Well, that’s the first half of the season come and gone!! Simply flashed by!! But the good news is that our 1XV have now played 6 matches, won 6 matches and the fantastic “gees” in the team is what is all-important. The match against Paarl was not our best of the year and the team had to dig deep to ensure the victory. The team did, however, demonstrate its strong character as despite a poor performance they were prepared to work hard for the win in the end and remain unbeaten.
A special mention must be made of our U20A team who in the beginning of the season did not even have sufficient numbers for a reserve bench. Their numbers have now swelled and they have developed into a fine team. On Saturday the all-conquering and unbeaten Paarl U20A team arrived at Brookside talking about how many points they would put against the men in white. Well, it turned out to be trench warfare as our players put their bodies on the line and played for the jersey. In the end we lost 0 -3, but that was after hammering away at the Paarl line in the last 5 minutes. A visibly relieved Paarl team joyously welcomed the final whistle. What was most warming was the number of Villager players who had tears streaming down their cheeks immediately after final whistle blew – it was as if the had lost a Cup Final!!! Villagers means a great deal to this U20A team!!
The results against Paarl this past Saturday were as follows:
1XV won 22 -14.
2XV lost 14 – 17.
3XV won 57 -5.
U20A lost 0 -3.
The season now enters the June break for the Villager FC and we will again resume with an away fixture against Kraaifontein on Saturday 1 July 2017.
The clubhouse simply “rocked” with the aftermatch fun on Saturday. The now entrenched home match Saggy Stone Player-of-the-Day Awards were as follows:
1XV Brodie Blows (sponsored by Tigers Milk Bar).
2XV Jacques Muller.
3XV Mikaeel Galant.
U20A the entire team.
The awards were followed by a farewell function organised by the players for Brodie Blows who played his last match for Villagers before departing for the UK. Brodie is a true Villager player, loyal, dedicated and always giving of his best. He will be sorely missed at the club and we wish him all of the very best in his new life venture.
The break in the club league fixtures does not mean that the club must remain empty during the ensuing Saturdays. Please come to the club to enjoy the 3 Test Match Springbok series against France on Saturday 10, 17 and 24 June. Also, the club will be hosting a special event for the Test Match on 17 June of which there will be news in the next newsletter.
A reminder that on Friday 2 June 2017 (12h30 for 13h00) the Grays Luncheon will take place in the Clubhouse with the guest speaker being Dr Ian McCallum. The cost of the ticket is R120 and should you wish to attend please contact John Owen-Hughes (0836298875) or George Snowball (0814436584) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A big thanks must go to Grant Stephens from Legacy Sports who has donated 3 pairs of rugby boots to 3 players who are in need of boots, but who cannot afford the steep price. Thank you Legacy Sports.
It was so sad to hear that Judge Pat Tebbutt passed away on Friday 19 May 2017. Pat was a legendary legal figure, an author of many books, a regular radio and television commentator on rugby and cricket and a past Chairman and Trustee of the Chris Burger/Petro Jackson Players Fund. A staunch Union and UCT man and a great friend of Villagers, he took a critical lead role in the formation of the new Western Province Rugby Football Union. Pat will be hugely missed and our very sincere Villager condolences go to his wife Gilly and his family.
Our best wishes accompany Tarryn Mutch, the Villager FC biokinetist, who is to undergo a big operation tomorrow at Vincent Pallotti Hospital. Our thoughts are with you Tarryn and may you enjoy a speedy recovery.
In closing, a big thank you to all those Villager members and supporters who attended the club matches in the first half of the season. It has meant a great deal to the club, the players and the special atmosphere that prevails at Brookside on matchdays. Last week the following appeared in an interview media report on Neil de Kock, the ex Western Province and Stormers scrumhalf who is about to retire at Saracens at the age of 38 (a wonderful career), who said the following : “It’s crucial that culture comes first because teams are driven by relationships from within”. Thank you Neil – that’s what we are about at Villagers!!
VFC Rugby Administration.