With the club and Super Rugby break upon us we now enter an exciting international season. And it is certainly going to be an absorbing rugby month of June. Will the Boks bounce back and enjoy a convincing series win against France? Will the British and Irish Lions make a statement in New Zealand? Don’t forget that the Clubhouse will be open for the Springboks vs France Tests – so come down to the club with friends and enjoy the matches in a rugby environment. There will be bar specials and Scottydoo food specials for these matches!!
A big thank you goes to Ryan Stramrood, extreme adventurer and ice swimmer, who was the Club 100 guest speaker last Thursday. His talk was inspiring and there was so much “food for thought” in his presentation. A loud and resonating message was that so many of us tend to live in a comfort zone. For many Villagers this is so true when it comes to the club as we remain in the comfort zone of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s when we as players enjoyed the hard work and input of the then past players to bring about success for the players. Sadly, today only a small number of past players are still involved in the the club (even as a supporter or non-playing member) which results in the current players not enjoying the necessary support as was the case in years gone by. To those who are still involved – THANK YOU!! To those who are not, think back to the years when you were playing and the support you enjoyed from past players. The Villager FC needs “the past” to ensure the future!!!
The 49th Villager Schools Sevens will take place on Friday 1 September 2017. This traditional schools’ sevens event is a true reflection of the insight of past Villager members (in particular Dave Stewart) who foresaw that sevens rugby would become an exciting world game. Unlike last year, the Old Boys Sevens will not be held the day before, but will be incorporated into the Schools’ Sevens day – Wynberg Old Boys won the tournament in 2016. Diarise the date and come down to enjoy an exciting day at Brookside for all.
As was reported in a previous newsletter, the Villager FC has adopted Claremont High School who now practice at Villagers twice a week. The enthusiasm and energy of the schoolboys is commendable and the school is indeed fortunate to enjoy the commitment of Nicholas Chadwick, rugby master and teacher. To date the school has played 3 matches – vs St Josephs won 28 – 22; vs RBHS U15D won 29 -21; vs Bishops U19F lost 22 – 24. The results are, in fact, irrelevant as what is important is that the schoolboys are given the opportunity to play rugby through the involvement of the Villager FC.
For those of you who will be interested, the Wynberg Old Boys Union has extended an invitation to attend a talk by ex-Springbok Tommy Bedford at the school on Tuesday 20 June 2017 at 19h00. The cost of an entry ticket is R100 which includes dinner. If you are interested you can contact Paul Barichievy on 0827837819.
To end off, here’s a thought – wonder how many of us will be able to correctly predict the Springbok starting lineup and the bench for the First Test against France??
VFC Rugby Administration.