On Tuesdays 15th and 22nd September Ikey Tigers hosted pub drinks for past players and friends of UCT Rugby in Oxford and London respectively. The first evening was held at the recently refurbished Vincent’s Club in Oxford – the mood after two wins on the first tournament day was suggestive of great things to come! Guy Alexander, Greg Fury and John Le Roux shared rousing words and a fantastic night was had by all.
Victory in the final against Trinity College Dublin on Monday 21st ensured that London drinks the next day would a real treat. Just over eighty people turned out at the Golden Fleece pub in the heart of the city.
Besides great food and conversation, special moments from the evening included an entertaining rendition of “Die SACS kom terug” by legendary 1960’s cheerleader Spike Espey (as he pointed out, we had to sing in Afrikaans so that Maties would understand our taunts) – video below; the team singing Warrior Poet; Greg Fury giving passionate insight into the inner workings of the Club and the 150+ Vision Campaign (click to read); and John Le Roux leading a tribute to the memory of Charlie Vanrenen.
Many thanks to those friends of the Club who travelled a long way to support the team while they were in the UK! Thanks also go to Angela Edwards in the UCT Trust (UK) office for her support in organising the two functions. We look forward to next time.
Video of Ikeys Old Boys signing old Intervarsity song: "Die SACS kom terug" at the London get together