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Super Gyms Plus | SACS seeks revenge against PRG while Paarl Gim visits Rondebosch

Paul Roo vs SACS in the Hibbert Shield final in Gqeberha on May 4, 2024. Photo credits: Karl Seebach
Paul Roo vs SACS in the Hibbert Shield final in Gqeberha on May 4, 2024. Photo credits: Karl Seebach Paul Roo vs SACS in the Hibbert Shield final in Gqeberha on 4 May 2024. Photo credits: Karl Seebach

The fiercely competitive and exciting rivalry between two of the best hockey teams in the country, South African secondary school (SACS) And Paul Roos Gymnasium, will resume when the giants lock horns Astroturf Brewery on fridaynight.

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The meeting will be the second between the teams in a week after they faced each other in the final of the Hibbert shield, presented by Gray high school in Gqeberha last weekend.

There, both teams enjoyed great runs in the pool stages, topping their respective groups while looking lethal in front of goal.

To advance to the finals, coach Michael Bakker’‘ Paul punched Roos Hoërskool Garsfontein 10-0 in the semifinals as SACS sneaked by Gray High 4-2 on penalties to start the showdown.

In the final, SACS dominated the early exchanges to race into a 3-0 lead, but Paul Roos showed character and composure to claw his way back and level the match at 3-3, setting up the title decider in a penalty shootout sent.

There was nothing to separate the sides there, and it ended in sudden death, with the Stellenbosch side eventually claiming a 6-5 win.

That defeat was SACS’s first against PRG in almost a year after they went down 2-3 in last year’s Hibbert Shield final against the same opponents, which was their only defeat of 2023.

However, it is the ‘in-season’ matches where SACS have the upper hand over their rivals.

Last season they comfortably won both meetings, home (3-1) and away (8-1).

In retrospect, as this season has shown, past results mean almost nothing, and a spirited Paul Roos side will be aiming to make it two wins in quick succession over their old foe.

To do this, they will need their top players to step up when it matters most in a hostile environment.

Skipper Ruben Sendzul has found his form and rhythm of late and is in prolific goalscoring form. He will have to be on his game if PRG wants to win again.

Barend Geldenhuys is another player scheduled for PRG, and his eye-catching and challenging runs will come in handy.

Players like it Christo Swanepoel, Ruben GouwsAnd Keith Siebrits, who scored in the final could also be impactful performers.

From SACS’ side, they will undoubtedly rely on their playmaker Litha Crow to deliver the goods when it matters most.

Kraai scored the opener in the Hibbert Shield final and scored his side’s only goal in the 1-1 draw against Bishops Diocesan College.

But SACS is much more than a one-man team. They are blessed with quality in their ranks and players like Reece Theunis, Nicholas Paxton, Stefan MeijerAnd Cohen Williams they all have the ability to turn a match upside down.

Both goalkeepers Noa VenterAnd Beor van Reenen, have performed impressively in Gqeberha, and they will be fully aware that a safe pair of gloves and wide pads could propel their side to victory that night.

The match starts at 7:30 PM.

TEAMS

SACS: Andrew Betty, Luc Dicey, Stephan Meyer (captain), Noah Venter (GK), Joshua le Roux, David Versfeld, Kevin Oosthuizen, Litha Kraai, Reece Theunis, Nicholas Paxton, Matthew Lassen, Matthew Jones, Zachary Redfern, Aidan Hughes, Cole Allam, Regan Wille, Cohen Williams.

Paul Roos: Louán van Zyl, Joshua Smit, Keith Siebrits, Barend Geldenhuys, Christo Swanepoel, Ruben Gouws, Daniel Lurie, Reuben Sendzul (captain), Beor van Reenen (GK), Hano Basson, Callum van Oudsthoorn. Reservations: Seth Paterson, Logan Lackay, Krisjan Groenewald, Luke Oliver.

Paarl Gimnasium skipper LD Nel in attack for his side against Gray High School in the Hibbert Shield.  Photo credits: Karl Seebach
Paarl Gimnasium skipper LD Nel in attack for his side against Gray High School in the Hibbert Shield.  Photo credits: Karl Seebach Paarl Gimnasium skipper LD Nel in attack for his side against Gray High School in the Hibbert Shield. Photo credits: Karl Seebach

Another big match to look out for in the province is the between Rondebosch Boys High And Paarl Gymnasium.

Gim will make the trip from Paarl to get their season back on track after a rather disappointing Hibbert Shield campaign.

Coach Jacques Grobler’s troops did well in the group stage, but lost to Gray High, which set up a quarter-final against the eventual winner, Paul Roos.

They went down 2-5 in that game and then lost Bishops on penalties (0-2) on penalties, followed by a 1-3 defeat against Durban High School (3-1). Ultimately, they finished joint seventh with Westville Boys’ High.

In ‘Bosch they encounter an unpredictable team that caused a major stir earlier this season when they defeated PRG 1-0 at home.

However, since that win, coach Waseem Domingo‘s boys lost 0-3 to SACS and 0-1 to Wynberg. They will be looking for the kind of spirited performance they produced in week one to stun Paul Roos against Gim.

Western Cape fixtures

Friday May 10

17:15 – Curro Durbanville vs Reddam Constantia
6:30 PM – Gray College vs Paarl Boys High
6:30 PM – Wynberg Boys High vs. Stellenberg
7:00 PM – Rondebosch Boys High vs. Paarl Gimnasium
19:30 – SACS vs. Paul Roos
7:30 PM – Fairmont vs. Bishops
20:00 – DF Malan vs Punt

Saturday May 11

08:10 – Stellenbosch vs Fairmont
09:00 – Brackenfell vs El Shadaai
09:25 – Worcester Gim vs. Robertson
10:00 – HTS Drostdy vs Durbanville