The past few months saw the 1XV player squad, team management and administration adopt “red sock day” every Friday. The red sock story began when three South African soldiers were held in a prisoner-of-war camp during the Second World War. Their promise to each other was that, should they make it back home alive, they would wear red socks to remember each other and always be “together”. The spirit of red socks is symbolic of the spirit of camaraderie whereby people from all walks of life are brought together. Therefore, it would be a wonderful show of pride if we could all show our “togetherness” as proud Villagers and wear red socks every Friday. It might be of interest to know that it is compulsory for the administration staff at Brookside.
It is a pity that the Western Province Currie Cup team just came up short in their attempt to qualify for a fifth consecutive Currie Cup Final. John Dobson’s team were given no chance with most critics predicting a thumping at Loftus. Well, the thumping took place in Bloemfontein where the Currie Cup holders, the Golden Lions, went down heavily to Free State. The Streeptruie gave it their all playing with much tenacity and pride. An upset was on the cards, but it was not to be as in the last minute the Blue Bulls managed to score the match-winning try. However, all is not lost for Western Province as both their U19 and U21 teams have qualified for their respective finals. Our very best Villager wishes accompany them.
The South African rugby provincial season officially comes to an end this coming Saturday with the Currie Cup finals to be played in Bloemfontein. The main match will kick off at 16h00 and the Villager clubhouse will be open should you wish to pop down and watch the Currie Cup Final between Free State and the Blue Bulls.
The last meeting of The Grays for the year will take place in the Villager clubhouse on Friday 18 November 2016. Keith Richardson, ex-headmaster of Wynberg Boys’ High School, has kindly agreed to accept the invitation as guest speaker. As a great educationalist who was also very involved with sport, Keith will no doubt have most interesting experiences and viewpoints to share.
A very big thank you to the following who have commited to Club 100 for 2017 – John Beamish, Nobby Stiles, John Armstrong, Paul Kaplan, Kevin Alberts, Dennis Nick, Ian Schnetler, HO de Villiers, Trevor Fish, Gerard Witte, Dave Stewart, Erik van Vlaanderen, Clive Campbell, Cedric Hugo, Anton Chait, Jo Lund, Rodney Bryant, Mike Norman, Justin Clohessey, Mario del Fante, Ian Stewart, George Snowball, Ivan Ortlepp, Anton van Vlaanderen, Colin Reeves, Alan Payne, Paul du Toit, Gummy Rookledge, Tony Ryneveld, Ken Freeman, Andrew Mellish, Roy McCallum, Thomas Witte, Jeremy Pinn, Wayne Allen-White, Mannetjies Viljoen, Frikkie Naude, Rusty Gillett, Andre Swanepoel, David Dodd, Arnie Mohr, Steve Bassingthwaighte, Gary Nash, Miles O’Brien, Phil Chapman, Brent Farrell, Piet Geldenhuys, Patrick Hill, Mike Hoard, Trevor Kidd, Phil McLean, John Owen-Hughes, Ken Priday, Rob Satchel, Keith Wallis, Bobby Blows and Bill Stephens. We are slowly inching towards the magical 100 mark and the club kindly appeals to those many true Villagers to come forward as members especially those ex-players from 2000 onwards.
In closing, a Latin phrase that can be adopted by all us Villagers as we build for the future and which complements what has appeared in previous newsletters about the need for a Villager family, a band of brothers :
“UBI CONCODIA, IBI VICTORIA”
Where there is unity, there is victory.