With the local derbies now behind us and the gauntlet laid down firmly by Rondebosch Boys High after their superb finish to the season after beating SACS and dismantling Bishops, the local rugby fraternity now turn their attention to the 47th Annual Villager Schools 7’s being held this Friday, the 4th of September, at Brookside in Claremont, the home of Villager FC.
Formed in 1968 by John Gainsford and Dave Stewart in response to the booing of the crowd at the 1961 Springbok test vs England (Boks won 5 – 0) where kicking was the order of the day, the Villager Schools 7’s was created to encourage young players to play positive rugby with a ‘not scared to lose’ attitude and form a lifelong association with one of the best games on earth, Rugby Union.
This years event promises to be an explosive affair with a slight change in the format with only 24 teams now participating, down from 32 from last year, and the change in the way the pool rounds work. Pools now consist of three teams with each team playing two games rather than the traditional one game, with the top two teams moving forward to the knockout rounds.
The other change sees a distinctive split between the Southern and the Northern teams with pool A, B, C and D being Southern and Pool E, F, G and H being Northern. The change now ensures that one Southern and one Northern team meet in the final in what is expected to be an explosive final. Both the finalists are also considered winners of the Southern and Northern League respectively with both teams receiving a cup in recognition of this.
Tygerberg HS, the tournaments champions for the last 3 years will once again be participating as will the local schools as well as Paarl Gym. Unfortunately Paarl Boys could not join us this year but will be in the next years event.
For rugby enthusiasts everywhere the Villager 7’s is always a highlight on the sporting calendar, where running rugby, pure determination and thrilling climaxes dominate proceedings, while traditionally the event has been a great way to send off the Matrics as for many this will be their last chance representing their schools.
All the days game scores can be followed live on Twitter (@VillagerFC) and pool updates can be found at the 7’s section of the Villager website (see School Sevens) Photos of the event will also be posted on the Villager facebook page. (/VillagerFC).
The organisers welcome all to Brookside on 4 September. Proceedings begin at 13h30 and the final will be played at 20:15 on Villager A. Spectators are reminded that ample parking is available in our underground parking facility (only after 5pm) as well as at Claremont Primary School. Refreshments are on sale ensuring all spectators are well fed during the day and the Brooksider Pub is open to over 18s only for a beer or two.
Entrance is free to all this year with only parking costing R10.
To find out more about the event please go to the Villager Schools 7’s section on this website.