubbed as a decider to which team would end the year ranked first in the country.
SACS were outstanding, to say the least, as they quickly rushed to a (3-1) lead in the first quarter.
The second quarter only produced one goal, scored by Liam Haupt, who also featured for Western Province in the recently concluded SASHOC hockey tournament in Bloemfontein.
The delay in goals didn’t trouble the home side though, as they returned and scored four more goals between the third and fourth chukka to make their eight. Michael Cowen, and Dean Carrick who both led the Western Province to gold in Bloemfontein were on the score sheets for the Cape side.
While Rowan Davis, Ozair Pillai, and Litha Kraai also scored in the second half.
Reacting to the match, SACS head coach, Pierre Le Roux said he was satisfied with how quickly his side managed to apply pressure on the visitors.
“We asserted dominance early on, leaving PRG struggling to keep up with the high pace,” Le Roux told SuperSport Schools after the match.
“The game started with a bang as we quickly netted two goals, putting pressure on our opponents from the outset.”
“Our fast ball movement kept PRG defending and struggling to find a foothold in the match.”
Despite missing out on a clean sheet, conceding fewer goals is becoming a norm in the SACS side especially when Rogan Stirk is in the form of his life.
Le Roux also praised his keeper for an outstanding performance between the poles, while also crediting playmaker, Michael Royden Turner who caused the opposition problems during the match.
“Goalkeeper Rogan Stirk proved his mettle, expertly handling the few chances PRG managed to create, ensuring their efforts were fruitless,” he added.
“However, the true star of the night was undeniably Michael Royden Turner, who wreaked havoc in PRG’s goal area and was rightfully man of the match.”
The win means that SACS has managed to defeat every team they’ve come across in the Western Cape so far this season.
However, their season is far from over, and the following fixtures which include teams like DF Malan, Fairmont, and Stellenberg will want to cause the powerhouse side issues before the season concludes.
SACS 8 (Litha Kraai (2), Michael Royden-Turner, Michael Cowen, Liam Haupt, Rowan Davis, Ozair Pillai, Dean Carrick); Paul Roos Gimansium 1 (Louan van Zyl).
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.