Plonker of the Month
Plonker of the Year - 2008
2009/01/08 12:38:43 PM
Each month the Sport24 editorial team announced sports plonkers for you to choose from, with the monthly readers choice becoming one of the 12 finalists from which we now need you to choose the Sport24 sports plonker of the year.
The 2008 finalists are:
January: Bafana Bafana
The then-laughing stock of South African sport, Carlos Alberto Parreira and his Bafana squad once again failed to deliver with yet another “zero wins from three games” showing at the Africa Cup of Nations.
February: Schalk Burger
A tight Durban Super 14 match between the Sharks and Stormers may have been decided by Schalk Burger’s late “binning” for his ill-advised “Are you blind?” sort of gesture to touch judge Willie Roos. How to influence people but not win friends and all that …
March: Mike Stofile
Stofile, after losing out in the Saru elections, proved himself to be a very sore loser, pulling the race card as an excuse for his defeat, claiming: “There’s no place in SA Rugby for black people”.
April: CJ van der Linde
The then-Cheetahs prop, in a moment of madness, forgot he had No 3 on his jersey and put boot to ball in attempting a deft chip kick ... only to see the ball intercepted and returned for a five-pointer for the Hurricanes at a crucial stage of their Super 14 clash.
May: Benni McCarthy
New Bafana coach... same old Benni! The talented Blackburn striker opted out of Bafana’s crucial four 2010 World Cup/Afcon qualifiers, giving coach Joel Santana his first headache in charge of the national squad.
June: Joel Santana
A fairly permanent feature in our monthly Plonker nominations to this point had been new Bafana coach Santana. The Brazilian successor to Carlos Alberto Parreira failed to live up to expectations as Bafana went from bad to worse after a loss away and a home draw against minnows Sierra Leone in the 2010 Afcon qualifiers.
July: WP Rugby
A red-faced month for the blue-and-white-hoops as Province crashed to successive away defeats against minnows the Falcons and Griquas, putting them on the back foot in their bid for the semi-finals. They never recovered …
August: Vernon Philander
You could give it to the rookie Proteas all-rounder on the grounds of his daftly frenetic, open-mouthed gum-chewing alone, couldn't you? But it goes a little deeper than that, alas. His butter fingers earned him English crowd ridicule at times in the ODI series fiasco, and let's just say that the youngster isn't the leanest 23-year-old ever to don the green shirt, either.
September: Ricky Januarie
The Stormers and Springbok scrumhalf was arrested in Durbanville in the early hours of a Sunday morning for alleged drunk driving. It was not his first misdemeanour of the year, having earlier been banished in disgrace from the Bok camp after a boozy breach of the disciplinary rules.
October: Luke Watson
In what seemed a PR gaffe of spectacular proportions, the single-minded sometimes-Springbok told a gathering at UCT he had wanted to “vomit” on the Bok jersey, and later allegedly suggested South African rugby laboured because of “Dutchmen” at its forefront. How to make yourself popular! Cue an avalanche of anti-Watson SMSs, letters, blogs etc … yes, the bile truly came back to haunt the man …
November: SA Rugby
After Luke Watson’s much-publicized “vomit” comments regarding the Springbok jersey, his disciplinary hearing attracted vast interest. So it came as a bit of an anti-climax – regardless of which way the verdict might have gone – when it was quickly called off on a technicality because Nape Dolamo, the appointed presiding officer, could not hear the case in terms of Saru’s very own regulations! (The appointment of a judicial officer, it seems, can only refer to incidents involving matches.) It was also the month Saru unpopularly announced four-figure ticket prices for Lions Tests next year …
December: Raymond Hack
Ineptitude by the South African Football Association (Safa) CEO appeared to cost the country its seat on the Cosafa executive committee: Cosafa have documents proving they sent correspondence to Safa informing them – several times -- of their need to submit a nomination well before the October 31 closing date. Hack still denied ever receiving such notice.