Last week we made mention of Frank Mellish who played for England as well as South Africa in the early 1920s. Whilst in England Frank represented the Blackheath RFC, a club which enjoys reciprocity with the Villager FC. The Blackheath RFC has a further connection with Villagers in that another Villager member also played rugby for the club. Tony van Ryneveld attended Oxford University and also played for Blackheath in the late 1940s.
Sadly, the rugby world is poorer with the passing away of Basil Bey, a legendary rugby figure associated with Bishops, UCT and False Bay. Basil’s approach to rugby was unique, special and brave. He loved the adventure of rugby and always championed those players who were prepared to handle the ball rather than kick the ball. Basil will be missed, but what a mark he has left in rugby and he will always be remembered. Sincere condolences go out to the family from all the Villagers.
Our Villager Sevens team went down to Durb-Bell 19 -31 on Saturday. With 2 minutes to go the score was locked at 19 – 19 only for Durb-Bell to score 2 tries to give them the victory. Nontheless, our players can hold their heads high as they were very competitive throughout the tournament and coming from our Seconds, Thirds and Under 20’s they will have no doubt gained much experience for the future. Thank you to the coaches, Blake and Adiel, the manager Rameez, and the players for your commitment and efforts over the past 6 Saturdays. The tournament was won by Bellville who beat Kuils River in the final.
A reminder that the final luncheon/meeting of The Grays for the year will take place this Friday 18 November in the Clubhouse at 12h30 for 13h00. Keith Richardson, ex-headmaster Wynberg Boys High, will be the guest speaker and as there are still places available and if you wish to attend please contact this office.
The Bok tour will now be a tremendous character test for the remaining matches against Italy and Wales. If ever there was a time to stand up and be counted it is now. However, the team needs our moral support and by winning the next 2 Test Matches the tour will be successful. The Clubhouse will again be open with the traditional “Happy Hour” from 15h00 to 16h00 and kick off at 16h00. Might be an idea to stay on and watch the return match between Ireland and New Zealand in Ireland – this will be a real cracker as the All Blacks must be smarting after their loss in Chicago.
All of the best for the week.