Our trip to Hamlets home ground for the first round fixture was a wet and windy experience and if the weather gurus are to be believed we are in for the same this weekend when we host them at Brookside. Hamlets sit 8th on the log, 2 above us and there is nothing to play for other than the love of the game and pride. First round saw Hamlets swim away as the victors 39 -10.
It’s been a tough year for the boys in white with perhaps the lack of experience being the common denominator in our failure to win more games. Not having a core group of experienced players, while debilitating, has allowed for a new batch of players to experience what is required to participate in Super League rugby and to take this knowledge into next season and make a difference.
The coaches, Bruce Fraser and Kirsten Marshall are going into Saturday with a team that is somewhat different of the last few weeks:
The front row of Jarrod Amon, Jamie Kaiser and Adrian Cleophas remain, steady and strong as ever, second row Sean Mollentze and the return of Luke Westgarth-Taylor, the loosies will comprise of Brodie Blows, Kwaks Ngwanya and the debut for current U20 player Adrian Padua who has been in fine form this season. The pack is a nice mix of size and speed and should allow for some interesting play.
The back line sees some changes too: Zubayr “pocket rocket” Abrahams retains his scrum half position. Christo Terblanche will be sadly missed at flyhalf due to injury and will be replaced by Sean Fickling, no stranger to the first team set up and solid in play. The trusted centre pairing of Yale Jameson and Dylan Barkas will give us some exciting moments. Donny Venter will fly at wing and we welcome Junaid Christians, current U20 player making his starting debut on the other wing. Luke Geldenhuys also making his debut will control things from full back position.
The weather is the determining factor I’m afraid for Saturday and we are all holding thumbs that Brookside will be playable on the day and that rugby will be seen and not water polo! It’s the last game of the current season with nothing and everything to play for, a fat fines session afterwards and hopefully a victorious end to it all.
Villager FC Starting line up:
1. J Amon, 2. J Kaiser, 3. A Cleophas, 4. S Mollentze, 5. L Westgarth-Taylor, 6. B Blows, 7. K Ngwanya, 8. A Padua, 9. Z Abrahams, 10. S Fickling, 11. D Venter, 12. Y Jameson, 13. D Barkas, 14. L Gabriel, 15. L Geldenhuys