The curtain came down on the WPRFU Club season this past Saturday with the finals of the President Cup at Newlands Rugby Stadium. Maties beat Victorians in the Super League A final, Hamlets beat Union-Milnerton in the Super League B final and Rangers beat Paarl in the Super League C final. Congratulations from the Villager FC to all the winners. To all the clubs, may you now enjoy the end-of-season break and come back refreshed and energised for the 2017 season.
The Rugby Championship resumes this coming Saturday with the Springboks taking on Australia at Loftus Versveld at 17h00. It will be interesting to see if there will be changes in the Springbok lineup or whether Allister will rather opt for continuity. It will be a big match for both countries as a win will stand the victors in good stead for the last match of the Championship. The Villager Clubhouse will again be open for the Test Match with a Happy Hour (beer and wine) preceding the match from 16h00 to 17h00. So, come along in your green-and-gold and support the Bokke!!
Please note that the Rio Olympic Talk on the Sevens that was to be held in the Clubhouse on Tuesday 27 September 2016 has had to be postponed due to unforseen circumstances. We will keep you informed as to the new date.
In closing, the following interesting piece written by Ian Fraser on the History of the Founding of Villager Football Club – “No matter when Villager was formed, we are still a great Club. We are still a household name among Rugby Clubs both nationally and internationally and that distinction can never be taken away from us. We are the only surviving Club to ever have participated in the first recorded Rugby Union match to have been played in South Africa. When we look back upon the events from 1875 -1879, when the Rugby Union code was first introduced, one can sense how today a great responsibility rests on the shoulders of all, for in a certain sense, as we fight to protect and secure Club Rugby in 1996, in the face of the professional code, it is almost as if history is repeating itself”. This still holds true today (20 years later) in that all who have been or are currently associated with the Villager FC need to unite and stand up and uphold the greatness of this club.