The last two weeks have been good ones for the club with the 1st team continuing its winning streak and the general good vibes continue to roll in. It has been amazing to witness the resurgence of support for our club and for this we thank you all. Let’s get into it.
Rangers and Brackenfell at home
On Friday 23 May we once again experienced a first ever for Villager with a fixture against Rangers. After having an extended away run it was great to be back at home again and this showed with the overwhelming support that rolled in through the front gates. The games were all competitive and clean with the guys enjoying their Friday Night Lights. The results:
1st team: W 29 – 23
2nd team: W 15 – 12
3rd team: W 19 – 7
u/20: W 35 – 6
The first team once again dominated all facets but struggled to turn their domination into points with a number of handling errors and very clever tactics in the lineouts by our opponents that nullified our powerful driving maul. These two areas kept Rangers in the game and resulted in the game ending off as a real humdinger. Thanks to two great solo efforts by Daniel Clarke and Jannie Bester the Dirty Whites emerged victors amid scenes that replicated a Premier League football match as the local crowd went crazy. It must be said that the guts the guys displayed to pull this one out of the bag was honourable and shows their determination and passion towards the famous white jersey. The man of the match for this one was our solid and workhorse flanker – Andrew Wilkins.
For the full match report you can go to http://www.villagerfc.co.za/villager-continue-unbeaten-run/#sthash.mYZ16iJ4.dpbs
Other match reports:
Last Saturday we were fortunate enough to be at home again and this time on a Saturday. There is nothing like a Saturday afternoon fixture at Brookside against age old rivals Brackenfell. With another Renaissance lunch on the go and much excitement as to whether the firsts can continue their unbeaten run this was always going to be a cracker. The U20s also had a top of the table clash and were further invigorated with their fixture being played as the curtain raiser to the first team. The results for the day:
1st team: W 8 6
2nd team: D 13 13
3rd team: L 12 18
u/20: L 18 22
4th team: L 10 24 (False Bay)
5th team: L 17 19 (UCT)
The ominous rain clouds, the gusting North Westerly wind were catalysts for what turned out to be a tight and messy game. Both sides struggled to find any momentum or stamp their authority on the game. Many hearts were put under strain in the final 10 minutes but our boys in White pulled through to record their 7th successive win, 8-6, which puts them top of the log in the league. It’s a tough, unpredictable league and the Dirty Whites have acknowledged the need to assert themselves more clinically moving forward. The Club cannot express enough the pride it has in this band of brothers, whom have taken the heritage, and all that it means, to heart and are bringing success back to Brookside. Man of the match for this week goes to our fearless leader Ashley Clarke. Please see below our profile on our captain.
More in depth analysis of the game can be found in the full match report http://www.villagerfc.co.za/villager-sneak-past-brackenfell/#sthash.UrN4gXss.dpbs
Player Profile – Ashley Michau Clarke
Name: Ashley Michau Clarke
Nickname: Bossie or Beef
Birthday: 2 December 1982
School: Diocesan College
Previous Club/s: WP U/19, WP U/21,WP Currie Cup, SWD Currie Cup, Leopards, Racing Metro (France) Massy Essonne (France)
Favourite Food: Warthog Ribs
Favourite Music: Dave Matthews Band or Bruce Springsteen
Favourite Movie: Tinkerbell
Hobbies: Fishing and Golf
Favourite rugby player: Tiaan Strauss
Funny Embarrassing Moment on a rugby field: Witnessing Brent Ward play a game of rugby concussed
Best Thing about Villagers: The camaraderie between the past and present members and the pub of course!
Future Fixtures to Diarise
Friday 6 June – Kraaifontein Away (Night Game)
Friday 6 June – 4th and 5th teams double header at the club both against False Bay
Saturday 14 June – Hands and Heart at Home
Saturday 21 June – Goodwood Away
Saturday 28 June – Hamiltons at Home (DERBY DAY)
1st team Log
|6||Hands & Heart||6||4||2||0||19|
Brackenfell Renaissance Lunch
On Saturday the 31st of May for the Brackenfell game the club hosted another renaissance lunch for the members. Once again it was a great success as members of old reminisced about their playing days and reconnected with old friends. Many thanks must go to our speakers on the day:Tony Van Ryneveld, Cliffie Etzebeth, Trevor Millar, Rob Wagner and H.O. De Villiers. We will be having another one this season so please look out for it. Please see below some pics from the day.
VFC & Brooksider Grill Soup Run
During July we will hostinga soup kitchen in support of the homeless in town. If anyone has old clothes, blankets or some food please could you drop it off with Scotty at the Brooksider.(date to follow)
Villager Club Dinner
We are very happy to announce that we have re-ignited the VFC club dinner. Please diarise Saturday the 6th of September. We have booked the ball room at Kelvin Grove. Details to follow in June but in the meantime please keep the night open. It will be a proper club dinner with players, coaches, managers, committee and members from all generations.
We have had another 2 weeks of no shows for the elusive bar tab.Our unlucky winners were Vincent Lederle (who should know better as our 4th team Chairman) and David Radloff (our 1st team inside centre). This leaves us sitting at a massive R1,200 bar tab up for grabs.
We have also had one raffle winner in the last two weeks with Aya Jolobe walking away with a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black.
Club Planner for the next 2 weeks
|Thurs 5 June||Fri 6||Sat 7||Sun 8||Mon 9||Tues 10||Wed 11|
|Open & U20 Rugby Prac – 6:15pmFourths & Shebeen Prac – 6:15pm
Club Night – 8:30pm
|Kraaifontein Away – 6:35pm onwards
4ths & 5ths Double Header vs False Bay at Brookside – 7:30pm
|Sprinboks vs World XV on big screens||Don Lock Race – 05 am||BarleyCorn – Evening||Open & U20 Rugby Prac – 6:15pmFourths Prac – 6:15pm||6 Down Touch League – from 4pm
Sports Quiz Night – 8:30pm
|Thurs 12||Fri 13||Sat 14||Sun 15||Mon 16||Tues 17||Wed 18|
|Open & U20 Rugby Prac – 6:15pmFourths & Shebeen Prac – 6:15pm
Club Night – 8:30pm… Spaghetti Bolognaise special – R35
Start of World Cup Soccer
|Private Function -7pmVillager Reserve vs F/Bay (A)||Hands & Heart at Brookside – from 1:30pm||Open & U20 Rugby Prac – 6:15pmShebeen Boys Prac – 6:15pm
BarleyCorn – Evening
|Open & U20 Rugby Prac – 6:15pmFourths Prac – 6:15pm||6 Down Touch League – from 4pm|
Anton & Bruce