Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Joost van der Westhuizen. A Springbok legend. #RIPJoost.
We are now only 4 weeks away from our first friendly match and the players have been hard at work with their pre-season training under the watchful eye of Dan Mackenzie, Fitness and Conditioning Coach. The pre-season matches are as follows:
vs UnionMilnerton Saturday 4 March (home).
vs Clanwilliam Saturday 11 March (away).
vs Hamiltons Saturday 18 March (away).
What is most exciting is that the Villager FC will again be visiting the Boland region and the match against Clanwilliam will be a “never-to-be-forgotten” experience for the players. For those of us who went to Ceres in 1980 who can forget the Belmont Hotel and the happenings in the hotel environment; Cliffie Etsebeth and his water antics in the hotel swimming pool; the sight of Maxie Marr, team doctor, who disappeared only to be picked up by the headlights of the bus as he sprinted ahead of the bus wearing his “birth” clothes only; and let’s not forget the actual match in searing heat. Great Villager fun, camaraderie, spirit and memories!
Again, a true Villager congratulations to the Blitsbokke. They are a special group of players who are simply exhilarating on the field of play, work extremely hard for each other, and most of all play with flair and enjoyment. This weekend made one realise that the rugby season is well and truly up and running. There was the Sydney Sevens, Six Nations and Super Rugby friendlies all on Supersport for those of us who felt like a weekend on the couch.
There has been a change in the Villager coaching structures for the 2017 season. Paul Reeves acted in the capacity of Director of Rugby and Head Coach. However, Paul feels strongly that with the importance of the 2017 season he steps down as Director of Rugby and solely focuses on being the Head Coach of the Villager FC and 1XV. Paul wants to put all his concentration and energy into promotion and, therefore, as Head Coach he can now give all his attention and commitment to this role. With the appointment of Paul Kaplan as Convener of the Selection Committee and a proper delegation of operational tasks for the members of the administration office, the roles of the Director of Rugby have been seamlessly assimilated. We thank Paul for being pro-active and for his commitment, and we wish him all of the very best in his chase for promotion.
Thank you to all those members who wear their red socks on Fridays. Also, a thank you for the photos forwarded of you wearing your red socks even when outside of South Africa. True Villager spirit!
Enjoy the week.
VFC Rugby Administration.