What a day at Villagers this past Saturday! The spirit, the atmosphere, the on-field excitement, the win at the death, the singing from the Clubhouse balcony after the 1XV match, the player awards to the team members in the Clubhouse – that’s what we are about , that’s what it means to be a part of the Villager FC. Thank you to all who came to Brookside to support our teams – it is much appreciated. There were a number of past players at the club on Saturday – thanks for your support as it goes a long way in making a positive statement about the club. It was good to have a chat and a beer again with Gummy Rookledge, one of the great Villager No 6 fetchers during the 70’s and 80’s, and we would love to welcome more and more past players. For the record the results against Rangers this past Saturday were as follows:
1XV won 31 – 26.
2XV won 20 – 7.
3XV won 27 – 0.
U20A won 20 – 5.
It was a privilege to have Dave Stewart hand out the Saggy Stone Player-of-the-Day Awards in the Clubhouse after the1XV match. The awards for the different teams were as follows:
1XV Joel Murphy – fullback (sponsored by PIB Risk Services).
2XV Yusriy van der Schyff – tighthead prop.
3XV Leeroy Biehl – No 8.
U20A – Jared Herman – lock.
Ashley Clarke, 1XV captain and loose forward, played his 50th 1XV game against Rangers and it was appropriate that he received an award from Bobby Blows, past 1XV captain and loose forward, in recognition of his milestone. Well done Ashley!!
I want to assure all Villagers that Clinton van Rensburg, his assistant coaches and team management, and the 1XV players are leaving no stone unturned to get back up to Super League A. The work ethic of all involved is of the highest order. An unfair comment was overheard that the team could not go all the way. Well, if they don’t it will not be because they did not give everything – they are giving everything!!! The pessimists must also take note that apart from winning, the Villager FC prides itself about the coming together, having fun, developing young men, setting standards, discipline, structure, and fairness.
A piece written by our own great Uncle Geoff Grey in the Cape Argus on 8 July 1931 sums it all up. Written under the heading “Why I play rugby”, and yes 86 years ago, Uncle Geoff wrote (abridged) the following: “Some people consider rugby a game principally of brawn, but this is not altogether correct. Brute force and ignorance will seldom triumph over speed and skill. If one wishes to be successful at rugby the game must be taken seriously. This involves vigorous training and often one must forego some pleasures, but the game is worthwhile playing properly. But the most enduring attraction of the game, I think, is the companionship which it offers. Strangers meet and become firm friends. You see the real side of men’s characters on the field. Friend and foe can meet and learn to understand each other. In this way, too, a team spirit is developed”. Thank you Uncle Geoff – we at Villagers will still strive to uphold what you wrote so many years ago!!
This Saturday 13 May 2017 Villagers will be in action against Franschhoek at Brookside. The times for the matches are as follows:
1XV A Field 16h00.
2XV A Field 14h45.
3XV A Field 13h35.
U20A B Field 13h35.
Let’s enjoy an even better and bigger day than Saturday past and let’s welcome even more past players. The Brookside atmosphere is special when our supporters are at the ground and they are part of the “team” on the day. Let us all, off the field and on the field, build on our forward momentum.
See you on Saturday!
VFC Rugby Administration