The pre-season programme is now well underway for the Villager players and it is exciting to see the number of players that are attending the training sessions – well in excess of the 2016 numbers. It is also most pleasing that the players are now visiting and spending more time in the Clubhouse at this early time of the year – an indication that we are witnessing the re-surfacing of the Villager spirit at their home viz. Brookside.
This coming weekend we will have the Saturday/Sunday training camp at Brookside for our Under 20’s and the following weekend (Saturday 4 March) all our teams will be playing friendly matches against Uni-Mil at Brookside.
Our 2017 home league matches will be followed by all our teams gathering in the Clubhouse for the Player-of-the-Day Awards. The awards will be sponsored by Saggy Stone to whom we say a big thank you. This will further build on the spirit and will add to the enjoyment of playing rugby at Villagers. We, therefore, would like to encourage our non-playing members if you are at Brookside on a matchday to stay for these Awards’ functions. You are as much a part of the club as the current players and we would appreciate your attendance so as to demonstrate the family spirit and to add to the after match fun.
The rugby world has been rocked over the past few weeks on the passing away of three “young” ex-international rugby players. Our own great Joost van der Westhuizen, Sione Lauaki (ex-All Black) and Daniel Vickerman (ex-Wallaby) have sadly passed away. Daniel was a Bishops Old Boy who played for SA Under 20 after which he moved to Australia where he became a stalwart in the Wallaby team and participated in 3 Rugby World Cups. Our sincere Villager condolences go out to the Van der Westhuizen, Lauaki and Vickerman families.
Saturday will see the kick off of the DHL Stormers Super Rugby campaign against the Bulls at Newlands at 19h30. Robbie Fleck has named an exciting squad with a great blend of experienced and young players. Pre-season has gone well for the DHL Stormers, but it is the real deal from Saturday and we will hold thumbs that the team gets off to a cracking start.
To those of you who are members of Club 100 we look forward to hosting you all on Thursday together with guest speakers Gavin Cowley and Marcello Fiasconaro. Members of the 1XV will also be in attendance as we build on the past and the present.
All of the best to the Proteas for their cricket tour of New Zealand which has started off with 2 wins out of 2. It’s still early days, but the team certainly has demonstrated a steely determination against top class opponents.
VFC Rugby Administration.