The Villager 1XV did the club proud this past Saturday with a fine away win against Hands and Heart RFC. Unfortunately, with the very long mid-year break of 6 weeks we came back as “season-starters” and lost the two games against Kraaifontein and Collegians. But we have picked up momentum again with our wins against Helderberg and Hands and Heart which will stand us in good stead for this coming Saturday when we will travel to Mamre to play the strong Hamlets club who are currently also vying for league honours.
The results this past week-end were as follows:
1XV won 33 -21.
2XV won 19 -14.
3XV lost 5 – 8.
U20A lost 21- 24.
The Club 100 meeting held on 27 July 2017 was most interesting and thanks must go to the Club 100 members and the 1XV players who attended. The format of the meeting was that of a feedback session from the “then” and “now” to give an indication of the future direction of the club. Questions such as “What is the make up of a Villager man?” ; “What is your view on payment of players?” ; “How do you view the clubhouse as a venue?” ; “Where do you want the club to be in 5 years time?” elicited interesting viewpoints and there was surprising commonality between the past and current players. Challenging times face the Villager FC and we need to all take hands to ensure the future.
After the conclusion of the Lions versus Hurricanes semi final it again raised the issue of yellow cards in rugby union. There is no doubt that the harsh yellow card issued to Beauden Barrett was critical and 17 points were scored against the Hurricanes when he was off the field. The rugby powers should maybe take a leaf from soccer for consideration where a first-time yellow card does not mean a sending off. It is often the case in rugby where a team plays for 20 minutes or more without the full complement of 15 on-field players and where the yellow cards issued have been for minor offences.
Brookside will host 2 provincial matches this coming Saturday 5 August 2017:
10h30 WP Women vs Border Women.
12h30 WP U19 vs Sharks U19.
The WP U19 team has started the season off very well with 2 away wins against the Bulls and Lions and a home win against the Cheetahs. They do have a number of very promising players and the team is playing an exciting brand of rugby.
As mentioned, the club will be involved in an away match against Hamlets on Saturday with the 1XV kicking off at 16h00. Our remaining league fixtures for the 2017 season are as follows:
Saturday 5 August vs Hamlets (away).
Saturday 12 August vs Bellville (home).
Saturday 19 August vs Kuilsriver (away).
Saturday 26 August vs Violets (away).
Please take note of the annual Villager Golf Day that will take place on Thursday 31August 2017 at the Rondebosch Golf Club. Format 2 tee, 4 ball alliance – R450 per person; R1800 per 4 ball (includes halfway house snacks and prize giving). The club needs your support and will sincerely appreciate your participation in the event. Let us make this a special Villager Golf Day to remember!!
All the best for the week. Hope you enjoy a good one!
VFC Rugby Administration.