Queen’s College added more daylight between them and arch-rivals Dale College when they defeated the King Willy side 2-0 in their 162nd reunion in King Williams Town on Friday night.
Entering the match, Queens were coming off a rest weekend after last playing against a competitive side at the reunion against Selborne College in late April.
However, that didn’t negatively impact the Komani side, as a number of their players participated in the Border trials held in East London a week ago.
Queens started the match like a house on fire, dominating proceedings and using their counterattack style of play. They created several chances in the first chukka, also getting three short corners, but couldn’t convert and make Dale pay.
The second chukka would see the Komani side open the deadlock with a goal from Lucan Hykes after a well-executed penalty corner found the stick of Hykes, who swept the ball into the back of the net.
That goal sparked the home side back to life as Dale managed to get two one-on-one opportunities with the keeper but failed to convert— an issue stated by assistant coach Andrew Senekal ahead of the game.
Those would be the only chances created by the home side, as a late goal by Queens forward Bevaneo Maytham from another penalty corner secured the win for the visitors, keeping their superb run in the 2023 season going.
As for Dale, they’ll go back to the drawing board in hopes of registering their first win of the season in the upcoming weeks.
In other matches in the Eastern Cape, Hudson Park defied all odds when they defeated Merrifield College (2-0) on the Bucco Astro.
In Gqeberha, Pearson High and Kingswood’s match was cancelled due to bad weather, much to the dismay of Pearson coach Dallan Phillips.
Phillips told SuperSport Schools that his team was ready to play in the rain and even asked the visitors if the match could be rescheduled to Saturday.
“We were really desperate to play the game, but they didn’t want to; they pulled out,” he said.
Sticking with Gqeberha, Grey High and St Andrews College played out to a two-all draw before Woodridge defeated York High (4-3) with Westering going down (3-1) to Victoria Park.
Queen’s College 2 (Lucan Hykes, Bevaneo Maytham). Dale College 0.
Hudson Park 3 (Ntsika Phuza, Vizi Booysen, Helio Ruiters). Merrifield 1 (Trent Pillaya).
Grey High School 2 (Kian Cambier, Xander Elkington). St. Andrew’s College 2 (Roos Gordon, James Grundlingh).
Pearson High School vs. Kingswood College – Cancelled
York High 3, Woodridge 4; Victoria Park 3, Westering 1.