Villager Voice 2018 – 026

Dear Villager

“So near yet so far” could be said about both the 1XV and 2XV matches against Brackenfell this past Saturday. The 1XV at 17 – 7 in their favour could have gone on to beat the unbeaten Brackenfell 1XV, but in the end had to settle for a draw. The 2XV having led for most of the match went down by 1 point in the final minutes of their match. The lessons that must be learnt from this past Saturday as we come to grips with Super League A rugby are (a) the players must believe in themselves (and as a team) and that they are much better than their thus far match record (b) the players must develop the “killer instinct” to close down matches when they have worked so hard for the lead (c) points-scoring chances are few and far between in Super League A and when they are on offer you have to ruthlessly take them. The positives are that with each match we are improving (the 1XV is a completely new team) and the effort that is put into each match cannot be faulted. Our Under 20A team again did the white jersey proud as they overcame a strong Brackenfell team and in the end ran out convincing winners. Well done to the players and the coaches as they are becoming one of the teams to beat.

It was good to see 3 generations of Bryants at the club supporting our teams on Saturday. Rodney, of course, did so much for the club in the past in many capacities and as a player will be remembered for his blistering pace on the wing. Here’s a good Villager 4 x 100 m relay team – Bryant, O’Brien, Pinn and Farrell. Thanks Rodney and it was good to see you all at Brookside.

I do realise that this is an “old story” and that you must be tired of the constant reminders. But we as a club are finding it difficult to operate without a strong membership base (the foundation of any type of club) and we again implore all associated with the Villager FC to pay the subscription of R500 – it really is a small amount to keep a great club going!!!!! There is a long list of fixed costs each month to run a rugby club and then there are the unforseen expenses (for eg floodlight failure due to a damaged underground cable) that place a great strain on finances. We need a strong membership and currently clubs such as False Bay and Hamiltons are way ahead of Villagers.

The Stormers showed what they are capable of in beating the Sharks and it has been a frustrating season for them. It is laughable, however, how the media crucify the Stormers and that there is very little negativity towards the Sharks and Bulls who, in fact, have also only won the same number of matches as the Stormers. Strange world in which we live!

Super Rugby,  Durban July, Soccer World Cup, Wimbledon, Tour de France, British Grand Prix made for an entertaining weekend of sport. And there were upsets galore! The unpredictability of sport makes it so attractive, exciting and emotional particularly when the underdog upsets the form book. Question now is whether England can bring the Soccer World Cup “home” for the first time since Bobby Moore’s 1966 team??

This coming Saturday the club will enjoy a bye and our next match will be at Brookside against SK-Walmers on Saturday 21 July 2018. We look forward to your support on the day and wish you well for the week ahead.

Kind regards.

Rob Wagner.