The first matches at Brookside against Hands and Hearts after the June/July break turned out to be most successful. After a very wet week, the players were faced with an icy cold Saturday and muddy fields.
However, the inclement weather conditions did not deter the enthusiasm with which the players embraced the day. Both Villager players and supporters enjoyed a clean sweep for a second successive Saturday.
The results were as follows:
- 1XV won 41 – 22.
- 2XV won 38 – 7.
- 3XV won 24 – 0.
- U20A won 20 – 17.
The 1XV match was preceded by a function for the 1973 1XV who won the Grand Challenge after a 15-year break. There was a wonderful attendance by those players and coaches who did the club proud 43 years ago by beating the Maties 3 – 0. The presence of these gentlemen inspired the team of today who turned it on in the second half to register a handsome win. An unforgettable moment was after the main match when the 1XV formed a circle on the field only to be joined by members of the ’73 team. What a great gesture by these past players to join in and demonstrate the true spirit of the Villager rugby family.
Sunday saw the staging of the Atlantic Beach Open – a Major golf tournament held in idyllic conditions up the West Coast. The tournament was attended by the 1XV and a number of past Villager greats. As we all know, Villager is renowned for epic and legendary events and the Atlantic Beach Open did not disappoint. The inside backs (Roy McCallum and Derek Kohler) versus the outside backs (Bossie Clarke and Ivan Ortlepp) proved to be an encounter as skillful, memorable and legendary as the recent Stenson vs Mickelson Open classic. All square on the 18th and a sloping 35 footer awaited Roy to win the match. The huge gallery on the 18th held its breath. Only the sound of the West Coast waves could be heard. Expert reading of the green and advice by Derek to Roy, immense concentration by Roy – and the ball leaves the putter’s head securely on its 35-foot journey to drop into the cup and win the match.
McCallum and Kohler were euphoric and joyously embraced (some say for too long). But the legend was cast in stone – the inside backs had stuffed up the outside backs! All journeyed back to the clubhouse for the prize giving and a braai after a memorable day of golf.
What a marvelous weekend for the Villager FC. Great match day results, a truly memorable and emotional 1973 1XV function and a most enjoyable club golf day. That is what we are all about – a tight band of brothers!
This coming Saturday sees all our teams again in action at Brookside against Kraaifontein. Come down for a casual, fun Saturday and lend your support over a drink or two.