Villager Voice 2018 – 003

Dear Villager

With the cricket season having been prematurely ended because of the drought, one fears what the outcome will be on the 2018 club rugby season. There are many rugby fields in the Western Cape that have received no water and, hopefully, they are still in a fair condition to stage a rugby match. We at Villagers have sacrificed the C Field and have had to plan carefully in the borehole watering of the A and B Fields so as to be mindful of the water crisis that has firmly gripped Cape Town. One does, however, wonder what transpired over all these years when warning articles were appearing as far back as1990 that this water situation of today would become a reality!!

The work in the clubhouse is progressing nicely and, hopefully, is on track for the end-of-the-month completion. The carpeted area has been removed, the floorboards sanded, new batons have been put in place for the new flooring, building work in the kitchen has been completed, work in the ablution facilities has commenced. The members of the Gym Club have been most accommodating as the very important session of their workout has been relegated to the deck with cooler boxes. Thank you for your understanding chaps!!

Practices are still being well-attended with an average attendance of 68 seniors. The work ethic of the players is most encouraging and there is already a good spirit within the group. There are also many players who are doing gym sessions in the Villager gym in their own time and this type of commitment is most pleasing. Dan Mackenzie, our fitness and conditioning coach, is doing a great job in this regard. There is keen and healthy competition amongst the players as they strive to make the training group that will attend the training camp in Robertson in the beginning of March.

South African sport at a national level is never dull and always seems to provide material for vigorous debate. This past weekend was no exception with the removal of Allister Coetzee as Bok coach, the Proteas again being comprehensively beaten by India in the second ODI and the Blitsbokke again stumbling in a final. Nevertheless, an enjoyable sporting highlight has to be the rugby victory by Ireland over France when at 12 -13 down and with no time on the clock they patiently worked their way up the field from their own 22 going through 35+ phases to eventually put Sexton in a position to put over the winning drop goal and secure a 15 -13 win for Ireland!! Magnificent stuff!!

That’s it for this week. Rain is predicted for Friday – let’s keep our fingers crossed!!

Kind regards.