Villager Voice 2018 – 035

Dear Villager


What a game this past Saturday against NTK! Down 14 – 33 the 1XV fought back magnificently to eventually win the game 52 – 48. It was a “must win” game and the players certainly did respond to the challenge – an away win in Super League A is never easy! And this with 12 players from the original 1XV squad no longer available for selection. Well done to the coaches and the players!

This coming Saturday we are away against False Bay in what will be our last league match of the 2018 season (1XV kickoff at 16h00).The players must go out and embrace the moment and do battle for every minute of the game. It has been an extraordinary season with the uncertainty of the postponement due to the water and field crisis and the challenge of playing consecutive matches on a Saturday, Wednesday and Saturday.

The club has, however, proved to be most vibrant and busy and the new Saggy Stone Villager Bar & Grill is an absolute winner. Thank you Saggy Stone! We have hosted a few 5-star events and guests such as Gareth Edwards, Eddie Jones, Neil Hatley, Chris Dry and James Murphy provided special entertainment. Also, our aftermatch get-togethers have been out of the top drawer and much fun was enjoyed by all after our home matches.

This past Friday saw Brookside host the 50th consecutive Villager School Sevens. It was a wonderful afternoon/evening event with 24 teams participating. The matches were really well-attended and the many, many supporters certainly had a great time. For the record, Bishops were crowned the 2018 Villager Schools Sevens Champions with the RBHS Old Boys winning their final. A huge thanks to all for making the tournament so special.

On the professional rugby front, the WP Currie Cup team has put in 2 magnificent performances against Free State and the Pumas. They have played an exciting brand of rugby and John Dobson and his team are certainly worth watching. Incidentally, congratulations must go to our President, Anton Chait, on the selection of his son, Jordan, at flyhalf for the

WP U21 team. Jordan scored a superb try in their away winning match against the Blue Bulls. Springbok rugby is in for a make-or-break match against the Wallabies this coming Saturday. Another loss will certainly put the team on the back foot and will again raise all the questions about the future of South African rugby. C’mon Bokke show the world what you are capable of!!

Well, spring is here and thankfully it is still raining. We are already in the last quarter of the year and before you know it the very cold winter we have experienced will be something of the past. Have a great week and pop down to False Bay on Saturday to support Villagers and enjoy a day of rugby and fun.

Kind regards.

Rob Wagner.