The 2017 Derby Day is now something of the past and the entire build up – cricket, darts, golf – and the day itself was most enjoyable and rekindled past friendships. It was a good example of the value of club rugby where club cameraderie and rugby at grassroots level overrides the need for media reporting and negative public comment as is the norm with professional rugby. Hamiltons won the day most handsomely and a warm congratulations go to their club. Our 1XV were soundly beaten by a very good Hamiltons team for which there are sound reasons which will not be elaborated on suffice to ask the question (and draw a parallel) as to why a Super Rugby team will soundly beat a provincial team from a small province. The answer is quite clear and does not require elaboration.
However, what all the Villager players did demonstrate was a great spirit, a never-say-die attitude, camaraderie and pride. One cannot ask for more! In this past Six Nations competition England put 61 points past Scotland, but as we saw against Italy this past weekend the Scots spirit was not broken. Similarly, the Villagers’ players spirit will not be broken and they were all back at Brookside and enjoyed a good practice yesterday evening in preparation for the league which commences on 1 April.
There has been a change in the 1XV Head Coach for the 2017 season. Paul Reeves has left and the Villager FC sincerely thanks Paul for all his loyalty, dedication and hard work. It is indeed appreciated and we hope to see Paul down at the club in the future. Clinton van Rensburg has been appointed as the new 1XV Head Coach and he joins the Villager FC with a wealth of rugby experience. As a player Clinton played Super Rugby for both the Cats and the Sharks, when overseas he played for Ulster and Swansea and captained Hamiltons 1XV to Club Champs in 2009. As a coach he has been associated with the 1XV’s of Rondebosch Boys, WP Academy Schools, Hamiltons and UCT. A very warm Villager welcome and our best wishes go to Clinton and we thank him for his commitment to build Villager for the future.
The first league match will be an away fixture against Sir Lowrians on Saturday 1 April 2017. The following Saturday 8 April Villagers will be in action against Young Peoples from Paarl at Brookside. Let’s diarise the first home fixture date and show our support for our men in white. The players certainly do appreciate the support which means a great deal to them (and the beers are always ice cold!).
The Stormers are back in action this weekend, but it seems as if the centre “ghost” is bedevilling the team this year. Juan de Jongh, Damien de Allende and now Huw Jones are all out with long term injuries and the centre depth is certainly being tested. A tricky fixture awaits them on Saturday against the Sunwolves in Singapore and they do so at their own peril should they underestimate their opponent. Here’s hoping it turns out to be a successful day for Robbie Fleck and his team.
Again a kind reminder about club membership fees and the Club 100 meeting on Thursday 30 March.
All of the best.
VFC Rugby Administration.