What an opening to the Western Province Club Rugby league we had at Brookside on Saturday afternoon.
After the huge disappointment in going down to Hamiltons in the annual derby last week by 22 -21 in overtime, the first team put on a second half display of scintillating running rugby which completely destroyed the players from NTK. At the final whistle Villagers ran out victorious by 57 – 14 scoring 9 tries in the process.
Our new coach Kevin van Rensberg, brother of last year’s coach Clinton, had promised the guests at the Grays lunch the previous day that something special would take place on Saturday. He was vindicated by all 23 players on the day as the guys coming off the bench played their part in achieving the great final result.
The Club had a most successful afternoon with the other results being :
|U20||Lost||12 – 29|
|3rd XV||Lost||12 – 20|
|2nd XV||Lost||17 – 38|
|1st XV||Lost||7 – 38|
We must not get ahead of ourselves as the WP SLA is a very tough competition with no easy games and the threat of having to play a promotion / relegation playoff always a danger for the side failing to accumulate enough points during the season.
Next Saturday the Club travel to Florida Park in Beaconvale to take on the strong Tygerberg Club who had a resounding win over the Victorians from Stellenbosch University this past weekend. The first XV kick off is at 17.00. We need as much support as we can to encourage the players who will be up against not only a very good side but the local community as well.
With the Club not having a Title Sponsor we need all other funds possible to keep the standards at Brookside to the level that we have become accustom to. We humbly request you to please pay you annual subscription of only R500.00 as a non-playing member as soon as possible. Thank you all of those that have already paid.
We also have a 100 Club where members pay R1000.00 which has a few events during the year to which you are invited. An example being last Friday’s Grays Lunch where we learnt something of our new coach’s past and his vision for Villagers during the 2019 season.
Dave Edwards is as many of you may know, back at the Club as Club Manager looking after the grounds and rugby matters. The Saggy Stone Villager Restaurant and Pub is proving to be a winner with Scotty having to take bookings for dinner some evenings and he provides a great breakfast from 8.00 onwards on weekdays. Real value for money. As a paid up member you get a discount on all bar and food orders. On a Thursday evening there is live music which last week included a tune or two on the Bagpipes!
The less said about the Stormers the better. They were their own worst enemy against the Reds last Friday and one can only hope that this week something can change against the high flying Rebels. If not, it will be 0 and 4 on tour. What is happening to our once proud WP Rugby Union?
Please diarise our next home game against Victorians on Saturday 5 May. First Team kick off 16.00, as there will be no club rugby over the Easter period.