At the official launch of the Ikey Tigers Supporters Club in the new – and sensational – club pub on the Green Mile, I had the pleasure of putting a few questions to Stormers coach Robbie Fleck and WP coach John Dobson over a few beers.
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It is a challenge to write about a celebrated UCT sportsman who is also a good friend without allowing subjective bias to creep into the picture. It took a long time for me to mull over how I would present John Rushmere to Ikeys of his generation, and to subsequent generations.
All the photos from the annual Ikey Tigers Black Tie dinner held at Kelvin Grove on the 10th of June. Spot the famous faces and those of your old Ikey Tigers team mates. What a night!
The annual Ikey Tigers Black Tie dinner was held at Kelvin Grove on Friday 10th of June with a capacity 300 guests who enjoyed a fantastic evening of laughs, re-unions and entertaining speeches.
A twist of fate has seen the FNB Ikey Tigers opposition change from FNB UKZN to neighbours and Cape varsity rivals FNB UWC, after the Natal team was docked points for having fielded an ineligible player throughout the 2016 Varsity Shield season.
Earlier in the competition Cup team FNB CUT was docked points as well, albeit to a lesser extent for a lesser offense.
The Ikeys Tigers vs UWC promotion/relegation match takes place at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch, on Monday 11 April, ahead of the Varsity Cup final where Maties host UCT's 2014 final opposition NWU Puk. The match will kick off at 14h30 and will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1.
UCT and UWC last met in a pre-season friendly in January, this time around there is much more at stake of course.
Here the official Varsity Cup statement:
FNB UKZN have been docked 12 log points in the FNB Varsity Shield presented by Steinhoff International after it was brought to the attention of the Varsity Cup Board that FNB UKZN-Impi fielded an ineligible player throughout the 2016 Varsity Shield season.
“A disputes hearing was held, where an impartial chairman took the decision to deduct points from UKZN,” said Varsity Cup CEO, Duitser Bosman. “We realise that this has a major impact on their season and final log standing, but our rules regarding player eligibility are very clear and we stand firmly by them.“
FNB UKZN’s 12-point deduction, moves them into third position on the log with 20 points, while FNB UWC move up to second. This means that the Varsity Cup promotion/relegation match will now take place between FNB UCT and FNB UWC. The winner will take part in the 2017 Varsity Cup, making up the final team of the nine teams taking part in the expanded 2017 competition.