The second half of the season has been quiet at Brookside with no home matches. But that all changes this coming weekend with a bumper programme. The matches will be as follows:
Friday 21July 20h00 Villager U20A vs Helderberg U20A (A Field).
Saturday 22 July 12h40 Villager 3XV vs Helderberg 3XV (B Field).
13h45 Villager 2XV vs Helderberg 2XV (B Field).
13h00 WP U19 vs Free State U19 (A Field).
15h00 Villager 1XV vs Helderberg 1XV (A Field).
This will be a key league fixture for the club and your support will go a long way in assisting the 1XV in what is going to be a difficult match. Let us all get down to Brookside and create the special energy and vibe that makes Brookside special.
Whilst watching all the professional sport this weekend, it was most apparent just how fit and conditioned the modern-day athlete has to be if he/she is to be successful. They are looked after by biokineticists, fitness and conditioning coaches, medical doctors, nutritionists, physiotherapists, do gym and field work, have a well-worked out supplement programme, etc, etc. It was, therefore, interesting to read this advertisement in a newspaper dated 12 July 1935:
“You’ve got to be fit to play football (rugby). That’s why so many players use Andrews Liver Salts. Football demands the perfect co-operation of mind and body. That’s why fitness is so important. If you are not clean inside the eye is dull, the body sluggish – nature’s warning that all is not right. On these occasions take Andrews regularly to bring back normal fitness. Andrews banishes life’s little ills while they are still little. When feeling “out-of-sorts” or “off-colour” mix yourself a sparkling, pleasant tasting glass of Andrews Liver Salts. Buy a tin today”. So, even back then it was not unusual to have fitness levels assisted by supplements!!!
Well done to John Dobson and his Western Province team for winning the Supersport Rugby Challenge Final against Griquas. To go through the competition unbeaten is a remarkable achievement and one of which Western Province can be immensely proud. Also, congratulations to Rob Fleck and the Stormers for winning their Super Rugby Conference trophy. Their win at Loftus (always difficult) this past Saturday should give them much confidence for their quarter final match against the Chiefs on Saturday (kick off at 17h00).
The 1981 1XV will be holding a reunion this coming Saturday at 14h00. Eighteen members will be attending and it should be a most enjoyable afternoon. In that year the team did the double by winning the Ohlsonns Challenge Shield and the Grand Challenge Trophy. Apart from the many talented players who played in that year, there was a tremendous team spirit which meant that the team was prepared to do some unbelievable on-field moves much to the dismay of coach Tubby Teubes. One particular move (the name of the move cannot be mentioned) was outrageous and was supposed to end with lightning-quick Jeremy Pinn scoring underneath the poles. Well, that was the plan!!! Newlands has never seen a move like that again!!
That’s it for the week then! Let’s hope this cold snap will last for a long time as the rain and the mountain snow are sorely needed in the Western Cape. See you all at Brookside on Saturday.
VFC Rugby Administration.