Sport can be a humbling experience, but through experience you learn to know yourself. The All Blacks say that to know how to win, you first have to know how to lose. Furthermore, to know how to lose, you first have to know who you are. Rugby is a great character builder and we have all experienced the highs of victories and the lows of defeats.
After the last two Saturdays when all our teams won, this past Saturday was a reality check as our Seconds and Under U20 A’s unfortunately lost. The Under 20’s were rather unlucky to lose in the last second of the match when a draw would have been a fair result. The Seconds needed a conversion to win the match, but it was not to be. The results against Kraaifontein this past Saturday were as follows:
1. 1XV won 40 – 17.
2. 2XV lost 21 -22.
3. 3XV won 24 -17.
4. Under 20 A lost 7 – 14.
A big thank you to all those Villagers who came down to Brookside to support the teams and also to watch the Super Rugby Semi Final. The Villager FC congratulates the Lions on the tremendous achievement of reaching the Super Rugby Final. Our best Villager wishes accompany them.
Villager FC has a bye this coming weekend with the next round of matches scheduled against Union-Milnerton at Brookside for Saturday 13 August 2016. This is a crucial match for our 1XV and we, therefore, urge all Villagers to come down to the club and lend your much-needed support. We are playing a very good team and the encouragement from the sidelines will be much appreciated by the 1XV players.
An interesting piece from “100 Years of Rugby – Story of the Villager FC” is a report that in the year after the Second World War “the 1XV had many new men, but played good Villager-type rugby most of the time, although on occasions there were a lack of polish among the backs and constructive purpose among the forwards. Social activities were in full swing too and there were club dances at the Muizenberg Pavilion (over 200 couples) and a club dinner at the Prince’s Hotel, Newlands. They were celebrated in true Villager manner.”
Let us keep up the “true Villager manner” in our playing style, supporter presence and social style and continue to support this great club no matter what.
This Friday 5 August 2016 the WP Rugby Academy will be playing against the national France Under 18 team at Brookside. Kick off is at 18:00. If you are at a loose end and are keen to watch exciting running rugby, come down to the club for an hour or two (or maybe more).
Also, on Saturday morning (6 August) from 08h30 the club will be open for a Super Rugby Final breakfast. Come on down and enjoy a cup of coffee and and a bacon-and-egg roll for R25. The pub will also be open and geared for the Final kick off at 09h35.
Enjoy the week. Vote on Wednesday and have a restful off-day.