Well, the water crisis has now impacted on the 2018 rugby season with the announcement by the WPRFU of a possible commencement of the league season in the first week of June. There has been a consultative meeting with the Super League clubs and there will also be a meeting with the Regional clubs. The consultative process will culminate with the matter being discussed at the WPRFU General Council meeting on Tuesday 27 February 2018 where the members will take a final decision of the fixture schedule for the remainder of the 2018 season. A report on friendly matches will be released by the WPRFU on Wednesday 14 February 2018, but we have postponed Derby Day to keep with the tradition that it will be played just before the first league match.
However, we at Brookside cannot stop the momentum that was built during the 2017 season and has carried through to the start of 2018. We have had wonderful player attendances (many new faces) who have attended well-structured and enjoyable practice sessions and we need to be innovative in challenging the players to keep the momentum until the first league match whenever that might be. We cannot throw our hands up in despair, but rather be an example of how to positively move forward in preparation for the delayed start. We at Villagers MUST be ready both on and off the field. It must, therefore, be business as usual with the normal club activities taking place as we cannot allow the water crisis to get the better of our club. THIS WILL BE A CHALLENGE TO BOTH OUR PLAYING AND NON-PLAYING MEMBERS TO CONTINUE THEIR SUPPORT OF THE CLUB.
The clubhouse upgrade is in full swing and still on track for completion end of February. We need the facility more than ever now with the postponement of the league season to provide entertainment for all connected to Villagers. Details of events in the new Saggy Stone Pub/Restaurant will be forwarded in due course. This is an exciting development at Brookside and it has been done to provide a facility that all Villagers will be proud to visit and support.
In closing, a sincere and kind appeal to all Villagers to not “disappear” because of the delayed start to the league season. The club needs you!!!!!
VFC RUGBY ADMINISTRATION.