We approach a well-deserved mid-season break for all who would have ever thought that our club would be sitting in the position we are now. 1st team top of the their log, 2nds 2nd, 3rds 4th and U20’s 2nd. Add to this two social teams, the 4ths and the 5ths, who are fighting week in week out on Friday nights in a tough league and enjoying themselves off the field in a way that only they know best.
More importantly than results on the field though has been the manner in which all players, staff and committee members have achieved these encouraging results. All members seem to have bought into the vision for the club and truly believe in the path we are on. In addition to this it has been inspiring to witness the manner in which the players have bought into the club, its traditions, the new coaching and management setup and the potentially challenging mix of new and old players.
Who knows where we could go from here. The sky is the limit. A big heads up to all who have been part of this turnaround and put in an incredible amount of hard work in achieving it.
It was quite fitting that on Saturday against Goodwood as we arguably had our best club day out for the season to date. The U20’s set the tone for the day with an awe inspiring 47-17 victory over the Goodies U20A team, who sitting 3rd on the log, are feared for their sheer bulk and pedigree as a good portion of their players were involved at Craven Week and played 1st team schoolboy rugby for the likes of Paarl Boys and Gym. Our guys dominated from kick off with a gutsy and gritty display that must top their list for the performance of the season. The U20’s have come a long way since pre-season. Well done to Dave and his coaching team for a brilliant and what must be very rewarding achievement to date.
The 3rds hung in there for a memorable win against a much vaunted and once again huge and physical Goodwood team. After many close games this season, where we have ended on the wrong side, this was a big psychological achievement for the guys as they pipped in 10-8. The 3rds have shown the promise all season and I sense just needed a game like this to turn the corner. Will we ever hear the end of player/coach Ridaa Ismail’s “winning try”. Well done Ridaa and team on a very credible season to date.
The 2nds struggled to begin with but in the second half played rugby that can only be described as Villager rugby of old and in so doing coming away as 38-13 victors. The guys ended off scoring at will with team try’s that would all probably feature in the tries of the season reel to date. Tim Marsh, our flyhalf, came through with a hatrick with 3 bits of individual brilliance that would have made HO de Villiers proud but it was more the team effort and how the guys expressed themselves that was awesome to witness. Lups and team – great start to the season. With a bit of luck and there could be some silverware in the 2nd team cabinet come the end.
The 1sts were in never in doubt as they were dominant in all facets against a plucky Goodwood side. With a few things going our way the score line could have been a bit wider but in the end a win’s a win and we’ll take the bonus point. Final score 33-17. Brodie Blows took the man-of-the-match title for the second time this season with Dad, and ex Villager captain (1987), proudly looking on. The pressure that Gunner and his team have been under this season to produce results has been immense but it can truly be stated that the guys have handled it with some serious BMT and true fight.