Villager Voice 2018 – 002

Dear Villager

A great past week of  pre-season practices at Brookside saw no less than an average attendance of 64 players sweating it out on our fields. Many of these players are new to Villagers and we hope they stay and enjoy the wonderful spirit of our famous club.

The clubhouse upgrade is now well under way with much work being carried out each day. It is strange to see the “shell” which has over the past years witnessed so many varied functions – aftermatch festivities, birthday parties, engagements, weddings, conferences, AGMs, Grays lunches, wakes, etc. Hopefully, if everything proceeds according to plan the “new” clubhouse should be open from 26 February 2018.

The Derby Day events kicked off this past Sunday at the Gary Kirsten Oval with a cricket match between Villagers and Hamiltons.  Hamiltons ended victorious by 10 runs with the diference being the contribution by Graeme Smith, ex-Proteas captain. The arrangement was that he would bat for both teams, but he unfortunately scored a heap of runs for Hamiltons, but failed to get off the mark for Villagers. However, it was a wonderful day of friendly rivalry between the two oldest rugby clubs in South Africa and the match was followed by a serious fines session of many hours (and beers). The great spirit that does exist between Villagers and Hamiltons is unique in the world of rugby union!!

As has already been pointed out, the coming 2018 season is of critical importance to the Villager FC as we have to cement our position in Super League A for the coming seasons. In order to do that, much-needed funds is a critical priority for survival. We have thus ear-marked a corporate golf fundraiser to be held at the Rondebosch Golf Club on Friday 16 February 2018. We certainly do hope that companies will favourably consider supporting the day and assist in taking Villagers back to where it belongs. Please contact Kim du Plessis at kim@topmark.co.za should you or your company wish to participate.

As there is now only one person in the administration office, there may be times when the Villager landline  021-683 1282 is not answered as I might be in a meeting or on the fields. Please then feel free to contact me on my mobile 082 900 0922.

In closing, the Villager FC offers its sincere condolences to the McEwan family on the passing of Brian (Brian’s son Derek played for the Villager 1XV in the mid Eighties).

Enjoy the week, save as much water as you can, pray for rain and take care.

Kind regards.

Rob Wagner.

VFC RUGBY ADMINISTRATION.