As this newsletter is being written the Proteas have just taken the last Australian wicket and recorded an unbelievable victory in Perth after being 32 for 4, 81 for 5 and bowled out for 242 in the first innings. The team demonstrated the important aspects of teamwork, unity, never-say-die attitude and focus to come out victorious and make all South African cricket lovers proud.
The past 5 Saturdays has seen the Villager Sevens team participate in the Club Sevens tournament. The team is made up of Second, Third and Under 20 players who have all given a good account of themselves. The experience will stand the players in good stead for next season as they have come up against good players and teams. This coming Saturday will see our team compete in the knockout stages at the Goodwood RFC with kickoff against Durb-Bell at 12h36.
We are hard at work at Brookside preparing the facilities for the 2017 season. The fields have been fertilised and sprayed with poison to kill off all weeds. Sprigs will be put into the bare patches on the A field so as to ensure a complete field recovery. The damaged spectator benches have been removed and those in good condition placed on the western side of the B field. We are currently busy with a thorough cleaning of all the changerooms and ablution facilities. All the Townley-Johnson caricatures that were still in storage are now up in the clubhouse – this is a unique and valuable collection depicting the history of famous and well-known Villagers. One very interesting bit of information appears on the caricature of Frank Mellish. Frank went to school at Wynberg Boys High, Rondebosch Boys High and SACS. He played for the Villager FC and Western Province, and also for the Blackheath RFC in England. At international level he played for England in 1920 and South Africa in 1921 and 1924. Incidentally, the Villager FC has reciprocity with the Blackheath RFC.
The Boks’ tour commenced with a typical Barbarians match where defence was not a priority and tries were all-important. This coming Saturday, however, will be a different story where a win is the sole objective against what will be a very good England team. Kick off is at 16h30 and the Clubhouse will be up and ready for a pub “happy hour” from 15h30 to 16h30. See you there!!
Hope you all have a most enjoyable week and don’t forget that Fridays are Villager red socks days.