Plonker of the Month
Plonker of the Month - September
2008/10/02 5:00:50 PM
It's time to have some fun at our own expense, and not take life too seriously. As such Sport24 will be putting together our Plonker of the Year - and we want YOU to be involved please! Each month the editorial team will nominate up to five candidates for you to choose from, with the monthly readers choice becoming one of the 12 finalists from which we will choose our overall 'Plonker' come the end of the year.
September's candidates are:
The man who inexplicably saw yellow when he should have seen instant red: Goldstone is the Maritzburg United defender who brutally wrecked Kaizer Chiefs’ Tshepo Bulu’s day by unceremoniously elbowing him in the face in a PSL match at Chatsworth. The PSL disciplinary committee banned him for two matches -- some irate Chiefs officials had urged a six-month ban -- and fined him R50 000, suspending four-fifths of it!
The stormy (Stormers, too) Western Province and Springbok scrumhalf is no stranger to a late-night kafuffle or two and September 2008 was no different – he was arrested on drunken driving charges, quite possibly not after having attended a church choir practice. Shortly afterwards the chunky, generally unsmiling competitor was the beneficiary of unusual WP generosity in allowing him to be married on the very day Province played a vital Currie Cup match at Wellington. No wonder team-mates were heard calling him “Honeymoon” at a subsequent Bellville practice …
Boland Rugby Union
Hello … has anyone told the Boland bosses that winter in the Western Cape usually means a fair amount of rain? And that it is, therefore, a reasonably good idea to prepare decent defences against it? There are only so many excuses, surely, for allowing the pitch at rickety Boland Stadium in Wellington to deteriorate into a farcical paradise only for mud-wallowing pachyderms. Not even endless bags of sawdust did the remedial trick. Back to the drawing board, manne …
Related to the Boland fiasco, the national rugby body hardly covered themselves in glory with the rank confusion that existed after attempts to switch the Boland v WP Currie Cup derby to Newlands. First it was “officially” switched to the Cape Town venue on the Friday, then just as “officially” switched back to Wellington! One wonders whether the SuperSport outside broadcast units had to park beside the N1 at Klapmuts while they awaited further orders during the ping-pong. At least SARU’s media guru Andy Colquhoun fronted up bravely and admitted “mistakes had been made”.
It’s not exactly in the national interest, you would think, when coach Frans Ludeke brings on already over-flogged players like Victor Matfield and Pierre Spies, even when his charges are 50-plus points to the good against minnows like Boland in the Absa Currie Cup. That Cavaliers game, in particular, surely represented an ideal opportunity for the exhausted Matfield to simply watch the game at home in slipslops and shorts while nursing his Weber?