Challenging times indeed!! We at Villagers have been fortunate to welcome a large group of talented players to Brookside this year only for them to be denied practice and playing time. The water crisis is now going as far as to create a social problem amongst the young men who are desperate to play their winter sport. It is tough when after a difficult working week a fit young man cannot look forward to a Saturday rugby match.
This past Saturday we managed at late notice (not all our players were therefore available) to secure a fixture against the strong Saldanha Bay Rugby Club who have been one of the top clubs in the Boland Grand Challenge league. It is interesting that the Boland clubs are playing rugby and we, therefore, all gladly hopped on a bus to Saldanha. The facilities (and field) were top notch and it was a most enjoyable and worthwhile trip. Villagers soon found themselves down 0 -14 only to fight back in the second half and take the lead 19 -14. We dominated play, but could not put our opponents away who did score a try to level the scores. Considering that Saldanha were playing their 5th match and are enjoying a proper pre-season on-field programme, the 19 -19 draw (and 2 Villager tries disallowed??) can be looked upon as satisfactory. The Villager players have had no on-field practices, no matches, and no field facility at all to gel a large number of new players who have never played for Villagers into tight team unit.
But, we will continue to do our very best to keep the players focussed and energised. This Friday we are off to the Saggy Stone farm for a training/team building camp. The players will be sleeping in tents and there is sure to be hard work and much fun. And then we have friendly matches arranged for 7 April and 21 April against False Bay and Uni-Mil respectively (venues still to be finalised).
The clubhouse – now to be known as the Saggy Stone Villager Restaurant/Bar- renovation is in its final stage and will be open to all from Monday 12 March 2018. It is a vast improvement on the old clubhouse and a massive thanks must go to Saggy Stone for investing in the Villager FC – it is sincerely appreciated. Our clubhouse is now in keeping with the respected image of our famous club and I hope that all our members – both playing and non-playing – will favourably support the new facility and that we will see more and more of you at the club.
That’s it for now then. Rugby match of the weekend has to be Ireland vs Scotland!
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