Villager Voice 2018 – 037

Dear Villager

Well its mission accomplished!!! Well done and congrats to Clinton, his team management and the 1XV players in retaining their Super League A status for the 2019 season. The first year objective of the 3-year plan has been achieved and we will immediately start the planning process for next year. There are still many challenges facing the Villager FC, one of the main ones being the buy-in and support of our many, many ex-players from their respective playing eras. Our famous club is only as strong as the support it receives off the field. We need to be a strong club both on and off the field to regain former glories!!

An example of how a club should go about building and a success story this season has got to be Union-Milnerton who in 2016 were in Super League B and gained promotion. In 2017 the club retained its Super League A status and in 2018 they ended in 4th position. A remarkable achievement and it proves when everybody is on the same page so much more can be accomplished. Well done Uni-Mil !

This past Saturday made for exhilarating television viewing when in the morning the Springboks put their bodies on the line, left everything out on the field and displayed guts, guts and more guts. Pieter-Steph Du Toit’s tears after the final whistle said it all – he tackled himself into the ground and the relief at hearing the final whistle as the victor was just so emotional. Certainly one of the epic SA vs NZ clashes and it made all Bok supporters so proud. And then in the afternoon WP were quite sublime in their most convincing victory against the Lions. To put 60 points against the Lions at Ellis Park is a super effort and John Dobson and his team need to be congratulated on the style of rugby in achieving the victory.

The Villager FC will now embark on strategising a programme for 2019 which must take the club upwards and forwards and that will make you as a Villager proud. We cannot rest as there are so many boxes that need to be ticked and much work that needs to accomplished. The Main Committee under the leadership of the President, Anton Chait, and the Chairman, Gerhard Witte, has done amazing work this year for which they need to be thanked and congratulated. The time and commitment they have unselfishly given up this year is most commendable and their energy as they worked towards the 2019 season irreplaceable.

All of the best for the week and and as they say in Afrikaans “hou die blink kant bo!!”

Kind regards.