The 1XV squad tour to Clanwilliam this past weekend was a resounding success and it was enjoyable to see the Villager men spreading the name of our club in the Boland. The match, won by Villagers 64 -12, was played on a very hot Saturday afternoon and much credit must go to Dan McKenzie, Fitness and Conditioning Coach, for his pre-season work with the players. The players can feel justifiably proud for upholding the name of the Villager FC both on the field and off the field. Together with the team management, the players were great ambassadors for the club. Well done and thank you to all.
Also, this past Saturday saw our 3rd XV take on the Kraaifontein 3rd XV in the Kraaifontein Rugby Day. Villagers ended the match victorious, but it was a nail-biting 21 – 20 win. The objective of ensuring game time for our players was achieved and it was pleasing to see the players “guts out” a win.
This coming Saturday 18 March 2017 is Derby Day at Hamiltons. Our 1st XV, 2nd XV, 3rd XV and Under 20A will be doing battle against our old respected foe in Green Point. From the first match played between the Villager FC and the Hamilton FC on the Rondebosch Common on 1 July 1876, so many famous names and great characters have graced the fields in the colours of the two clubs. It is indeed a proud day, irrespective of the results, that Derby Day still takes place between the two oldest surviving clubs in South Africa that play by the rugby union rules. Long may it last!
The last round of the Six Nations will take place this weekend and it will be interesting to see if Ireland can do to England what they did to New Zealand. It is going to be a humdinger with Ireland throwing everything at England in Dublin. For those of us who watched the match between the Stormers and Kings there certainly is exciting young talent wearing the Stormers’ jersey this year. And the Blitsbbokke almost did it again. On the day England were the better team, but another final was again contested by the men in green-and-gold.
When observing the fitness levels of our players in Clanwilliam, the picture of our Villager Gym members sprang to mind. What a wonderful group of Villager gentlemen who decades ago threw their rugby boots away. These fine, fit “old rugger buggers” religiously attend their gym classes every Tuesday and Thursday after which they pop up to the bar for a beer. But it is their support as members of the Villager FC and Club 100 for which we are most appreciative. The gym members typify the true Villager spirit and for this we say a big thank you!!
Hope to see you at Hammies this coming Saturday.
VFC Rugby Administration.