Villager Voice 2019 – 042

Dear Villager

Official training started last Monday at the club and it was good to see a number of new faces. Kevin van Rensburg, our new 1XV Head Coach, put the player group through strenuous fitness sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and what was pleasing was the enthusiasm shown by all. 2019 will be a very important year as it will be our second succesive year back in Super League A and we will not be an unknown factor to our opponents. Commitment, loyalty and support from both the playing and non-playing members on and off the field will be crucial if we are to realise our year 2 Super League A objective. It will be interesting to see just what this famous club means to all Villagers and what their input will be !as we progress through the season!!!!!

Our pre-season friendlies are now finalised as follows:

* Saturday 9 March vs Helderberg (away).

* Saturday 16 March vs Uni-Mil  (away).

* Saturday 30 March vs Hamiltons – Derby Day (away).

We are busy finalising our pre-season weekend training camp in the Boland in February.

The Super League A competition will commence on Saturday 6 April 2019 and the competing teams will be Villagers, Hamiltons, UCT, UWC, Maties, Victorians, False Bay, Brackenfell, Tygerberg, Uni-Mil, SKWalmers, Durbanville-Belville, NTK, Primrose and Paarl. Fixtures will be received from the WPRFU in early February. It is without any doubt the toughest club rugby competition in South Africa – a competition of which we in the Western Province should be proud of.

The Saggy Stone Villager Restaurant and Pub opened for business on 3 January and what is pleasing is the support it is receiving in what is still the off-season. The prices and quality make for a pleasant visit and the deck with its view of Table Mountain on a balmy summer’s evening as the sun sets is out of the top drawer. Don’t forget that paid-up members receive a 10% discount at both the restaurant and pub. Come on down with the family and/or friends and support your club!!

The club has already been extremely busy with kiddies rugby and soccer clinics, Sunday markets, and the WP Rugby Academy has now also kicked off its year programme. And with Pearson College (lecture rooms in the office block) about to resume classes (approx 300 students) in February, Brookside is going to be buzzing.

This year will be a rugby season packed with rugby action which kicks off with the Super Hero Super Rugby double header at Cape Town Stadium on Sunday 3 February, the Varsity Cup in February,  followed by the Supersport Challenge, Currie Cup, Rugby Championship and finally the Rugby World Cup in Japan in September/October.

Enjoy the rest of the week and take it easy as you well and truly slip into 2019.

Kind regards.

Rob Wagner.