Villager Voice 2018 – 012

Dear Villager

A very good outing against False Bay, the national club champions, this past Saturday at Rondebosch Boys’ High School showed that Villagers is back on the right track. Although we went down 3 tries to 1 try the players showed that they are up for the season in Super League A and their hard work under trying circumstances will be rewarded. Taking into consideration that a number of players were unavailable due to injury or other commitments, Clinton van Rensburg, our Head Coach, certainly did his recruitment homework in the off-season.

After the match all trooped back to Villagers and the clubhouse hummed. It was wonderful to play host to the False Bay RFC and their rugby friendship is much valued. Their presence made for a special evening in what is a difficult season with the postponement of the league competition. We did experience a few teething problems in the new clubhouse, but nothing that cannot be solved. It was, however, most pleasing to entertain in pleasant surroundings and also with young kids having fun in the kiddies play area below the deck. Club rugby at its best – meeting of ex-players and old friends, current players socialising post-match, their wives and girlfriends, children, fun and laughter. In the very serious and technical world in which we live, a bit of club rugby escapism just has to be good for the soul!!

Our next match will be against Union-Milnerton at the Milnerton High School on Saturday 21April 2018. We will inform you of times once all is finalised.

This Wednesday 11 April 2018 the Villager FC will be hosting a sold-out dinner in the clubhouse in honour of Sir Gareth Edwards who is on tour with the Cardiff Blues team. The evening will be MC’d by Matthew Pearce with the attendees being addressed by both HO de Villiers and Gareth Edwards arguably the best players in their respective positions even to this day. It will be a special evening for Villagers and yet another wonderful event to add to the club’s history. Incidently both the Villager and Cardiff rugby clubs were established in 1876!!

As of today there are only 42 paid-up non-playing club members. In the previous newsletter a sincere plea was made to all to beat last year’s membership number. Let’s all make the effort to surpass that number as it is crucial to the well-being of the club. Please note that if you are renewing your membership from last year and you have your membership card, once paid the card will be “reactivated” and there is no need to receive a new card. If you have lost your card, please notify this office as your replacement card together with the cards of new members will be left at the bar for collection at your convenience. The Villager membership card does entitle you to discount at the bar.

This past weekend and the week ahead is all about the Commonwealth Games. Our swimmers are quite special and the young Blitsbokke were breathtakingly good and a conversion away from a possible final. All the athletes thus far have done South Africa proud!!

Hard to believe that we are already in the second quarter of the year, a quarter that will hopefully be wet and bring a smile to all our faces. Don’t forget to wear red socks on Friday!!!

Kind regards.

Rob Wagner.