The ‘dirty whites’ got a little more dirty this year with the addition of a fifth side, The Shebeen Boys, bolstering their ranks. Little was known about this enigma of a team, and even less was expected, yet the boys in the white and green made a name for themselves – on and off the pitch – in their inaugural playing season to end up in sixth place overall. Not too bad for a drinking team that occasionally throws an oval ball around.
From early on in the season, the Shebeen Boys, known to Western Province Rugby Football Union only as Villager 5, set their tone of running rugby and were not shy to mix it up upfront with some of their bigger, bulkier, bearish opponents.
They clamoured for wins against each team in at least one of their home and away legs and were unlucky in their losses, most of which still saw them picking up the much-needed bonus points for being narrow defeats.
Off the field, the former UCT internal leaguers kept their merrymaking reputation in fine form, singing their choruses in their newfound tunnel and were constant sideline champions with cheers for their fellow dirties on match day – not to mention helping the Village bar tab tipple over time and time again.
Some standout players for the season were the van Schalkwyk brothers, Devon and Mike, who, despite some injuries and mishaps stayed true to their team as well as newcomers Callan Souma and Derri Page, who played above their diminutive figures. Up front the likes of Brent “Bobby” Light and rare glimpses of Matt “Ogre” Elsworth kept the fans in awe.
Overall the addition of this fifth side has certainly strengthened the Reserve league presence of Villager FC and the Shebeen Boys look forward to a stellar 2015.
A big thank you to the club for welcoming us in this year and allowing us the privilege to be part of an enormous regrowth, we are extremely grateful as a club and look forward to flying the Villagers and Shebeen flags high in the years to come.