BE rugby team celebrates annual team feast at Dockery's
Members of the Bishop England High School rugby team celebrated their season finale meal together at Dockery’s on Daniel Island, May 5, prior to their Cinco de Mayo match vs. Lexington High School from Columbia.
Bishop England won the hard-fought rugby match by a decisive score of 27-5. Bishop England’s state-championship-winning lads – “who play the greatest team sport in the history of the world,” according to the team’s assistant coach Baron Hanson -- enjoyed a family-style meal consisting of a half rotisserie chicken, organic garden salad, stewed local carrots and beets, sugar snap peas with garlic –– and nearly 13 gallons of water with fresh squeezed lemon and lime juices!
Bishop England’s head rugby coach Keith Bayer remarked how accommodating Dockery’s chefs and servers were in curating such a healthy pre-match meal for his “band of brothers,” especially on such short notice.
“I was very impressed. Dockery’s is a modern open kitchen establishment, with many casual dining spaces for groups and teams. Their farm-to-table food is extraordinary. The Battling Bishops look forward to hosting our next Rugby Team meal right here at Dockery’s on Daniel Island,” coach Bayer said.
On the field inside BE Stadium that evening, Lexington HS came out of the gate seemingly bigger and stronger, yet the Bishops were undaunted. The men in green kept their composure, handled the rugby ball more smartly, played their own game plan consistently, and simply ran and kept running more explosively than their opponents.
“Spider, Hollywood, and Captain Jack” scored five glorious tries between them, with “Carter the Crusher” and the “Baltimore Brothers” running thunderously all evening long. In the scrums and line-outs, Bishop England’s technical rugby skills ultimately dominated Lexington, preventing opposing ball possession, and setting up the Bishops to score more tries more quickly.
Bishop England Rugby’s final D2 state championship match vs. Wando-B will be held inside Bishop England Stadium on May 12, at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. All are welcome. Volunteer photographers and videographers are encouraged (free admission).
Spring rugby at Bishop England will begin forming again this December, in preparation of the Spring-2019 semester. All Bishop England gentlemen and scholars from grades 9-12 are encouraged to attend rugby interest meetings, match video BBQs, and beginner training sessions during summer and fall. Find Bishop England Rugby on Facebook for more details and updates. Game-intensity practices are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 5:45 p.m. beginning in January 2019. Proper kit and attire are required.
Bishop England High School rugby matches are held on Friday and Saturday evenings during spring semesters only. All players from other sports are welcome.