Villager Voice 2018 – 029

Dear Villager

Sadly, life is put into perspective when a loved one suddenly passes away which has again been the case with the loss of Cliffie Etzebeth. Over a 1000 people attended the funeral yesterday which was an indication of just how many people were touched by the big man. An emotional moment was when the 1980 Villager 1XV in blazers and ties followed the Villager pall bearers (from the 1980 team) into the church. A proud and privileged moment for the Villager FC! Time must be cherished for as Divan Serfontein said in his eulogy “you can buy houses, cars, etc, but you cannot buy time!”

The 1XV put in a brave performance against a good Uni-Mil team on Saturday despite going into the match with the absence of 2 first-choice locks and 3 first-choice centres. Then early in the match we lost 3 players to injury in our captain, no8 and a lock which resulted in Uni-Mil taking the game away from us in the last 20 minutes for a deserved win. The pressure is now on as we play St Georges away in the Strand this coming Saturday. It will not be easy and total focus and commitment will be required if we are to enjoy our trip back along the N2 after the match. C’mon lads – get into the zone and go out and win it!!!!!!!

A special event at this past Saturday’s match was the 1988 Villager 1XV reunion. A good turnout of the members of this special team made for an enjoyable afternoon and evening at the club. It was interesting to note that 8 members of this past team now live overseas. Thank you to all the ex-players who made the effort to come down to Brookside and we hope to see you more often at the club.

Friday 31 August 2018 will be a major milestone in the history of the Villager FC. Fifty years ago Dave Stewart had the vision that Sevens Rugby would become an exciting world game and established the Villager School Sevens which takes place at Brookside on the first Friday after the last schools’ rugby fixtures. We will thus celebrate the 50th Villager Schools Sevens on Friday 31 August 2018 with the first match being played at 14h40 and the final at 21h15. Bishops are the current holders of the trophy. Diarise the date and pop down to Villagers to watch the potential sevens’ stars of South African rugby – there are past schoolboys who participated in this tournament who have gone on to represent the Blitsbokke!

We now go into a series of away matches (this Saturday against St Georges in the Strand at 16h00), but that does not mean that you cannot visit the club for a meal and a drink on the odd occasion. The new Saggy Stone Villager Bar and Grill provides a great venue with superb food and drinks at the best prices (10% discount on producing your Villager membership card). So bring down the whole family (also a kiddies play area) and enjoy an hour or two at this special club.

Enjoy the week and, hopefully, this cold snap will bring in much-needed rain after what has been a “dry” July.

Kind regards.