What a tough past Saturday (and the emphasis is on tough) for the Villager 1XV who went down 17 -20 in an away match against Collegians. Rugby at club level should be about fun and enjoyment and the big question that needs to be asked is why is that not happening for many players, referees, administrators and spectators? Enough said!!
The club has a bye this coming Saturday and our next match will be against Helderberg at Brookside on Saturday 22 July at 15h00. This will be a huge match for us and the Villager support will be critical on the day. Thank you to the past players of the 1981 1XV who will be holding a reunion on that day – the positive responses to attend has been fantastic. Let us all diarise that date and get down to Brookside to show our support for the 1XV. The curtain raiser will be WP U19 versus Free State U19 at 13h00. (WP U19 opened their provincial campaign with a 17 -15 victory at Loftus against their Blue Bulls counterparts this past Saturday).
Well, the month of British and Irish Lions rugby in New Zealand came and went and it turned out to be everything and more of what was expected. It made for enthralling viewing and the Test Matches were simply on another level when it came to skill, physicality, fitness and pace. A drawn series was probably a fair result as both teams did not deserve to lose the series when considering what they put in to make it an entertainment spectacle of the highest order. Let’s hope that sanity prevails and that we will see the British and Irish Lions in South Africa in 2021.
This past weekend again demonstrated what team spirit and a tight team can do despite setbacks. The Kings have surely put their hands up this season and they seem to get so much enjoyment when playing the game. The players are good examples to other players who are in a more fortunate position than they are and who are continually expecting more. Team games are all about everybody pulling in the same direction – both on and off the field of play! This is a simple message for all who are associated with the Villager FC in whatever capacity. Constant criticism from the outside is damaging and meaningless – positive contribution from the inside is everything!!
In closing, we won’t mention anything about the cricket and rather concentrate on the Tour de France and Wimbeldon. Enjoy a super week.
VFC Rugby Administration.