Villager Voice 2018 – 013

Dear Villager

To keep the players focussed and prepared for the much-anticipated start to the postponed club league season, we will continue to organise friendly matches which, unfortunately, may not be played on club fields. This Saturday 21 April we will play NTK (UniMil cancelled) at the Milnerton High School with the 1XV match kicking off at 17H00.

In the month of May (if everything goes according to plan) we would like to play a match on Saturday 12 May followed by the Derby against Hamiltons at Brookside on Saturday 26 May. This has been the most difficult season ever in that players have had to remain positive despite the delayed start to the 2018 season. So much credit must go to the Villager coaches, team management members and the players for their enthusiasm and energy as they have gone about their tasks under difficult circumstances.

The Sir Gareth Edwards dinner this past Wednesday turned out to be a most special evening and proved to be another historic event in the long history of the Villager FC. The evening was brilliantly MC’d by Matthew Pearce who had the attendees at times wiping away the laughter tears as he so eloquently recounted rugby stories. The address by HO and the presence of Villager ex-Springboks headed by Dave Stewart made one so proud to be a Villager man. And then there was the great Gareth Edwards himself, his address and the Cardiff Blues touring party contributing to an unforgettable experience. To end the evening, the singing by the Cardiff Blues members in their beautiful Welsh voices crowned what was a true rugby occasion!!

This past Friday saw the commencement of the Villager Vikings programme at Brookside. Boys and girls aged 6 – 12 years can now attend organised rugby sessions at Brookside every Friday (2nd and 3rd school terms) from 16h00 to 17h30. This together with our Villager Rugbytots (2 -7 years) every Saturday morning at 09h00 affords opportunities to the youth to enjoy fun-filled rugby skill sessions.

Memberships for both the club and Club 100 are only trickling in and we again kindly request that we all make a concerted effort to make our club a strong club! The club is only as strong as its members who are the backbone of the now and the future. The great history of this club going back to 1876 – which we are all part of and have all enjoyed – is built on its past members. One only has to go back to those days when you had to sign the membership register before entering the clubhouse. Again, a sincere thank you to those members who have paid their annual subscriptions!!

Another major international event – the Commonwealth Games – has come and gone. Our athletes did the country proud and our Villager congratulations go to all the medal winners. A great pity that the Blitsbokke failed to make the podium, but the standard of Sevens Rugby is so high     that you have to have your A-game for each match. They are sure to now be extra determined to make up for their lapse in the remaining World Rugby Series tournaments.

That’s it then. If we are to believe the weather reports, bring out your brollies as Wednesday is going to be wet. Let’s hope that it will be the forerunner of a very rainy winter!

Kind regards.

Rob Wagner.