Club News

The final day of Club Rugby will take place this coming Saturday (24 September) with the President Cup Finals which will take place at Newlands Rugby Stadium. The Super League A Final will be between the Maties and Victorians whilst the Super League B final will be contested by Union-Milnerton and Hamlets.

A group of 30+ members rolled into Brookside this past Saturday to enjoy a bacon-and-egg roll and coffee (and, of course, a pub refreshment) to support South Africa as they took on the mighty All Blacks. Sadly, we did not see the Springboks step up to the plate in their match against what has always been our most respected opponents. The gulf between the Boks and the All Blacks has grown alarmingly big and the question that now must be asked  is how do we become more competitive in the future. It is not just about winning the odd match against top competion, but it is about being consistent where winning becomes a habit. Springbok rugby needs to be feared again!

As was circulated last week, you should be aware of the establishment of the Club 100 of the Villager FC. This Club is of crucial importance to Villagers as it will demonstrate to all that there is a strong core of Villagers who form the foundation of the club. Thank you to those members who have already come forward and joined the Club 100. They are John Beamish, Nobby Stiles, John Armstrong, Paul Kaplan, Kevin Alberts, Dennis Nick, Ian Schnetler, HO de Villiers, Trevor Fish, Gerhard Witte, Dave Stewart and Erik van Vlaanderen. Thank you gentlemen, it is much appreciated. To all other members, let’s follow suit and reach the 100 milestone by the end of September – it will be a big statement by the Villager FC.

Formal notification will go out later, but again please diarise Thursday 27 October 2016 18h00 for the AGM of the Villager FC. Let’s ensure that this year there is a bumper turnout. Just the one evening where we need your presence to show your support of the club! The 1XV will be present and it will be good for them to see that Villagers is important to both past and present.

A reminder of the talk by Neil Powell, Kyle Brown and Aimee Barrett on their 2016 Rio Olympic Games’ experiences in the Villager Clubhouse on Tuesday 27 September 2016 at 18h00. As there are only 120 places available please forward your name(s) to this office asap to secure your seat. It should prove to be a fascinating evening.

In closing, building a winning club is not just about the acquisition of a top coach and talented players. (For those of you who follow English soccer it is apparent at Manchester United – the acqusition of Mourinho and Pogba is not the magic wand). That is one factor, but there are many others which are collectively required and which work together for ultimate, and most importantly, sustainable success. We at Villagers are most conscious of this and will not let up in our quest to bring all these factors together. But we do need you if this is to be achieved!