Rowan Irons
2 minute read
21 Jun 2022
06:01

St Charles bring the heat to Johannesburg

Rowan Irons

The Saints closed out their winter sports season last weekend with matches in Johannesburg against St Benedict’s.

The Saints closed out their winter sports season last weekend with matches in Johannesburg against St Benedict’s. The age group “A” teams and both hockey and rugby first teams thoroughly enjoyed the final winter fixtures for 2022.

Hockey

There were quality games all round, with the U14As overturning a 3-1 loss from when they played earlier in the year, to a 2-1 win.

The U16As ended their season with a stellar performance and a 3-0 win. This also marked the first hat-trick of the season, with all three goals off the stick of Muhammed Moola.

The first team game was an intense affair with both teams playing with lots of energy. This resulted in some lapses in concentration and rash tackles from the SCC players, who were in turn awarded cards. This changed the course of the first chukka and made life difficult for the Blue and Gold. The second chukka started the same way. With SCC still a player down, it was difficult to gain any real momentum but they did well to keep St Benedict’s at bay. Going into half time, the score remained 0-0.

When SCC were back at full strength, control of the game shifted and St Benedict’s were on the backfoot for long periods. Going into the fourth quarter, the scores were still level. St Charles continued to control the game with St Benedict’s still looking dangerous on the counter. Both teams missed opportunities to score and the game ended at 0-0.

Rugby

Although the boys in Blue and Gold travel to Grahamstown for the Independent Schools Festival next week, the hosts, and matrics in particular, took to the main field for the final time. This added emotion to the occasion and resulted in a tense affair.

The home team were first on the board with a penalty kick, but much of the first half was equal in terms of possession.

St Charles College took the lead after 15 minutes when pivot Patrick de Villiers scored next to the uprights. SCC remained in front for the remainder of the game. Matthew Urquhart continued his scintillating form to score two tries, while Luke Ferreira and Jehan Adonis also scored. St Benedict’s stayed in the fight and scored a good try. The final whistle blew with the scoreboard reading 29-21 in favour of SCC.

St Benedict’s are thanked for hosting us so well over the long weekend.

• Rowan Irons is the head of sport at St Charles College.