High hopes and expectations can at times render lesser men and teams incapable of performing even the simplest tasks, when the pressure is on people quickly discover who they really are and for this 2014 Villager FC 1st XV it will be no different against Helderberg this coming Saturday, 8 March at Brookside. Kick Off 4pm.
Head Coach, Gunner Hughes has set high standards for the 1st XV to achieve this year and each game provides a new opportunity to move towards the goals the team as well as the club has set for itself this year. Hughes believes this team has something special brewing, “Without a doubt this team should by all means do the club proud this year, we have been busy behind the scenes securing talented players that can and will do a great job for the team and club. Without paying players we have been extremely impressed with the amount of interest there is out there from players wanting to join the club and be a part of our journey.”
The Villager FC 1st XV have been hard at work preparing for the league which starts in less than a month on April 5, and have thus far played 3 warm up games but only one as a 1st XV squad against touring Argentine side Hindu last week Saturday. Final score 7 – 19. The poor start to the game where three tries were easily allowed to slip through may have been expected considering it was their first time playing together, however the side regrouped after the first 20 minutes and displayed encouraging resilience on defence ensuring Hindu went scoreless for the remaining 60 minutes of the game. Villager showed they are more than capable of setting Brookside alight when new acquisitions Jannie Bester and Matthew Melville linked up to score a fantastic 50 metre try.
Looking forward to Helderberg this weekend Hughes has selected a strong side with various changes from the team that played last week ensuring the 32 man 1st XV squad gets game time and ensures the all important player depth is developed. Hughes said “We have selected a big 1st XV squad for the sole purpose of developing sound depth in the side as the league is a long one and injuries can and will hit at any stage so we must be prepared for that.” The 1st XV squad announcement and player profiles will be publicized in the week leading up the first league game against Macassar on April 5.
Make no mistake the Dirty Whites have high hopes for this year as do our many supporters and old boys, but without a doubt this team has the potential, the capabilities and the determination to take on the challenge with aplomb. “We aren’t the finished article by any stretch of the imagination, but we have to start somewhere, and start we have” added Hughes.
We encourage all our loyal supporters and members to come down to Brookside on Saturday to see for yourselves the tremendous work the players and coaching staff have put into this years team. We would also like to warmly welcome the old boys attending the Renaissance lunch on Saturday hosted by Dennis Nick. A great sign to see 80+ old boys supporting the club.
Games begin tonight with the Fourths.com taking on Helderberg in their first game of 2014, while the main clubs games on Saturday start at 13:30 for the u20s and 3rds against Helderberg.
|Villager 1st XV||Helderberg 1st XV||Villager A||16:00|
|Villager 2nd XV||Helderberg 2nd XV||Villager A||14:30|
|Villager 3rd XV||Helderberg 3rd XV||Villager A||13:30|
|Villager u20||Helderberg u20||Villager B||13:30|