Tukkies have lost the right to host two Varsity Cup home games due to sub-standard floodlights.
The University of Cape Town were unable to host last year’s final as the lights at Groote Schuur were deemed inadequate for live television broadcasting. The game was moved to Danie Craven Stadium where Stellenbosch eventually took the spoils in a tightly-contested affair.
Now Tukkies have been docked the home games against TUT on 16 February and Maties on 16 March. Both fixtures will take place at the opposition.
“Unfortunately Tukkies’ lights do not meet the requirements for televised night matches,” said Varsity Cup Managing Director Duitser Bosman. “They had assured us they would upgrade their lights for this season, but broadcasters SuperSport are not happy with the state of their lights.
“A club like UCT had pre-warned us that they needed earlier kick-off times for their televised games this season, so we’ve been able to plan for that, but at this late juncture, with the television slots already booked, we had no alternative but to move the games away from Tukkies.”
Should Tukkies qualify for the 2009 final they would suffer the same fate as UCT in 2008. Club Manager Gert van Coller told www.varsitycup.co.za that he was “very disappointed” with the ruling, but he explained the situation, saying: “We had plans in place to upgrade our lighting facilities, but a short-term fix would’ve cost us R2-million just for this season.
“But long-term we would still have had a problem, which would have cost another R9-million to fix, so, instead we’ve been forced to look at making sure our lights are of the required standard come the 2010 competition.”